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Len Dawson

Leonard Ray Dawson
Born: June 20, 1935
Alliance, OH
High School: Alliance (OH)
Position(s): QB
Height: 6'0" Weight: 190
College: Purdue
Career: 1957-1975
Drafted: 1957 in Round 1, #5 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1987

Len Dawson played from 1957 to 1975 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Dawson threw for 28,711 yards in his career, completing 2,136 of 3,741 passes with 239 touchdowns and 183 interceptions. He also ran for 1,293 yards in 294 attempts with 9 rushing touchdowns.


Passing:

Year Team Att Comp Comp % Yds Yds/Att TDs TD % Ints Int % Long Sacked Yds Lost Rating
1957 NFL Pittsburgh 4 2 50.0 25 6.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 15  92.9
1958 NFL Pittsburgh 6 1 16.7 11 1.8 0 0.0 2 33.3 11  39.6
1959 NFL Pittsburgh 7 3 42.9 60 8.6 1 14.3 0 0.0 32  142.1
1960 NFL Cleveland 13 8 61.5 23 1.8 0 0.0 0 0.0 23  79.2
1961 NFL Cleveland 15 7 46.7 85 5.7 1 6.7 3 20.0 17  90.4
1962 AFL Dallas 310 189 61.0 2759 8.9 29 9.4 17 5.5 92  103.8
1963 AFL Kansas City 352 190 54.0 2389 6.8 26 7.4 19 5.4 82  95.0
1964 AFL Kansas City 354 199 56.2 2879 8.1 30 8.5 18 5.1 72  100.4
1965 AFL Kansas City 305 163 53.4 2262 7.4 21 6.9 14 4.6 67  97.5
1966 AFL Kansas City 284 159 56.0 2527 8.9 26 9.2 10 3.5 89  103.8
1967 AFL Kansas City 357 206 57.7 2651 7.4 24 6.7 17 4.8 71  97.5
1968 AFL Kansas City 224 131 58.5 2109 9.4 17 7.6 9 4.0 92  105.8
1969 AFL Kansas City 166 98 59.0 1323 8.0 9 5.4 13 7.8 55  13 89 100.0
1970 NFL Kansas City 262 141 53.8 1876 7.2 13 5.0 14 5.3 61  34 277 96.7
1971 NFL Kansas City 301 167 55.5 2504 8.3 15 5.0 13 4.3 82  30 303 101.3
1972 NFL Kansas City 305 175 57.4 1835 6.0 13 4.3 12 3.9 44  28 255 91.7
1973 NFL Kansas City 101 66 65.3 725 7.2 2 2.0 5 5.0 48  14 104 96.7
1974 NFL Kansas City 235 138 58.7 1573 6.7 7 3.0 13 5.5 84  25 199 94.6
1975 NFL Kansas City 140 93 66.4 1095 7.8 5 3.6 4 2.9 51  23 196 99.2
NFL 1389 801 57.7 9812 7.1 57 4.1 66 4.8 84  154 1334
AFL 2352 1335 56.8 18899 8.0 182 7.7 117 5.0 92  13 89
Totals 3741 2136 57.1 28711 7.7 239 6.4 183 4.9 92  167 1423

Rushing:

Year Team No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
1957 NFL Pittsburgh 3 31 10.3 27  0
1958 NFL Pittsburgh 2 -1 -0.5 0
1959 NFL Pittsburgh 4 20 5.0 10  0
1960 NFL Cleveland 1 0 0.0 0
1961 NFL Cleveland 1 -10 -10.0 -10  0
1962 AFL Dallas 38 252 6.6 22  3
1963 AFL Kansas City 37 272 7.4 43  2
1964 AFL Kansas City 40 89 2.2 18  2
1965 AFL Kansas City 43 142 3.3 40  2
1966 AFL Kansas City 24 167 7.0 18  0
1967 AFL Kansas City 20 68 3.4 24  0
1968 AFL Kansas City 20 40 2.0 22  0
1969 AFL Kansas City 1 3 3.0 0
1970 NFL Kansas City 11 46 4.2 21  0
1971 NFL Kansas City 12 24 2.0 0
1972 NFL Kansas City 15 75 5.0 20  0
1973 NFL Kansas City 6 40 6.7 13  0
1974 NFL Kansas City 11 28 2.5 10  0
1975 NFL Kansas City 5 7 1.4 0
NFL 71 260 3.7 27  0
AFL 223 1033 4.6 43  9
Totals 294 1293 4.4 43  9

