Len Dawson Passes Away at 87

Chiefs QB Len Dawson
Chiefs QB Len Dawson
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NFL Preseason Week 3 - Hall of Fame quarterback and legendary broadcaster Len Dawson died today at the age of 87. Dawson played 14 years with the Kansas City Chiefs and led them to victory in Super Bowl IV. He was chosen as the second-team quarterback of the All-1970s team behind Joe Namath. He was also a Chiefs broadcaster for 33 years and was part of the early cast of HBO's Inside the NFL.

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6 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2022, 11:08pm

#1 by RickD // Aug 24, 2022 - 1:33pm

I remember him hosting Inside the NFL.  Did a great job.  Didn't get to watch him play, but he was a key part of the SB IV victory.  Patrick Mahomes has shared some nice photos of him and Dawson.

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#2 by Mike B. In Va // Aug 24, 2022 - 2:03pm

Yeah, I'll always remember him from Inside The NFL, and that measured delivery during highlights.

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#4 by johonny // Aug 24, 2022 - 3:47pm

Inside the NFL was so much better than any other football TV coverage at the time. It really changed how things were done. Him and Nick were good on the show and the format was amazing. 

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#3 by Aaron Brooks G… // Aug 24, 2022 - 2:48pm

87 is a ripe old age.

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#5 by mrh // Aug 25, 2022 - 4:50pm

One of only three men in the HoF as a player and broadcaster, with Gifford and Dierdorf.  RIP, Lenny the Cool.


edited to add:  Madden is also in a a broadcaster and as a coach, but not as a player.

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