Dan Fouts spent his entire 15-year career with the San Diego Chargers. He loves the city, and he loves the franchise.
He would also be heartbroken if the Chargers left for Los Angeles.
Will the team get a new stadium deal done to stay in San Diego?
“Well, obviously I hope they do because the Chargers moving to San Diego back in 1961 is what really helped San Diego become a major league city,” Fouts, a CBS NFL analyst, said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Before that, it was a sleepy little border town with a big Navy population, but now it’s one of the destination cities in the country. Conventions want to go there, the NFL wants to stay there, the NFL would like to see the Super Bowl there again, and a new stadium will make all that happen.”
Fouts, 65, played for the Chargers from 1973 to 1987. A six-time Pro Bowler, he led the NFL in passing four straight years from 1979 and 1982 and became the first player in history to throw for 4,000+ yards in three consecutive seasons.
“I knew I was the envy of every quarterback in the league and all the quarterbacks that played before me,” said Fouts, who was named NFL MVP in 1982. “I would go to offseason events and play golf with some of these old-timers and they’d (say), ‘You lucky SOB. You’re getting to throw the ball. We all wanted to throw the ball.’ But it’s Don Coryell and his contribution to the NFL. Before him, nobody was doing what he was doing and now everybody is doing what he was doing. So hopefully some day he’ll be in the Hall of Fame because of that.”