Former Quarterback and Hall of Fame Inductee
National Football League
Dan Fouts, NFL Hall of Famer and former All-Pro quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, is currently an analyst for CBS Sports. A native of San Francisco, Fouts first gained national attention as a record-setting quarterback for the Ducks at the University of Oregon. He was elected to the university’s Hall of Fame in 1992 and named Alumni Man of the Year in 1993. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1973, and by the late-1970s had become one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
Fouts retired from the NFL after 15 seasons with the Chargers, where he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. His years as pilot of the “Air Coryell” offense led to 42 team records and eight NFL records upon his retirement, including most 300-yard passing games. His 43,040 total passing yards made him the second-most-prolific passer in NFL history. He earned NFL and AFC Player of the Year honors in 1982, and was named AFC Most Valuable Player in 1979 and league co-MVP in 1982. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, after being elected in his first year of eligibility. Other honors he has received include being named to the San Diego Hall of Champions Hall of Fame (1989), San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame, University of Oregon Hall of Fame, State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (1992), and San Francisco Bay Area (1997) Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2008, Fouts returned to CBS Sports where he had served as an analyst for the Network’s coverage of THE NFL ON CBS from 1988-93. Fouts’ 30-year broadcasting credits include covering the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Aloha Bowl, ABC’s Superstars, NFL’s “Air it Out,” ABC’s “Battle of the Gridiron Greats,” “John Madden’s Super Bowl Special” and the NFL Playoffs. In 1998 he made his big-screen debut when he and partner Brent Musburger portrayed themselves in the hit film “The Waterboy,” starring Adam Sandler.