Len Dawson, the legendary quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer who led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl 4, has died, according to his family. He was 87.
Dawson entered hospice care earlier in August after working for the Chiefs for nearly 50 years, including 14 years as a quarterback and 33 years as a broadcast analyst after hanging up his cleats. The NFL legend retired from broadcasting in 2017 after dealing with a series of health problems, including prostate cancer and a quadruple heart bypass surgery.
“With wife Linda at his side, it is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Len Dawson,” his family said in a statement. “He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. Len was always grateful and many times overwhelmed by the countless bonds he made during his football and broadcast careers.”
The star quarterback led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title, earning the title of Super Bowl MVP after his team’s 23-7 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings in 1970.
Dawson spent more than a decade with the Chiefs after playing college ball at Purdue University. He spent the first three years of his NFL career shifting around the NFL to play with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, before joining the Dallas Texans in 1962. The Texans were moved to Kansas City the following season, and Dawson stayed there until the end of his career.