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Len Dawson - 1979

Len Dawson - 1979

Chiefs franchise during his illustrious career . . . During his tenure as the team’s field general, he helped make the Chiefs one of pro football’s premier teams and wound up among the elite passers in the game’s history . . . Under his guidance, the Chiefs were perennial contenders and won the AFL Championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969 . . . Was MVP of Super Bowl IV when he directed Kansas City to a win over the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings . . . Won the AFL passing title four times and still holds Chiefs career marks for pass rating (83.2), attempts (3,696), completions (2,115), passing yards (28,507) and touchdowns (237) . . . Started pro career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a first-round pick in ‘56, then landed with the Cleveland Browns before ending up with the Texans in 1962 . . . Named to six AFL All-Star teams and one Pro Bowl squad (1972) . . . AFL Player of the Year in 1962 . . . Played in 211 career games, completing 2,136 of 3,741 passes (57.1%) for 28,711 yards with 239 touchdowns and 183 interceptions, while rushing for 1,293 yards and nine scores on 294 carries . . . . Named 1973 NFL Man of the Year as the outstanding pro football player-citizen . . . Nicknamed “Lenny the Cool” . . . Led Big 10 in passing and total offense for three seasons at Purdue . . . His number 16 has been retired by the Chiefs . . . Does color commentary on the Chiefs Fox Football Radio Network, hosts “Inside the NFL” on HBO and is the sports anchor at KMBC-TV in Kansas City . . . Born June 20, 1935, in Alliance, Ohio.

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