For that reason, it’s just fitting for the organization to pay tribute to him following his passing at age 87.
Statement from Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt on the passing of Hall of Fame Quarterback Len Dawson.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 24, 2022
Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt shared a statement on Dawson’s death.
“My family and I are heartbroken. Len Dawson is synonymous with the Kansas City Chiefs. Len embraced and came to embody Kansas City and the people that call it home,” Hunt said.
After playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Dawson joined the Chiefs in 1962 when they were still known as the Dallas Texans.
The franchise moved to Kansas City a year later and Dawson played for them until his final NFL game in 1975.
After retiring as a player, he continued to be an influential fixture within the organization.
He filled in as an anchor for KMBC-TV in Kansas City when the regulars were on leave.
It’s a role he held onto until 2009.
He was also the analyst of the Chiefs’ radio broadcast team from 1985 to 2017.
Dawson’s Career Accomplishments
His defining moment came in Super Bowl IV when he led the AFL’s Chiefs to victory over the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.
That win was the perfect ending for the American Football League which merged with the National Football League in 1970.
Dawson was also the Most Valuable Player of that game.
He also led the Chiefs to three AFL titles and he was the league’s MVP in 1962.
Dawson also became All-AFL four times and earned one Pro Bowl selection.
The Purdue alumnus finished his career with 28,711 yards, 239 touchdowns, and an 82.6 passer rating.