Being a third-round pick doesn’t usually bode well for an NFL quarterback but Dan Fouts surprised the league over his 15-year career with the San Diego Chargers.
The former Duck became a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro during his career, and these accolades are just the start of Fouts’ accomplishments.
Fouts was a four-time NFL leader in passing yards (1979-1982), a two-time NFL leader in passing touchdowns (1981-1982), and the NFL completion percentage leader in 1979. Not only is he in the Chargers’ Hall of Fame, but the team retired his number following his illustrious career.
He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 43,040 yards and 254 career touchdowns. In 1982, Fouts was selected as the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and is also on the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade team.
Despite being a fairly unknown college recruit and having to wait until the third round for his name to be called during the NFL Draft, Fouts was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
He was also inducted into the Oregon Hall of Fame in the 1992 class.