Dan Fouts, an NFL Hall of Famer and former all-Pro quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, joins Al Michaels and Dennis Miller in his first season as expert analyst for "Monday Night Football." Fouts joined ABC Sports as a football analyst in June 1997, and was paired with both Brent Musburger and Keith Jackson on ABC's college football coverage.
A native of San Francisco, California, Dan first gained national attention as a record-setting quarterback for the Ducks at the University of Oregon, where he and teammate Ahmad Rashad played under future NFL coaches George Seifert and John Robinson. He was elected to the university's Hall of Fame in 1992 and named Alumni Man of the Year in 1993.
Drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1973, Fouts began his rookie season alongside the legendary Johnny Unitas, who had left the Baltimore Colts and was playing in his final year in the NFL. By the late '70s, Fouts had become one of the top quarterbacks in the league and was on his way to a Hall of Fame career.
He 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 -- named for the innovative passing game developed by his renowned head coach, Don Coryell -- 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 1983 and league co-MVP in 1983. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, after being elected in his first year of eligibility.
Prior to joining ABC Sports, Fouts served for three years as sports anchor for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, where his work earned him two Emmy Awards. In addition to his nightly sports reports, he anchored the "Bay to Breakers" and the San Francisco Marathon, and was host of the popular "Hidden Hikes" series. He also hosted his own Sunday night show, "Game Day With Dan Fouts," and handled play-by-play for the San Francisco 49ers preseason games. Since 1998, he has also done play-by-play for the San Diego Chargers preseason broadcasts.
His 13-year broadcasting credits include covering the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the 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, Fouts made his big-screen debut when he and partner Brent Musburger portrayed themselves in the hit film, "The Waterboy," starring Adam Sandler. In 1999, Fouts appeared in a national commercial for Miller Lite Beer with former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler.
He was among the first athletes signed to endorse Nike products in the early '70s, and in 1990 was honored by the company when they named a building after him at the Nike World Headquarters Walk of Fame in Beaverton, Oregon. Other honors he has received include being named to the San Diego Hall of Champions Hall of Fame in 1989, State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, and San Francisco Bay Area 1997 Sports Hall of Fame. He earned MVP honors in 1978 and 1982.
He and his wife, Jeri, reside in Sisters, Oregon, with their four children.
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