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Mt. Rushmore nomination process runs the 65 Toss Power Trap

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With six teams to go, let’s turn our attention to the franchise that produced six Pro Bowlers in 2012.  And somehow only two wins.

But the Chiefs have had plenty of proud moments, dating back to participation in the first Super Bowl.

Here’s your chance to scour the team’s rosters all the way back to the days of the Dallas Texans and vote for the four members of the franchise (player, coach, other) who should be on the Chiefs’ Mt. Rushmore.

From Hank Stram to Lamar Hunt to Derrick Thomas to Len Dawson to Willie Lanier to Otis Taylor to Emmitt Thomas to Bobby Bell to Tony Gonzalez, there are plenty of deserving candidates.  Name your favorites below.

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66 Responses to “Mt. Rushmore nomination process runs the 65 Toss Power Trap”
  1. micknangold says: May 20, 2013 4:17 PM

    Stram, Bell, Dawson, Thomas

  2. AMATEURS says: May 20, 2013 4:18 PM

    Lamar Hunt, Derrick Thomas, Len Dawson, Tony Gonzalez

  3. stevesilvermancbs says: May 20, 2013 4:18 PM

    Stram, Dawson, Willie Lanier, Jan Stenerud

  4. yelix says: May 20, 2013 4:19 PM

    Hank Stram.
    Len Dawson.
    Derrick Thomas.
    Lamar Hunt.

  5. wienaman43 says: May 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    Close…but drop Bell for Tony Gonzalez, the best TE of all time.

    Stram
    Dawson
    Thomas
    Gonzalez

  6. deucedropper says: May 20, 2013 4:23 PM

    Derrick Thomas
    Tony Gonzalez
    Len Dawson

    4th spot is a tough call between Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Hank Stram, Lamar Hunt…

  7. tedmurph says: May 20, 2013 4:24 PM

    LHunt
    HStram
    WLanier
    TGonzales

    LDawson and BBuchanon just missing the cut

  8. reilt25 says: May 20, 2013 4:25 PM

    Taylor
    Gonzales
    Dawson
    Thomas

  9. mendenhallfumblemachine says: May 20, 2013 4:27 PM

    Someone will say Belcher. Just watch.

  10. csalt9787 says: May 20, 2013 4:28 PM

    Derrick Thomas, Hank Stram, Lamar Hunt, Tony Gonzalez
    Of course there are too many linebackers and dbs to choose from. Then there’s priest

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 20, 2013 4:29 PM

    Bobby Bell
    Len Dawson
    Derrick Thomas
    Joe Delaney

    The article title reminded me that Stram was a dbag so I can’t include him.

  12. shackdelrio says: May 20, 2013 4:30 PM

    Len Dawson
    Buck Buchanan
    Willie Lanier
    Lamar Hunt

    Honerable Mention: Nick Lowery’s mustache

  13. bigbluefan11 says: May 20, 2013 4:32 PM

    Stram
    Dawson
    Hunt
    Buchanon

    Tough to leave Bell, Gonzalez, and Thomas off, but these four rise to the top.

  14. banjax451 says: May 20, 2013 4:35 PM

    Stram, Dawson, DT and Tony G

    Honorable Mention:
    Lin Elliot’s actual severed leg
    Elvis Grbac’s actual severed head

    (we Chiefs fans come by our bitterness honestly)

  15. albertmn says: May 20, 2013 4:39 PM

    I don’t know if he will garner enough support, and didn’t play long, but I would love to see at least recognition for Joe Delaney.

    Very good RB, even better person.

  16. daysend564 says: May 20, 2013 4:40 PM

    Christian Okoye!

  17. supesfan34 says: May 20, 2013 4:43 PM

    Hank Stram
    Len Dawson
    Derrick Thomas
    Otis Taylor

  18. banjax451 says: May 20, 2013 4:43 PM

    Seriously, though…I could make a serious case for Jan Stenerud and Christian Okoye

  19. 3lmt says: May 20, 2013 4:44 PM

    Easy.

    Len Dawson
    Lamar Hunt (not much of an AFL/C without him)
    Hank Stram
    Derrick Thomas

  20. jdphx says: May 20, 2013 4:45 PM

    Lenny Dawson
    Willie Lanier
    Derrick Thomas
    Tony Gonzalez

    And I cannot not mention Emmitt Thomas.

  21. milkmandanimal says: May 20, 2013 4:50 PM

    Bobby Bell
    Len Dawson
    Derrick Thomas
    Hank Straham

    Very tough list, to put it mildly.

  22. arrowhead816 says: May 20, 2013 4:51 PM

    Lamar Hunt
    Derrick Thomas
    Len Dawson
    Tony Gonzalez

    Never to be associated with the Chiefs again:
    Larry Johnson
    Ryan Sims
    Len Elliott
    Scott Pioli

  23. kcnavn says: May 20, 2013 4:53 PM

    Lamar Hunt
    Derrick Thomas
    Tony Gonzalez
    Lanier/Bell/Thomas/Dawson

    The 4th is extremely hard…..whether its Bell, Lanier, Thomas or Dawson you can’t go wrong.

