I can't think of a more deserving candidate. Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl winner Len Dawson received the Lamar Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award from SportKC Props (People Recognizing Outstanding People of Sports) last night. The event, presented by the Kansas City Power and Light District, was held at the Midland Theater. The event benefited the KC Sports Commission programs and honored some of the top male and female athletes and newscasters in the city.
As for Mr. Dawson, it's about time. His achievements in the Kansas City area since the early 1960s are very respectable. Though he wasn't born in Kansas City, he's a lifer.
He's been a Chief since 1963 and a member of the KMBC 9 sports team since 1966 (Seriously). Back in the day, it was customary for the players to have offseason jobs. Of course Lenny picked the job that would prepare him for a 21-year run as a host of HBO's Inside the NFL.
Click through for a few of Lenny's accomplishments and find out who won the Sports Journalist of the Year award.
Here are a few more of Lenny's accomplishments (as if we didn't already know):
- 1966 Super Bowl IV MVP
- 1973 NFL Man of the Year
- 1987 NFL Hall of Fame
- 1987 Best Kansas City Sportscaster (Kansas City Magazine)
- 2000 NFL's Order of the Leather Helmet
Congratulations, Mr. Dawson.
The Joe McGuff Sports Journalist of the Year was presented to Soren Petro of 810 WHB. Mr. Petro of course also hosts the Red Zone Podcast every Wednesday.
Click here for a full list of award winners.