Chiefs founder Hunt fighting for life in Dallas hospital

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  1. icyhot

    icyhot Member

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  3. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I hope you are kidding. He's the owner of the Chiefs and one of the founding fathers of the NFL.
  4. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    Also wasn't he in Texas before us ? If he didn't leave.....
  5. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    The Chiefs were the Dallas Texans before he moved them to KC.
  6. Deputy493

    Deputy493 New Member

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    He owns the Chiefs, but he still resides in Dallas and all of his and his family businesses are based here in Dallas.
  7. Mr Cowboy

    Mr Cowboy Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    He is Jerry's next door neighbor...........
  8. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    Dec 12, 2006 2:24 pm US/CentralLamar Hunt Fighting For Life In Dallas Hospital

    (AP) DALLAS Lamar Hunt was fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital Tuesday, and friends and family of the 74-year-old pioneer of the modern NFL were hoping for "miracles."

    Hunt has battled cancer for several years and was hospitalized the day before Thanksgiving with a partially collapsed lung. Doctors discovered that the cancer has since spread, and Hunt has been under heavy sedation since last week.

    "They're trying to make him as comfortable as possible," said Carl Peterson, president and general manager of Hunt's Kansas City Chiefs. "He's battling a very courageous fight. We'll continue to hope that miracles will happen."

    The son of Texas oilman H.L. Hunt tried unsuccessfully to buy an NFL team in the late 1950s, and when continually rebuffed, he persuaded several other wealthy sportsmen to form the American Football League to compete with the NFL.

    His Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963 and became the Chiefs. Several years later, the NFL was forced to merge with Hunt's successful AFL, and the modern league was born.

    Long an eloquent spokesman for the league and for small-market teams such as Kansas City, Hunt in 1972 became the first AFL figure inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The AFC championship trophy is named after him and, coincidentally, it was Hunt who gave the Super Bowl its name.

    He and his family also have been active in professional soccer, and he's a minority owner of the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

    Clark Hunt, one of his four children, has been gradually assuming his father's oversight of the family's sports interests.

    "I was with Clark Hunt yesterday, and of course I speak with the family every day," Peterson said. "There's not any improvement."

    Hunt and other early day owners who put the health of the league above the best interests of their individual clubs have been credited with helping the NFL avoid the big market-small market disparity that has plagued major league baseball.

    Peterson said he visited Hunt's hospital bed last week.

    "He's giving it everything he can," Peterson said. "The doctors are also. We hope and pray for good results.

    "All the family is there. Everybody's there," Peterson added. "It's extremely hard for everybody. And on a personal note, certainly I've been with this guy a long time and have the utmost respect and love for him. I've known him since 1976 when I came into the league, and I know what he's contributed to the National Football League, to Kansas City, to this community.

    "It's a difficult time for everybody."
  9. calico

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    Remember, he was honored last year at Texas Stadium during the Chiefs game?
  10. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    God Bless him & his family, and I hope he gets through this.
  11. SaintsFanMan

    SaintsFanMan New Member

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    Well said. +1 :eek::
  12. EastDallasCowboy

    EastDallasCowboy New Member

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    Drive around White Rock Lake if you live in the area.

    If you see the freaking ginormous white house with a lawn the size of Texas Stadium, that's his's right off the lake.

    As previously mentioned, he also owns the Chefs (great googly moogly), founded the AFL, was essential to the merger, and is a Hall of Famer I believe.
  13. notherbob

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    Yeah, Lamar Hunt was as important to building the NFL into what it has become as George Halas was in putting together the original.

    In 1962 I attended a Dallas Texans game played at PC Cobb Stadium (They tore it down to build the Infomart) where the high school games were played and sat on wooden bleacher seats. The Dallas Texans, with E.J. Holub at middle linebacker and Cotton Davidson at QB and Amos Marsh at RB, beat the NY Titans, who became the NY Jets. Tickets were $5 and parking was free.

