Mailbag: Lamar Hunt Passing
Nolan Pinkney (Kansas City, Missouri)
We here have lost an icon. Without his visions and ideas, The National Football League would not be what it is today! He wasn't just a Chiefs owner. He was a mentor to game of football. He created the name "Super Bowl" for the best game in all of sports. I among millions of fans will miss him but his ideas and visions will live on!!!
C. Casey (Kansas City, MO)
Lamar Hunt will be missed here in Kansas City and around the country. What would this town be without our Chiefs? What would this country's sports be like without the modern day NFL, Major League Soccer, World Championship Tennis ... the list goes on and on. I, for one, will never forget seeing his smiling face on the sidelines at Arrowhead. His contribution will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Matthew, (Kansas City, MO)
First Buck O'Neil, now Lamar Hunt. God took two of the most important figures in Kansas City history. Lamar and Ewing Kaufmann believed in Kansas City when no one else did. God Bless you Mr. Hunt you were truely a wonderful man.
Stephen Hutchins (Wichita, KS)
I will always remember Lamar Hunt for being a "fan". One time we were in Kansas City watching a US National Team World Cup qualifier vs. Jamaica. The Wizards had set up shop in the hospitality tent just south of Arrowhead Stadium. A couple hundred fans were watching the game on TVs scattered through the building a few hours before the Wizards were to kick off. Right there, in the middle of all these rickety little folding chairs and everyday fans was Lamar Hunt. He could've been watching the game in person, or via some special satellite feed. He could've been lounging in a luxury suite somewhere. He was one of us at heart, and he watched and cheered alongside us.
Thanks to you, I am a soccer fan, and because of you, I'm able to see pro soccer live and on TV in the US. Many, many, thanks. Rest in peace.
Robert Alarcon (Woodland, California)
I have been a Chiefs fan since 1968. The only autograph that I have associated with my team is the only one I need: Lamar's. I display it proudly. The world lost a great man. Rest in peace.
Kansas City, Missouri
Lamar was the nicest person anyone could meet, so down to earth. Up until this year he would walk the parking lot of Arrowhead before Chiefs games and just talk to the fans, shake hands, and try some barbeque. Lamar, you will be greatly missed.
Chris (Kansas City)
It's really hard to express how much of an impact Lamar had on not only Tennis, Soccer, the NBA, and the NFL, but on Kansas City itself. I'm 36, and it really floored me when I thought about how much of my childhood, and thus the man I have become, has actually been impacted by Lamar Hunt. From going to Chiefs AND Royals games (Lamar is a BIG reason the Truman Sports Complex is even there) to spending summers at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, a really big part of who I am is a direct result of Lamar's contributions to professional sports and to the City I call home. Thank you Lamar, you will NEVER be forgotten.
Roger Turner (Independence, MO)
Mr. Hunt was a great man. Seeing him out in the parking lots before games greeting the fans is just something you do not see every day. The man was a billionaire, but if you didn't know who he was, you would never have known it. He will be sadly missed by family, friends, the NFL and the sports world. Rest in peace Mr. Hunt and God bless.
Todd (Kansas City, Missouri)
Lamar Hunt, a beautiful man. We all know what Lamar did for football, soccer, tennis, but he will be remembered in Kansas City for his contributions to the City itself. Lamar, we already miss you. Thank You for everything.
Josh (KC, MO)
The one lesson NFL owners can take from Lamar is his remarkable unselfishness. He put the league (one that didn't initially want him) ahead of his own personal desires. Honesty, integrity and humility are words that should have Lamar's picture next to them in the dictionary. And baseball owners should take notice of Lamar's legacy. Maybe they could reexamine the greed that has killed the interest in their sport.
Rob H. (Ladiesburg MD)
I will never forget Lamar Hunt. I'm a relatively new Chiefs fan (15 years), but I will always be a Chiefs fan - and in turn a Lamar Hunt fan. Since I've followed the Chiefs, I've never been exposed to a more open and caring franchise owner. He has always put the league and the Chiefs ahead of his own interests. I truly hope people around the country and world realize what a great loss has just occurred. Lamar Hunt's legacy will live on with the Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium and the many other groups he has helped fund, nurture and succeed. Goodbye Lamar, your spirit is as large as and as loud as Arrowhead Stadium.
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