Tuesday, July 1, 2008 | Aug. 2 is almost here, and the day will mark the induction of another class of Pro Football Hall of Famers that is missing someone.
Hall of Fame? Don Coryell has yet to get his due. Is it because he wasn’t as funny as John Madden or as scholarly as Bill Walsh?
Yes, it’s true — Coryell didn’t win a Super Bowl, like Madden and Walsh, although the Chargers advanced to two AFC Championship games. One loss was skewed by a fluke bounce of the ball to Oakland Raiders tight end Raymond Chester for a touchdown and the other by Antarctic conditions in Cincinnati.
But if George Allen, a defensive genius, is in the Hall of Fame — Class of 2002 — is Coryell any less deserving?
Listen to Dan Fouts, the Chargers’ Hall of Fame quarterback.
“He influenced offensive and defensive football because if you are going to have three or four receivers out there, you better have an answer for it on the other side of the ball. If it wasn’t for Don, I wouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame.”