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Top 10 Kansas City Chiefs Legends: Ranking Patrick Mahomes to Derrick Thomas

Derrick Thomas
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As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for their sixth consecutive AFC Championship game, a remarkable accomplishment that solidifies their status as a modern NFL powerhouse, it’s worth reflecting on their rich history.

With another potential Super Bowl run on the horizon, now is a good time to look back at the players who have laid the groundwork for their enduring success. The Chiefs have always been known for their rabid fan base and a legacy that spans both the AFL and NFL. The Chiefs Kingdom, as they call themselves, have been fortunate to witness some of the most legendary figures play the game wearing their iconic red and gold uniforms.

From Len Dawson’s quarterbacking in the early days to Patrick Mahomes electric play in today’s era, the Chiefs have had a knack for finding talent and innovating on the field. Their history is not simply a roster of players but a tapestry of NFL evolution highlighting some of the most influential athletes in football history.

As we explore the ten greatest Kansas City Chiefs of all time, we celebrate not only their achievements and but also their collective impact on shaping the enduring legacy of the Chiefs – a legacy that continues to thrive as they once again vie for AFC supremacy.

10. Jamal Charles, RB

Jamal Charles
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9. Will Shields, OL

Will Shields
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8. Emmitt Thomas, CB

Emmitt Thomas
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7. Priest Holmes, RB

Priest Holmes
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6. Patrick Mahomes, QB

Patrick Mahomes
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5. Bobby Bell, LB

Bobby Bell
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4. Willie Lanier, LB

Willie Lanier
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3. Tony Gonzalez, TE

Tony Gonzalez
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2. Len Dawson, QB

Len Dawson
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1. Derrick Thomas, LB

Derrick Thomas
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