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The Greatest Kansas City Chiefs, By The Numbers: #57

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To probably nobody's surprise, all of the Kansas City Chiefs players to have worn #57 are linebackers. And most of them, you've probably never heard of or haven't thought about in years.

Linebacker is probably the most expendable or recyclable position on a football team. They're usually athletic and quick which makes them perfect candidates to rush down the field on special teams.

We're talking about 12 linebackers, after the jump.

LB Johnny Baldwin (2007)

Johnny Baldwin is your classic special teams, journey man linebacker. He played three games for the Chiefs and continued his career in the CFL.

LB Jerry Blanton (1979-85)

Here's a guy who can get your vote. Blanton spent his entire career with the Chiefs after initially being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 11th round of the 1979 NFL draft. His best season was in 1983 when he started every game and led the team in tackles. As noted on his web site, Blanton had a streak in 1983 of a 17 tackle game, followed up by a 12 tackle day and then he topped his three game streak off with a 16 tackle game the third week.

LB Weston Dacus (2008)

Dacus flirted with starting at linebacker for a bit in 2008 but he never amounted to more than a special teams body. He is currently doing time in the UFL.

LB Jimbo Elrod (1976-78)

Elrod had five starts in three seasons for the Chiefs. He was a fifth round pick in the 1976 NFL draft and had one career interception.

LB James Harrell (1987)

Harrell was mainly a Detroit Lion during his NFL career. He played his final season in Kansas City where he had 11 game appearances. He is currently a high school coach.

LB Bruce Holmes (1987)

Holmes was a late round draft pick by the Chiefs in 1987. He played in three games, starting all of them, before spending his final NFL season in MInnesota.

LB Bobby Houston (1997)

Kansas City was one of five stops in Bobby Houston's career. He played in three games for the Chiefs, registering no stats.

LB George Jamison (1994-96)

Jamison is another Detroit Lion turned Chief. He played seven seasons in Detroit before coming to KC. He had a couple of productive seasons as a Chief, starting 25 games.

LB Chris Martin (1988-92)

Chris Martin's five years in Kansas City were very productive. He started 59 games and had 8 fumble recoveries, including a 100-yarder in 1991.

LB Mike Maslowski (1999-04)

Maslowski's career was shortened because of knee problems but he still made the most of it. He won the Mack Lee Hill award in 1999, which is given to the team's most outstanding rookie. He also has the Kansas City Chiefs' all time record for tackles in a season with 162. That was in the 2002 season.

LB Al Palewicz (1973-75)

Palwicz had a short career, playing three of his four NFL seasons in Kansas City. He didn't start a game for the Chiefs at linebacker and only earned a handful of tackles on special teams.

LB Jerrot Willard (1998)

Willard only played one game in his NFL career after a standout career at Cal. He registered no stats.

LB Justin Cole (2010)

Cole was an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State. He did not play in a game last season, spending time on the Chiefs' practice squad.

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

#52 - LB Tracy Rogers

#53 - LB Marvcus Patton

#54 - G Brian Waters

#55 - C/LB E.J. Holub

#56 - LB Derrick Johnson