Note: This article is the third in a five part serious counting down the 50 greatest players in team history.
After all the defensive players in last week’s list, this week’s is all about offense. In fact, only two defensive players make this week’s list. This week also marks the first special teamers to appear in the countdown. Enjoy!
30. Nick Lowery (K, 1980-1993): Lowery’s road to kicking success was long and required a great amount of perseverance. He was cut 11 times by eight different NFL teams before making the Chiefs and ousting the legendary Jan Stenerud. In just his second game with the team, Lowery kicked a team record 57 yard field goal to win over his new teammates. Lowery’s career numbers speak for themselves; he made 20 field goals from over 50 yards, converted 80% of his field goal attempts, scored 1,466 points for the Chiefs and was selected to three Pro Bowls. Lowery played his final three NFL season with the New York Jets.
29. John Alt (T, 1984-1996): A number-one draft pick out of Iowa in 1984, Alt battled numerous injuries and didn’t take a permanent spot in the Chiefs starting lineup until 1987. But by the late 80′s, Alt helped move Kansas City’s running game to the top of the league, and his pass protection was also superb. Alt was named to the Pro Bowl in 1992 and 1993, selected to the All-AFC first team from 1990 through 1993, and was first team All-NFL in 1990 and 1991. Alt played in a total of 179 games for the Chiefs.
28. Dave Hill (T, 1963-1974): A 24th round selection by the Chiefs in the 1963 AFL Draft, Hill was a definite long shot to make the squad. But he used his superior size to become an anchor on the Chiefs line for 12 seasons. Hill played on two AFL championship teams and was considered one of the best pass blockers in the game throughout his career. Hill didn’t miss a game for nine straight seasons and played in a total of 150 games for the Chiefs.
27. Curtis McClinton (RB, 1962-1969): McClinton made his mark as a powerful, hard-hitting runner, as well as an excellent receiver coming out of the backfield. And by the time Super Bowl IV rolled around, McClinton has moved over to the tight end position. McClinton had a huge hand in all three of the franchise’s championship teams of the 1960s. For his career, McClinton rushed for 3,124 yards on 762 carries and appeared in two AFL All-Star games. McClinton played in 107 games for the Texans/Chiefs.
26. Lloyd Burruss (S, 1981-1991): A third-round pick out of Maryland in 1981, Burruss became a starter immediately and picked off four passes his rookie season and also won the Mack Lee Hill Award as the club’s top rookie. The Chiefs MVP in 1985, Burruss became the only player to win the Mack Lee Hill Award, team MVP, and be named to the Chiefs Hall of Fame. He was named to his only Pro Bowl following the 1986 season. He finished his career with 628 tackles, 22 interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 3.5 sacks.
25. Jim Lynch (LB, 1967-1977): Lynch joined the Chiefs as a second-round pick in the 1967 draft. Equally adept at stopping the run and defending the pass, Lynch teamed with Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier to form one of the greatest linebacking trios in history. Lynch finished his career with 17 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries and one AFL All-Star game appearance. Lynch played in 151 games for Kansas City before retiring following the 1977 season.
24. Jerrel Wilson (P, 1963-1977): Selected in the 11th round of the 1963 AFL Draft, Wilson played more seasons than any player in team history, and his 203 games played are the second most for any player in franchise history. He left behind an impressive number of records and honors earned through his kicking expertise: A franchise record 1,014 punts during his career; highest average yardage in a career with 43.6; in a season with 46.1; and in a game with 56.5. Wilson owns the NFL record for most seasons leading the league in punting average with four. He had four career punts over 70 yards and was named to three Pro Bowl teams. Wilson also played a little running back for the Chiefs, carrying the ball 21 times for 53 yards. He played one season for the Patriots at the end of his career.
23. Ed Podolak (RB, 1969-1977): Selected in the second round of the 1969 draft, Podolak became the team’s top runner in 1970. Best remembered for his incredible performance against Miami in the 1971 AFC playoffs, Podolak had 85 rushing yards, 110 receiving yards, and 155 on returns, but his career was much more than that one game. He finished his career as the Chiefs #2 all-time leading rusher with 4,451 yards, Podolak also caught 288 passes for 2,456 yards and scored 40 touchdowns. Podolak played in a total of 104 games for Kansas City.
22. Mike Garrett (RB, 1966-1970): Garrett arrived in Kansas City in 1966, Heisman Trophy in tow, and brought game-breaking runs to the Chiefs as well as his recognizable star power. Despite being selected in the 20th round of the AFL draft, Garrett chose the Chiefs over the NFL. The USC star spent four and a half seasons with the Chiefs and is the fourth leading rusher in team history with 3,246 yards on 736 carries. His pass receiving skills were just as dangerous to opposing defenses, as he hauled in 141 receptions for 1,231 yards. For his career, Garrett scored 30 touchdowns and appeared in two AFL All-Star games. He was traded to San Diego early in the 1970 season and played three and a half seasons with the Chargers before retiring.
21. Chris Burford (E, 1960-1967): An original member of the Dallas Texans, Burford was the franchise’s first great receiver. He possessed a great pair of hands, and while he wasn’t fast, he had a knack for getting open and making the big play. He led the team in pass receptions four times, and finished his career with 391 receptions for 5,505 yards. Burford scored 55 touchdowns and caught a team record 12 touchdown passes in 1962. In addition to being a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame, Burford was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He played in a total of 103 games for the Chiefs.