NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 11: Len Dawson #16 of the Kansas City Chiefs stands under center and calls out the signals against the Minnesota Vikings during Super Bowl IV on January 11, 1970 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Chiefs won the Super Bowl 23-7. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
37. Len Dawson inducted in NFL Hall of Fame
In 1987, legendary Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. In the same ’87 class with Dawson were names like Larry Csonka and Joe Greene, which was just a testament to how good of a quarterback and player Kansas City was fortunate to have.
The Super Bowl IV Most Valuable Player was initially drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers but wasn’t able to win the starting job over fellow Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne. Dawson was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 1959 and was eventually released in 1961, which would end up being the greatest gift to date the Chiefs received.
When Hank Stram was hired in Kansas City he sought out his old quarterback he coached in college at the University of Purdue. Dawson developed an presence about him that was plausible in being good under pressure which resulted in the nickname “Lenny the cool.”
Dawson who thrived as a pinpoint passer in his 19 seasons that will be most remembered as giving Kansas City its first and only Super Bowl win against the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings. In the Hall of Famer’s career he threw for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns.
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