|Monday, December 16, 2002|
Fouts and Swann join Pro Bowl broadcast
Dan Fouts, an NFL Hall of Famer and former All-Pro quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, will serve as game analyst for ABC Sports' coverage of the AFC/NFC Pro Bowl on February 2, 2003, from Honolulu, Hawaii, it's been announced by ABC Sports. Fouts, who served two years as analyst for ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," will be reunited with play-by-play voice Al Michaels for the game. Melissa Stark and Lynn Swann will report from the sidelines.
Fouts returned to ABC's college football telecasts this season, pairing with Keith Jackson. The two will call the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the college football national championship game featuring the Miami Hurricanes and the Ohio State Buckeyes, on Friday, January 3 (8 p.m., ET). Fouts first joined ABC Sports as a football analyst in June 1997. In addition to his NFL work with Michaels, Fouts has been paired with Brent Musburger and Keith Jackson on ABC Sports' college football telecasts.
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 1979 and league co-MVP in 1982. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, after being elected in his first year of eligibility.
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