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Dawson Will Be Honored For Broadcasting Career

Len Dawson is already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame thanks to his accomplishments from his 19-season career in the AFL and NFL.

Now, he’s being honored for his work off-the field, as a football broadcaster. The Hall of Fame will announce on Thursday that Dawson will be the 2012 winner of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. He will be honored during ceremonies the weekend of August 3-5 in Canton, Ohio.

The Rozelle Award has been given since 1989 and is named after the former NFL Commissioner who helped usher the league into the modern era, including merger with Lamar Hunt’s AFL. Others who have been honored over the years have been Lindsey Nelson, Chris Schenkel, Curt Gowdy, Pat Summerall, Dick Enberg, Roone Arledge, John Madden, Don Meredith and last year’s honoree, Jim Nantz.

Dawson’s broadcasting career actually began long before his playing career ended when he retired after the 1975 season. Beginning in radio, he was named sports director of KMBC-TV in 1966. That’s a role he held until 2009 when he “retired.” He still can be seen on Channel 9 during Chiefs season or in helping out during the week.

Right after his playing career ended, he was hired by NBC-TV as a color commentator for their NFL broadcasts, a position he held until 1982. That’s when he began handling the color commentary on radio broadcasts for the Chiefs Radio Network, a position he still fills 30 years later.

He was also one of the hosts of the long-running HBO program “Inside the NFL”, holding that spot for 24 seasons (1978-01.)

Dawson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his playing career 25 years ago, as part of the Class of 1987.


10 Responses to “Dawson Will Be Honored For Broadcasting Career”

  • June 27, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    In 1969 I thought of Dawson like fans now think of Cassel. OK, Chiefs won the Superbowl. They were a very good team. They were up against the Vikings, QB’d by Joe Capp who sometimes threw a pass that looked like a duck having a stoke in mid air.

    Lenny as a broadcaster, I thought differently. He was very good. Maybe playing 19 years and winning a Superbowl gets you into the HOF, but this award is, to me, far more deserving. For both roles, thanks Lenny.


  • June 28, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Johnfromwichita-
    Thanks for clearing everything up. You believe you know more than the HOF voters and everybody else that covers and knows ANYTHING about the NFL.
    You claim to be a Chiefs fan yet slam our HOF QB that won our only Super Bowl.
    I think that says it all. Your level of credibility has been clearly established.
    Please take your worthless posts to warpaint site. You’d fit right in there.


  • June 28, 2012  - milkman says:

    Len Dawson should never have to apologize for his induction to the Hall of Fame. It was 12 years after his last year playing when he got in, which was probably about right.

    There will always be quarterbacks in the HOF with better stats than Dawson. He will never be in the same breath with the 10 greatest to ever play the position. But, he definetly belongs.

    For any of us who had the pleasure of watching him, who could name a smarter player at that position? His intanjibles were off the charts. He was a true leader of all the teams he played on. And every time he let the ball go from his hand, you always had the feeling that if the play did not work, it wouldn’t be because Dawson made the wrong decision. The same goes today with players like Brady, Rodgers, and Brees. That is why Dawson made it to the HOF.

    It’s good to see him get recognized for his other career also. I remember when he did the Inside the NFL show and feeling proud because he so professionally represented Kansas City. And he will always be a Chief at heart. During the pick segments of those shows, it always pained him to pick against his old team, even when they stunk.

    Congratulations Lenny! We hope to hear commentary for many years to come.


  • June 28, 2012  - Shock says:

    Cychief – take a chill pill. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. This site is a refreshing change to the one note worshipping that goes on at arrowheadpride because of the differing opinions here.


  • June 28, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Cychief, sorry to upset you, but, little dude, I’m not trashing Lenny Dawson. I’m saying he was a very good QB on a great team. Yes, he won our only Superbowl game. He also lost our first one. Would Matt Cassel, on that 1969 team, have won? The 2010 Cassel would probably, the 2011 maybe not. 2012 will tell us a lot.

    I only saw a very few Chiefs games from 1965 to 1969. I was in the Navy and our country, well some of it, had a conflict called Vietnam. I do remember Superbowl IV. I remember a great defensive game and a terrific catch by Otis Taylor. Hope Cassel gets his chance to be as good as Lenny.


  • June 28, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    jfw-
    Thanks for serving.

    My family shared season tickets with another family from ’63-’71 so either in person or TV I did see all the Chiefs games back then. There’s no need to defend Len Dawson, he was MVP of Super Bowl IV and is in the HOF. Voted both honors by people that saw him play.

    Personally, I don’t comment on subjects I have no clue about, but that’s just me. Shock is correct, anybody can comment on anything. Even when they have very little knowledge of what they are talking about (“I only saw a very few Chiefs games from 1965 to 1969.”).

    I’ll leave the childish name calling to you, jfw.


  • June 28, 2012  - jimbo says:

    Lenny belongs in the HOF no doubt. I think that Lenny played a couple of years too long.
    From 1973 to 1975 Lenny was not very good. I remember my dad & I complaining he was too slow when he had to scramble and was sacked alot due to his deteriorating knees. Hank Stram was committed to Lenny because of their glory years together. That commitment & loyalty later forced Lamar Hunt to send Hank packing for New Orleans.
    I was only 14 years old on Christmas Day 1971 and it was the most shocking and memorable day of my life. After 1971 the Chiefs just kept getting older & older. You guys know the rest of the story. My poor old heart can’t take another day like that one.
    Go Chiefs.


  • June 28, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Jimbo, I think you mean 1970. The Miami game; longest game in history; a damn field goal. Eighteen years of being bad and really bad followed. Had gotten out of the Navy, finished college, and six months later would join the Air Force, basically forever.

    I saw the Peter Principle work so many times that I really believe it. Also a principle is the “My beard is gray but I’m as good as ever”. Don’t blame Lenny for that; we all do it or going to someday.

    Barry Sanders is a smart man.


  • June 28, 2012  - SteveO says:

    Coming to Kansas City in ’88 I have known Dawson mostly as a broadcaster. I appreciate his calling the plays the way he sees them. Unlike the Glass family’s approach to Frank White doing the color commentary on the Royals, Leonard (as Bob and Bill Grigsby used to call him on the radio) has not put a happy spin on bad performance. No complaints about his replacement, but I miss Bob on the sideline with Lenny in the booth.


  • June 29, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    jfw-
    clueless as usual. It was Xmas day 1971. Just shut the hell up. Seriously. You try to correct people that were there.
    I hope you are retired and not dropping bombs anymore.
    You have the credibility of fauxnews.




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