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NFL – Greatest QBs Ever – Chiefs Len Dawson & Eagles Norm Van Brocklin

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Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 19 seasons for three professional teams….in his last 14 seasons with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs….and played college football at Purdue University. Dawson led the Chiefs to three American Football League Championships (1962, 1966, 1969)….and a victory in Super Bowl IV….for which he won the game’s MVP award.  Dawson retired from professional football after the 1975 season….and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.  He is sports director at KMBC-TV in Kansas City and color analyst for the Chiefs Radio Network.

Norman Mack “Norm” Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983)….nicknamed “The Dutchman”….was an American football quarterback, punter, and coach in the National Football League…who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. In late May of 1958….Van Brocklin was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles for two players (Buck Lansford and Jimmy Harris) and a first round draft pick.   It was disclosed he did not want to play another season for the Rams under head coach Sid Gillman’s offense….but it was not a personality issue with Gillman.  Under famed head coach Buck Shaw, Van Brocklin was given total control of the offense in Philadelphia in 1958….and he steadily improved the Eagles’ attack. In his third and final season with Philly in 1960….the team had the best regular season record in league at 10-2….hosting the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship Game at Franklin Field. Throwing to his favorite receiver….5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 176 lb (80 kg) Tommy McDonald….Van Brocklin led the Eagles to victory. In a game dominated by defense….as he led a fourth quarter comeback….resulting in a final score of 17-13. During his twelve-year career, Van Brocklin played on two NFL championship teams: the 1951 Los Angeles Rams and the 1960 Philadelphia Eagles. Following the latter triumph, he retired. As it turned out, the Eagles were the only team to defeat the Packers in a playoff game during Vince Lombardi’s tenure as Green Bay’s head coach.   Van Brocklin led the NFL in passing three times and in punting twice. On nine occasions, he was selected to the Pro Bowl.

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