From one Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs quarterback to another, Patrick Mahomes honored Len Dawson via Twitter on Wednesday:
"With wife Linda at his side, it is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Len Dawson. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. Len was always grateful and many times overwhelmed by the countless bonds he made during his football and broadcast careers.
"He loved Kansas City and no matter where his travels took him, he could not wait to return home."
The Hall of Fame quarterback spent 14 of his 19-year professional career with the Chiefs, including the franchise's first year in Kansas City in 1963. He led the squad to a win at Super Bowl IV, the team's only Super Bowl victory until Mahomes brought the city glory again after the 2019 season.
Dawson also earned seven Pro Bowl selections and remains the Chiefs' all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Mahomes ranks third and second on those lists, respectively.
After his playing career, Dawson spent 33 years as a broadcaster for the Chiefs.
"My family and I are heartbroken," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "Len Dawson is synonymous with the Kansas City Chiefs. Len embraced and came to embody Kansas City and the people that call it home. You would be hard-pressed to find a player who had a bigger impact in shaping the organization as we know it today than Len Dawson did."