The Greatest Kansas City Chiefs, By the Numbers: #51

Chiefs LB Jim Lynch in Super Bowl IV (via www.dholmes.com)

Good morning Chiefs fans! We continue along our Greatest Chiefs journey this morning, before we get heavy into NFL Combine coverage.

LB Corey Mays currently wears #51 for the Red and Gold but I didn't include him on this list because people tend to scan and vote for the names they know (Omar Easy) over names that deserve to win (Billy Jackson).

Take a few minutes to read about some of these guys, namely Jim Lynch. He should get the Greatest Chiefs nod today in my opinion.

  • LB Lew Bush (2000-02)
  • LB Glenn Cadrez (2001-02)
  • LS Jean-Philippe Darche (2007-08)
  • C Rick Donnalley (1986-87)
  • LB Jim Fraser (1965)
  • LB Scott Fujita (2002-04)
  • LB Charles Jackson (1978-84)
  • LB Jim Lynch (1967-77)
  • LB Greg Manusky (1994-99)
  • LB Lonnie Marts (1991-93)

More on the greatest Chiefs to wear #51, after the jump.

LB Lew Bush (2000-02)

Bush was a 4th round pick by the Chargers in 1993, where he spent seven seasons before coming to KC. He started 24 of the 37 games he played in, garnering one sack, one INT and one fumble recovery. He is now a pre-game radio commentator in San Diego.

LB Glenn Cadrez (2001-02)

Cadrez spent the final two NFL seasons of a long NFL career in KC. He spent ten years before KC in Denver and with the New York Jets. He started 6 of the 28 games he played in, nabbing one and a half sack, one INT and one fumble recovery. Yes, pretty much like Lew Bush.

LS Jean-Philippe Darche (2007-08)

Not a whole lot to say about a long snapper. Darche played in Seattle for seven seasons before playing his final two in KC. Hired to replace Kendall Gammon, Darche played a full season in '07 but only made it through seven games in 2008 before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

C Rick Donnalley (1986-87)

Donalley started all 22 games he played in for the Chiefs. The Chiefs traded for him from the Redskins in the '86 off season.

LB Jim Fraser (1965)

A Pro Bowler (AFL All-Star game actually) during his first three NFL seasons in Denver, Fraser was one of those old school football players who punted in addition to linebacker duty. He played in fourteen games for the Chiefs during his one season in KC. He had three punts for the Chiefs and registered no other significant stats.

LB Scott Fujita (2002-04)

Not a Gunther Cunningham fan, Scott Fujita was a 5th round pick by the Chiefs in 2002. He started 41 of 48 games; had 9.5 sacks; 1 INT; and averaged over 70 tackles per season.

Fujita one a Super Bowl with the Saints earlier this month.

LB Charles Jackson (1978-84)

Charles "Melvin" Jackson played seven of his nine NFL seasons in KC. He started 42 of 86 games; had five sacks; and get this - ten fumble recoveries for the Chiefs.

LB Jim Lynch (1967-77)

Jim Lynch was a true Chief through and through. He was drafted out of Notre Dame in the second round of the 1967 draft and played all of his eleven NFL seasons in KC. He won a Super Bowl in 1969 and made the Pro Bowl in 1968. To give you some perspective on how hard it was to stand out on those teams at linebacker, Lynch played next to Hall of Famers Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell.

For his career, Lynch had 17 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries and started in 31 games. He made the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1990 and is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

LB Greg Manusky (1994-99)

Currently the 49ers defensive coordinator, Manusky played six seasons in KC. Manusky started 6 of 96 games in KC.

LB Lonnie Marts (1991-93)

Marts played his first three NFL seasons in Kansas City, starting 20 of the 47 games he played in.

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Who is the greatest Chief to wear #51?

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

#27 - RB Larry Johnson

#28 - RB Abner Haynes

#29 - CB Albert Lewis

#30 - RB Donnell Bennett

#31 - RB Priest Holmes

#32 - RB Marcus Allen

#33 - RB Stone Johnson

#34 - CB Dale Carter

#35 - RB Christian Okoye

#36 - RB Mack Lee Hill

#37 - RB Joe Delaney

#38 - RB Kimble Anders

#39 - RB Bam Morris

#40 - CB James Hasty

#41 - S Reggie Tongue

#42 - S/HB Johnny Robinson

#43 - FB Omar Easy

#44 - P Jerrel Wilson

#45 - RB Robert Holmes

#46 - DB Jim Kearney

#47 - S Jon McGraw

#48 - RB Todd McNair

#49 - FB Tony Richardson

#50 - LB Kawika Mitchell

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