The Greatest Kansas City Chiefs, By the Numbers: #14

The list below has been pretty much the standard mix of Kansas City Chiefs players. You've got a few quarterbacks from the 1980s, a couple of guys from the AFL days and your random wide recievers. Current #14 WR/KR Quinten Lawrence would be lucky to duplicate the stats of one special teams ace below.

  • QB Todd Blackledge (1983-87)
  • QB Matt Blundin (1992-95)
  • QB Hunter Enis (1960)
  • QB Tom Greene (1961)
  • WR Curtis Jackson (2002-03)
  • QB Danny McManus (1988)
  • DB Bobby Ply (1962-67)
  • RB Ed Podolak (1969-77)

If you know your Chiefs history, then you know that only one of these guys has a real shot to win our poll today. Click through to see who it is.

QB Todd Blackledge (1983-87)

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Mr. Blackledge, also known as "Not Dan Marino or Jim Kelly", was drafted by the Chiefs in 1983 with the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft. Famously, Blackledge was the big bust of the 1983 draft class.

Todd played five seasons in Kansas City, never starting more than eight games in one year. Here are his Chief-era stats. Blackledge finished his career in Pittsburgh.

Year   G   GS   QBrec   Cmp   Att   Cmp%   Yds   TD   TD%   Int   Rate   Sk  
KC Career 46 29 15-14-0  424 881 48.1 5286 29 3.3 38 60.2 77

I sympathize with Todd Blackledge, despite how much anger his bust status may incite in Chiefs fans. The Chiefs in the 1980s were like the Detroit Lions of, well, they were like the Detroit Lions' entire franchise history. The team was was just plain terrible in almost every facet of the game. How could anyone, especially a QB, survive that?

Now you can catch Blackledge on Saturdays, where he is a co-host of ESPN's College Football Primetime.

QB Matt Blundin (1992-95)

The Chiefs second round pick of the 1992 NFL draft, Matt Blundin was a victim of some very unfortunate timing in his NFL career. Blundin played behind Dave Krieg that year at QB for the Chiefs, who just so happened to start every game that year. Then, in 1993, the Chiefs traded for Joe Montana. Suddenly, with Montana and Bono on the team, the third-string quarterback becomes the most competitive spot on the team.

Blundin was 2/0 passing in his career with one INT. He finished his NFL career in 1997 with the Detroit Lions. He is a high school math teacher today in Virginia.

QB Hunter Enis (1960)

Here is one very cool fact about Hunter Enis that I doubt you can say about anyone else - He played for every current AFC West franchise. The Dallas Texas in 1960, the San Diego Chargers in 1961, the Oakland Raiders in '62 and finally the Denver Broncos in 1963.

He was 30/54 in his one season with the Texans franchise.

QB Tom Greene (1961)

Tom Greene must have been a nobody because I can't find any information about his playing career in KC on the Internet. If anyone from the Chiefs is reading this, shoot us some info.

WR Curtis Jackson (2002-03)

Curtis Jackson was a fringe special teams?WR for the prolific Chiefs' offense in the early 2000s. He actually started the 2002 season on the active roster and was signed to another one-year deal in 2003. He never registered a catch in KC.

QB Danny McManus (1988)

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Danny McManus is a guy who is known for everything but his one season in Kansas City. McManus played for Florida St. from 1984 to 1987, winning the Fiesta Bowl in his final season. The Chiefs drafted him in the eleventh round of the 1987 NFL draft and he only dressed for seven games that season, not taking a snap.

After his min-stint in the NFL, Danny McManus went on to play for seventeen seasons in the CFL. He now does TV, mainly for CFL stuff.

DB Bobby Ply (1962-67)

Here's what you need to know about Bobby Ply, who was a pretty good DB for the Chiefs - He's one of a handful of players to have picked off four passes in one game. That happened back in December 1962. Deron Cherry also had four INTs in 1985.

RB Ed Podolak (1969-77)

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Podolak was a workhouse running back for his entire NFL career, which he spent all of in Kansas City.

Year   Age   Tm   G   GS   Att   Yds   TD   Y/A   Y/G   Rec   Yds   TD  
1969 22 KAN  4 0 0 0 0
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1970 23 KAN  14 0 168 749 3 4.5 53.5 26 307 1
1971 24 KAN  13 0 184 708 9 3.8 54.5 36 252 0
1972 25 KAN  13 0 171 615 4 3.6 47.3 46 345 2
1973 26 KAN  14 0 210 721 3 3.4 51.5 55 445 0
1974 27 KAN  9 0 101 386 2 3.8 42.9 43 306 1
1975 28 KAN  14 13 102 351 3 3.4 25.1 37 332 2
1976 29 KAN  10 4 88 371 5 4.2 37.1 13 156 0
1977 30 KAN  13 0 133 550 5 4.1 42.3 32 313 0
Career 

104 17 1157 4451 34 3.8 42.8 288 2456 6

To show Podolak's versatility, check out these stats from Wikipedia: Podolak led the Chiefs in rushing four times, in receiving three times, and in punt returns three times.

On Christmas day 1971, when the Chiefs lost to the Dolphins in the longest game ever played in NFL history, Podolak had a playoff-record 350 total yards. 85 yards rushing, 110 receiving and 155 yards on returns.

So who is Chiefs fans? Gotta be Podolak. No doubt in my mind he'll be the winner.

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