Purdue announces passing of Hall of Fame QB, broadcasting icon
Purdue announced the passing of Len Dawson – Boilermaker legend and Hall of Fame quarterback – early Wednesday morning. He was 87 years old at the time.
Dawson played for Purdue from 1953-56 and was a key performer on the 1956 Boilermaker squad. He threw for 856 yards and 7 touchdowns.
A legend at Purdue. And with the Chiefs. And in the broadcast booth.
Simply, a legendary life.
Please keep the Dawson family and Len’s many friends and colleagues in your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/8Rvv15ZzX1
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) August 24, 2022
Following his career at Purdue, Dawson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 5 pick in the 1957 NFL Draft. He played for 3 teams during his NFL career, including a long stint for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dawson led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl IV win over the Minnesota Vikings, winning Super Bowl MVP in the process. During the 1964 NFL season, Dawson set the Chiefs’ single-season record for passing touchdowns with 30, a record that stood until Patrick Mahomes came on the scene in 2018.
Following his playing career, Dawson served as a longtime broadcaster, including his time as a color analyst for Kansas City’s radio broadcast team from 1985-2017. During his final season with the broadcast, the Chiefs officially named their broadcast booth at Arrowhead Stadium in Dawson’s honor.
Rest in peace to a true legend and forever Boilermaker.