The Kansas City Chiefs organization had strong attendance during Len Dawson’s public memorial service on Friday.
The franchise has celebrated his life and legacy in a number ways, including wearing decals on their helmets and an in-game tribute with a choir huddle. The memorial service allowed those to recall their fondest memories of Dawson and share with the world what made him so special.
Here are just a few of those who spoke at the memorial:
Chiefs CEO and Chairman Clark Hunt
Chiefs HOF linebacker Bobby Bell
Chiefs Radio Network broadcasters Kevin Harlan and Dan Israel
KMBC-TV’s John Crumley
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II
According to Kuntz, former Chiefs teammates Bell, Willie Lanier, Jan Stenerud, Ed Budde and Mike Garrett were pallbearers for Dawson. Garrett, who scored on the iconic “65 Toss Power Trap” play in Super Bowl IV, spoke to Kuntz after the service.
Mike Garrett, who served as Pallbearer along with teammates Bobby Bell, Ed Budde, Jan Stenerud and Willie Lanier — gracious enough to share thoughts on the service: “Kansas City is better because of Len Dawson.” pic.twitter.com/zAiogi6NRP
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) September 16, 2022
“The city is better because of Len Dawson,” Garrett said. “We’re blessed — a blessed city and blessed to have Len Dawson.”