When the Kansas City Chiefs played this past Sunday, viewers were constantly inundated with news of team owner Lamar Hunt's failing health. Several fans even displayed signs wishing him well. Mr. Hunt finally succumbed to his battle with cancer when he died at the age of 74 Wednesday night.
Several people outside of Kansas City didn't even know until just recently exactly how important he was to the world of the NFL as we know it today. First and foremost, it was him who invented the term "Super Bowl". Prior to that, it was called the World Championship Game. Naturally, the Chiefs got the chance to play in the first inaugural Super Bowl, which they lost. They returned two years later for a victory and haven't been back since.
It was Hunt who had endlessly campaigned to the NFL to allow other teams other than Dallas and Detroit to play at home on Thanksgiving day. To honor his effort, the NFL scheduled a third game on the holiday this year and it was in Kansas City. True, they only broadcasted it on the NFL network which not everyone can get, but it's a start.
One thing I didn't know until very recently was that he was one of 10 founding partners in the Chicago Bulls franchise. Prior to his death, he was the last remaining original owner. So I guess you can also give him partial credit for Michael Jordan's legacy with the Bulls.
Maybe the Chiefs will use this as inspiration to finish off the season strong. They can get three wins in a row, get a wildcard birth, be only the second team to win the Super Bowl as a wildcard and all to honor Hunt's memory. However, seeings how two of the next three games are against San Diego and Jacksonville, I don't seen that happening. Rest in peace anyway Mr. Hunt.