Detroit native, former Michigan State, Chiefs star Fred Arbanas dies at 82

KANSAS CITY, Mon. (AP) – Fred Arbanas, a key member of their first two Super Bowl teams in the 1960s and 1970s who later had a long career in county politics, has died. He was 82 years old.

The Jackson County Democratic Party, Missouri, of which Arbanas played an important role for more than four decades, announced his death in a brief statement on Saturday. No reason was given.

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

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

Arbanas was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

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