DALLAS (AP) -- Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue says Lamar Hunt was focused on the best interest of football fans, "especially his beloved Chiefs fans."
An outpouring of tributes began soon after word came out of
Dallas Wednesday night that the Kansas City Chiefs owner had died due to complications from prostate cancer. He'd been hospitalized there
since the day before Thanksgiving with a partially collapsed lung.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was Hunt's neighbor. Jones said
it would be hard to find anyone who's made a bigger contribution to
the NFL than Hunt.
Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson said "his was a creative, constructive and loving life not nearly long enough."
Hunt was a founder of the American Football League and one of
the leaders of the AFL-NFL merger. He also came up with the term
NAME: Lamar Hunt.
AGE: 74, Born Aug. 2, 1932.
BIRTHPLACE: El Dorado, Ark.
LIFE: Son of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt and younger brother of tycoon
Nelson Bunker Hunt; Graduated from Southern Methodist in 1956;
founder of the American Football League (1960-1969); co-founder of
the North American Soccer League (1967-84); co-founder of Major
League Soccer; Founder and owner of the Dallas Texans, which moved and were called the Kansas City Chiefs; founder and owner of
Columbus Crew; current owner of the FC Dallas; inducted into the
Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972; inducted into the National
Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992; credited with coming up the term
FAMILY: Wife, Norma; children Lamar Jr., Sharron Munson, Clark
and Daniel; and 13 grandchildren.
OTHER SPORTS AND HONORS: Was one of the founding investors of
the NBA's Chicago Bulls; co-founded World Championship Tennis and
was made a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993;
the NFL's trophy for the champion of the American Football
Conference is named in honor of Lamar Hunt.