Friday, July 30, 2010

Lamar Hunt statue unveiled at Arrowhead's new Founder's Plaza

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge In statue form, Lamar Hunt stands outside the stadium he loved.
  • In statue form, Lamar Hunt stands outside the stadium he loved.

The Kansas City Chiefs today pulled the blanket off of a nine-foot Lamar Hunt statue. Bronze Lamar is looking north, much as he did 47 years ago, when he moved the Dallas Texans to KC.

Hunt's family and linebackerish NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were on hand for the unveiling. Politicians, former players and Red Coaters cheered and aahed in recognition as they gazed upon the statue, which presents Hunt wearing his late-period nerd glasses and a shirt with rolled-up sleeves.



Designed by Bruce Wolfe, the 1,200-pound sculpture is the centerpiece of what the Chiefs are calling Founder's Plaza. The plaza also features eight fountains representing the original AFL franchises and a diagram of 65 Toss Power Trap, the touchdown-scoring play that Hank Stram vaudevilled for NFL Films during Super Bowl IV.

click to enlarge NFL commish Roger Goodell talked with former Chief Deron Cherry.
  • NFL commish Roger Goodell talked with former Chief Deron Cherry.
Goodell recognized Hunt's contribution to pro football, calling him "one of the most important architects in the history of our great game." Hyperbolic broadcaster Mitch Holthus took it a step further and noted Hunt's unspecified ability to change the destiny of the "entire country." Holthus implored people to bring their children and grandchildren to the foot of the statue, as if it could speak to the them like the gates of Auschwitz.

After the ceremony, reporters asked Goodell to comment on the possibility of Arrowhead hosting a Super Bowl. (He didn't say no!) Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said he spoke to Goodell about the big game on Thursday night. The notion of Kansas City hosting a Super Bowl became at least plausible with the award of the 2014 edition of the game to the new, open-air Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Hunt says the selection is a "game changer" for cities with cold winters and roofless stadiums. Speaking of Goodell, "He realizes in some ways that he's opened a Pandora's box with a Super Bowl in New York."

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