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82.  John Hadl
A lot of people talk about “Playstation” numbers whereby offensive stars put up offensive numbers that don’t seem realistic.  John Hadl was putting up those types of numbers when Quarterbacks generally were more conservative and decades before the Madden craze took over.

On three separate occasions, John Hadl eclipsed 3,000 yards passing.  This is expected out of many Quarterbacks now, but it was very impressive considering the era he played in.  He was one of the games early gunslingers and as such posted very impressive Touchdowns Pass numbers.  Subsequently, this led to a copious amount of interceptions and he did finish his career with more picks than TD passes.

Regardless of those IT numbers, Hadl was an exciting Quarterback and was different than any other from his time period.  It would be interesting to see how he would have been used in today’s game.

Should John Hadl be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1983
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Played For: Green Bay Packers , Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams
  • College: Kansas
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 10th Overall in 1962
  • Major Accolades and Awards: AFL All Star Game MVP (1) (1969)
    Pro Bowl/AFL All-Star Selections (6) (1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1972 & 1973)
    First Team/AFL All-Pro Selections (1) (1973)
    Second Team/AFL All-Pro Selections (2) (1965 & 1966)
    Most Completions (2) (AFL 1968, NFL 1971)
    Most Attempts (2) (AFL 1968, NFL 1971)
    Most Passing Yards (3) (AFL 1965 & 1968, NFL 1971)
    Most Passing Touchdowns (2) (AFL 1968, NFL 1971)
    Most Passing Yards/Game (2) (AFL 1965, NFL 1971)
    AFL Championship Rings (1) (San Diego Chargers, 1963)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (2) (1966 & 1967)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passes Completed (10) (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972 & 1975)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passes Attempted (12) (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974 & 1975)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (11) (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (11) (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Rating (10) (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1973)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (10) (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1972)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (9) (1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971 & 1975)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 24.  Passing Touchdowns: 244
    34.  Passing Yards: 33,503
    34.  Passes Attempted: 4,687
    53.  Passes Completed: 2,363
    78.  Approximate Value: 143

Should John Hadl be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.1%
Last modified on Thursday, 09 May 2019 18:31

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+2 #2 Robert 2012-07-14 18:35
To me the AFL/merger era is hard to judge because the talent level was so uneven. Therefore it means a lot to me if a guy can continue to have success after the merger. Hadl did that. And was the #3 passing yards leader at one time? At least nominate the guy!
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+2 #1 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
I'm not sure if Hadl belongs in the hall of fame, but he certainly deserves more consideratio n than he's gotten. Does anyone really think that Lance Alworth would be a hall of fame receiver if it wasn't for Hadl? And yes you can say that Alworth was still good at the end of his career when he left the Chargers, but he had Roger freakin' Staubach throwing to him. As I mentioned, I don't know if Hadl deserves to be in the hall of fame, but I know for sure he deserves to be considered.
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