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Chiefs legend Len Dawson deceased at the age of 87

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Chiefs legend Dawson dead.

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KANSAS CITY — Len Dawson, who led our Kansas City Chiefs to three AFC title games and a Super Bowl victory in 1970, has migrated to that big gridiron in the sky. The pro football legend kicked the bucket early Wednesday morning after spending two weeks in hospice care. He was 87. “With wife Linda at his side, it is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Len Dawson,” the family said in a statement to KMBC Channel 9 where Dawson worked as a sports broadcaster. “He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. Len was always grateful and many times overwhelmed by the countless bonds he made during his football and broadcast careers. He loved Kansas City and no matter where his travels took him, he could not wait to return home.” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt was devastated when he heard the news. “Len Dawson is synonymous with the Kansas City Chiefs,” he said in a statement. “Len embraced and came to embody Kansas City and the people that call it home. You would be hard-pressed to find a player who had a bigger impact in shaping the organization as we know it today than Len Dawson did. I admired Len my entire life — first as a Hall of Fame player on the field, and later as he transitioned into a successful broadcasting career. Throughout his remarkable career, Len made it a priority to give back to the community that he loved. The franchise has lost a true legend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda and his family.”

Dawson spent the first 5 years of his 19-season pro career warming the bench for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. But when he signed with the AFL’s Dallas Texans (who eventually became the Kansas City Chiefs) in 1962, all hell broke loose. Dawson led the AFL in completion percentage (61.0) that same year in earning ‘Player of the Year’ accolades while carrying the franchise to the league title. Dawson’s coach, Hank Stram, called him “the most accurate passer in pro football.”

Dawson, quondam host of “Inside the NFL,” was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

He’s gone but not forgotten.

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  1. HBO Inside The NFL.
    Len Dawson
    Nick Buoniconti
    Chris Collinsworth
    Jerry Glanville

    1995 – 2001 The Best Years ๐Ÿˆ

  2. He was the host of my all time favorite show on HBO Inside the NFL with Nick Buoconati

  3. The Super Bowl that doesn’t count since it was in the dinosaur days. R.I.P tho ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ

  4. Bronco fan! Loved Len Dawson, Old NFL slayer. Put the AFL on the on the map.

  5. RIP Lenny Dawson……16 was a legend. AFL Legend, NFL Legend, HOFer…….Epic battles against the Raiders, Dolphins, Steelers,…..Forever a Chief!!! Condolences to the Dawson Family! We’ll never forget you Lenny!!

  6. Thank you very much Len Dawson
    RIP 1935-2022๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒน๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
    And God Bless You……..
    Kansas City Chiefs Legend.


  8. One of the first QBs I would pretend to be (along with johnny U) when i was a kid. One of the greats.

  9. Len Dawson to me represents the early days of the NFL and their efforts to give the fans a really well done look at the most recent weeks games in much more detail than we ever had before. HBO’s “Inside the NFL” hosted by Len Dawson for so many years was reason enough to pay for HBO.

  10. Len Dawson took the KC Chiefs to two Super Bowls I and IV winning Super Bowl IV Len Dawson was a class Act. My condolences goes out to Len Dawson’s family.

  11. I met Len Dawson at a bowling tournament in Kansas City. He helped me sign up and went out of his way to help a nobody find her way to her spot in the tournament. Such a gentleman, and such a sweet man. We’ll all miss you. Chiefs forever.

  12. Len Dawson was also great on HBO’s ‘Inside The NFL’. He had great tv presentation and an affable personality. I very much enjoyed watching him week to week talk about the NFL.

  13. Bow down to the goat. Rest in peace Lenny the cool dawson ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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