Most younger Chargers fans won’t remember when Air Coryell, who coached a team led by a quarterback named Dan Fouts to our cities only Super Bowl appearance. Not to mention three divisional titles, four divisional playoff games, and two AFC Championship games. Even if you were not alive back then, I wasn’t born until 1988, his methods, insights, and revolutionary ideas changed that game of football in it’s entirety.
His offensive concepts and mentoring of people like Joe Gibbs have left their mark on football forever. Fouts, among others, are still lobbying for his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I, for one, will be rooting for this as well. Though, it is difficult for coaches that did not win a super bowl to get enshrined, it is not impossible.
Coryell was the first guy to say,
Let’s go vertical and make some big plays.
Never forget that. The game never will.
Bill Williamson of ESPN posted the memorial arrangements in his blog. If you remember Don Coryell and you can make it, great. The speakers should be very insightful and very moving, as friends and people who were influenced by him. Here are the arrangements, thanks to Bill Williamson!
The San Diego Chargers have announced there will be a public celebration for former San Diego State and Chargers head coach Don Coryell on July 12. He died Thursday at the age of 85.
It will take place at the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University at 2 p.m. In a release by the Chargers, it was announced that long-time friends of Coryell will speak. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, anyone who wants to honor Coryell’s legacy can make a donation to the Don Coryell Scholarship Endowment at San Diego State University and mailed to:
The Campanile Foundation
Attn: Don Coryell Scholarship Fund
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4313
Tax ID #33-0868418
Rest in piece, Air Coryell. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.