Legendary Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson, the MVP of Super Bowl IV, has entered hospice care, according to multiple news organizations in the Kansas City area.
Dawson, 87, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
No details have been released about Dawson’s health.
Dawson was a seven-time Pro Bowler for the franchise. He joined the club in 1962 when it was known as the Dallas Texans before the team relocated to Kansas City.
He played 13 seasons in Kansas City and guided the team to two Super Bowls. The Chiefs lost Super Bowl I to the Green Bay Packers in the 1966 season but beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV following the 1969 season.
Dawson tossed a 46-yard scoring pass to Otis Taylor in the 23-7 win over the Vikings.
Dawson holds franchise records of 28,507 yards and 237 touchdown passes. He also set a then-franchise record with 30 touchdown passes in 1964 and it held up for 54 years until Patrick Mahomes threw for 50 scores in 2018.
Overall, Dawson amassed 28,711 passing yards, 239 touchdown passes and 183 interceptions in 211 NFL games (159 starts). He also spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1957-59) and Cleveland Browns (1960-61) earlier in his career.
Dawson was a star quarterback at Purdue (1954-56) before entering the NFL.