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Published: 2016/03/10
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Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Sports Illustrated
The Late Hit
The Late Hit
Published: 2015/12/10
Channel: Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs Brief Week 16: Len Dawson
Chiefs Brief Week 16: Len Dawson's Career Against Oakland
Published: 2016/01/03
Channel: Kansas City Chiefs
Top 5 Chiefs of All Time | NFL
Top 5 Chiefs of All Time | NFL
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: NFL
Len Dawson On Early Days Of Chiefs
Len Dawson On Early Days Of Chiefs
Published: 2009/02/02
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson - Purdue University
Len Dawson - Purdue University
Published: 2010/08/22
Channel: nfftillerchapter
Alex Karras and Len Dawson
Alex Karras and Len Dawson
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: Jocelyn Kelley
Len Dawson
Len Dawson's NFL Hall Of Fame Enshrinement
Published: 2008/06/23
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson On Chiefs Trophies
Len Dawson On Chiefs Trophies
Published: 2009/02/02
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson takes snap from 10-year-old
Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson takes snap from 10-year-old
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson ESPN Monday Night Football
Len Dawson ESPN Monday Night Football
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: rolltide
Len Dawson Remembers Coach Hank Stram
Len Dawson Remembers Coach Hank Stram
Published: 2009/02/02
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson Signing Autographs
Len Dawson Signing Autographs
Published: 2014/11/04
Channel: PAsFAMOUS
Len Dawson honored at Super Bowl 50
Len Dawson honored at Super Bowl 50
Published: 2016/02/07
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
KMBC.com Extra: Len Dawson On Game Day
KMBC.com Extra: Len Dawson On Game Day
Published: 2008/09/30
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson Spring 1966
Len Dawson Spring 1966
Published: 2009/10/14
Channel: John Humphrey
A chat with Len Dawson
A chat with Len Dawson
Published: 2012/02/24
Channel: ProFootballHOF
KMBC-TV Bumper with Len Dawson 1995
KMBC-TV Bumper with Len Dawson 1995
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: tvmattkc
Last Broadcast: KMBC Anchors Honor Len Dawson
Last Broadcast: KMBC Anchors Honor Len Dawson
Published: 2009/04/08
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson Looks Back On Chiefs Winning Super Bowl
Len Dawson Looks Back On Chiefs Winning Super Bowl
Published: 2009/02/02
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City's own Len Dawson and our Kansas City Chiefs!
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: Country Hill Motors
Mitch Holthus on working with Len Dawson
Mitch Holthus on working with Len Dawson
Published: 2015/11/27
Channel: KansasCityStarVideo
Len Dawson
Len Dawson's Big News
Published: 2009/03/18
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson Visits Hometown
Len Dawson Visits Hometown
Published: 2012/04/26
Channel: ProFootballHOF
Len Dawson: Chiefs need answers on O-line
Len Dawson: Chiefs need answers on O-line
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson
Len Dawson's Super Bowl XL Book
Published: 2009/02/02
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Full Scott Pioli interview with Len Dawson
Full Scott Pioli interview with Len Dawson
Published: 2012/11/13
Channel: Marty McDonald
Last Day: Len Dawson Gives Goodbye Speech
Last Day: Len Dawson Gives Goodbye Speech
Published: 2009/04/08
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson Assumes New Role At KMBC
Len Dawson Assumes New Role At KMBC
Published: 2009/03/17
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Kansas City Chiefs - Len Dawson - Halloween
Kansas City Chiefs - Len Dawson - Halloween
Published: 2011/11/01
Channel: Sphere Marketing Communications
Len Dawson and Ken Griffey, Sr. On Prostate Cancer
Len Dawson and Ken Griffey, Sr. On Prostate Cancer
Published: 2009/09/01
Channel: Salo Productions
Associated Audiologists Testimonial: Len Dawson
Associated Audiologists Testimonial: Len Dawson
Published: 2012/02/27
Channel: Associated Audiologists
Len Dawson on 50 Years in KC
Len Dawson on 50 Years in KC
Published: 2012/05/15
Channel: Chiefs365
Scott Pioli tells Len Dawson that expectations are too high.
Scott Pioli tells Len Dawson that expectations are too high.
Published: 2012/11/05
Channel: Marty McDonald
Interview with Len Dawson
Interview with Len Dawson
Published: 2009/10/27
Channel: TheWestonChronicle
NFL - Greatest QBs Ever - Chiefs Len Dawson & Eagles Norm Van Brocklin imasportsportsphile.com
NFL - Greatest QBs Ever - Chiefs Len Dawson & Eagles Norm Van Brocklin imasportsportsphile.com
Published: 2016/07/02
Channel: rocio Suastegui
Len Dawson - NFF Interview
Len Dawson - NFF Interview
Published: 2010/08/22
Channel: nfftillerchapter
A Salute To The 1969 AFL Champions - Kansas City Chiefs - Coach Hank Stram  imasportsphile
A Salute To The 1969 AFL Champions - Kansas City Chiefs - Coach Hank Stram imasportsphile
Published: 2016/01/01
Channel: Ima Sportsphile
Len Dawson Remembers Bill Grigsby
Len Dawson Remembers Bill Grigsby
Published: 2011/02/26
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Sports Radio 810 WHB - HOF Len Dawson
Sports Radio 810 WHB - HOF Len Dawson
Published: 2009/09/28
Channel: 810WHB
HBO: Inside the NFL, featuring the New Orleans Saints 10/02/91
HBO: Inside the NFL, featuring the New Orleans Saints 10/02/91
Published: 2015/03/27
Channel: galaxies352
Len Dawson Bridge sign unveiled Friday in honor of Hall of Fame quarterback
Len Dawson Bridge sign unveiled Friday in honor of Hall of Fame quarterback
Published: 2014/09/26
Channel: KansasCityStarVideo
Life After Refractive Lens Exchange - Len Dawson
Life After Refractive Lens Exchange - Len Dawson's Vision Correction Surgery
Published: 2015/11/20
Channel: DurrieVision
HitBeasts.com - Len Dawson, KC Chiefs Jersey 04/20/17
HitBeasts.com - Len Dawson, KC Chiefs Jersey 04/20/17
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: Hit Beasts
Scott Pioli with Len Dawson
Scott Pioli with Len Dawson
Published: 2012/11/04
Channel: Marty McDonald
Len Dawson
Len Dawson
Published: 2010/01/23
Channel: Charles Blow
Johnny Kane and Len Dawson Chiefs Colts Playoff preview
Johnny Kane and Len Dawson Chiefs Colts Playoff preview
Published: 2014/01/04
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
KMBC
KMBC's Len Dawson ready for moment with other Super Bowl MVPs
Published: 2016/02/07
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
Len Dawson reminisces on his days at training camp
Len Dawson reminisces on his days at training camp
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: KMBC 9 News Kansas City
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Len Dawson
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Dawson in 2014
No. 16, 18
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1935-06-20) June 20, 1935 (age 82)
Place of birth: Alliance, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Alliance (OH)
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career professional statistics
TDInt: 239–183
Yards: 28,711
Passer rating: 82.6
Player stats at NFL.com

Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 19 seasons for three professional teams, the last 14 seasons with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs, and played college football at Purdue University.

Dawson led the Texans/Chiefs to three American Football League Championships (1962, 1966, 1969), and a victory in Super Bowl IV, for which he won the game's MVP award. Dawson retired from professional football after the 1975 season,[1] and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. He is sports director at KMBC-TV in Kansas City and color analyst for the Chiefs Radio Network.

Early life[edit]

Dawson was the ninth of 11 children[2] of Ohio native James and England-born Annie Dawson.[3] He attended Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio.[4] He was MVP of the football team and was named outstanding Ohio back of the year by the International News Service. A three-sport athlete, Dawson set school records in football and in basketball, and was the first athlete in 13 years to be named first-team all-state in both sports during the same year.[5]

College career[edit]

Dawson versus Wisconsin, 1956

During the recruiting process, Dawson had to choose between Ohio State University in Columbus and Purdue University in Indiana. While he was reluctant to take over Woody Hayes' split-T offense with the Buckeyes, the true reason for his selection of Purdue stemmed from the chemistry he had established with a Boilermaker assistant coach, Hank Stram, beginning a friendship that would last for more than a half century. During three seasons with the Boilermakers, Dawson threw for over 3,000 yards, leading the Big Ten Conference in that category during each campaign. While at Purdue, Dawson was initiated into the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.[6]

