There is sadness through Kansas City Chiefs nation and the entire pro football world as Pro Football Hall of Fame Len Dawson has died at the age of 87.
Dawson’s family announced his death on Wednesday. He had entered hospice care on August 12.
"He loved Kansas City and no matter where his travels took him, he could not wait to return home."— KMBC (@kmbc) August 24, 2022
Rest well, Len. ❤️
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The Dawson family issued this statement: “With wife Linda at his side, it is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Len Dawson. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. Len was always grateful and many times overwhelmed by the countless bonds he made during his football and broadcast careers.
“He loved Kansas City and no matter where his travels took him, he could not wait to return home.
“Linda wants to acknowledge and thank the wonderful team of doctors, nurses and support staff at KU Med who showed tremendous amounts of love and compassion for Len.”
Dawson went on to a television career in Kansas City after his football career. With the Dallas Texans/Chiefs, he played 14 years. Dawson led the team to the first Super Bowl, a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. His PFHOF bio can be read here.
After a series of health issues that included prostate cancer and quadruple heart bypass surgery, Dawson retired from broadcasting in 2017 following 33 years as the Chiefs’ radio color analyst.
Rest in peace to a Kansas City legend.