2019 will mark the 60th year the Kansas City Chiefs have played football. We recently concluded the decade by decade breakdown of the team, their move from Dallas to Kansas City, and the times in-between some bad and some good. In this new series, A Progression of Greats we are going to spend an entire article on specific player groups.
In coming up with this series, we here at Arrowhead Guys wanted to get more involvement from fans, some of whom remember players who played in the earlier years. Look for their comments in the article below as they reflect on some early Chiefs greats, along with the custom Arrowhead Guys created highlight video for each player mentioned here.
The decade by decade articles touched on a few players, yet with this upcoming season being the Kansas City Chiefs 60th, lets have a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the greats who wore our teams uniform, by position.
Also please remember the lists compiled here are not completely reflective of every single great Chiefs player. In order to keep the article readable, and not have certain time-periods omitted, we tried to sprinkle in players from all the decades. If you see your favorite player is not on the list, drop a line in the comment section and we can talk about them! Up Next:
Jim Tyrer #77
Starting off the list of Offensive Tackles for our Chiefs is James Efflo Tyrer. Considered among the iron-men of the league, Tyrer played 13 seasons for the franchise.
In Super Bowl IV, Tyrer and Budde opened holes for Chiefs running backs against the Minnesota Vikings‘ opposing defensive linemen Jim Marshall and Alan Page, respectively, gaining 151 yards on 42 carries (3.6 yards per attempt) and 122 net passing yards in the team’s upset 23–7 victory.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Tyrer
Jim Tyrer’s list of awards include: 8 time All-AFL, 7 time AFL All-Star, 2 time Pro Bowler, 2 time All-Pro, 3 time AFL Champ, and Super Bowl IV Champion. He is also a member of the teams Hall of Fame and the AFL All-Time Team.
Dave Hill #73
Selected in the 24th Round of the 1963 draft David Harris Hill would spend his entire career playing for our team. Hill was our teams starting Right Tackle in both Super Bowls, and held his own during Super Bowl IV as mentioned here:
In Super Bowl IV, he handled well one of the best defensive ends of that era, Carl Eller, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as the Chiefs rushed for 151 yards that day, for their only Super Bowl title to date.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Hill_(American_football
The Auburn University product is a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame, along with earning All-AFL honors for the 1969 campaign. He had a streak going on of not missing a start for 9 seasons, certainly showing that while the awards and accolades are few and far between, Hill was a reliable piece of many successful Chiefs teams.
John Alt #76
Born in Germany, Left Tackle John Alt was selected in the first round in 1984 by the Kansas City Chiefs out of Iowa University. Immediately an anchor along the line, Alt would start 149 games over his career, while playing in 179.
A prolific pass protector, also helped Kansas City perennially produce some of the best rushing numbers in the ‘90s.https://www.chiefs.com/team/halloffame/2000s
The Chiefs Hall of Famer would garner 2 Pro Bowl births and was voted as a Second Team All-Pro for his 1990 season. Again as was the case in many other Offensive Lineman reviews and considerations the “flashy” stats and awards are just not there. John Alt and many others make these lists here to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Chiefs due to their steady dependability year in and year out.
Willie Roaf #77
Drafted in the 1st round with the 8th pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1993, Offensive Lineman Willie Roaf came to Kansas City via trade for a conditional round draft pick prior to the 2002 season. Known as “Nasty” Roaf would be a fixture on the Chiefs line until after the 2005 season.
The majority of Willie Roaf’s professional awards came during his dominating time with the New Orleans Saints, yet after being traded to Kansas City, Roaf would make the Pro Bowl in all four years he played for the Red and Gold. Roaf started in 189 contests between the Saints and the Chiefs.
Mitchell Schwartz #71
Current Chiefs Tackle Mitchell Schwartz is on his way to becoming another in a long list of Kansas City Chiefs offensive line iron-men. Since coming into the league as a 2nd round pick of the Cleveland Browns, Schwartz has not missed a snap in 96 games.
2019 will be Mitchell’s fourth season in the Red and Gold and he finally earned some awards following the 2018 season as he was named a First Team All-Pro.