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4. Dan Fouts

Dan Fouts played his entire pro career with the San Diego Chargers, and he was his arm that the passing mantra of Don “Air” Coryell was built on.

Fouts arrived as a Third Rounder in 1973, and his first five seasons in the NFL were not terrible, nor were they were impressive. This changed in 1978 when the Chargers named Don Coryell as their Head Coach.  Coryell believed in a high-octane, long pass system, and this enabled Fouts to use his complete skill set.   

From 1979 to 1982, Fouts was the NFL’s most prolific passer, and he led the NFL in Passing Yards in all of those seasons. Fouts was the first player to throw for over 4,000 Yards in three straight seasons, and he was first in Passing Yards per Game in six different years.  The Quarterback would take the Chargers to AFC Championship Games, and he was named to the Pro Bowl in five consecutive seasons (1979-83) and was twice a First Team All-Pro.  Fouts was the 1982 NEA MVP, PFWA MVP, and the Offensive Player of the Year, and that was his second straight year leading the NFL in Approximate Value.  It was especially impressive considering he had an AV of 22, in what was only a nine-game year due to the strike!  Fouts retired after the 1987 season and was considered one of the best QBs of his era. 

While Philip Rivers passed many of Fouts' franchise passing records, Fouts was putting up numbers that few could at the time, and when he retired, only Fran Tarkenton had more Passing Yards than Fouts, who retired with 43,040. 

Fouts was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, and his number 14 was retired by the Chargers.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 64th Overall in the NFL Draft 1/30/73.
  • Departed:

    Retired after the 1987 Season.

  • Games Played: 181
  • Notable Statistics:

    171 Games Started
    3,297 Pass Completions
    5,640 Pass Attempts
    58.8 Pass Completion Percentage
    43,040 Passing Yards
    254 Passing Touchdowns
    242 Interceptions
    224 Rushing Attempts
    476 Rushing Yards
    13 Rushing Touchdowns
    1 Reception
    0 Receiving Yards
    163 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    PFWA MVP (1982)
    NEA MVP (1982)
    Offensive Player of the Year (1982)
    First Team All-Pro (1979 & 1982)
    Second Team All-Pro (1980 & 1985)
    Pro Bowl (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1985)
    Highest Approximate Value (1981 & 1982)
    Most Pass Completions (1980 & 1981)
    Most Pass Attempts (1980 & 1981)
    Most Passing Yards (1979, 1980, 1981 & 1982)
    Most Passing Touchdowns (1981 & 1982)
    Most Passing Yards per Game (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1985)
    Most Yards per Pass Attempt (1978, 1982 & 1985)
    Most Yards per Pass Completion (1974)
    Most Pass Attempts per Game (1980 & 1984)
    Most Pass Completions per Game (1980 & 1984)
    Highest Pass Completion Percentage (1979)

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