Len Dawson Is Getting A Bridge Named After Him
By Ben Nielsen
Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl winning quarterback and Hall of Famer Len Dawson is finally getting a bridge named after him. ‘Finally’ as in it never dawned on me he didn’t have anything named after him yet. How does this happen?
The Chiefs announced today in a press release there will be a ceremony by the Chiefs and the Missouri Department of Transportation to name the bridge on East Stadium Drive crossing over Interstate 435 in Jackson County as the “Len Dawson Bridge” in honor of his accomplishments with the Chiefs. Dawson is in the Hall of Fame both as a player and broadcaster and has been a fixture in the community since he arrived in Kansas City in 1963.
From the press release:
"In 1962 Dawson joined the Dallas Texans, who became the Kansas City Chiefs the next year, and led the franchise to its first AFL Championship in a double overtime victory over the Houston Oilers. Under his guidance, the Chiefs were perennial contenders and won the AFL Championship in 1962, 1966 and 1969. Dawson was the MVP of Super Bowl IV when he directed Kansas City to a 23-7 victory over the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings.Dawson’s storied playing career was preserved by Kansas City in 1979 when he was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. In 1987, his legacy was then immortalized with his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.After his playing career, Dawson became a nationally known sportscaster. He was a host of the groundbreaking show “Inside the NFL” on HBO during 1978-2001; a game analyst for NBC for several years; served as sports director at KMBC-TV (Channel 9), starting in his playing days from 1966 to 2011; and has been the analyst for Chiefs radio broadcasts since 1984.In 2012, Dawson was awarded the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Award for Radio-Television, joining Dan Dierdorf and Frank Gifford as the only individuals in the Hall of Fame as both players and broadcasters."
Well done, Lenny. You deserve it.