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Lamar Hunt, Chiefs owner and sports legend, dies at 74

Updated: December 14, 2006, 8:46 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lamar Hunt, the soft-spoken son of a Texas oil tycoon whose vision gave birth to the modern NFL, is being remembered as a man who changed the face of pro football.

"Lamar Hunt was one of the most influential owners in professional football over the past 40-plus years," Dan Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, said Thursday as plans were being made for burial of the 74-year-old sports pioneer.

"He was instrumental in the formation of the American Football ...

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