Kicking:

Year Team X/CA X/CM X/CP % FGA FGM FG % Single Pts. KO Yds. Avg. Long Single
1957 NFL Pittsburgh 2 0.0 1 0.0 0.0
NFL 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 2 0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 nan 0 0

Defense and Fumbles:

Tackles Fumbles Kicks
Year Team Tackle Solo Assist Def ST TFL TFL Yds Brup QBH Fum F Rec F Rec Yds FR TD FF K Blk
1957 NFL Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 0
1959 NFL Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 0
1960 NFL Cleveland 1 1 0 0 0
1962 AFL Dallas 11 0 0 0
1963 AFL Kansas City 4 0 0 0
1964 AFL Kansas City 15 0 0 0
1965 AFL Kansas City 7 0 0 0
1966 AFL Kansas City 5 0 0 0 0
1967 AFL Kansas City 6 4 -6 0 0
1968 AFL Kansas City 4 3 0 0 0
1970 NFL Kansas City 5 0 0 0 0
1971 NFL Kansas City 8 3 -14 0 0
1972 NFL Kansas City 2 1 0 0 0
1973 NFL Kansas City 4 0 -1 0 0
1974 NFL Kansas City 6 2 -2 0 0
1975 NFL Kansas City 4 1 0 0 0
NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 8 -17 0 0 0
AFL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 7 -6 0 0 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 84 15 -23 0 0 0

Total Scoring:

Touchdowns Other Total
Year Team Rush Rec Punt Kick MFG R Int Fum Other FG X/C Single 2 Pt Saf Points
1962 AFL Dallas 3 0 0 0 18
1963 AFL Kansas City 2 0 0 0 12
1964 AFL Kansas City 2 0 0 0 12
1965 AFL Kansas City 2 0 0 0 12
AFL 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 54

Playing Career:

Year League Team G GS
1957 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers 3 1
1958 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers 4 0
1959 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers 12 0
1960 NFL Cleveland Browns 2 0
1961 NFL Cleveland Browns 7 1
1962 AFL Dallas Texans 14 14
1963 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 13
1964 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 14
1965 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 12
1966 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 14
1967 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 14
1968 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 13
1969 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 9 7
1970 NFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 12
1971 NFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 13
1972 NFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 12
1973 NFL Kansas City Chiefs 8 6
1974 NFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 8
1975 NFL Kansas City Chiefs 12 5

Awards

- AFL Hall of Fame 2nd team All-1960s Team
1969 - Super Bowl MVP
1969 - Super Bowl MVP
1973 - Walter Payton Man of the Year

Honors

1962 - AFL All-AFL (1st Team)
1962 - United Press International All-AFL (1st Team)
1962 - Associated Press All-AFL (1st Team)
1964 - United Press International All-AFL (2nd Team)
1964 - New York Daily News All-AFL (2nd Team)
1964 - Newspaper Enterprise Association All-AFL (2nd Team)
1964 - Associated Press All-AFL (2nd Team)
1966 - Newspaper Enterprise Association All-AFL (1st Team)
1966 - Associated Press All-AFL (1st Team)
1966 - New York Daily News All-AFL (1st Team)
1966 - United Press International All-AFL (1st Team)
1966 - AFL All-AFL (1st Team)
1968 - Associated Press All-AFL (2nd Team)
1968 - United Press International All-AFL (2nd Team)
1971 - United Press International All-Conference (2nd Team)