  24. shnuskis says: May 20, 2013 4:56 PM

    Joe Delaney Joe Delaney Joe Delaney. If there is anyone you want representing your team, Joe Delaney would be perfect.

    Len Dawson
    Derrick Thomas
    Bobby Bell

  25. bartlettruss says: May 20, 2013 4:57 PM

    Buck Buchannan
    Bobby Bell
    Christian Okoye
    Otis Taylor
    Emmitt Thomas
    Willie Lanier
    Derrick Thomas
    Jan Stenerud
    Stram
    Dawson

  26. jayniner says: May 20, 2013 5:03 PM

    K.C.’s last Super Bowl appearance/win = 1970

    The next K.C. Super Bowl appearance should come with Alex Smith under center….

    On behalf of 49ers fans everywhere….you’re welcome!

  27. bcgreg says: May 20, 2013 5:04 PM

    Lamar Hunt
    Stram
    Dawson
    Lanier

    HM:
    Bobby Bell
    Buchanon
    Gonzalez
    Derrick Thomas

  28. twayward says: May 20, 2013 5:10 PM

    Derrick Thomas, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell and Buck Buchanan

    (sorry Len Dawson, but defense has dominated this franchise)

  29. kcprideinthesticks says: May 20, 2013 5:11 PM

    hank stram
    derrick Thomas
    Lamar hunt
    Willie roaf

  30. unfkwthabl says: May 20, 2013 5:22 PM

    lamar hunt
    d thomas #58
    Dawson
    Tony G

    honorable mention to will shields, Emmitt Thomas & Willie Lanier, hank Stram

  31. dalanz28 says: May 20, 2013 5:30 PM

    Otis Taylor, Willie Lanier, Joe Delaney, Tony Gonzales

  32. evilglazers666 says: May 20, 2013 5:32 PM

    Hank Stram
    Len Dawson
    Derrick Thomas
    Tony Gonzalez

  33. vicnocal says: May 20, 2013 5:49 PM

    How does Priest Holmes not get an honorable mention? Guy scored 76 TDs over the course of 4 seasons (2001-2004), averaging like 2100 yds from scrimmage per season.

  34. cballlv11 says: May 20, 2013 5:50 PM

    Hunt, Hank, DT and Tony G.

    I wish I could put Priest Holmes on the list, but he just wasn’t around long enough… GO CHIEFS!!!!

  35. granadafan says: May 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    Christian Okoye just for the best ever nickname, The Nigerian Nightmare.

  36. jharmon64 says: May 20, 2013 6:10 PM

    “65 toss power trap, that might pop wide open”.

  37. bonehedmutt says: May 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Willie Lanier
    Lamar Hunt
    Bobby Bell
    Derrick Thomas

    Hate the raiders. (Lower case intentional)

  38. mackcarrington says: May 20, 2013 6:34 PM

    Mike Garrett
    Abner Haynes
    Ed Podolak
    Johnny Robinson
    Ed Budde
    Jan Stenerud
    Emmitt Thomas
    Lamar Hunt
    Hank Stram
    Len Dawson
    Otis Taylor
    Nolan (SuperGnat) Smith

  39. gerard33 says: May 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    Hunt, Stram, and Dawson are locked in…

    To me, the battle for last spot is between Tony G, Derrick Thomas, and yes Marty Schottenheimer…. I’d have to take DT there because he never played for anyone else in the pros

  40. mobuccsfan says: May 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    Stram
    Hunt
    Thomas
    Gonzalez
    Dawson
    Taylor
    Stenerud
    Bell
    buchannon
    Emmitt Thomas
    Will Shields

    HM: Priest Holmes

  41. danielazdkc says: May 20, 2013 7:36 PM

    Len Dawson
    Derrick Thomas
    Will shields
    Tony Gonzalez

  42. lakermetskins says: May 20, 2013 7:50 PM

    Joe Montana
    Warren Moon
    Marcus Allen
    Ron Jaworski

  43. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 20, 2013 7:55 PM

    This is too historic a franchise. We’ll need one Rushmore for the owners and coaches, and one for the players.

    The Core Four (Administration):

    Lamar Hunt
    Hank Stram
    Marv Levy
    Marty Schottenheimer

    The Core Four (Players):

    Tony Gonzalez
    Buck Buchanan
    Derrick Thomas
    Willie Lanier

    Honorable Mentions:

    Len Dawson
    Bobby Bell
    Jan Stenerud
    Emmitt Thomas
    Ed Budde
    Willie Lanier
    Christian Okoye
    Priest Holmes
    Neil Smith
    Curtis McClinton
    Marcus Allen
    Deron Cherry
    John Alt
    Bill Maas
    Nick Lowery
    Will Shields
    Willie Roaf
    Fred Arbanas
    Curley Culp
    Larry Johnson
    Gary Barbaro
    Jerrel Wilson
    Kimble Anders
    James Hasty
    Dante Hall
    Dale Carter
    Art Still
    Trent Green
    Otis Taylor
    E. J. Holub
    Jack Rudnay
    Brian Waters
    Albert Lewis
    Jim Tyrer
    Johnny Robinson

  44. chiroubles says: May 20, 2013 8:16 PM

    Stram, Dawson, Buchanan, Bell.

