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BigVE
12-12-2006, 01:31 PM
This was new to me, I added it to the "worried about Lamar" thread but I feel it deserves its own thread.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-hunthospitalized&prov=ap&type=lgns


Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt fighting for life

By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer
December 12, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- 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.

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"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."



Updated on Tuesday, Dec 12, 2006 3:08 pm EST

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Count Zarth
12-12-2006, 01:33 PM
I think this is the end for Lamar. :(

BigRock
12-12-2006, 01:34 PM
Aw jeez. :( :( :(

BigVE
12-12-2006, 01:34 PM
Me too. The man is one of a kind.

Frankie
12-12-2006, 01:35 PM
Fight on Lamar. Chiefs, win the next one for Lamar.

FAX
12-12-2006, 01:35 PM
Damn.

Just damn.

FAX

Stinger
12-12-2006, 01:36 PM
I wonder if Lamar truely understands how many lives he has touched by starting the AFL? Not just the players who played but all the fans as well. Good luck Lamar and Thank You.

BigVE
12-12-2006, 01:36 PM
Fight on Lamar. Chiefs, win the next one for Lamar.

Nice thought, but he deserves so much more than that. Would be nice to see an "inspired" run to the Superbowl....THAt is what this man deserves. Not likely to happen though.

tomahawk kid
12-12-2006, 01:38 PM
Nice thought, but he deserves so much more than that. Would be nice to see an "inspired" run to the Superbowl....THAt is what this man deserves. Not likely to happen though.

Probably not.

I'm not sure that many of the players understand / appreciate who Lamar Hunt is.

It's too bad, as the man in one of the pillars of the NFL.

tk13
12-12-2006, 01:38 PM
Crap. That is totally depressing.

DaFace
12-12-2006, 01:39 PM
:sulk:

siberian khatru
12-12-2006, 01:40 PM
*Sigh*

Cue the music to "Brian"s Song."

booyaf2
12-12-2006, 01:40 PM
Need a leader of this team to step up and say to the others that these next 3 games, playoffs or not, we play our #%&ing a$$e$ off for Lamar. They owe him that much.

BIG_DADDY
12-12-2006, 01:41 PM
Doesn't sound good.

RP_McMurphy
12-12-2006, 01:41 PM
Not a good year for Kansas City sports legends with Lamar and Buck this year. The end is near unfortunately and as a lifelong AFC fan I would like to thank Lamar Hunt for giving us some great football over the years. More than that for being a classy individual and member of the Kansas City metropolitan area these last decades. Kansas City is a much better place for having Lamar Hunt associated with it.

Woodrow Call
12-12-2006, 01:45 PM
This sucks. Hoping for a miracle.

Frankie
12-12-2006, 02:00 PM
Nice thought, but he deserves so much more than that. Would be nice to see an "inspired" run to the Superbowl....THAt is what this man deserves. Not likely to happen though.
Agreed. But I tried to stay within some reasonable frame of reality.

ChiefsCountry
12-12-2006, 02:06 PM
Hunt is the reason the NFL is what is today.

chagrin
12-12-2006, 02:32 PM
Mr. Hunt, thanks for creating this team, I was such a happy kid when I received an autographed picture of a Kansas City Chiefs Football player for the first time; the first time I ever felt close to a Pro team, I will never forget that.

God bless you sir

chiefqueen
12-12-2006, 02:38 PM
Why is it the only Ch. 41 currently has this article on their website?


Nothing on the Star's, Ch. 4, or Ch. 5's websites.

Discuss Thrower
12-12-2006, 02:39 PM
Hunt is the reason the NFL is what is today.

Overbloated amount of greedy-to-the-point-of-insanity bunch of arrogant pricks?

chiefqueen
12-12-2006, 02:49 PM
Too bad he never saw a conference of league championship game played in KC.

The two times the Chiefs went to the SB the AFL titles were won on the road.

shaneo69
12-12-2006, 03:02 PM
I really wouldn't blame Clark Hunt if he decided to re-name Arrowhead "Lamar Hunt Stadium" when his dad dies.

Dartgod
12-12-2006, 03:04 PM
Wow. I'm hoping for the best for Lamar and his faily.

The Kansas City community and sports fans have truly been blessed with owners like Lamar Hunt and Ewing Kauffman.

Woodrow Call
12-12-2006, 03:13 PM
This might not be the right time to ask this question but I'm going to ask it anyway.

Does anyone know what kind of owner Clark Hunt might be? I don't know much about him so I am a little worried about it.

chiefqueen
12-12-2006, 03:18 PM
This might not be the right time to ask this question but I'm going to ask it anyway.

Does anyone know what kind of owner Clark Hunt might be? I don't know much about him so I am a little worried about it.

All I read are rumors (from ChiefsPlanet) that Clark is not thrilled with Carl and Herm.

Rain Man
12-12-2006, 04:11 PM
In an indirect way, Lamar Hunt has affected my life more than any other person that I've never met. Good luck to him.

siberian khatru
12-12-2006, 04:12 PM
In an indirect way, Lamar Hunt has affected my life more than any other person that I've never met. Good luck to him.

Your office help often mistake you for him?

2bikemike
12-12-2006, 04:36 PM
Sad news for sure! Sounds like this is Lamar's last season.

tonyd
12-12-2006, 04:38 PM
Sad news. There would have been no AFC without him....a Pats fan

CoMoChief
12-12-2006, 04:42 PM
Good for football, thats for sure.

Bad for the Chiefs. Kept Carl 9 seasons too long.

Rain Man
12-12-2006, 05:19 PM
Your office help often mistake you for him?

So that's why they keep calling me that.

tommykat
12-12-2006, 05:42 PM
This was reported on the News at 6:00 pm here. Not good at all. I pray for his family for peace and understanding with the lose they are about to go through.

Archie F. Swin
12-12-2006, 05:52 PM
I was hoping he would get to see his Chiefs make another SB run...

Guess he'll have the best view that night.

Legend

C-Mac
12-12-2006, 06:06 PM
Hats off to you Mr.Hunt.

chiefs4me
12-12-2006, 06:31 PM
it's like losing a member of your own family...I can't even imagine the chiefs without him.....so sad...but lets all pray for a miracle...they do happen...

KChiefs1
12-12-2006, 06:41 PM
I've been hoping for years that Lamar Hunt would win the Lamar Hunt trophy just once....I'm afraid that he won't be around when that happens now.

Sad

Bwana
12-12-2006, 07:00 PM
Ouch, it doesn't look good. To bad, he's a class act.

the Talking Can
12-12-2006, 07:05 PM
crossposting:

Sounds like he might not last the season.

It is cruel that CP never brought him a championship. I hope it haunts him.