Everybody knows the big names and personalities of the Chiefs thanks to their recent run of playoff success.
Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid have established themselves as one of the best quarterback and head coach tandems in recent NFL history. Meanwhile, Travis Kelce has long been one of the league’s top tight ends and brings an edge to his game, as Cincinnati fans learned after their loss to Kansas City in the AFC championship game.
Indeed, much of the attention will be on those three as the Chiefs fight for their second Super Bowl title in four years.
That said, there are still plenty of other players on the roster, and there are plenty of veterans who can earn their first rings.
The Chiefs stockpiled veteran depth ahead of their Super Bowl run and have also added a couple of undrafted rookies whose names will be familiar to football fans. Here’s a look at the five most random Chiefs who can win Super Bowl titles in 2023.
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Gordon had the worst professional season of his career in 2022, but it has given him by far his best-ever chance of winning a Super Bowl ring.
Gordon began the season with the Broncos but struggled immensely running the ball in Nathaniel Hackett’s offense. He mustered just 318 yards and two touchdowns on 90 carries yet fumbled five times despite minimal touches. His waning efficacy and turnover problems prompted Denver to cut him midseason, and some wondered whether his career was over.
That said, the Chiefs scooped up Gordon quickly and stashed him on the team’s practice squad. He has remained there since November and hasn’t yet been active for Kansas City. He isn’t likely to be in the Super Bowl either, but he can still earn a ring by being with the team.
In his first eight seasons, Gordon played in just two playoff games. The Broncos were one of the worst teams in the league when he was released, so suffice to say it’s shocking that he is positioned to earn a Super Bowl win this season.
Like Gordon, Ross won’t have played for the Chiefs this season, but he will still be in line to earn a ring in his rookie season. The Clemson product went undrafted in 2022 because of long-term concerns about a neck/spine condition that caused him to have fusion surgery in college.
Ross (6-4, 205 pounds) was dynamic as a freshman at Clemson, posting 46 catches for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. However, he regressed a bit the following year and then had the surgery which derailed his career a bit.
Ross played his senior season at Clemson and was slated to make a bid to earn a roster spot with the Chiefs. However, he suffered a foot injury that required season-ending surgery. Kansas City put him on IR and he has remained there since; he will not be eligible to return for the Super Bowl.
So, while Ross certainly will be disappointed not to play this season, he would surely be excited to add a Super Bowl ring to his collection. He won a national championship in his freshman year at Clemson; mirroring that by winning a Super Bowl in his first season would be a nice follow-up.
It’s especially fitting considering that Clemson’s national championship win came just a month before the Chiefs beat the 49ers in Super Bowl 54.
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Dunlap has played in the NFL since he was a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Despite his decade-long career, he had never won a playoff game before joining the Chiefs before the 2022 season.
Now he has a chance to win the Super Bowl, something he never came close to doing with the Bengals or Seahawks.
Dunlap has been a key rotational edge rusher for the Chiefs this season. He hasn’t recorded a sack yet during the postseason, but he logged four sacks and eight pass defenses while getting after the quarterback this season. He will be relied on to get in Jalen Hurts’ way when on the field and could end up playing a key role in this Super Bowl.
Of all the players on this list, Dunlap is the one most likely to make an impact. Either way, that he is in the Super Bowl after his teams went 0-6 in playoff games during his first 12 years in the NFL is remarkable.
Williams has had more success than Dunlap in his postseason career, but the random part of his involvement in this Super Bowl is that he is on the Chiefs. He spent the first nine years of his career with the Ravens but remained unsigned long-term following the 2021 season.
The Chiefs signed Williams — a 6-1, 336-pound nose tackle — to add veteran depth to their defensive line. They added him to the active roster in December and he played a small role as a rotational run stuffer to close the season.
Now, Williams — an FCS product — will get a chance to help the Chiefs win on the big stage. He will be asked to play a key run-stopping role in rotation with Derek Nnadi and Khalen Saunders, and his presence might be a good way to counteract the Eagles’ strong running game.
And hey, at the very least, Williams may be called upon to help slow the seemingly unstoppable “Two-Cheek Sneak” the Eagles employ in short-yardage situations.
Either way, Williams’ potential involvement in the game plan wouldn’t have even been possible just a few months ago. The fact that he could be asked to play a key role in a Super Bowl win would certainly qualify as surprising, or at the very least, random.
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Brock Purdy wasn’t the only seventh-round rookie quarterback with a chance to win a Super Bowl ring in his first season. Oladokun isn’t a starter, nor is he on the active roster, but the practice squader has a chance to achieve what Purdy and Skylar Thompson couldn’t despite starting in playoff games.
Oladokun was another astute addition by the Chiefs. He was originally selected by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but he didn’t make the team, losing out to Kenny Pickett, Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph in the battle for roster spots.
The problem with Oladokun was that he didn’t get many reps because of Pittsburgh’s quarterback competition. The South Dakota State product played at the FCS level and was raw, so he always needed time to develop. He’s getting that on the Kansas City practice squad and should be granted a chance to compete for the third-string job behind Patrick Mahomes next preseason.
Until then, Oladokun will be happy to hang out on the practice squad, especially since it comes with the added perk of earning a ring without having to lift a finger during the early stages of his NFL career.