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Happy Birthday Dan Fouts!!

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Sydalish, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

    Nov 11, 2007
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    from the HoF website: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/story.jsp?story_id=3297

    Aerial attack

    As a rookie with the 1973 San Diego Chargers, Dan Fouts started the season as the backup quarterback to all-time great Johnny Unitas. The legendary Unitas had joined the Chargers after 17 spectacular seasons with the Baltimore Colts.

    Unitas made history in the third game of the season when he became the first player ever to pass for 40,000 career yards. Two weeks later, the aging veteran relinquished the starting job to Fouts, who was the team’s third round draft pick out of Oregon that spring.

    For the next 15 seasons through his retirement following the 1987 season, Fouts turned into one the NFL’s premier quarterbacks.

    Late in the 1986 season, when Fouts surpassed the passing yardage mark that he had seen Unitas establish 14 years earlier, he relished his new recognition with certain reservations: “He was my idol. I don’t want to diminish anything he’s ever done.”

    As it turned out, the records of either quarterback never need to be diminished. While Unitas arguably was the best quarterback of the 1950s and 1960s, Fouts earned wide-spread acclaim as the finest passer of the 1970s and 1980s.

    It came as no surprise that the smooth passing Fouts joined Unitas as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fouts was accorded his sport’s highest honor in his first year of eligibility in 1993.

    Fouts’ 15-year total as the field general of the Chargers included 43,040 yards and 254 touchdowns. At the time, only Unitas and fellow Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton had eclipsed the 40,000-yard mark.

    Confident and determined, Fouts was the heart-and-soul of the Chargers attack during a period from 1978 until 1985 when they dominated the NFL in both total offense and passing offense.
    In 1979 Fouts joined Joe Namath (1967) as the only players ever to pass for 4,000 yards in a single season. He continued on a rampant pace by throwing for 4,715 yards the next season and a career-high 4,802 yards in 1981.

    He had 51 games over 300 yards passing and six seasons over 3,000 yards. His lifetime passing point rating was 80.2. He rarely ran with the ball but managed to score 13 touchdowns rushing.

    Fouts was born in San Francisco, California, on June 10, 1951. His father Bob Fouts was a veteran sportscaster who broadcast San Francisco 49ers games for many years. So, Dan had a chance to observe pro football at an early age. For a few years, he served as the team’s ball boy and as a statistician for his dad.

    Dan had aspirations of playing at end when he joined the Pop Warner League as a youngster. However, his father was quite adamant that he should learn to play quarterback. Bob Fouts said it was the only football advice he ever gave his son.

    Dan quarterbacked his St. Ignatius High School team to a San Francisco city championship. He then chose to play his college ball at Oregon.

    George Seifert, then an assistant with the Ducks who later served as the 49ers and Panthers head coach, told the young Fouts: “We’ve got a pro-type offense and you can do the job for us.”

    Fouts passed for then-school records of 5,995 yards and 37 touchdowns in three years at Oregon. He also demonstrated the mental discipline and physical toughness that would become hallmarks of his play in the NFL. “He’s the best, toughest individual and the best college passer I’ve seen,” comment Oregon’s head coach Dick Enright.
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  2. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

    Jul 12, 2007

    Happy birthday Dan!
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Happy Birthday, #14!!!!!! :abq2: :abq1:
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  4. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

    Aug 20, 2006
    Happy B-day to the second best QB is Chargers history. :icon_party:

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  5. LV Bolt Fan

    LV Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2006
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  6. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Happy Birthday Dan and LV kickass right there :)
  7. Fouts

    Fouts I heart Deano!

    Aug 17, 2007
    Thanks guys, I appreciate it...! :lol::icon_rofl:
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