List of Kansas City Chiefs players
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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. 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 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.
The Chiefs have also had a repeated history of backup quarterbacks that steal the spotlight. 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 Most recently, Rich Gannon took over for the injured Elvis Grbac in the 1997 season, but was revoked of the job in favor of Grbac's return for the playoffs.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.
Super Bowl IV (1969) champions
|Kansas City Chiefs 1969 final roster|
|Reserve List—Did not play
Pro Football Hall of Famers
|Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame enshrinees|
|-||Lamar Hunt||Founder of franchise and American Football League||1960–2006||1972|
|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|
|-||Marv Levy||Head coach||1978–1982||2001|
|-||Hank Stram 1 2 3||Head coach||1960–1974||2003|
|18||Emmitt Thomas 1 2||CB||1966–1978||2008|
|61||Curley Culp 1 2 3||DT||1968–1974||2013|
|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 spent entire career with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs Hall of Fame
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.
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
Other notable alumni