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    Lamar Hunt is fighting for his life

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 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.
    "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 have also 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," Peterson said.



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    Re: Lamar Hunt is fighting for his life

    The list of things that Lamar Hunt did for what we now know as the NFL - and for the game of football - is endless.

    It seems his road may be coming to and end. The game and nation are losing a brilliant, spectacular man.



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    Re: Lamar Hunt is fighting for his life

    I agree. The story of what those young guys did with the AFL and later in the NFL is amazing. And that only scratches the surface of what he did. It's too bad that it seems like he won't get to see the Chiefs hoist the trophy named after him.



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    Re: Lamar Hunt is fighting for his life

    My thoughts and prayers are with Lamar Hunt and his family; and Kansas City Chiefs organization. Lamar has really done so much for NFL and Kansas City.



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    Re: Lamar Hunt is fighting for his life

    I was around when Lamar Hunt brought nfl football to Kansas City and have always thought it was a gutsy move on his part. Lamar was a pioneer in football and will always be remembered for the old American Football League.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Lamar and the Hunt family.



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