“Quarterback Len Dawson hits Otis Taylor on a short pass, and Taylor turns it up field and scores from 46 yards out.”
That play sealed the victory for the Kansas City Chiefs who beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7, and that was the last touchdown scored in a Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs. That game was played on January 11, 1970.
Today, Len Dawson is 77 years-old. Otis Taylor is 70.
As a kid growing up in rural Missouri not far from Kansas City, I completed that pass several times in my backyard (with my homemade Lenny Dawson jersey on). I have never ever strayed from the Chiefs being my favorite team, although it’s been tough lately.
This year the Chiefs are struggling with a 1-9 record. Their head coach (Romeo Crennel) had a losing record before he arrived in KC, and the General Manager (Scott Pioli) seems like he is in over his head. The owner (Clark Hunt) seems disinterested.
Chiefs’ fans are angry, so much so that a “Save Our Chiefs” group was created with a Facebook page that has 14,730 “Likes” and they say they are “dedicated to changing the culture at Arrowhead and returning a winning team to Kansas City.” Their Twitter account has an astonishing 80,697 followers. Oh, and planes fly over Arrowhead on game day with banners saying, “Restore Hope – Fire Pioli – SaveOurChiefs.com.” Continue reading