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1979 | Len Dawson | Quarterback

Len-Dawson

During Dawson's tenure as the team's field general, he helped make the Chiefs one of pro football's premier teams and wound up among the elite passers in the game's history . . . Under his guidance, the Chiefs were perennial contenders and won the AFL Championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969 . . . Was MVP of Super Bowl IV when he directed Kansas City to a win over the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings . . . Won the AFL passing title four times and still holds Chiefs career marks for pass rating (83.2), attempts (3,696), completions (2,115), passing yards (28,507) and touchdowns (237) . . . Started pro career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a first-round pick in '56, then landed with the Cleveland Browns before ending up with the Texans in 1962 . . . Named to six AFL All-Star teams and one Pro Bowl squad (1972) . . . AFL Player of the Year in 1962 . . . Played in 211 career games, completing 2,136 of 3,741 passes (57.1%) for 28,711 yards with 239 touchdowns and 183 interceptions, while rushing for 1,293 yards and nine scores on 294 carries . . . . Named 1973 NFL Man of the Year as the outstanding pro football player-citizen . . . Nicknamed "Lenny the Cool" . . . Led Big 10 in passing and total offense for three seasons at Purdue . . . His number 16 has been retired by the Chiefs . . . Does color commentary on the Chiefs Fox Football Radio Network, hosts "Inside the NFL" on HBO and is the sports anchor at KMBC-TV in Kansas City . . . Born June 20, 1935, in Alliance, Ohio.