Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and popular radio and TV sports personality Len Dawson has died. He was 87. Check out full news here.
Len Dawson : Age | Health | Smoking | Hall of Fame
Dawson was the ninth of 11 children of Ohio native James and England-born Annie Dawson. He attended Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio.
He was MVP of the football team and was named outstanding Ohio back of the year by the International News Service.
A three-sport athlete, Dawson set school records in football and in basketball, and was the first athlete in 13 years to be named first-team all-state in both sports during the same year.
Len dawson age
Leonard Ray Dawson (June 20, 1935 – August 24, 2022) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL) for 19 seasons, primarily with the Kansas City Chiefs franchise.
|Born:||June 20, 1935
|Died:||August 24, 2022 (aged 87)
Kansas City, Kansas
After playing college football for the Purdue Boilermakers, Dawson began his professional career in 1957 with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL and also played for the Cleveland Browns.
He left the NFL in 1962 to sign with the AFL’s Chiefs (then known as the Dallas Texans), where he spent the last 14 seasons of his career, and rejoined the NFL after the AFL–NFL merger.
Len dawson Health
The famous football quarterback player was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His family made it public, a few months before his demise.
In 1991, Dawson was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which led to his death on August 24, 2022. His death was shortly after his family announced that he was in a care facility.
Len dawson smoking
The man is Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson, and the photo is from halftime of the very first Super Bowl, played way back on Jan. 15, 1967.
And when Donovan noticed that a colleague down the hall had placed a larger version of this photo — one that has gained more life in recent years — on top of a credenza a few years back, Donovan knew he had to have one, too.
“It’s one of my favorite photos,” Donovan told Yahoo Sports, flashing a wide-eyed smile. “There’s a lot of reasons why it’s there.”
For starters, the photo includes Dawson, a Chiefs legend.
Another reason he chose it is because of his love for football history and the oddball way the photo captures a time when the game was very, very different.
So different that any Chiefs or San Francisco 49ers player caught smoking during Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 would be excoriated, not celebrated.
Hall of Fame
Dawson guided the Chiefs to a surprise 23-7 win over the heavily favored Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV in 1970. He was 12-17 for 142 yards in the game and was named the Most Valuable Player.
Drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1957, the Alliance, Ohio native threw for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns during his 19-year career with the Steelers, Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Texans who later became the Chiefs. He was selected to six AFL All-Star games and one Pro Bowl. In 1962, he was named AFL Player of the Year.
Dawson won the AFL passing title four times and still holds the franchise’s career records for pass attempts (3,696), completions (2,115), passing yards (28,507) and touchdowns (237).
In 1987, Dawson was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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