Daniel Francis Fouts (born June 10, 1951) is an American former football quarterback who played for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).
He was a Pro Bowler six times and was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL in 1979-82. He led the league in passing yardage four consecutive seasons, which is no small accomplishment for any player.
Early Life and Education
John fouts’s early life was tough. He was born a slave on a farm in Kentucky. He was freed at age 9 but his family didn’t have much money.
After his release, the family lived in Louisville. It was a common destination for freed slaves in the region and they were often forced to live in poor, damp conditions.
When he was a teenager, he took time off to work in a tobacco factory. He later went to Berea College.
He was a student there for three years and broke school records in each of those years. He was then drafted by the Chargers in 1973 and served as their backup quarterback for three seasons.
During his time as a professional football player, John Fouts starred on the field for the San Diego Chargers. He was a quarterback with plenty of skill and a good eye for the ball, as well as a keen understanding of what fans wanted from their team. He was also a savvy businessman with an appreciation for marketing and advertising.
He enjoyed the opportunity to live in Sisters, Oregon, a town that boasted some of the best skiing in the country. He embraced the outdoors and spent some of his free time fishing, skiiing, and playing racquetball. He is also an avid golfer and is a fan of the University of Oregon Ducks. He is one of a select group of alumni who have won the college’s highest honors.
Achievements and Honors
Fouts was a quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, playing 15 seasons and becoming one of the best in NFL history. He led the league in passing yards four straight years from 1979 to 1982, and became the first player to throw for 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.
He won the NFL Most Valuable Player award in 1979 and 1982 and was an All-Pro choice in 1979, 1982 and 1985. He set numerous records, including the most 300-yard games and 400-yard games, which he still holds.
He is also a retired Walla Walla County-WSU Extension faculty member and has been helping small-scale farmers improve their lives, one farm at a time. He also works for the State of Ohio, working on the original GOSIP network and standing up the DNS and IP Address infrastructure for the State of Ohio.
Aside from his career, Fouts had a very happy personal life. He had a wife and children, which he adored very much.
He was married to Lindsay C. Vaught from December 2002 until 2004.
They had one child, Alissa.
In later years, he and his wife moved to Idaho. He now subcontracts work in the mountains, and he fishes for trout.
John Fouts had a girlfriend named Amanda. He says they went through a ceremony, but they never filed any paperwork.
Dan Fouts is a former American football quarterback who played his entire professional career with the San Diego Chargers. He was selected in the third round of the 1973 NFL Draft and helped them win two playoffs and reach the AFC championship game twice.
He also led the league in passing yards four times. In 1993, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After retiring from the NFL, he worked as a sportscaster and analyst. He was a color commentator for NFL games on CBS television and Westwood One radio.
He married his long-term girlfriend, Jeri Martin, on July 23, 1994. Together, they have two children. They have no affairs and lead a relatively private lifestyle.