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Broadcaster Al Michaels to receive Lamar Hunt Award

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NBC broadcaster Al Michaels will be given the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football at the NFL 101 Awards later this month.

According to a news release, the award honors the Chiefs founder and “symbolizes the impact Hunt made in the development of professional football while also personifying his personal attributes.”

The award is not always given to a person — sometimes it is a group or an “entity.” For example, last year’s winner was Super Bowl I, while others who were given the award include NFL Films, former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy and “Monday Night Football.”

Michaels called the Chiefs’ AFC Divisional playoff loss to the Steelers and has worked NFL games in prime time for 31 years. He has called nine Super Bowls and been the main play-by-play man for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” for 11 years. Michaels was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Pete Rozelle Radio-TV Award in 2013.

“For more than four decades, Al Michaels has been an iconic voice in pro football and across American sports,” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said in a news release. “His sustained excellence, dedication to the fans and contributions to the growth of the NFL make him an outstanding recipient of the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, and we look forward to honoring him at the 47th Annual 101 Awards.”

The awards program is Feb. 26 at Westin Crown Center.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff