Leonard Ray Dawson was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL) for 19 seasons, mostly with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Len Dawson, a Hall of Fame quarterback and star for the Kansas City Chiefs, has died at age 87, his family declared in a statement on Wednesday.
Dawson’s family released a statement to KMBC-TV, where even the retired NFL player worked as a broadcaster.
His family said: “With wife Linda at his side, it is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Len Dawson. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. Len was always grateful and many times overwhelmed by the countless bonds he made during his football and broadcast careers.”
“He loved Kansas City and no matter where his travels took him, he could not wait to return home.
“Linda wants to acknowledge and thank the wonderful team of doctors, nurses and support staff at KU Med who showed tremendous amounts of love and compassion for Len.”
Len Dawson’s Net Worth
Len Dawson had a net worth of $10 million at the time of his passing, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
This was accumulated over the course of his productive NFL and AFL career as a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Kansas City Chiefs. After leaving the NFL in 1962, he played with the Chiefs of the American Football League for 14 seasons.
He held the Chiefs single-season mark for passing touchdowns until 2018, breaking it in 1964 with 30 scores in 14 games. Patrick Mahomes eventually passed him, and he did it in just 10 games, but Len still retains the career passing record.
After the 1975 season, the football player announced his retirement from professional football and went on to work as the sports director at KMBC-TV in Kansas City.
After his retirement, Len, well known by the moniker “Lenny the Cool,” worked as a color analyst for the Chiefs Radio Network.
Tributes Poured Into Social Media For Len Dawson
The NFL family mourns the loss of Chiefs veteran and Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson, it was stated in a moving tribute. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and close friends.
Clark Hunt, the chairman of the Chiefs, expressed his “heartbreak” over Dawson’s passing.
“Len Dawson is synonymous with the Kansas City Chiefs. Len embraced and came to embody Kansas City and the people that call it home. You would be hard-pressed to find a player who had a bigger impact in shaping the organization as we know it today than Len Dawson did,” Hunt said in a statement. “I admired Len my entire life — first as a Hall of Fame player on the field, and later as he transitioned into a successful broadcasting career. Throughout his remarkable career, Len made it a priority to give back to the community that he loved. The franchise has lost a true legend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda and his family.”