A No. 1 draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1957, the former Purdue sharp-shooter struggled through five seasons as a seldom-used backup with the Steelers and the Cleveland Browns before finding his niche with the Dallas Texans of the American Football League in 1962.
He was also the chief architect of Kansas City titles in both 1966 and 1969 that led to his participation in Super Bowls I and IV.
Dawson, a native of nearby Alliance, Ohio, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
Dawson often returns to Canton to welcome the Hall's newest members. Here he is seen chatting with former teammate and Class of 2008 enshrinee Emmitt Thomas.
Len Dawson's Hall of fame mural.
Len Dawson's Hall of Fame bust.