August 4, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Willie Roaf gestures to the crowd during the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Willie Roaf is now immortalized in the Hall of Fame. It would surprise no one if Will Shields joined him next year. Brian Waters is likely to hear his own name called sometime in the next decade. And those names all came from one era of Chiefs football. All three are great, but they are not only exemplary offensive linemen in Kansas City history.
The Chiefs have retired 10 numbers in franchise history but none of those belong to an offensive lineman. Perhaps they will honor a tackle, guard or center with such an honor at some point, but it's not likely to be Roaf given his four-year tenure on the team.
To that end, we pose a poll question for you on an off day for the current Chiefs roster and at the tail end of the Hall of Fame weekend:
Who is the greatest offensive lineman in Kansas City Chiefs history? Here's a rundown:
John Alt (1984-96)
The first round choice out of Iowa started at left tackle for Chiefs for 13 seasons, starting 149 games. Was a Pro Bowler in '92 and '93.
Ed Budde (1963-76)
Offensive guard who started every game from '63-71 and is named to AFL Hall of Fame. Played 14 seasons with Chiefs (2nd most in team history) and made 7 AFL All-Star/Pro Bowl appearances. 177 career games.
Dave Hill (1963-74)
Another ironman member of Chiefs line as right tackle for Super Bowl team who started 149 games for the franchise.
E.J. Holub (1961-70)
Holub played both sides of the ball for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs and started in two Super Bowls as a linebacker and then a center. Was the long-time starting center before giving way to Jack Rudnay (see below), making AFL All-Star teams.
Willie Roaf (2002-2005)
Newest member of NFL Hall of Fame with four Pro Bowl appearances in four seasons with Chiefs. Went to 11 Pro Bowls overall and named to NFL All-Decade Team in '90s and 2000s.
Jack Rudnay (1970-82)
The Chiefs center of the '70s was in the ironman mold that most current Chiefs fans think of Casey Wiegmann. Had a consecutive games streak of 144 straight games and made 4 Pro Bowls for the team.
Will Shields (1993-2006)
The 12-time Pro Bowler was also a 9-time All-Pro and even won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2003. Started 230 consecutive games for the Chiefs . Was finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame this season in first year eligible.
Jim Tyrer (1961-73)
Decorated tackle for the Chiefs for 13 seasons before concluding career with Redskins for one season. Made 9 AFL All-Star/Pro Bowl appearances. Streak of 180 consecutive games played is third highest in team history.
Brian Waters (2000-10)
Played 11 seasons for Chiefs after starting career as undrafted free agent with Dallas Cowboys. Six-time Pro Bowler also won 2009 Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award. Went to Super Bowl last year with New England Patriots.