Born on August 2, in El Dorado, Arkansas, Hunt is recognized as one of the greatest sports visionaries in American history and a pioneer professional soccer in the United States. Hunt helped make pro football history in by founding and organizing the American Football League. Uncle Lamar formed the Dallas Tornado, one of the first professional soccer clubs in the U.
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Hunt was originally diagnosed with prostate cancer in '98 and quietly underwent many treatments and surgeries over the past eight years. He maintained his active schedule until entering the hospital for the final time on November 22nd. He is survived by his wife, Norma and their four children, Lamar, Jr. He was also the proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren. Recognized as one of the greatest sportsmen in American history, Hunt served as the guiding force behind the formation of both the American Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs franchise. Hunt served as a positive influence on the game for 47 years dating back to his conception of the American Football League in ' He was the first AFL figure to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in '72, a remarkable feat considering he became involved in the game just 13 years earlier. Hunt served as the catalyst who brought together the whimsically-named "Foolish Club" comprised of the eight original AFL owners. His "impossible dream" became a reality when his fledgling league took foot on the field for the '60 season. Without him, there would have been no AFL.
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Lamar Hunt August 2, — December 13, was an American businessman most notable for being one of the sons of H. Lamar himself made a name for himself by his promoting of American football , soccer , basketball , tennis and ice hockey in the United States. The oldest ongoing national soccer tournament in the United States, the U. Open Cup founded , now bears his name in honor of his pioneering role in that sport stateside. The National Soccer Hall of Fame bestowed upon Hunt their Medal of Honor in , an award given to only three recipients in history thus far. He was married for 42 years to his second wife Norma, and had four children, Sharron, Lamar Jr. Hunt was born in El Dorado, Arkansas , the son of oil tycoon H. Lamar was raised in Dallas, Texas.