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Top Five Athletes In Kansas City

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An introduction and a welcome. Plus, the top five athletes in Kansas City.

Greetings and welcome to SB Nation Kansas City. If you're new, then we welcome you.

As a weekly feature, we'll be offering up a blogger's best friend: Top Five lists!

To get things kicked off here at SB Nation Kansas City, I've got my list of the top five athletes in Kansas City. The criteria is whatever you want it to be. For me, it was the value each player adds to their team and their national profile.

So who are the top five athletes in Kansas City? Here's my list. Put yours in the comments.

No. 1: Zack Greinke, P, Royals

The best pitcher to come to Kansas City in over a decade (longer, really). He won the Cy Young Award last year with just 16 victories because those Royals just can't seem to support him. Of course he's struggling this season (relative  to 2009) but he's a heck of a talent and the only national-level name on a Kansas City roster.

No. 2: Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

Arguably the fastest man in town. Charles is a burner and came alive in the second half of the Chiefs season as literally the only playmaker on the team. The Chiefs are expecting huge numbers out of him this season and for good reason. He's not participating in OTAs with a shoulder injury but should be good to go by training camp.

No. 3: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

The big-armed quarterback for Mizzou. His spot in this ranking is based on potential as much as anything. If he performs well, he should draw the eye of plenty of NFL scouts. He's got much better size than Chase Daniel, another prolific MU quarterback.

No. 4: Marcus Morris, F, Kansas

He became KU's most consistent performer toward the end of the 2009 season. He's big, strong and is athletic enough to shoot jumpers near the perimeter. He scared KU fans quite a bit this week when he injured his back in a scrimmage game, but it won't affect him moving forward. Big things are expected of him.

No. 5: Eric Berry, S, Chiefs

What, he hasn't played a game yet? That's true, but in a town devoid of playmakers, Berry is expected to raise the level of the Chiefs defense. He's fast, strong and dominated college football. Sure, he hasn't played a game yet and he's already on the list, but truthfully, that speaks more to the athletes in Kansas City than it does to Berry.