Kansas City Chiefs’ All-Time Receiving Leaders (Yardage)
The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the AFL teams (they began as the Dallas Texans, moving to KC in 1963) that merged in the NFL in 1970. They played in a couple of the early Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl IV against Minnesota. Other than that, they have been a good and bad team over the years, but have always fielded great offensive players. Here is a list of the Chiefs’ all-time receiving yardage leaders to date:
Tony Gonzalez (10,940)—Tight end Tony Gonzalez played the first twelve years of his career for the Chiefs, and over that time has established himself as one of the greatest at his position in NFL history. Gonzalez, who was traded to Atlanta as I write this following the 2008 season, ranks first in Chiefs’ history with 10,940 receiving yards, and has made the Pro Bowl ten straight seasons, including five times as a first team All Pro. Gonzalez’ best season was 2004, when he had career highs in receptions (102, led the NFL) and receiving yards (1258) with 7 touchdown catches.
Otis Taylor (7306)—Otis Taylor played his entire career in Kansas City, from 1965 to 1975, and ranks second in team history with 7306 receiving yards. Taylor made the Pro Bowl three times, including once as a first team All Pro. His best season was that All Pro year of 1966, when he caught 58 passes for a career best 1297 yards and 8 TDs.
Henry Marshall (6545)—Henry Marshall played for the Chiefs his whole career, from 1976 to 1987, and ranks third in their history with 6545 receiving yards. Marshall had his best season in 1984, with career high numbers in receptions (62) and receiving yards (912) with 4 touchdowns.
Carlos Carson (6360)—Carlos Carson played just about his entire career in Kansas City, from 1980 to 1989. He ranks fourth in franchise history with 6360 receiving yards, and made the Pro Bowl in 1987. But Carson’s best overall season was 1984, with career highs in receptions (80), receiving yards (1351) and touchdowns (7).
Stephone Paige (6341)—Stephone Paige played for the Chiefs his whole career, from 1983 to 1991. He ranks fifth in the team’s history with 6341 receiving yards, and his best season was 1990. That year, Paige caught a career high 65 passes for 1021 yards (also career high) with 5 TDs.
Chris Burford (5505)—Split end Chris Burford played for this franchise when they were the Dallas Texans and moved with them to Kansas City. Overall he was with the franchise from 1960 to 1967. Burford ranks sixth in receiving yards for the franchise with 5505, and he made the Pro Bowl twice. He had a career high 850 receiving yards in 1961, but Burford’s best overall season was 1963, with a career best 68 catches for 824 yards and 9 touchdown receptions.
Eddie Kennison (5230)—Journeyman Eddie Kennison played for the Chiefs for seven years, from 2001 to 2007. He ranks seventh in team history with 5230 receiving yards, and Kennison’s best season was in KC in 2005. That year, he had career highs in receptions (68) and receiving yards (1102) with 5 touchdown catches.
Derrick Alexander (3685)—Journeyman Derrick Alexander played for the Chiefs for four seasons, longer than any other franchise he was with, from 1998 to 2001. Alexander ranks eighth in Chiefs’ history with 3685 receiving yards, and his best season there was 2000, with career highs in receptions (78), receiving yards (1391) and TD catches (10). He also carried the ball three times for another 45 yards that season.
Fred Arbanas (3101)—Tight end Fred Arbanas began his career with the Dallas Texans in 1962 and stayed with the franchise his entire career, through the 1970 season. Arbanas ranks ninth in franchise history with 3101 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl six times, three times as a first team All Pro. Arbanas’ best season was 1964, with career highs in receptions (34), receiving yards (686) and touchdowns (8).
Willie Davis (3014)—Willie Davis played for the Chiefs from 1991 to 1995, and ranks tenth in their history with 3014 receiving yards. Davis had his best season in 1993, with career high numbers in receptions (52), receiving yards (909) and touchdown catches (7).