The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. They compete in the National Football League (NFL). The Chiefs are a member club of the National Football League’s American Football Conference West division.
The top defensive players for the Kansas City Chiefs have all contributed significantly to the team’s success over the years.
Here is a list of the top 5 Best Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Players Of All-Time
1. Buck Buchanan
Buchanan was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 1970 Super Bowl victorious team. In 1966 and 1969, he was a member of their AFL championship teams. AFL All-Star team (1964-1969) and All-Pro team (1971) selections were made by him. A two-time Pro Bowler, Buchanan was also named to the All-Time AFL Team.
As a result, Buchanan became the first African-American player to be picked first overall in the NFL draft.
2. Bobby Bell
Bobby Bell was a model of tenacity during his 12-year tenure with the Chiefs, appearing in every game as a starter. All-AFL six times and three Pro Bowl appearances after the merger of the AFL and NFL.
When you consider his 40 sacks and 26 interceptions over the course of his career, Bell is one of just a handful of players in NFL history to record both 20 sacks and twenty interceptions.
3. Neil Smith
During the early and mid-1990s, Neil Smith was a key member of the Kansas City Chiefs’ pass-rush unit. Smith racked up 85.5 sacks and forced 28 fumbles during his time with Kansas City. During his six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith had 15 sacks and was selected to six Pro Bowls.
4. Derrick Thomas
One of the most dominant pass rushers in NFL history, Derrick Thomas. Several Chiefs and NFL records were broken during his 11 seasons with the Chiefs. At the time of this writing, he had amassed an incredible total of 126.5 interceptions and nine Pro Bowl appearances.
5. Jerry Mays
While at Texas A&M in 1961, Jerry Mays became one of the league’s most dominant defensive linemen. The defensive end was Mays’ position of choice when he relocated to Kansas City in 1963. Mays was a seven-time All-Pro and captained the Chiefs to their first and second Super Bowl victories as a captain