Graduating from Purdue (where Hank Stram was as assistant coach) he was originally a 1st round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1957. He was traded to Cleveland in 1959 and in 1962 he joined the Dallas Texans and led them to an AFL Championship that year. After the team moved to Kansas City he remained the starter until he retired in 1975. With the Chiefs he was selected to 6 AFL All-Star teams (and 1 NFL Pro Bowl team in 1971) and 2 AFL All-League Teams (the equivalent of the NFL’s All Pro team). The AFL’s Player of the Year in 1966 and the NFL’s Man of the Year in 1973 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Passing for over 28,500 yards and 237 touchdowns he lead Kansas City to 3 AFL Championships (the first when they were the Dallas Texans), 2 Super Bowls and a Super Bowl victory during his 14-year career with the Chiefs. The MVP of the upset of the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV he is still the Chiefs All-Time leading passer in literally every passing category in the book.


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Len Dawson Career Passing Table

Year Age Team # QB Record Completions Attempts Completion % Yards Longest Y/A TD Int Y/G Rate Sacked Lost Yards 4th Quart
Comebacks
1957 22 PIT 16 0-1-0 2 4 50.0 25 15 6.3 0 0 8.3 69.8
1958 23 PIT 16 1 6 16.7 11 11 1.8 0 2 2.8 0.0
1959 24 PIT 16 3 7 42.9 60 32 8.6 1 0 5.0 113.1
1960 25 CLE 18 8 13 61.5 23 23 1.8 0 0 11.5 65.9
1961 26 CLE 18 1-0-0 7 15 46.7 85 17 5.7 1 3 12.1 47.2
1962*+ 27 DTX 16 11-3-0 189 310 61.0 2759 92 8.9 29 17 197.1 98.3 0
1963 28 KAN 16 5-7-1 190 352 54.0 2389 82 6.8 26 19 170.6 77.5 1
1964* 29 KAN 16 7-7-0 199 354 56.2 2879 72 8.1 30 18 205.6 89.9 1
1965 30 KAN 16 6-4-2 163 305 53.4 2262 67 7.4 21 14 161.6 81.3 1
1966*+ 31 KAN 16 11-2-1 159 284 56.0 2527 89 8.9 26 10 180.5 101.7 1
1967* 32 KAN 16 9-5-0 206 357 57.7 2651 71 7.4 24 17 189.4 83.7 0
1968* 33 KAN 16 11-2-0 131 224 58.5 2109 92 9.4 17 9 150.6 98.6 2
1969* 34 KAN 16 5-2-0 98 166 59.0 1323 55 8.0 9 13 147.0 69.9 13 89 1
1970 35 KAN 16 5-5-2 141 262 53.8 1876 61 7.2 13 14 134.0 71.0 34 277 1
1971* 36 KAN 16 9-3-1 167 301 55.5 2504 82 8.3 15 13 178.9 81.6 30 303 3
1972 37 KAN 16 7-5-0 175 305 57.4 1835 44 6.0 13 12 131.1 72.8 28 255 2
1973 38 KAN 16 3-2-1 66 101 65.3 725 48 7.2 2 5 90.6 72.4 14 104 2
1974 39 KAN 16 3-5-0 138 235 58.7 1573 84 6.7 7 13 112.4 65.8 25 199 0
1975 40 KAN 16 1-4-0 93 140 66.4 1095 51 7.8 5 4 91.3 90.0 23 196 0
14 seasons Texans/Chiefs 93-56-8 2115 3696 57.2 28507 92 7.7 237 178 155.8 83.2 167 1423 15
3 seasons Steelers 0-1-0 6 17 35.3 96 32 5.6 1 2 5.1 35.0
2 seasons Browns 1-0-0 15 28 53.6 108 23 3.9 1 3 12.0 35.1 1
19-Year NFL Career 94-57-8 2136 3741 57.1 28711 92 7.7 239 183 136.1 82.6 167 1423 15

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

  • + – AFL All-League Selection
  • * – AFL All-Star Selection
  • ♦ – Led the AFL

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