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    Len Dawson, Hall of Fame quarterback who led Kansas City Chiefs to first Super Bowl title, dies at age 87 - CBS News

    He was always a class act. Helped bring legitimacy to the AFL, for which we should all be thankful.

    (Started this thread because he deserves more than a couple posts in the "chiefs suck" thread.)

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    Class act, and by all accounts a good person.

    RIP.

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    • #3
      Yeah. More than solid football guy. I used to love Inside the NFL when he did it. Great ambassador of the game. That super bowl half time pic of him is just so old school. A Fresca and a Smoke.

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      • #4
        Smoking a heater during halftime. Great picture

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Garcia Bronco View Post
          Yeah. More than solid football guy. I used to love Inside the NFL when he did it. Great ambassador of the game. That super bowl half time pic of him is just so old school. A Fresca and a Smoke.
          This. He was a class act and really helped the game of football during his years on "inside the NFL."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ceh View Post
            Smoking a heater during halftime. Great picture
            Rip, he was a warrior
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Garcia Bronco View Post
              Yeah. More than solid football guy. I used to love Inside the NFL when he did it. Great ambassador of the game. That super bowl half time pic of him is just so old school. A Fresca and a Smoke.
              I loved him on Inside the Nfl as well. Stopped watching it as much when him an Nick were gone. Love that pic of him, such a different time. RIP Len

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              • #8
                R.I.P. Len Dawson -- a life well lived, sir!

                Fun fact -- Len Dawson was the seventh son of a seventh son!

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                • #9
                  RIP Len Dawson. I enjoyed his commentary as an announcer, as well.

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                  • #10
                    Good stuff. Did any of you see him play? I'll remember him mostly as a radio broadcaster. One of my favorites.

                    Crazy to imagine a future HOF QB leaving practice to hold down a job as a local news anchor.

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                    • #11
                      I also loved him on Inside the NFL as a kid.

                      Might be a good time to point out that in todays current CAP and rookie contract wage scale world....you will be hard pressed to ever have anymore Len Dawsons.

                      Had to sit and wait buried on the depth chart in Cleveland and Pittsburg before getting a chance in KC finally.

                      Besides having been a very good college QB at Purdue, Dawson was an all around great athlete. lettering in like 4 or 5 sports.

                      Dawson led the AFL in passing I think something like 7 out of 8 years, and was tops in TD passes most of those seasons, along with many other of the stats you want to be tops in...comp pct and all that. His 30 TDs passing in season being the most for a Chiefs QB wasn't broken for 54 years....when Mahomes finally broke it in 2018. A testament to how bad KC QB play had been for most of the time between Dawson and Mahomes for sure, but also a testament to Dawsons early passing prowess in an era when it was harder to do and when teams ran so much more.

                      He'll be missed.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RockyMountainOyster View Post
                        Good stuff. Did any of you see him play? I'll remember him mostly as a radio broadcaster. One of my favorites.

                        Crazy to imagine a future HOF QB leaving practice to hold down a job as a local news anchor.
                        I did, watched the SB.

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                        • #13
                          RIP ol' timer.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RockyMountainOyster View Post
                            Good stuff. Did any of you see him play? ...
                            Plenty of times.

                            He had great accuracy, and was also very mobile. Some analysts referred to him as a "scrambler," and I recall several debates in the late 60s about whether a "scrambling" QB could ever win a super-bowl. But I never saw him as a Fran Tarkenton or Roger Staubach type. I thought it was more a matter of Stram taking advantage of that mobility by using a moving pocket. I think he had the AFL's highest passer rating several times.

                            His passing stats don't compare to modern times, but it was a completely different era when the rules heavily favored the running game and QBs were unprotected from may hits that would now automatically draw roughing penalties.


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                            • #15
                              Man, this makes me nostalgic for the Inside the NFL of my childhood. Len's highest achievement.

                              I heard he played college ball and for some old semi-pro franchise at one time.

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                              • #16
                                Grew up watching him on Inside the NFL. Me and my Dad would watch every week. Would get so pissed when the Broncos games was relegated to the last 30 second highlight shown, lol. But dang, in that era, that show was freaking top notch. RIP Len Dawson.

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                                • #17
                                  RIP Len Dawson. One game I was sitting in the South Stands with Len approaching the visitor's locker room on crutches. I think that was the 1969 season where he missed a few games. A single snowball rocketed out of the SStands & landed at Len's feet, just missing him. Those South Standers were a rough bunch! But this was too much for even the majority of South Standers and we gave him a standing ovation! I did like Dawson's work later on inside the nfl.

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                                  • #18
                                    I saw him play when he was a shadow of himself on those terrible teams in the early 70's. I liked him when he called Bronco games and of course on Inside the NFL, that show with him and Nick was great, went down hill when they added Chris.

                                    RIP

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Zerovoltz View Post
                                      I also loved him on Inside the NFL as a kid.

                                      Might be a good time to point out that in todays current CAP and rookie contract wage scale world....you will be hard pressed to ever have anymore Len Dawsons.

                                      Had to sit and wait buried on the depth chart in Cleveland and Pittsburg before getting a chance in KC finally.

                                      Besides having been a very good college QB at Purdue, Dawson was an all around great athlete. lettering in like 4 or 5 sports.

                                      Dawson led the AFL in passing I think something like 7 out of 8 years, and was tops in TD passes most of those seasons, along with many other of the stats you want to be tops in...comp pct and all that. His 30 TDs passing in season being the most for a Chiefs QB wasn't broken for 54 years....when Mahomes finally broke it in 2018. A testament to how bad KC QB play had been for most of the time between Dawson and Mahomes for sure, but also a testament to Dawsons early passing prowess in an era when it was harder to do and when teams ran so much more.

                                      He'll be missed.
                                      How come none of you guys ever mention Joe Montana?

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                                      • RockyMountainOyster
                                        RockyMountainOyster commented
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                                        Right…that was definitely the highlight. Not the two come-from-behind playoff wins, including a 4th down TD pass to send the Steelers game to OT. Are you ever right about anything?

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                                        BroncoBuff commented
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                                        Oyster - Instead of attacking DD like that, why didn't you just answer the question? He said he was just guessing.

                                      • RockyMountainOyster
                                        RockyMountainOyster commented
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                                        I think plenty of KC fans talk about Montana, although young fans may not remember it well. I don’t have strong memories of those days, but I’ve watched a onumber of the games since. I think KC fans view ‘93 as an exciting year with a disappointing ending. Hard to say what would have happened in Buffalo if he hadn’t left the game early. He didn’t start well, and was struggling with the conditions, but with him there was always potential for late game magic.
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