Congratulations Len

Saturday night at the annual 101 Banquet the best players and coaches of the 2013 NFL season will be recognized.

Also one of the game’s greatest contributors will be honored – Len Dawson. He will receive the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, given each year to a person or institution that has represented the game in the same manner as the late Chiefs owner and founder.

If there was a Mt. Rushmore of sports in Kansas City, Dawson would be one of the faces. It wasn’t only his Hall of Fame career as a player and MVP of Super Bowl IV, and his long Hall of Fame career in football broadcasting from NBC, to HBO, to the Chiefs Radio Network. What makes Dawson one of the city’s sporting icon is his presence in Kansas City since 1963. A son of Ohio, who lived in Pennsylvania and briefly in Texas, Dawson has called Kansas City home for more than 50 years. When his career on the field ended, he didn’t move on to sunny and warmer climes.

Dawson remained an everyday face in the city, as well as one of the most important names in football history.

Congratulations Len.

11 Responses to “Congratulations Len”

  • March 1, 2014  - R W says:

    Congrats indeed, well deserved. And to think, Lenny was a reject, a castoff when Stram picked him off the recycle pile. How many current players go from the dumpster of the NFL to the Hall of Fame? I can’t think of any over the past 20 years or so.

    Then, there’s that picture above with Otis Taylor drawing out a play in the dirt. Classic memories and here’s a guy that doesn’t even get a HOF sniff which still pisses me off.

  • March 1, 2014  - JB says:

    Dittos RW–this photo is rich in the details of old school NFL. In addition to your sharp eye note the helmet padding (or lack there of)the plywood walkway in front of the benches, no gloves, logos or pink shoes. This is when I was introduced to the NFL as a kid before it turned into a corporate behemoth designed to beat us into politically correct submission.

    Bob–a quick note to you–your work is still the best in the sports press in spite of what I am sure is a still gaping wound in your soul. Gretz nation appreciates your commitment to your craft.

  • March 1, 2014  - Tenand6 says:

    Ditto this from JB:

    “Bob–a quick note to you–your work is still the best in the sports press in spite of what I am sure is a still gaping wound in your soul. Gretz nation appreciates your commitment to your craft.”

  • March 1, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    Count me in on the praise for Bob!
    Lenny is one of my heroes in life. from the time when he worked the K-State football camp and showed us the correct way to throw a football to today. Lenny has never me down like some athletes do today.

  • March 1, 2014  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Dawson to Taylor was lethal. What a combination, huh? Who remembers how many clutch throws and catches those two combined on during their time together? I can still remember how happy I was when I ordered and received an eight millimeter copy of SB IV highlights through the mail and how angry I was at a friend when he stopped the projector on Their game clinching TD pass and catch and burned a hole in the film.

    That was in a time long ago before the internet,DVD’s, DVR’s and even VHS or Beta. Seems like a lifetime ago to us geezers who fondly remember those days. In any case a well deserved honor for Len and hopefully OT will get his just recognition in his lifetime.

  • March 1, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Bob, you seem to be recovering from what has to be more pain than I have yet to have. Do not rush it. If you need help just ask us.

    Lenny? I am about to get ripped, but I never had faith in him. He had a great defense. Lot of them in the HOF. He had a great offense. More of them, like Otis, should be in there.

    But Lenny was just in the right place in the right time. My wife is so tired of this saying but timing is so everything.

    In that Super Bowl season, Lenny threw some passes that looked like wounded ducks. That didn’t really know how to fly.

    The team won. Not Lenny.

    As for staying in KC. If he had gone to L.A., Pittsburg or Butte. What?

    Yes, Lenny, you had timing.

  • March 1, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    oops, You know I almost forgot. Two days before Super Bowl IV, gambling charges were made and then retracted. On Lenny.

    I forget the name of the back up QB. I was hoping for him. Holy crap, timing IS everything.

  • March 2, 2014  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Sorry JFW but I have to disagree with you on this one. Lenny had great accuracy and vision on the field and was a great leader as well. He was more like Montana in terms of poise, vision, arm strength and how he operated his offense. He was smart and surgical in attacking opposing defenses. He had some great defensive players on his team and a good offensive line but other than OT how many great offensive skill players did he have at his disposal? What great running backs or other receivers did he have.

    His best running backs played a maximum of 7 or 8 years each and each had between 4-5,000 yards. Fred Arbanas was a great all around tight end but only had 34 TD’s in 8 years. Other than OT who were the great Chiefs receivers. Mike Livingston did well in a limited role when Lenny was hurt during the SB winning season but it was Dawson with a bum knee that got them there and won the game.

    When he retired he had some of the best stats in nearly every category in a time when teams didn’t throw nearly as much. He remained among the leaders in most categories for the next 20+ years. I think those who voted him in got it right.

  • March 2, 2014  - Russell says:

    There is “some” argument, Dawson benefitted from the team around him but certain intangibles are always a difference. Without those leadership qualities, teams just do not win. One has to take another look at film clips, even whole games and see how he individually played. HOF DOES NOT vote in phonies. I looked at some of the PO games and SB again and was surprised how clutch Dawson was on certain plays. A Winner. Perfect temperament for Champions.

  • March 2, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    If it makes anybody feel better, I am the only person I know that did not have confidence in Lenny. I liked him and got excited when we won; I never screamed for his replacement but…

    I was 26 when we won the SB and a hell of a lot smarter than I am now.

    That said, and the fact I stand alone, not a single person has ever agreed with me. I will just blame dementia. Seems lately I blame a lot on dementia. In a nursing home, saying that word gets you extra pudding. Yum!

  • March 3, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    I will pray for your dementia to slow down JFW.
    The rest of your posts don’t merit a response.

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