This is a select list of players from the Kansas City Chiefs football team from the National Football League.

For more information, see Kansas City Chiefs.

Current roster

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad


Rookies in italics

Roster updated September 13, 2022

53 active, 3 inactive, 16 practice squad

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Chiefs quarterbacks

Main article: History of Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks

Throughout the Chiefs' near five-decade existence, there have been twelve starting quarterbacks to lead the team. Among the most prolific include Hall of Famers Len Dawson and Joe Montana, as well as superb quarterbacks of their era like Trent Green.

In the past few decades, the Chiefs have relied on veteran quarterbacks to lead their team.[1] The last quarterback to be drafted by Kansas City that later went on to claim the starting position was Bill Kenney in 1980. Since Kenney's retirement in 1988. the Chiefs never drafted their own quarterback to develop until Brodie Croyle[1] was drafted in 2006. When head coach Herman Edwards arrived in 2006, he stated that he was looking towards implementing younger players into his gameplan, and he was arguably looking to start at the quarterback position.[1]

The Chiefs have also had a repeated history of backup quarterbacks that steal the spotlight.[1][2] Mike Livingston led the Chiefs to the playoffs in their 1969 season after starting quarterback Len Dawson was injured for the majority of the year. Most recently, Rich Gannon took over for the injured Elvis Grbac in the 1997 season, but was revoked of the job in favor of Grbac's return for the playoffs. The Chiefs lost in the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. A similar incident occurred in the 2006 season and playoffs when Trent Green and the Chiefs' offense failed to get a first down in the first forty-two minutes of the game. Backup quarterback Damon Huard, whom led the Chiefs on a 5-2 record in Green's absence, never played a down in the playoff loss to—coincidentally—the eventual Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts.[1][2][3]

Super Bowl IV (1969) champions

Kansas City Chiefs 1969 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve List—Did not play

Complete team roster
Rookies in italics
Starters in bold
Positions in (parentheses)

Honored players

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame enshrinees
Players
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
78 Bobby Bell 1 2 LB 1963–1974 1983
63 Willie Lanier 1 2 LB 1967–1977 1986
16 Len Dawson 2 3 QB 1963–1975 1987
86 Buck Buchanan 1 2 DT 1963–1975 1990
3 Jan Stenerud 1 2 3 K 1967–1979 1991
53 Mike Webster C 1989–1990 1997
19 Joe Montana QB 1993–1994 2000
32 Marcus Allen RB 1993–1997 2003
1 Warren Moon QB 1999–2000 2006
18 Emmitt Thomas 1 2 CB 1966–1978 2008
58 Derrick Thomas LB 1989–1999 2009
77 Willie Roaf T 2002–2005 2012
61 Curley Culp 1 2 3 DT 1968–1974 2013
68 Will Shields G 1993–2006 2015
8 Morten Andersen K 2002–2003 2017
88 Tony Gonzalez 3 TE 1997–2008 2019
24 Ty Law CB 2006–2007 2019
42 Johnny Robinson1 2 S 1960–1971 2019
Coaches and Contributors
Name Position Tenure Inducted
Lamar Hunt Founder of franchise and American Football League 1960–2006 1972
Marv Levy Head coach 1978–1982 2001
Hank Stram 1 2 3 Head coach 1960–1974 2003
Bill Polian Contributor 1978–1982 2015
Bobby Beathard Contributor 1963, 1966–1967 2018
Dick Vermeil Head coach 2001–2005 2022
1 Began career in the American Football League.
2 Member of 1969 Super Bowl championship team
3 Spent majority of their career with the Chiefs (names in bold)


Chiefs Hall of Fame

Jan Stenerud's name is forever honored at Arrowhead Stadium.
Jan Stenerud's name is forever honored at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Kansas City Chiefs feature forty-four former players and franchise contributors in their team hall of fame. Several of the team's names are featured at Arrowhead Stadium in a "ring of honor." A new member has been inducted in an annual ceremony, with the exception of the 1983 season.[4]

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Other notable alumni

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Gretz, Bob. The quarterback myth Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine KCChiefs.com, April 27, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Gretz, Bob. Huard performing a tough act to follow Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine KCChiefs.com, October 26, 2006.
  3. ^ Gretz, Bob. Quarterbacks and controversy Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine KCChiefs.com, November 1, 2006
  4. ^ Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame Archived June 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, KCChiefs.com, Accessed June 22, 2008.