As a sophomore in 1954, Dawson put together an outstanding first season as the NCAA's leader in pass efficiency, while also playing defense and serving as the Boilermaker kicker. Blessed with a strong offensive line, he threw four touchdown passes in a 31-0 victory over the University of Missouri, then later engineered a huge upset of the University of Notre Dame, which had entered the contest on a 13-game winning streak.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Despite his status as a first round pick in the 1957 NFL draft, Dawson was unable to make an impact with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following his rookie campaign, his status in the Steel City became even more tenuous when the Steelers acquired future Hall of Famer Bobby Layne early in the 1958 season. Failing to dislodge the colorful signal caller, Dawson was then traded after the 1959 season to the Cleveland Browns on December 31.[7][8]

After encountering similar problems in battling Browns' quarterback Milt Plum,[9] Dawson was released,[8] having completed only 21 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns in his five seasons of NFL play. However, he soon found his calling when he signed with the American Football League's Dallas Texans on June 30, 1962. The move reunited him with Stram, who was beginning his third year as the Texans' head coach.

In that first season, 1962, Dawson led the league in touchdowns and yards per attempt, and was The Sporting News' selection as the AFL MVP. He also led Dallas to the first of three league titles in a thrilling double-overtime victory over the two-time defending champion Oilers in Houston. Dawson ran a ball-control offense in the 20-17 win, and tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to halfback Abner Haynes. The team then moved north to Kansas City and were renamed The Chiefs in 1963. Dawson was also selected by his peers as a Sporting News 1966 AFL All-League player.

A pinpoint passer, Dawson's mobility helped him flourish in Stram's "moving pocket" offense. He would win four AFL passing titles and was selected as a league All-Star six times, ending the 10-year run of the league as its highest-rated career passer. From 1962 to 1969, Dawson threw more touchdown passes (182) than any other professional football quarterback during that time. In 1966, Dawson led the Chiefs to a, 11-2-1 record and a 31-7 win over the Buffalo Bills in the AFL championship game, earning his team the honor of representing the AFL in Super Bowl I, the first championship game between the AFL and their NFL rivals. The NFL champion Green Bay Packers won easily, 35-10, but Dawson had a fairly good performance in the game, completing 16 of 27 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, with 1 interception.

Dawson (center) being tackled by the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I

While he threw for more than 2,000 yards in each of the previous seven campaigns, Dawson's 1969 season with Kansas City would be his most memorable by making a dramatic comeback from a knee injury suffered in the season's second game. The injury was first feared as season-ending, but after missing five games, Dawson went on to lead the Chiefs to road playoff victories over both the defending champion New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders.

He then capped his year with MVP accolades in Super Bowl IV, the last game ever played by an American Football League team. In the game, Dawson paced the Chiefs to a win over the NFL's heavily favored Minnesota Vikings by completing 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown, with 1 interception, and rushing for 11 yards. The performance was especially notable given the fact that he had been linked to a gambling investigation (by an unrelated gentleman who was named Donald Dawson) in the days leading up to the game.

Dawson pictured later in his career with the Chiefs

With the league's absorption into the National Football League in 1970, Dawson earned one final honor from the league as a member of the second team All-time All-AFL Team. He is also a member of the Chiefs' Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He would earn Pro Bowl honors following the 1971 NFL season, then ended his career in 1975, having completed 2,136 of 3,741 passes for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns, with 181 interceptions. He also gained 1,293 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground. On November 1, 1970, the Chiefs led the Oakland Raiders 17-14 late in the fourth quarter. Facing third and long, a run by Dawson apparently sealed victory for the Chiefs, but as Dawson lay on the ground, he was speared by Raiders’ defensive end Ben Davidson, who dove into Dawson with his helmet, provoking Chiefs’ receiver Otis Taylor to attack Davidson. After a bench-clearing brawl, offsetting penalties were called, nullifying the first down under the rules in effect at that time. The Chiefs were obliged to punt, and the Raiders tied the game on a George Blanda field goal with eight seconds to play. Taylor’s retaliation against Davidson not only cost the Chiefs a win, but Oakland won the AFC West with a season record of 8-4-2, while Kansas City finished 7-5-2 and out of the playoffs.

