Kansas City Chiefs: Dick Vermeil

Who's next for Chiefs' Hall of Fame?

February, 28, 2014
Feb 28
12:45
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In addition to announcing their Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards on Saturday, the Chiefs will unveil this year's entrant to the team's Hall of Fame. The most obvious candidate is Priest Holmes, who is the Chiefs' all-time leader in touchdowns and rushing yardage. I thought the Chiefs would put Holmes in last year but they went with safety Gary Barbaro instead. If it's Holmes' time, it's obviously a great choice.

But there are other deserving candidates. The Chiefs like to wait five years after a player is retired before they put him in the Hall of Fame, so Tony Gonzalez has some time to wait. Larry Johnson needs three more years before he can get in but his time has to eventually come. He's only a few rushing yards behind Holmes, so he deserves it. If Curtis McClinton and Christian Okoye are in, Johnson should eventually be, too.

I think those great Chiefs offensive lines from the Dick Vermeil days need more representation in the team's Hall of Fame. Will Shields is already in and Brian Waters is a lock, eventually. Until then, what about Willie Roaf? He played only four seasons with the Chiefs but was so good during that time that he at least deserves consideration.

Then there's Trent Green, who had four great seasons as the Chiefs quarterback. Green has the highest passer rating for any Chiefs quarterback who's thrown at least 1,000 passes. He would be just the second Chiefs quarterback in their Hall of Fame and deserves to join Len Dawson there some day, perhaps even this year.

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