The Greatest Kansas City Chiefs, By the Numbers: #27

Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs leaps over Mike Brown #30 of the Chicago Bears to score a touchdown on August 7, 2008 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

Current #27 Larry Johnson should have no trouble winning this poll against The Real Deal and a host of one year (in some cases one game) players. #27 hasn't graced the front of many great Chiefs' jerseys.

  • RB Theotis Brown (1983-84)
  • RB Woody Green (1974-76)
  • RB Greg Hill (1994-97)
  • RB Larry Johnson (2003-08)
  • RB Jarmar Julien (2002)
  • WR Dan Kratzer (1973)
  • S Ray Milo (1978)
  • S Kevin Porter (1988-92)
  • CB Donovan Rose (1980)
  • S Blane Smith (1987)
  • CB Jay Taylor (1993-95)
  • S Bracy Walker (1994, ʼ98-01)

Click through to see who's up against LJ for the greatest Chief to wear #27...

RB Theotis Brown (1983-84)

A second round pick in 1979, Brown played six seasons for the Seahawks and Rams before finishing his career in Kansas City. He was more of a fullback, short yardage back in KC. If you search Google News for him back in the early 1980s, you'll see lots of references to short TD runs. He was 6'2", 225 pounds and scored 12 TDs for the Chiefs in two seasons.

RB Woody Green (1974-76)

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The speedy Green was an effective runner and pass catcher for the Chiefs in the mid '70s. He had 135, 167 and 73 rushing attempts respectively with the Chiefs after being a first round pick in 1974.

in 1975, Green and another NFL player were acquitted of rape in Oregon. He was put on waivers in 1977 after a knee injury.

RB Greg Hill (1994-97)

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Another first round pick at runningback by the Chiefs, Hill came from a stat-packed Texas A&M career to back up Marcus Allen for most of his time in Kansas City. In his final season, he started all 16 games for the Chiefs.

While splitting time with Allen, Hill averaged right around 150 rushing attempts each season. He scored only six TDs as a Chief, compared with Allen's 32 during the same time period. Hill rushed for 2,436 yards in his career.

RB Larry Johnson (2003-08)

Since we know Larry Johnson so well, here are his stats as a Chief.

Year  GS  Att  Yds  TD  Rec  Yds  Y/R  TD 
2003 6 0 20 85 1 1 2 2 0
2004 10 3 120 581 9 22 278 12.6 2
2005 16 9 336 1750 20 33 343 10.4 1
2006 16 16 416 1789 17 41 410 10 2
2007 8 8 158 559 3 30 186 6.2 1
2008 12 12 193 874 5 12 74 6.2 0
Career 68 48 1243 5638 55 139 1293 9.3 6

There's really no reason that LJ shouldn't win this poll with those numbers.

RB Jarmar Julien (2002)

Undrafted out of San Jose St. Julien played in a couple of games late in the '02 season after spending the entire season on the Chiefs practice squad. He registered zero stats and did not play for any other NFL teams.

WR Dan Kratzer (1973)

Kratzer was brought in for one game late in the 1973 season. He registered no stats and played for no other NFL team.

S Ray Milo (1978)

I can't find any other news or stories about Milo except that he played in one game for the Chiefs after being drafted in the 11th round of the '78 NFL draft. He registered no stats.

S Kevin Porter (1988-92)

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Porter played 76 of his career 78 games with the Chiefs, playing in two games for the Jets during his final season. He had 1.5 sacks and one INT in his Chief career.

CB Donovan Rose (1980)

Not much out there on Donovan Rose. He played in seven games for the Chiefs, registering no sacks. He finished his NFL career with two seasons in Miami.

S Blane Smith (1987)

Smith was a scab signed by the Chiefs during the NFL strike. He registered absolutely no stats with the Chiefs.

CB Jay Taylor (1993-95)

Taylor finished his NFL career in KC. He had 46 tackles and two INTs while starting five games and playing in 31 games as a Chief.

S Bracy Walker (1994, ʼ98-01)

Walker did two laps in Kansas City, originally as a fourth round draft pick and then again as a four year veteran. He played in Cincinnati and Miami in between stints in KC.

Walker started one game; played in 56 of them; made 11 tackles and one fumble recovery in five seasons with the Chiefs.

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Who is the greatest Chief to wear #27?

Read more about the Greatest Chiefs:

#1 - QB Warren Moon

#2 - P Dustin Colquitt

#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

#11 - QB Elvis Grbac

#12 - QB Rich Gannon

#13 - QB Steve Bono

#14 - RB Ed Podolak

#15 - QB Todd Collins

#16 - QB Len Dawson

#17 - QB Steve Deberg

#18 - CB Emmitt Thomas

#19 - QB Joe Montana

#20 - S Deron Cherry

#21 - S Jerome Woods

#22 - DB Willie Mitchell

#23 - RB Barry Word

#24 - CB Jayice Pearson

#25 - S Greg Wesley

#26 - S Gary Barbaro

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