The Kansas City Chiefs have paid homage to the late Len Dawson in a number of different ways in preseason Week 3.
First players came out wearing his number on their pullovers and helmets during pregame warmups. They’ll wear the No. 16 decals for the entirety of the 2022 NFL season.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes isn’t playing in preseason Week 3, but he did come out ahead of their first snap for a very special moment to honor Dawson. He lined the offense up in a sugar huddle or “choir” huddle prior to the first offensive snap of the game. This huddle was popularized by Dawson’s Chiefs teams under head coach Hank Stram. The huddle was used to help establish tempo and hide formations from opposing defenders and coaches.
The team took a delay of game penalty as Mahomes ran off the field and was replaced by Chad Henne for the night. A cool moment further connecting the two quarterbacks who have delivered a Super Bowl title to Kansas City.