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Len Dawson to be part of Bills’ alumni weekend

Updated: 2012-09-13T16:21:02Z

The Buffalo Bills will be holding their annual Alumni Foundation weekend in conjunction with Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, and guess who’s coming to dinner?

Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson, who would have been in Buffalo anyway for the radio broadcast of the game, will be among several former players the Bills have faced through the years on hand for the festivities.

The Chiefs and Bills were fierce rivals in the old American Football League years, and Dawson led Kansas City to a 31-7 victory at Buffalo in the 1966 AFL championship game which sent the Chiefs to Super Bowl I.

The Bills had beaten the Dallas Texans/Chiefs eight straight times from 1962 to 1965 before the Chiefs beat Buffalo 42-20 in the 1966 season opener in Buffalo. The Bills returned the favor with a 29-14 win in Kansas City before the teams met for the third time in the AFL title game.

Booker Edgerson, Alumni Foundation president and cornerback on the Bills’ teams of the ’60s, remembers Dawson’s deceptive ball handling on play-action passes.

“If a cornerback was caught looking into the backfield, more than likely he would get burned,” Edgerson told The Buffalo News. Edgerson ranked Dawson and Babe Parilli of the Boston Patriots as the trickiest ball handlers he had to face.

Another former Chief, four-time cornerback Albert Lewis, who faced Bills star receiver Andre Reed and the Bills five times during 1983-93, including the 1993 AFC Championship Game, was also invited to the weekend’s activities, as well as former St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer and ex-Missouri cornerback Roger Wehrli.

| Randy Covitz, rcovitz@kcstar.com

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