Chiefs great Arbanas, longtime Missouri politician, dies at 82

Len Dawson (left) and Fred Arbanas board the plane that will take the Kansas City Chiefs AFL Western division champs to Buffalo, N.Y. where they will play the Eastern champs in the New Year’s Day title game. In background, part of the send-off crowd is shown in Kansas City, Dec. 31, 1966. (AP Photo/William Straeter)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs tight end Fred Arbanas, a key member of their first two Super Bowl teams in the 1960s and ’70s who later had a long career in county politics, has died. He was 82.

The Jackson County Democratic Party in Missouri, for which Arbanas was a major player for more than four decades, announced his death in a brief statement Saturday. No cause was given.

Arbanas, a member of the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame, was a six-time all-AFL selection and was picked to the All-Time AFL Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Dallas Texans team that won the 1962 AFL title and, after the club moved to Kansas City, helped the rechristened Chiefs reach the Super Bowl in 1967 and 1970.

After his playing career, Arbanas served more than 40 years in the Jackson County Legislature. He was so influential in working with the local parks system that a golf course was renamed in his honor in 1999.


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