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The Greatest Kansas City Chiefs, By The Numbers: #52

What's that? Your favorite series on Arrowhead Pride is back? Indeed, loyal AP readers. The Greatest Kansas City Chiefs series has been resurrected for the 2011 off season. You can finally take a deep breath and relax.

For the uninitiated, we have been counting down the greatest Kansas City Chiefs, in order of their jersey number, for the last two years. The first post was back in May 2009 and in just two short years, we've gotten....51 of them done. The concept is simple. I gather information on all of the players to wear a certain jersey number and you vote on which one of those players was the greatest Chief to wear that number.

Usually, there is a lot of spirited debate between those that are familiar with the 1960s and 1970s Chiefs teams and those of us grew up knowing the Chiefs in the 1990s and 2000s. Nobody remembers the 1980s.

Today, for #52, we're talking about a lot of linebackers and a couple of centers. Jump over and check out the list of Chiefs to wear #52 and make sure you vote in the poll.

LB Bud Abell (1966-68)

Mr. Harry Everett "Bud" Abell played three seasons for the Chiefs at linebacker, winning an AFL Championship in 1966. He had two career INTs, both in the 1968 season. He did not play football after his first three seasons with the Chiefs.

LB Quinton Caver (2002-04)

Caver was a second round pick in 2001 by the Philadelphia Eagles. He left Philly after only a season and a half. He ended up playing three seasons for the Chiefs, mainly as a special teamer, before hitting the Cowboys and then the CFL. Caver is a typical journeyman special teams player. He had one fumble recover and two pass deflections as a Chief.

LB Curtis Gatewood (2008-09)

Gatewood is probably one of the few names you'll recognize on this list. He came to the Chiefs in 2008 and played six games. He only had two tackles and is now with his fifth NFL team.

LB Thomas Howard (1977-83)

Thomas Howard Sr. actually has a son playing linebacker in the NFL currently - his son, also named Thomas, plays for the Oakland Raiders. In his seven seasons with the Chiefs, Howard had three picks and four fumble recoveries. He took one of those back for a TD. He started 85 of his 93 career games with the Chiefs.

C Tom Humphrey (1974)

Not much on Tommy Humphrey out of Abilene Christian. He played in five games for the Chiefs and they were the only five games of his career.

C Glenn Hyde (1987)

Hyde was a tenacious special teamer and fan favorite in Denver for many seasons before playing on season with the Chiefs. He started one game in '87. It was his last NFL season.

LB Ken Jolly (1984-85)

Another special teamer, Jolly started 12 games for the Chiefs in 1985, his final NFL season.

LB William Kershaw ((2006-07)

Kershaw spent his two seasons in KC mainly as a reserve/special teams guy. He currently plays for the Dolphins, doing the same type of thing.

C/G Orrin Olsen (1976)

Orrin had two brothers play in the NFL before him - Merlin and Phil - and Merlin turned out to be a pretty damn good football player. Orrin on the other hand, not so lucky. He only played one season in the NFL.

LB Andre O'Neal (2000-01)

In two NFL seasons, O'Neal played for the Chiefs, Packers and Vikings and started only one game. He was undrafted out of Marshall.

LB Micky Pimentel (2007)

I remember Mickey Pimentel from my early days of blogging. He was an undrafted free agent linebacker who flirted with the Chiefs' practice squad.

LB Tracy Rogers (1990-96)

I remember Tracy Rogers quite well actually. He was a 7th round pick in 1989 and played seven seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. Rogers started 14 games at right outside linebacker in 1993 and that was by far his most productive season.

LB Angelo Snipes (1987-89)

Snipes made his name in the CFL after uneventful stints with the Redskins, Chiefs and Chargers.

LB Erik Walden (2008)

Walden is a journeyman special teamer who briefly played for the Chiefs in 2008. He is currently a Green Bay Packer.


Read more about who AP has voted 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

#51 - LB Jim Lynch