Len Dawson led the Kansas City Chiefs to their only Super Bowl title, beating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV in 1970. For a second act, he became an accomplished broadcaster.
1. Dawson is the Chiefs greatest quarterback, the franchise’s career leader in touchdown passes (237) and passing yards (28,507). His teams won three AFL championships (1962 as the Dallas Texans), 1966 and 1969. After the 1969 season, the Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV and Dawson was the game’s MVP.
2. In 1966, in the middle of his playing career, Dawson went to work for KMBC-TV as the station’s first sports anchor. He remained a nighty presence until 2009 and has continued as a reporter from Chiefs games during the season.
3. Dawson was elected to the Pro Football hall of Fame in 1987. In 2012, he won the Hall’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.” Dawson joined Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf as Hall of Fame members who were Rozelle recipients.
4. In 1978, Dawson joined the cast of HBO’s ground breaking “Inside the NFL,” and remained co-host for 24 years. He also worked for six years as a NFL game analyst for NBC Sports.
5. Dawson joined the Chiefs Radio Network in 1984, and 2017 will be his final season as part of the network, the franchise has announced. Why was he such a successful broadcaster? “The fact that I was in the huddle for an awful lot of years, so I know what goes on inside a huddle,” Dawson told The Star’s Randy Covitz in 2012.