Ranking 5 Chiefs starting QBs who played for 49ers first

The Kansas City Chiefs have long had an affinity for former San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks. How did they rank in their performance with the Chiefs?

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana / Joseph Patronite/GettyImages
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Over the years, the Kansas City Chiefs have shown a strange penchant for bringing in former San Francisco quarterbacks. With the Chiefs and the 49ers meeting in the Super Bowl for the second time in five years, reviewing how those former Niners performed in Kansas City is a nostalgic stroll through team history.

These quarterbacks combined to start 254 games for the Chiefs, compiling a solid 159-94-1 record. That's a winning percentage of 62.8. Most teams would be happy with that. Unfortunately, they weren't quite as successful in the postseason, going just 4-10 in those big games.

It's interesting that, besides one huge exception, most of the names on this list had the best seasons of their careers with the Chiefs.

5. Steve Bono, 1994-96

Bono had served as a backup in San Francisco for both Joe Montana and Steve Young. He joined the Chiefs in 1994 and once again served as QB2 behind The Great One.

When Montana retired, Bono was given the reins. In his 31 games as a starter, he went 21-10, and he threw for 6,489 yards for Kansas City. He even scampered for a 76-yard touchdown run in 1995 against the Cardinals. He threw 37 touchdowns and 27 interceptions with the Chiefs.

In the playoffs, he lost his only appearance with a dismal line of 11 completions on 25 attempts for just 122 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.

He might be best remembered in Kansas City, a town that loves its food, especially BBQ, for insulting KC cuisine. He once said, "The worst restaurant in San Francisco is better than the best restaurant
in Kansas City," per the Sports Illustrated archives

That certainly didn't win him many fans among the locals, and fortunately for all, his time in the Fountain City was relatively short. Statistically, the best years of his career were his two as a starter for the Chiefs.