    Ah, the good old days when I was 23 and single. There were always parties at the new apartment complexes all up and down Live Oak and Gaston. Gas was .30/gallon. On Texas-OU weekend everybody went crazy - same with New Years. And then you get married and get old.
  14. EastDallasCowboy

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    There was a football field there?

    There's still an ooooooold baseball field there too...but the name escapes me. It's maybe a mile away if memory serves. The Yankees once upon a time did Spring Training there, and in fact Babe Ruth was there. I remember playing there as a kid and thinking of how cool it was.

    It still looks the same too...the wooden bleachers with the net....can't believe I forgot the name, but its a very, very cool ballfield.
  15. HighTechDave

    HighTechDave 7 Years of College Down the Drain

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    I told all here a while back before Thanksgiving this was going on. Sad, he is a local icon, and has ties to our past.

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) - Lamar Hunt, the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and the guiding force behind the formation of the American Football League, is fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital.

    Hunt has been hospitalized since November 22 with a partially collapsed lung and has battled cancer for several years. Doctors discovered that the cancer has since spread.

    "He's battling a very courageous fight," Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson said. "We hope and pray for good results. We'll continue to hope that miracles will happen."

    The 74-year-old Hunt was the first AFL figure to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. He was continually rebuffed in his efforts to buy an NFL team in the late 1950s before persuading other wealthy men to form the AFL to compete with the NFL.

    Hunt also gave the Super Bowl its name and the AFC championship trophy is named after him.

    Hunt's AFL franchise was the Dallas Texans. After three years, the team moved to Kansas City. In 1962, the Texans won the AFL championship - the first of three titles won by the Texans-Chiefs during the league's 10-year existence.

    On June 8, 1966, the AFL-NFL merger was announced and in January 1967, Hunt's Chiefs played in the inaugural Super Bowl and lost to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. Three years later, the Chiefs claimed Kansas City's first major championship with a 23-7 victory over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV.
    In addition to being a principal negotiator in the merger of the AFL and NFL, Hunt also was a contributor to the design of the NFL playoff format and was credited with accidentally putting the name Super Bowl on the NFL's championship game - the name coming from his children's toy "Super Ball."
    The Chiefs have never made it back to the Super Bowl since winning the title in January 1970, but Hunt and Peterson were just the fourth owner-general manager combination to preside over a franchise for all 10 years of a 100-win decade as Kansas City compiled a 102-58 record from 1990-99.

    Hunt was one of the founding investors of the NBA's Chicago Bulls. The Hunt family also oversees the operations of three franchises in Major League Soccer, now in its 11th season of operation. The Kansas City Wizards, F.C. Dallas and the Columbus Crew are all part of the Hunt Sports Group.

    Over 30 years ago, Hunt was involved in the development of both the North American Soccer League and a tennis promotion company World Championship Tennis. Both of those organizations are no longer in operation, but Hunt's involvement in those ventures resulted in his induction into the Halls of Fame of both United States Soccer and International Tennis.

    Soccer America Magazine named Hunt one of its "25 Most Influential People" in 1999 after the 91-year-old U.S. Open Cup was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

    In 2005, the U.S. Soccer Foundation honored Hunt with its lifetime achievement award.
    Last April, Hunt announced the formation of "Chiefs Nation," the official fan group of the NFL team. Under Hunt's stewardship, the franchise boasts season-ticket holders from 48 of the 50 states.
  16. HighTechDave

    HighTechDave 7 Years of College Down the Drain

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    sorry I missed the original post. I'm actually working my arase off now, with no time in the day to review.

    Yes, I have a friend of a friend who is a relative, that told us long ago he was ailing. They were actually working up paperwork, and final family processes in preparation for him to pass soon.

    Guys, his situation is worse than being reported, due to respect to the family. But we are family to him here to. He is a homeboy, in my book, and part of our family.

    His Fingerprints are all over the NFL, and his CLASS is beyond reproach.

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