Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and broadcasting legend, dies at 87
Len Dawson, a quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and well-known radio and television sports broadcaster, has passed away. He was 87.
He even won the MVP award as he guided the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl victory in 1970.
Earlier this month, Dawson had begun receiving hospice care. "Len Dawson is associated with the Kansas City Chiefs," the team said in a statement.
In 1935, Dawson was born in Alliance, Ohio. After a 19-year football career, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame 52 years later in the adjacent town of Canton.
In 2017, when the announcing booth at Arrowhead Stadium was officially dedicated to him, Dawson chuckled and added, "I was into working." Because they didn't have much themselves, my parents instilled in me the value of working hard for what you desire.
From 1984 until 2017, Dawson provided colour commentary for Chiefs radio broadcasts on the Chiefs radio network.
In reference to Lenny Dawson's jersey No. 16, Holthus commented, "I made sure my mom created a shoddy, stitched jersey with 1 and 6 on it because I wanted to be Lenny Dawson."
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Dawson in the first round of the 1957 draught out of Purdue, but he never saw much action with them or during his two seasons with the Cleveland Browns in 1960 and 1961.
Before the 1962 season began, Dawson joined with the Dallas Texans of the infant American Football League, where he reconnected with Hank Stram, one of his Purdue assistant coaches.
In Super Bowl I, the Chiefs were defeated by the Minnesota Vikings, but in Super Bowl IV, they defeated them by a score of 23-7. The MVP was Dawson.
He remembered, "We were the underdog in that game. "We were predicted to lose by a few touchdowns. Fortunately, we didn't think that."
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