Dan Fouts was named the American Football Conference player of the year by the Sporting News in 1979 and by UPI in 1982, and was selected as the NFL player of the year by the Professional Football Writers Association.
A three-year starter at quarterback for the University of Oregon, Fouts was overlooked by All-American selectors because he played for mediocre teams that won only 15 games while losing 17 and tying 1.
Selected by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 1973 NFL college draft, Fouts became the team's starting quarterback before the end of his rookie season. He didn't emerge as a genuine star until Don Coryell became head coach during the 1978 season.
Coryell installed an offense featuring the pass that became known as "Air Coryell." During the next 8 seasons, Fouts averaged 2,729 yards and 24 touchdown passes a year. He set an NFL record with 4,082 yards passing in 1979 and extended it to 4,715 yards in 1980 and to 4,802 yards in 1981.
He retired after the 1987 season and became a broadcaster for NBC. He's now one of three people in the ABC broadcasting booth for Monday Night Football, with Al Michaels and Dennis Miller.
During his 15 years in the NFL, Fouts completed 3,297 of 5,604 passes for 43,040 yards, second only to Fran Tarkenton, and 254 touchdowns, fourth on the all-time list. He also rushed for 13 touchdowns.