List of Kansas City Chiefs players

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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[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Rookies in italics

Roster updated August 9, 2017
Depth chartTransactions
90 Active, 4 Inactive

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Chiefs quarterbacks[edit]

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 Most recently, Rich Gannon took over for the injured Elvis Grbac in the 1997 season, but was revoked of the job in favor of Grbac's return for the playoffs.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[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs 1969 final roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve List—Did not play

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

Honored players[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Chiefs Hall of Fame[edit]

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[edit]

Other notable alumni[edit]


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