Lamar Hunt was more than just an owner of a NFL franchise, he was a man who will always be remembered for being a visionary for the National Football League. He was the man who first coined the phrase “Super Bowl,” after watching his daughter play with a Super Ball. He was involved with the decision to merge the AFL with the NFL and eventually bring the two together. He was on the forefront of instant replay and had a hand in starting the two-point conversion. More than that, he was a humble man that never took the limelight like some ego filled NFL owners today.
Hunt was a man that would not listen to the critics, and would not give in easy. Many said to simply give up once he was unable to purchase an NFL team and move it to Dallas. Instead of listening to them, he simply started the AFL, the eight teams that would eventually become what we now know as the American Football Conference. His original team, the Dallas Texans, eventually were moved to Kansas City, who then became the Chiefs, and the rest was history.
Many don’t know that Hunt would not stop with just the Chiefs. He also had a hand in a minor-league baseball team (Dallas Fort-Worth Stars), an NBA team (Chicago Bulls), a pro tennis tour, pro soccer and at one point the ambitious go getter even tried to buy Alcatraz and turn it into a tourist attraction. Through it all, and now in passing, Hunt will always be known as, and well deserved, as a man that changed the landscape of pro football. He deserves every bit of credit that he gets in passing, and many around the league should look at the examples he set and follow them.