BY SPNW Staff 06:12PM 01/03/2017

Coryell a finalist for induction into pro HOF

Coach Don Coryell, a Seattle native and a 1949 letter winner on the University of Washington football team, is again a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Don Coryell coached the St. Louis Cardinals from 1973-77 and San Diego Chargers from 1978-86. / David Eskenazi Collection

Seattle native Don Coryell, who played defensive back at the University of Washington in the late 1940s and later coached the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers in the NFL, Tuesday became one of 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Coryell has been a finalist or semifinalist every year since 2010, but has never gained quite enough support for enshrinement.

Also among the 15 finalists for induction as part of the class of 2017: First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins, plus holdovers Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae, Terrell Owens and Kurt Warner.

Coryell, an offensive mastermind with the Cardinals and Chargers, is in his 30th year of eligibility.

Previously selected as a finalist by the veterans committee is former Seattle safety Kenny Easley.

Mawae, drafted by the Seahawks in 1994, played for Seattle through 1997 and left for the Jets in free agency in 1995. He retired in 2009 after eight Pro Bowl appearances, all after leaving Seattle.

The class of 2017 will be elected Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Houston. Inductions will take place Aug. 5 in Canton, OH.

Coryell, a Washington assistant coach in 1950, coached at San Diego State from 1961-72, led the Cardinals from 1973-77, and the Chargers from 1978-86. At San Diego, he developed the “Air Coryell” offense and won three consecutive AFC division titles. He coached Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Kellen Winslow. He remains the only coach to win 100 games at the college level and also at the pro level.

 

 


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  • ReebHerb

    One of my greatest disappointments of UW football was the rumor Don Coryell would replace Jim Owens after the disastrous 1969 1-9 season. It failed to materialize. The rumor came from Chuck Boling (?) from the Tacoma News Tribune (I believe). The guy that ended his radio show with “And that’s the way the ball bounces”.

    Coryell was averaging 35 points per game at San Diego State and Jim Owens went on to use one of Washington’s all time great athletes, Dave Williams, as a decoy receiver. Starting to cry.

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  • rosetta_stoned

    Coryell also coached at Wenatchee Valley College.

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