Chiefs honor Len Dawson during preseason finale vs Packers

by | Aug 25, 2022 | Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It seemed only fitting that, one day after Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson’s family announced his death at the age of 87, the Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night in a preseason rematch of the first Super Bowl.It was that title game on a sunny January day in 1967 when many fans first saw “Lenny the Cool.”Televised simultaneously by CBS and NBC from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the inaugural meeting of the champions of the powerful NFL and upstart AFL was close into the second half. But that’s when the Vince Lombardi’s powerful Packers pulled away for a 35-10 victory over an exhausted Dawson and his plucky bunch of Chiefs.Dawson would get his Super Bowl ring, of course. He led the Chiefs back three years later, where Kansas City would beat the Minnesota Vikings in the final championship game staged before the NFL and AFL merged together.“As a child, I just remember being on the Chiefs’ field and looking up at Len,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt recalled. “Of course, as a child, all the players were huge and he was one of the smaller ones of the group. But he was the one with the ‘it’ factor. He was the leader of the team. And I remember looking at him like that.”Not surprisingly, the Chiefs found plenty of ways to remember Dawson on Thursday night.Patrick Ma …

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