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Humphries To Be Inducted Into LA Sports Hall of Fame

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://ulmathletics.cstv.com/genrel/062107aac.html" target="_blank">ULMATHLETICS.com</a>

    By Paul J. Letlow, Monroe News-Star

    <img src="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/2001/playoffs/news/2001/01/19/not_so_super_qbs/humphries.jpg" title="Stan Humphries" alt="Stan Humphries" align="right" height="249" width="178" />Stan Humphries won big at every stop, which was no coincidence.

    This was his legacy.

    His gritty style and competitive fire took root with his teams.

    In college at the former Northeast Louisiana University (now Louisiana-Monroe), Humphries was quarterback on a team that won the I-AA National Championship in 1987.

    Humphries advanced to the NFL and eventually landed with the San Diego Chargers. He led that franchise to the AFC championship and its only Super Bowl in 1995. The Chargers would win 62 percent of the games he started over six years.

    "The one thing I tried to do was compete, compete, compete," Humphries said. "It didn't matter how pretty looked. It wasn't flashy. You just do what it takes for your team to win."

    For all those accomplishments in a distinguished career, Humphries is part of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction class of 2007.

    Humphries took his blue-collar approach from his parents, he said. Sports were part of his family's life.

    "My dad and my mom," Humphries said. "My mom was a really, really good basketball player. My dad played football at (Louisiana) Tech for a while. They really pushed me to be the best I could be."

    A product of Southwood High School in Shreveport, Humphries was a prep All-American in football. But he was also an outstanding basketball player.

    "I loved basketball more than I ever loved football," he said. "It,s something I grew up loving and playing. Probably my junior or senior year, I realized that football was my opportunity to go a little further."

    Humphries originally signed with LSU but transferred to Northeast Louisiana University to finish his college career. In two seasons, Humphries passed for 4,395 yards and 29 touchdowns. He still holds the record for 300-yard passing games with eight.

    Head coach Pat Collins and quarterbacks coach Bob Lane continued putting the finishing touches on Humphries.

    "They got me really focused," Humphries said. "Bob Lane did a great job making me focus in on what I was able to do."

    The 1987 team, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is a special part of the Humphries story. The future NFL star lost his starting job for a spell to a quarterback named Walt Phythian. Eventually, he would reclaim his spot and make history. NLU is still the only school from Louisiana to win a I-AA title.

    "We started off really well early in the year," Humphries said. ,,The first three games were pretty flawless in winning. Then we had a game where it was s shaky. We lost a game, then went through a period where they started Walt. Then we alternated every series.

    "I was finally able to get the job back and finish it off."

    Humphries said the team received a confidence booster in the ninth game by beating Southern Miss -- which featured a young Brett Favre at quarterback.

    "That changed the whole year around," he said. "When we played them, I felt like we totally dominated that whole game. The mindset of all our players and kids became, `When we play like we're capable of playing, we've got something pretty special.' "

    The playoffs brought incredible excitement. After an easy 30-9 win over North Texas, NLU beat Eastern Kentucky 33-32 and outlasted Northern Iowa 44-41 in double-overtime. The postseason joy ride climaxed with a 43-42 win over Marshall in Pocatello, Idaho in the championship game . "It was like a team of destiny," Humphries said.

    Originally drafted in the sixth round by Washington, Humphries was on the Redskins team that won the Super Bowl after the 1991 season.

    In his third NFL season in 1990, Humphries made his first pro start in Phoenix against the Cardinals.

    "I ended up throwing three touchdowns for 200-something yards," Humphries said. "I had a really good start."

    With regular starter Mark Rypien sidelined with an injury, Humphries passed for 1,015 yards and three touchdowns in seven games in 1990.

    His big break came when the Redskins traded Humphries to the Chargers in 1992.

    Because the two teams ran the same offense, the easy transition allowed Humphries to quickly make an impact. Humphries would seize the starting job and pass for more 3,356 yards, which ranked fifth in the league that year.

    He started for San Diego for six years, making 81 starts in 88 games while completing 1,431 of 2,516 passes for 17,191 yards and 89 touchdowns. San Diego was 47-29 in regular-season games and 3-3 in playoff contests he started from 1992-97.

    "Probably the biggest moment out of all that was beating Pittsburgh there and coming back to San Diego," Humphries said. "We arrived in San Diego at one in the morning and there were probably 20,000 people from the airport to the football stadium on the side of the road."

    Humphries led the Chargers to three playoff appearances and the Super Bowl, where the team lost 49-26 to the 49ers. Still, more than 100,000 fans greeted the Chargers when they arrived back in San Diego.

    Humphries' toughness took its toll. He was forced to leave the game after a series of concussions.

    When Humphries retired from the NFL after the 1997 season, he and his wife Connie moved his family back to Louisiana. He joined the Louisiana-Monroe coaching staff, serving as first quarterbacks coach for two seasons and then offensive coordinator for one.

    Both ULM and the Chargers inducted Humphries into their respective Halls of Fame. He is also a member of the San Diego Hall of Champions. ULM retired his jersey No. 11 in the 1990s while he was still active in the NFL.

    These days, Humphries is active as a volunteer assistant basketball coach for the Ouachita Christian School girls team. His daughters, Brooke and Chelsea play for the squad, which won more than 30 games made the playoffs last season.

    "It's been fun to be around them and watch them grow," Humphries said. "Of everything I've ever done, I think I've enjoyed the past five years being around them and watching them have success more than anything I've ever done. Just being a dad."

    Humphries also makes annual returns to San Diego, where he hosts his namesake celebrity golf tournament. The event has raised more than $1 million over the years for a the Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego.

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