November 30th, 2011 Holiday Catalog Auction (#32)
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Len Dawson struggled for five frustrating seasons as a backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns; his Hall of Fame career began in earnest as he moved to the Texans in 1962 and on to the Chiefs in 1963. Although Dawson ranks among the elite forward passers of all time with an 82.56 rating compiled over 19 seasons of pro play, he is perhaps best remembered for his courageous performance in leading the Chiefs to a 23-7 upset of the 14-point favorite Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, in the last game ever played by an American Football League team. Incidentally, Dawson was the game's MVP as he squared the Super Bowl at two games apiece with the NFL. Building a 16-0 halftime lead, he called an almost flawless game, completing 12 of 17 passes and hitting Otis Taylor on a 46-yard play for the final Chiefs touchdown. The Kansas City defense limited Minnesota's strong rushing game to 67 yards and had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. On the right front tail of this red knit home jersey is the “Rawlings” manufacturer’s tag with wash instructions and jersey size “48”. Player number “16” appears on the front, back and on both sleeves. Player name “DAWSON” appears across the back on a red nameplate. All numbers and letters are done in white on yellow tackle twill. The crotch piece has been removed and shows remnants on the front and rear tails. The jersey shows moderate quarterback use and other than what is mentioned appears to have no further alterations of any kind.
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