Dan Fouts

  • San Diego Chargers (1973 - 1987)
  • 6 × Pro Bowl ( 1979-1983, 1985)
  • 4 × All- Pro ( 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985 )
  • 1 × NFL MVP (1982 )
  • 1 × Pro Bowl MVP (1983 )
  • NFL 1980s All- Decade Team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1993 )

Daniel Francis Fouts ( born June 10, 1951 in San Francisco, California) is an American former American football player at the position of quarterback. Throughout his professional career, from 1973 to 1987, he played for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League ( NFL).

Childhood and youth

Dan Fouts is the son of a radio sports commentator, Bob Fouts, who mainly supported the Games of the San Francisco 49ers. Dan was in its infancy also a ball boy for the 49ers. Fouts went first for two years on the Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California and later moved to St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco for his last two high school years.


He played college football from 1970 to 1972 at the University of Oregon, where he set 19 school records. Among the for most yards thrown in a career with 5,995 who held 14 years and for most yards in a game that held even until 1989. He was inducted into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame in 1992.

National Football League

Fouts was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft in 1973 by the San Diego Chargers. He led the Chargers, the 1970-1978 only third or fourth in their division were from 1979 to 1982 in the play-offs. Twice even (1980 and 1981 ) to the AFC Championship Game, but they both lost. In his first seasons, the Chargers did not play well with Fouts as quarterback, this only changed when Joe Gibbs 1976 Offense Coordinator and va Don Coryell has been a head coach in 1978. The Chargers led an offense that lived deep passes and made ​​known Don Coryell as Air Coryell. So Fouts threw four consecutive times (1979 to 1982), most yards in a NFL season and finished his career with over 40,000 yards. He was thus only the third player, after Johnny Unitas and Fran Tarkenton, who passed this mark. His wide receiver Charlie Joiner and John Jefferson, and the tight end Kellen Winslow in 1980 the first trio of teams in the NFL, which began each passes for more than 1,000 yards.

Fouts finished his career after 15 years in the NFL with 3297 complete passes in 5604 attempts for 43,040 yards and 254 touchdowns, with 242 interceptions. He latched on to another 476 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and his shirt number 14 is no longer awarded with the San Diego Chargers.

After football career

After his playing days in the NFL Fouts began a career in television as a commentator of football games. He worked in the years for various stations and their formats - among other things also for ABC Monday Night Football. In 1998, he played himself in the movie Waterboy - The guy with the water damage and commented there with his colleague Brent Musburger a fictional football game, the Bourbon Bowl.