The Kansas City team and the NFL are in mourning following the passing of legendary quarterback Len Dawson, a Super Bowl IV winner with the Chiefs.
“With his wife Linda by his side, it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Len Dawson,” his family said in a statement. “He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. Len was always grateful and often overwhelmed by the countless ties he made during his football and television career.”
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For his part, the president and executive director of the ChiefsClark Hunt commented on the death of the former player:
“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 who call it home. You’d be hard-pressed to find a player who had a greater impact on shaping the organization as we know it today than Len Dawson. I’ve admired Len my whole life, first as a Hall of Fame player on the field and then when he transitioned into a successful career as an analyst. Throughout his remarkable career, Len made it a priority to give back to the community he loved. The franchise has lost a true legend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and her family.”
Len Dawson played with them Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Texans without much luck until arriving with the Kansas City Chiefs where he became a figure in American football.
Len Dawson, el MVP del Super Bowl IV
In the Super Bowl IV, Len Dawson led the Chiefs to win the current Vince Lombardi Trophy by defeating the Minnesota Vikings in January 1970 by a score of 23-7. The quarterback was named the MVP of the game completing 12 of 17 passes and connecting a 46-yard pass with Otis Taylor for the Kansas City team’s final touchdown.
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Len Dawson was recognized as the NFL Man of the Year 1973. He retired on May 1, 1976.
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He was immortalized in the team’s Hall of Fame in 1979 and in 1987 he entered the NFL Hall of Fame.
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Len Dawson He passed away at the age of 87.