"My entire family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jack Steadman. Jack was more than a dedicated and talented businessman, but a dear friend to my family. He was one of my father's greatest business associates and the two of them accomplished much during the more than four decades they worked together. Jack played a key role in the development of the American Football League and was also an influential figure in the success of the Chiefs. During his tenure as General Manager, the team won four championships including Super Bowl IV..."
Jack Steadman, a key member of the Chiefs' front office since their founding in 1960 as the AFL's Dallas Texans and the general manager when Kansas City won Super Bowl IV, has died of natural causes, the team announced Sunday. He was 86...
...Steadman had been dealing with Alzheimer's disease in recent years.
Steadman served 47 years with the Chiefs as founder Lamar Hunt's right hand man and retired from his role as vice chairman in 2007 shortly after Lamar's death. Steadman, the first Chiefs executive inducted into the team's Hall of Fame, was also the team's president and executive vice president.
He was credited with conceiving the side-by-side stadium layout at the Truman Sports Complex, home to Arrowhead Stadium and the Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Chiefs Top Plays from 2014 from The Mothership
Early in the fourth quarter, Abdullah intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's pass and returned it 39 yards for the touchdown, which gave the Chiefs the 41-7 lead and ended up as the longest interception return for the Chiefs defense all season.
On the play, Abdullah started as the in-the-box safety and dropped into zone coverage after the snap. He read Brady's eyes perfectly and hopped the attempted post route to Danny Amendola across the middle for the pick six.
On a night that Chiefs Kingdom proved that Arrowhead Stadium is the loudest outdoor stadium in the world, Abdullah's interception is one of many highlights of the Chiefs' dominating performance against the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Steadman met Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, and helped him to found the AFL and the Dallas Texans, the franchise that would ultimately move to Kansas City.
He became general manager in 1966, building the team that beat the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl four years later. He became president of the Chiefs in 1976 and remained active on its board of directors until his retirement at the end of the 2006 season.
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Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride suggests the Dolphins and Chiefs could iron out a trade that could benefit both teams. The Chiefs could sort out a logjam at guard, where they just added Mitch Morse to a group that includes Jeff Allen, Zach Fulton, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and more. Meanwhile, the Dolphins could protect Ryan Tannehill, the quarterback they just handed a fat new contract to.