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Kelcher joins Breitbard Hall of Fame

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2561">Chargers.com</a>

    <img width="275" height="182" alt="Louie Kelcher" id="image1995" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/kelcherentershof_300x200.jpg" />

    By Casey Pearce

    Former Bolts defensive tackle Louie Kelcher became the 19th Charger to be inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame Tuesday night at the 60th Annual Salute to the Champions Dinner at the Town and Country Resort.

    "I may live in Austin, Texas now, but my heart will always be in San Diego," Kelcher said."  "I'm incredibly appreciative of all the support Chargers fans have continued to give me over the years."

    The Breitbard Hall of Fame was established in 1953 by Robert Breitbard, a native San Diegan who has been involved in local athletics for more than 50 years."  Breitbard has served as a player, coach, team owner, builder and benefactor of institutions and organizations that have helped make San Diego a big-league sports capital that appreciates its history and honors its own.

    The Breitbard Hall of Fame is housed in the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum and honors athletes who have excelled athletically in San Diego or who are native San Diegans who have achieved athletic fame elsewhere. Since its inception, the Breitbard Hall of Fame has inducted 104 members representing 20 sports. To be inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame is the ultimate accolade for a local athlete.

    Kelcher was presented by former teammate and fellow Breitbard Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, who was inducted in 1989.

    Kelcher, one of the NFL's first 300-pound players, chuckled when Fouts took the podium and said, "You know it is Fat Tuesday," referring to his buddy as well as the start of Mardi Gras.

    "Dan and I had some great times together and I'm fortunate to have him as a friend," Kelcher said."  "I didn't know until I got here that he was going to present me."  That made a special night even more special."

    Kelcher's presence in the middle of the Chargers' defensive line made him one of the team's most popular figures during his career from 1975-83. The period included the Air Coryell years when the Chargers won three AFC West titles (1979-80-81) and made a fourth playoff trip in 1982 as a wild-card entry.

    Kelcher was a three-time Pro Bowler named in 1978, 1979 and 1981. He was the Chargers' only All-AFC pick in 1977 and 1978 and also was named in 1980. He was selected as All-NFL in 1977 and 1978 and voted by his teammates in 1977 as the team's Most Valuable Player.

    Joining Kelcher in the Breitbard Hall of Fame Class of 2006 were former San Diego Lincoln High grad and Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, Sweetwater High alumnus and Olympic track star Gail Devers and Hoover High School's Volney Peters, who enjoyed a 10-year NFL career with five NFL teams including a brief stint with the Los Angeles Chargers.

    Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman and running back LaDainian Tomlinson were also honored as 2005 Stars of the Year at a star-studded event."  La Jolla native and current CBS broadcaster Dick Enberg served as emcee."  Other Breitbard Hall of Famers in attendance included Dave Winfield, Alan Trammel, Don Larsen, Earl Faison and Rolf Benirschke.

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