The Greatest Kansas City Chiefs, By the Numbers: #11

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Quarterback Damon Huard #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a touchdown pass to Eddie Kennison against the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter October 22, 2006 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ah, yes. #11 for the Kansas City Chiefs. A number that symbolizes the struggle of back up  quarterbacks around the league. First, we had the Grbac/Gannon struggle then of course the more recent Huard/Green debate.

You can tell current #11 wearer Rodney Wright is in good shape with the Chiefs' brass because he's a...wide reciever? Okay, maybe he doesn't have the best shot of making the final roster with that number. I'm guessing the team doesn't think too highly of him quite yet.

Here are the Chiefs who have worn #11 in their career.

  • QB Tony Adams (1975-78)
  • WR Dameane Douglas (2003)
  • QB Bob Gagliano (1982-83)
  • QB Elvis Grbac (1997-2000)
  • QB Damon Huard (2004-2008)
  • QB Doug Hudson (1987)
  • WR Reggie Jones (1997, 2001)
  • QB Sandy Osiecki (1984)
  • QB Steve Pelluer (1989-1991)

Click through, read and vote on who is the Greatest Chief to wear #11.

QB Tony Adams (1975-78)

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Adams paired with QB Mike Livingston to make up the two QBs who took over the Chiefs passing duties after Lenny Dawson retired. 1-9 in his starting QB career, Adams' four season in KC completed 51.1% of his passes and had a 9:22 touchdown to interception ratio. He rounded out his career in the CFL and then finally as a strike replacement player in 1987 in the NFL.

WR Dameane Douglas (2003)

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Douglas was a special teams specialist (fancy that) who only spent a few brief months on the Chiefs roster in 2003 before hurting his leg during the Vikings training camp scrimmage. Dick Vermeil was pretty pissed off about the whole situation, taking into account there wasn't supposed to be any tackling:

"I'm (angry) about it," Vermeil said after telling a Vikings scout in the presence of reporters that "the SOB who took out my receiver should be taken out and shot."

Needless to say, Douglas never made it on the field for the Chiefs. He was released after coming to an injury settlement with the Chiefs.

QB Bob Gagliano (1982-83)

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In two seasons with the Chiefs, Gagliano made a whopping one pass. It was a completion for seven yards. He played for seven NFL teams in his career, with a USFL stint in the middle.

QB Elvis Grbac (1997-2000)

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Compiling a 26-21 record as a starter for the Chiefs, Grbac was a backup 49ers QB at the right time. The Chiefs were handing out starting jobs to 49er QBs left and right when Grbac came to KC in '97. Elvis completed a respectable 57.9% of his passes, with his best statistical season in KC in 1999, which is also the only year he started all 16 games for the Chiefs.

Elvis Grbac will probably be remembered most by KC fans for not being Rich Gannon, who Grbac "beat out" for the starting QB job after being injured in 1998.

He later changed his number to #18.

QB Damon Huard (2004-2008)

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Do you ever think that when the Chiefs were waiting around for a meeting or something and it was quiet, that Huard would slowly tap his Super Bowl ring on the table, look around and quietly whistle? I think I would do something like that if I had a Super Bowl ring.

The Rich Gannon of the 21st century, Damon Huard rose to prominence n 2006 when QB Trent Green was injured during the first game of the season. Huard stepped in, went 5-3 as a starter, with eleven touchdowns and only one INT. Huard would go 5-8 over the next two seasons as a partial starter.

For his Chiefs career, Huard completed 61.5% of his passes; threw for over 4,600 yards; and had a 22:18 touchdown to INT ratio.

QB Doug Hudson (1987)

You need to know two things about Doug Hudson. One, he was the last QB until Brodie Croyle came along to be drafted by the Chiefs and start a regular season game. Next, in his only five minutes playing in the NFL ever, Hudson made one incomplete pass and fumble one handoff which resulted in a safety. He was taken out of the game after that and never played a down in the NFL ever again.

WR Reggie Jones (1997, 2001)

Jones, a former Wyandotte County football star, was a practice squad/training camp/special teams type receiver who joined the Chiefs at training camp in 1997. After a serious case of the drops in training camp, Jones was bounced from the Chiefs and didn't really catch on anywhere else in the NFL, save another special teams/practice squad type stint again in KC in 2001.

QB Sandy Osiecki (1984)

You want to know how bad the Chiefs' QB situation was in the 1980s? Take this 1984 divisional game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Chiefs threw six interceptions combined with three quarterbacks - Bill Kenney, Todd Blackledge and Sandy Osiecki. And that game was pretty much the extent of Osiecki's career - 7/17 for 64 yards in his entire, one season NFL career.

QB Steve Pelleur (1989-1991)

Let's add one more QB to the 1980s pile, okay?

Steve Pelleur started two games in two seasons with the Chiefs after coming over in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. He backed up Steve Deberg during those two seasons, going 28/52 with a 1:1 touchdown to INT ratio. Pelluer actually was named the starter for two games in the '89 season, benching Steve Deberg. After a tie with Cleveland in Week 11 though, Deberg came back as the starter the next week.

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I mean, this one really should go for Damon Huard. No way you can vote for Grbac in this poll. I still hate that guy.

Results of the voting so far:

#1 - QB Warren Moon

#2 - K *** ****** 

#3 - K Jan Stenerud

#4 - P Nick Murphy

#5 - P Louie Aguiar

#6 - RB Warren McVea

#7 - QB Ron Jaworski

#8 - K Nick Lowery

#9 - QB Bill Kenney

#10 - QB Trent Green

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