On the list of the best players to never win a Super Bowl, Dan Fouts was the best player in franchise history for a long, long time.
Fouts was the quarterback of Don Coryell’s offense, one of the most potent the league has ever known. During that era, he took the Bolts to the playoffs four times, including back-to-back AFC Championship games.
A member of the 1980s All-Decade Team, Fouts passed for over 43,000 yards during his playing career, a franchise record that stood until recently. He also threw for 254 touchdown passes in his career, a number that still ranks in the top 20 in history.
The Chargers of 1979-1982 were not only fun to watch, but highly competitive. The idea that those teams never even appeared in a Super Bowl is still hard to believe.
Fouts was the driving force of that era. He was the man who guided the ship and brought Coryell’s ideas to life. He was helped by having some tremendous players on offense with him, but he also made those players better too.
The six-time Pro Bowler had an outstanding 1982 campaign. That year, he was chosen as Most Valuable Player by the Pro Football Writers of America. He was also selected Offensive Player of the Year.
His No. 14 jersey is retired, one of only four players to ever earn that honor.