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Len Dawson says he won’t be color analyst for Chiefs road games this fall

Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson.
Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson.

Former Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson announced Thursday that he won’t be part of the radio coverage of the team’s road games starting this season.

Dawson, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is a KMBC-TV (Ch. 9) anchor, has been a color analyst for 31 years, working alongside Mitch Holthus since 1994. Before that, Dawson teamed with Kevin Harlan.

“I’ve been traveling on Sundays for over 60 years as a player and a broadcaster,” Dawson said in a news release on the KMBC web site. “It takes its toll. Now, I have the opportunity to do what I love and work the games without the travel.”

There was no word on who would be the color analyst for road games, but Rob Zerwekh of WDAF-TV (Ch. 4) tweeted that it would be Kendall Gammon, who is the sideline reporter on the radio broadcasts.

Mitch Holthus, play-by-play broadcaster with the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, spoke about his working with Chiefs Hall Of Fame quarterback Len Dawson and his importance to the franchise. VIDEO

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