Arrowhead stadium was abuzz recently, but it wasn’t because the home town team was grinding out another victory on the field. This excitement was all about honoring Kansas City icon Len Dawson.
On Friday, Sept. 26, MoDOT helped dedicate a bridge in honor of the Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback and SuperBowl winner.
Representatives from the Chiefs’ front office, Missouri Senator Paul LeVota and Missouri Highways and Transportation Commissioner Stephen Miller took part in the ceremony. One by one, each speaker praised Dawson for his work both on and off the field.
The voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus may have said it best. “MoDOT, you got it right. He (Dawson) has been a figurative bridge for Kansas City and this honor is well deserved,” Holthus said.
Dawson was a little more modest about the honor. “I’m excited, I’m also humbled to be the recipient of the Kansas City and the Kansas City Chiefs in this special, special way, Dawson said.
The bridge on East Stadium Drive which crosses over Interstate 35 in Jackson County bares Len Dawson’s name and rightfully so.
The National Football League legend made Kansas City his home after he joined the Chiefs in 1963. He played for the team until he retired in 1975. Since then, Dawson has been known for his broadcast work as a sports director at a local news station, and also for his charity work for organizations that help needy children.
The bridge dedication all came about thanks to Senator LeVota who introduced a bill which is part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s highway designation program. The program honors individuals, events, places or organizations on Missouri’s state highway system.
See all the photos of this event on MoDOT Kansas City's Flickr site.