Dawson announced his retirement as a player in May 1976, shortly before turning 41.[1]

After professional football[edit]

In 1966, while still playing for the Chiefs, Dawson became sports director at KMBC-TV in Kansas City. On March 16, 2009, Dawson announced he would step down from anchoring on a nightly basis. He will still report for KMBC during the Chiefs football season and will fill in when other anchors are on leave. Since 1985, Dawson has also been color analyst for the Chiefs radio broadcast team.

From 1977 to 2001, he served as the host of HBO's Inside the NFL, and also worked as an analyst for NBC's AFC coverage from 1977-1982.

In 1985, Dawson began serving as a color commentator for the Chiefs Radio Network. He currently works with Mitch Holthus and former Chiefs player Kendall Gammon.

In 1987, Dawson was recognized for his play with the Chiefs with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 1996 Dawson was honored by his alma mater and inducted into Purdue's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.[10]

In 2006, Dawson was interviewed for the NFL Network documentary America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions chronicling the 1969 Kansas City Chiefs season.

In 2008, Dawson teamed with Depend to encourage men to visit their doctors and be screened for prostate cancer.[11] In 2008, Dawson was awarded the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award.

In 2010, Dawson presented the New Orleans Saints and another Purdue quarterback, Drew Brees, with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after their victory in Super Bowl XLIV.

In 2012, Dawson was honored with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for his longtime contributions as a sports broadcaster.

Today, Len works at KMBC, a Kansas City news station, as a sports anchor.

Personal life[edit]

Dawson was married to his high school sweetheart, Jackie, in 1954; they were married 24 years, until her death in 1978 at age 42 (she had suffered a stroke the previous year).[12] They have two grown children, Lisa Anne and Len Jr. Dawson is married to his second wife, Linda, and they live in Kansas City.

Dawson is a seventh son of a seventh son.[13] In 1991, Dawson was diagnosed with prostate cancer.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
Led the league
AFL & Super Bowl champion
AFL champion
TSN NFL MVP/POTY
Bold Career high
Year Team League GP Comp Att  % Yds TD TD% Int Lng Y/A Rate
1957 PIT NFL 3 2 4 50.0 25 0 0.0 0 15 6.3 69.8
1958 PIT NFL 4 1 6 16.7 11 0 0.0 2 11 1.8 0.0
1959 PIT NFL 12 3 7 42.9 60 1 14.3 0 32 8.6 113.1
1960 CLE NFL 2 8 13 61.5 23 0 0.0 0 23 1.8 65.9
1961 CLE NFL 6 7 15 46.7 85 1 6.7 3 17 5.7 47.2
1962 DST AFL 14 189 310 61.0 2,759 29 9.4 17 92 8.9 98.3
1963 KC AFL 14 190 352 54.0 2,389 26 7.4 19 82 6.8 77.5
1964 KC AFL 14 199 354 56.2 2,879 30 8.5 18 72 8.1 89.9
1965 KC AFL 14 163 305 53.4 2,262 21 6.9 14 67 7.4 81.3
1966 KC AFL 14 159 284 56.0 2,527 26 9.2 10 89 8.9 101.7
1967 KC AFL 14 206 357 57.7 2,651 24 6.7 17 71 7.4 83.7
1968 KC AFL 14 131 224 58.5 2,109 17 7.6 9 92 9.4 98.6
1969 KC AFL 8 98 166 59.0 1,323 9 5.4 13 55 8.0 69.9
1970 KC NFL 13 141 262 53.8 1,876 13 5.0 14 61 7.2 71.0
1971 KC NFL 14 167 301 55.5 2,504 15 5.0 13 82 8.3 81.6
1972 KC NFL 14 175 305 57.4 1,835 13 4.3 12 44 6.0 72.8
1973 KC NFL 9 66 101 65.3 725 2 2.0 5 48 7.2 72.4
1974 KC NFL 14 138 235 58.7 1,573 7 3.0 13 84 6.7 65.8
1975 KC NFL 12 93 140 66.4 1,095 5 3.6 4 51 7.8 90.0
Career 211 2,136 3,741 57.1 28,711 239 6.4 183 92 7.7 82.6

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