Kansas City Chiefs players honor late Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson with special huddle in game.

The Kansas City Chiefs honored late Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson with a special handicap before his first offensive game Thursday night in a 17-10 preseason win against the Green Bay Packers.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes faced 10 of his teammates, playing for the Chiefs in Dawson-style rumbles in the 1960s and ’70s. The Chiefs deferred the game punishment, which was reported at number 16 on the Arrowhead Stadium Public Address System, the uniform Dawson wore for the Chiefs.

The Packers denied the punishment and Mahomes was out of the game, supplanted by Chad Hein.

We wanted to do everything. I think the team’s president and CEO Clark Hunt and coach [Andy Reid] talked about it and they came up with the idea, Mahomes told NFL Network during the game.

Clearly we are petitioning God for his family yet he accomplished such a great deal to influence the Kansas City people group and this association. We wanted to do something to show our appreciation, a small token and I’m glad we got to do it.

Reid said that Mahomes voluntarily led Dawson Huddle, even though he did not play in the team’s final chairman game.

He wanted to jump in there, Reid said. Travis Kelce, who was not going to play, wanted to jump. The players who bought it clearly wanted to do it.

Before the game, the Chiefs held a moment of silence at Arrowhead for quarterback Dawson in their Super Bowl IV win over the Minnesota Vikings.

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