On this day back in 1988, legendary former Oregon football quarterback Dan Fouts announced his retirement.
A 6-foot-3, 204-pound pure passer with an arm that the Ducks and Pac-8 Conference had never seen before.
Let’s take a glimpse at his football career.
Fouts was at the helm of the Oregon offense from 1970-1972. During this run, the Ducks posted a 6-4-1 record in 1970, a 5-6 record in 1971 and a 4-7 record in 1972.
According to the Oregon Encyclopedia, during his three years as a Duck (1970-1972), Fouts blossomed into one of the nation’s top passers, setting 19 school records, including 482 passes and 37 touchdowns for 5,995 yards. In his first year at the University of Oregon, he engineered the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in the university’s football history. After he was put in as a substitute for Tom Blanchard, Fouts electrified the game by throwing three straight touchdowns to the great Bobby Moore (who later changed his name to Ahmad Rashad). His team rallied from a 40-21 deficit to a 41-40 win over the UCLA Bruins.
It was a complete shift in style from a ground attack to the air raid.
Fouts graduated from the University of Oregon in 1977 with a degree in Political Science.
Fouts was drafted in the third round, No. 64 overall in the 1973 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
During his 15-year professional career with the Chargers, Fouts appeared in 181 games, posted an 86-84-1 record, 58.8% completion percentage, threw for 43,040 yards, 7.7 yards per attempt, 254 touchdowns and 242 interceptions.
He had seven career 400-yard games.
In 1993, Fouts was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining Fouts in that 1993 Hall of Fame class were Larry Little (Miami guard) and Walter Payton (Chicago running back).
The No. 14 jersey he wore during his time with the Chargers is one of only four jersey numbers that have been retired by the organization.
FOUTS POST FOOTBALL
Following an illustrious football career, Fouts appeared on ABC’s Monday Night Football, was a college football analyst and sports anchor for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, and was an NFL play-by-play and color commentator on CBS.
He lives in Sisters, Oregon and can be seen from time to time at current Oregon sporting events, including this year's women's Civil War basketball game:
The other day, @GoDucksKG hinted there would be some celebrities in the house for tonight's Civil War game at @MattArena, and we've got a sighting — Dan Fouts just took a seat behind the @OregonWBB team bench. #GoDucks— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) January 25, 2020
Fouts will most definitely go down as one of the great quarterbacks to come through Eugene, Oregon.