BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 25: Len Dawson #16 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to pass against the Boston Patriots during an AFL Football game September 25, 1966 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Dawson played for the Chiefs from 1963-75. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
45. Texans hire Jack Steadman
In the early 1960s, the American Football League was trying to get some respect. Frankly, the outfit was more of a curiosity than an actual competitor of the National Football League through the first few seasons, with teams barely hanging on financially. While all of this was going on, the Dallas Texans were trying to compete on the field and win championships, something that was helped by the hiring of general manager Jack Steadman.
Steadman was crucial in the negotiations to bring the Texans to Kansas City, and then stayed on with the team throughout the next four decades. Steadman made a ton shrewd personnel moves, having his hands on anything ranging from Otis Taylor and Willie Lanier to Neil Smith and Deron Cherry. Steadman is one of the greatest executives in AFL and NFL history.
Unfortunately, Steadman passed away at 86 years old in July, leaving behind a lasting legacy.
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