    The last two are very, VERY hard to narrow down….

  45. ss9boxer says: May 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    Derrick Thomas, Wiilie Lanier, Len Dawson, Buch Buchannon

  46. rojotherooster says: May 20, 2013 8:44 PM

    What about honorable mention for
    Elmo Wright

  47. dirtyharry44 says: May 20, 2013 9:09 PM

    Len Dawson
    Willie Lanier
    Jan Stenerud
    Bobby Bell
    Otis Taylor
    Emmitt Thomas
    Ed Budde
    Buck Buchanan
    Hank Stram

  48. jwag777 says: May 20, 2013 10:11 PM

    Dawson, Otis Taylor, Lanier, Bell. Sorry, can’t put Thomas over Lanier or Bell. Or Buck B. for that matter.

  49. hess97 says: May 20, 2013 10:26 PM

    dawson
    bell
    d thomas
    p holmes

  50. Tarkus says: May 20, 2013 10:45 PM

    Can’t nominate the TE who asked to be traded, and probably considers himself more of a Falcon than a Chief now.

    Hunt, Stram, Dawson and Thomas.

  51. tomcat2483 says: May 20, 2013 10:55 PM

    Len Dawson is the most over rated player ever to beinducted into the hall of fame… having said that would go Lamar Marty DT and Lanier

  52. mazblast says: May 20, 2013 11:14 PM

    Some moments of glory, but not “plenty” for a franchise that hasn’t been in a Super Bowl in the last 43 years.

    Nevertheless, 52 years gives a fair amount of candidates, almost all from the time of JFK-LBJ-Nixon.

    Hank Stram
    Willie Lanier
    Len Dawson
    Tony Gonzalez

    Honorable mention–Lamar Hunt, “My Man Otis” Taylor, Buck Buchanan, Jan Stenerud, Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, Ed Budde, Jim Tyrer, Christian Okoye, Derrick Thomas.

  53. andymc58 says: May 20, 2013 11:22 PM

    And hey Thorpe, if you’re gonna say Roaf, why not Jared Allen?

  54. rewdog24 says: May 21, 2013 11:05 AM

    Len Dawson
    Buck Buchanan
    Willie Lanier
    Ed Podolack

  55. rtwoj says: May 21, 2013 4:08 PM

    Larry Johnson
    Andre Rison
    Ryan Sims
    Scott Pioli
    ;)

  56. waitstop says: May 21, 2013 7:06 PM

    Lamar Hunt, Derrick Thomas, Len Dawson, Tony Gonzalez

    There are a tremendous number of players who experienced a ton of success but only 3-5 years.

    HM: Will Shields, Hank Strahm

  57. ottawabrave91 says: May 21, 2013 9:38 PM

    Lamar hunt, len dawson, derrick Thomas, tony gonzalez

  58. dannyreneau says: May 23, 2013 1:51 PM

    derek thomas and Tony G need to be up there for sure

  59. jb2stg says: May 24, 2013 6:41 PM

    I love DT…. but the four should be….

    Lamar Hunt
    Len Dawson
    Willie Lanier
    Tong Gonzalez

  60. johncarr43 says: May 24, 2013 9:02 PM

    Hank Stram – “just keep matriculating the ball down the field, boys!”
    Willie Lanier
    Bobby Bell
    Tony Gonzalez, by a whisker over Otis Taylor

  61. pstoebner says: May 27, 2013 6:09 PM

    Lamar Hunt
    Derrick Thomas
    Len Dawson
    Christian Okoye
    Priest Holmes
    Will Shields
    Neil Smith
    Tony Gonzalez
    Marty Shottenheimer
    Hank Stram
    Jamaal Charles
    Marcus Allen

  62. kcsmashmouth says: May 27, 2013 8:29 PM

    Lamar Hunt
    Derrick Thomas
    Len Dawson
    Will Shields

  63. musicman495 says: May 30, 2013 2:17 AM

    Not a Chiefs fan, but here is my list:
    – Lamar Hunt (No Brainer)
    – Hank Stram (He even signed his autographed photos “65 Toss Power Trap”)
    – Len Dawson
    – Willie Lanier
    – Derrick Thomas (To me, he is the Chiefs equivalent of Gale Sayers – only around a short time, but a transcendent talent.)

    Much love for Bobby Bell, Jan Stenerud, Otis Taylor and Emmitt Thomas, but they do not displace the others.

    Sorry, Tony Gonzales does not make this list.

  64. lordfrza says: Jun 4, 2013 5:02 PM

    Lin Elliott

  65. droyer85 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:05 PM

    Hank Stram
    Len Dawson
    Tony Gonzalez
    Lamar Hunt

  66. riverhorsey says: Jun 11, 2013 10:33 AM

    stram
    dawson
    thomas
    montana

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