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Kansas City Chiefs’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)

Updated on November 5, 2008

Len Dawson

Trent Green

Joe Montana


The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the old AFL franchises (and began as the Dallas Texans), and came out of the chute with some early Super Bowl appearances and one championship. But more recently, this team has been pretty mediocre just like the city's baseball team, the Royals. Still, there have been some great quarterbacks to play for the Chiefs over the years. Here is a list of the franchise's all-time Top 10 in passing yards:

Len Dawson (28,507)-Len Dawson is probably the most famous Chiefs' player of all-time, and rightly so as he led them to two Super Bowls, winning one. Dawson was with the Chiefs from 1962 to 1975 and not surprisingly ranks first in their history with 28,507 passing yards. He also went to the Pro Bowl six times in a Chiefs' uniform. Dawson's best season was 1964, when he threw for career highs in yards (2879) and touchdowns (30) with 18 interceptions.

Trent Green (21,459)-Trent Green was basically discarded in St. Louis with the advent of Kurt Warner, but had a nice run in Kansas City, where he played from 2001 to 2006. Green ranks second in Chiefs' history with 21,459 passing yards, and his best season with the team was 2004. That year, Green threw for career best numbers in yards (4591) and TD passes (27) with 17 picks.

Bill Kenney (21,277)-Bill Kenney started 77 games for the Chiefs in his time with the team, from 1980 to 1988. He ranks third in franchise history with 21,277 passing yards and had his best season in 1983 when he made the Pro Bowl. That year, Kenney threw for career highs in yards (4348) and touchdowns (24) with 18 interceptions.

Steve DeBerg (11,873)-Steve DeBerg played for the Chiefs from 1988 to 1993 and ranks fourth in their history with 11,873 passing yards. DeBerg had his best season with Kansas City in 1990, when he threw for 3444 yards with a career high 23 TD passes and just 4 interceptions.

Mike Livingston (11,295)-Mike Livingston played his entire career with the Chiefs, from 1968 to 1979. Though he was mostly a backup, Livingston was the starter in the late ‘70's and ranks fifth in Chiefs' history with 11,295 passing yards. His best season was 1976, when, despite 13 picks, Livingston racked up career highs in passing yards (2682) and touchdown throws (12).

Elvis Grbac (10,643)-There were high hopes for Elvis Grbac coming out of Michigan, but he never really lived up to his potential with three teams, including the Chiefs from 1997 to 2000. Grbac does rank sixth in team history with 10,643 passing yards, and his best season for the Chiefs was his Pro Bowl year of 2000-that year, Grbac threw for career highs in yards (4169) and TD passes (28) with 14 interceptions.

Steve Bono (6489)-Steve Bono was mostly a backup during his career and played for the Chiefs from 1994 to 1996. He ranks seventh in franchise history with 6489 passing yards, and made the Pro Bowl in 1995 by throwing for career highs in yards (3121) and touchdowns (21) with just 10 picks.

Joe Montana (5427)-The great Joe Montana finished his career with Kansas City in 1993 and 1994, and though he wasn't the same as he was with the 49ers, Montana still ranks eighth in team history with 5427 passing yards. 1994 was the better of those two seasons, as Montana passed for 3283 yards with 16 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

Steve Fuller (5333)-Steve Fuller played for the Chiefs from 1979 to 1982 and ranks ninth in team history with 5333 passing yards. Fuller's best season with Kansas City was 1980. That year, despite 12 interceptions, Fuller had career highs in passing yards (2250) and TD passes (10).

Cotton Davidson (4919)-Cotton Davidson played just two-plus years in Kansas City, from 1960 through part of 1962 when they were known as the Dallas Texans. He ranks tenth in passing yards for the franchise with 4919, and his best season there was 1960, with 2474 passing yards and 15 touchdowns despite 16 picks.


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