Members

Inductee
DAWSON, LEN
DAWSON, LEN
Born on June 20, 1935
Alliance, OH
Inducted On
June 10, 2018
Location Inducted
West Lafayette, IN
Region Number
4
Purdue
Player
Alliance
1953
Team MVP; Outstanding Ohio Back of the Year by International News Service; 1st Team All-State; also 1st Team All-State in basketball.
Purdue University
1957
PU records of 3,325 total passing yards, 29 TDs; 1954 - led NCAA with 15 TD passes, 145.8 passing efficiency; All-Big Ten; 1955 - led Big Ten with 76 completions, 901 yards; 1956 - 1st player in Big Ten history to lead conference in total offense and passing 3 straight years.
Former Sports Director at KMBC-TV in Kansas City and color analyst for Chiefs Radio Network.
Wife, Linda; children, Lisa Anne and Len, Jr.
Professional Athletic Background: Drafted 1st round by Pittsburgh Steelers and played there 1957-1959; Cleveland Browns 1960-1961; Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs 1962-1975; retired end of 1975 season.

Professional Honors: MVP Super Bowl IV 1970; Pro Bowl 1971; NFL honors - Man of the Year 1973; All-Star 1962, 1964, 1966-1969; AFL honors - League Champions 1962, 1966, 1969; 1st Team All-AFL 1962, 1966; MVP 1962; passing TD leader 1962-1963 and 1966-1967; passer rating leader 1962, 1964-1968; All-Time Team; Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee and his #16 jersey number retired; Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee 1987; held record for most Chiefs passing TDs in a season (30). (Update: 30 TDs in a season record broken during 2018 season by Chiefs' rookie, Patrick Mahomes.)