'I was stunned!' NFL Hall of Famer Len Dawson surprised by special honor before Sunday's game

Marc LaVoie
September 18, 2017 - 8:28 am

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The Kansas City Chiefs honored one of their own legends with a surprise announcement before yesterday's 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The team named its television broadcast studio after Len Dawson, who quarterbacked the team from 1962 to 1975, including the Chiefs' first season when the team was the Dallas Texans.

"I was stunned! I was very, very surprised -- I had no inkling -- nobody mentioned anything about that to me," Dawson said.

Dawson was MVP of the 1969-70 Super Bowl IV Champion team, and was long involved in sports broadcasting, beginning his second career even during his playing years in Kansas City.

He is one of only three people to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as both a broadcaster and a player.

Dawson, 82, was named KMBC-TV Channel 9 sports director in 1966. He went on to host, along with Nick Buoniconti, HBO's Inside the NFL from 1977 to 2001. He began serving as color commentator for the Chiefs Radio Network in 1985.

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