Norma Hunt Death – Widow of Kansas City Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt, Dead at 85!
Norma Hunt, the widow of late Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, died after attending all 57 Super Bowls, the Hunt family confirmed in a statement provided by the team. She was 85 at the time. There was no mention of a cause of death.
“Mom was one of a kind, generous, and unfailingly positive,” the Hunts said in a statement. “Her joy and zest for life were contagious.” She enjoyed looking after people and was generally upbeat. She was a devoted friend and the ultimate hostess, with the uncommon ability to make everyone she met feel appreciated and at ease.
“Mom was devoted to her family and fervently supported her family’s sports teams.” From the merging of the AFL and the NFL through the development of Major League Soccer, World Championship Tennis, the North American Soccer League, and their initial investment in the Chicago Bulls, she stood by our father Lamar’s side every step of the way. She was the only person we knew who shared his enthusiasm for sports. They had so much fun together, whether at home or in stadiums throughout the world.”
Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ standout quarterback, offered his sympathy on Twitter. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, said in a statement that he had known Hunt for nearly four decades and that he had always been “struck by her warmth and grace.” “Norma’s sense of family extended to the Chiefs’ organization, which she greatly adored,” read the statement.
“Norma was one of the most devoted Chiefs and NFL fans, and she comprehended and appreciated every facet of the game. She enjoyed being around the team and referred to its members as real-life warriors.’ Norma was the only woman to attend every Super Bowl ever played, including the two recent Chiefs victories. Lamar Hunt died in 2006. Since then, their son Clark has served as chairman of the Chiefs.
Norma Hunt was dubbed “The First Lady of Football” because she was a fixture in the game for decades. Her husband even played a role in naming the Super Bowl, writing to then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, “I have jokingly called it the ‘Super Bowl,’ which obviously can be improved upon.”
That came about after she purchased a Super Ball toy for her children, and the name stuck after Lamar Hunt received his idea. Lamar and Norma Hunt were regulars at the Super Bowl, even when the Chiefs weren’t participating, because they played such a crucial role in the game’s namesake.