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Norma Hunt remembered as trailblazer by Chiefs, NFL

‘She was a wonderful mother and an extraordinary woman who will be missed dearly by all who knew her’
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Posted at 7:09 PM, Jun 04, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sunday evening, the Kansas City Chiefs shared the news of Norma Hunt's passing.

“She was a wonderful mother and an extraordinary woman who will be dearly missed by all who knew her,” the Hunt family shared in a statement.

Described as a “kind, generous and unfailingly positive” woman, the Hunt family says she was “one-of-a-kind.”

In her marriage with Lamar Hunt, Norma was a role model to many through her work in the NFL.

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Lamar and Norma Hunt stand in front of their home in Dallas, Texas, June 1, 1970. Hunt is the 37-year-old entrepreneur who presides over a sprawling complex including five professional sports teams that include the champion Kansas City Chiefs. ( AP Photo/Fred Kaufman)

“The entire NFL family is deeply saddened by the passing of Norma Hunt, who was a significant presence in the NFL for the last seven decades,” according to a statement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell said in his personal relationship with Norma, which spanned nearly 40 years, her "warmth and grace" as well as her pride for her family and passion for "every aspect of the game" made her unforgettable.

"Norma's place in NFL history will forever be remembered by the Chiefs' organization and the entire league," Goodell said on behalf of the NFL. "We extend our deepest condolences to Clark and the entire Hunt family, and the many people whose lives she impacted during her remarkable life."

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FILE - In this June 1, 1970, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt watches after holding the ball for his son, Clark, 5, to kick in the family backyard in Dallas. Behind them is Hunt's children by a former marriage, Lamar Jr. 13, left, and Sharon, 12, right. His wife Norma is at center rear. Lamar Hunt was a champion of Black rights during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. He grew up in conservative circles yet formed his own opinions of right and wrong. And when his football-loving son was born in 1965, those principles that Hunt instilled in his football franchise became instilled in Clark, who years later would take succeed him as chairman of the Chiefs. (AP Photo/File)

KSHB 41 anchor Dia Wall previously spoke with Tavia Hunt, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt’s wife, about her mother-in-law’s presence in the NFL as well as in Kansas City.

“She is like a second mother to me, and she’s just one of my greatest role models. I look up to her and love her with all my heart,” Tavia Hunt said. "... She’s had so much impact in this organization, this city and, really, around the league.

"She and Lamar were the perfect match because they were beloved and just precious and treated people better than they wanted to be treated."

Norma was by her husband’s side through the merger of the AFL and the NFL as well as the formation of MLS, World Championship Tennis, the North American Soccer League and investing in the Chicago Bulls, according to the Hunt family.

“She was the only person we knew who rivaled his love of sports. The two of them found such joy together, whether at home or in stadium stands around the world,” the family’s statement read.

Remembering Norma Hunt

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shared that he is "glad to be a part of this special organization she help[ed] build."

Former KC quarterback Matt Cassel, who played with the team from 2009-2012, tweeted his condolences, describing Norma as a "trailblazer and an incredible person."

Mitch Holthus, voice of the Chiefs, remembered Norma as a graceful woman with a smile and spirit he will deeply miss.

And Gracie Hunt, daughter of Clark Hunt and granddaughter to Norma, commented: "Heaven gained another angel."

In February, Norma Hunt was present in Arizona when the Chiefs defeated the Eagles and won Super Bowl LVII. She is the only woman to attend every Super Bowl ever played, according to Goodell and the Hunts.

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Norma Hunt, left, and her son Clark Hunt, center, owners of the Kansas City Chiefs, celebrate after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Norma's legacy in Kansas City

Beyond family and football, Norma's influence will continue to live on in Kansas City.

KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas shared kind words about Norma Hunt's involvement in the city, saying she "supported the people and many organizations" of KC.

Worlds of Fun, of which Norma's husband was the founder, shared photos of the "first lady of football" on opening day of the park, sharing how her legacy will live on.

"Norma Hunt’s influence, class, and discerning tastes continue to stand the test of time at Worlds of Fun. We are deeply saddened to learn of her passing and mourn the loss of an icon," the park shared.

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Additionally, Norma was honored Sunday night by Union Station as the monument's exterior was darkened so only the east and west arches were illuminated in Chiefs red.