Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts begins his 32nd year of broadcasting with the 2019 season. Once again, he will team with play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle for their 10th season together with The NFL on CBS.
Fouts began his broadcasting career at CBS in 1988, where he partnered with Dick Stockton and Verne Lundquist in calling games through 1993. He returned to CBS in 2008, working alongside play-by-play legend Dick Enberg, and then joining Eagle in 2010. In June 2014, Eagle and Fouts were named the No. 2 NFL ON CBS announce team calling one of the Network’s top Sunday game most weeks.
Before his return to CBS Sports, Fouts worked for ABC Sports from 1997 to 2008 as an analyst alongside broadcasting icons Brent Musburger and Keith Jackson. He served as play-by-play announcer for ABC’s coverage of Pac-10 college football (2006-2007). Before that, Fouts spent two years working with Al Michaels and Dennis Miller as an analyst on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” before returning to call college games.
Fouts' broadcasting credits include covering the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Holiday Bowl, ABC's Superstars, NFL's "Air it Out," ABC's "Battle of the Gridiron Greats," "John Madden's Super Bowl Special" and the NFL Playoffs. He also has worked as an analyst for Westwood One Radio and Sports USA Radio NFL broadcasts. In 1998 he made his big-screen debut when he and partner Brent Musburger portrayed themselves in the hit film "The Waterboy," starring Adam Sandler.
Before joining ABC Sports in 1997, Fouts served for three years as sports anchor for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, where his work earned him two Emmy Awards. In addition to his nightly sports reports, he anchored the "Bay to Breakers" and the San Francisco Marathon, and was host of the popular "Hidden Hikes" series. Fouts also hosted his own Sunday night show, "Game Day with Dan Fouts," and handled play-by-play for the San Francisco 49ers preseason games. He also done both play-by-play and color analysis over the years for the Chargers preseason broadcasts.
Fouts retired from the NFL after 15 seasons with the San Diego 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. Fouts 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. His 1993 Hall of Fame class also included Larry Little, Chuck Noll, Walter Payton and Bill Walsh. Fouts currently serves on the Hall of Fame’s Advisory Committee and was chosen along with James Lofton as one of the two inductees who also are selectors for the Hall of Fame. He also served on a blue ribbon panel of former and current players, coaches, executives and media members to select the NFL’s All-Time team in celebration of the league’s 100th season.
A native of San Francisco, Fouts first gained national attention as a record-setting quarterback for the Ducks at the University of Oregon, where he and teammate Ahmad Rashad played under future NFL coaches George Seifert and John Robinson. He was elected to the university's Hall of Fame in 1992 and named Alumni Man of the Year in 1993. 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-1970s Fouts had become one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
Fouts was among the first athletes signed to endorse Nike products in the late-1970s and, in 1990, was honored by the company when they named a building after him at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Other honors he has received include being named to the San Diego Hall of Champions Hall of Fame (1989), San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame, University of Oregon Hall of Fame, State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (1992), California Sports Hall of Fame and San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (1997).
Fouts is the son of renowned Bay Area radio and television broadcasting pioneer Bob Fouts, who was the long-time voice of the San Francisco 49ers. He served as the team’s ballboy in the 1960s and had his first exposure to the broadcast booth by keeping stats for his father. In later years, Dan and Bob became the first father-son team to broadcast an NFL game together when they covered the San Diego Chargers preseason.
Fouts’ eldest son Dominic passed away in 2012 after a three-year battle with colon cancer. In Dominic’s honor, Fouts’ daughter Suzanne established the Dominic Fouts Memorial Cancer Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting cancer patients and programs. The Fouts family organizes the annual “Dom Diddy Golf Classic,” now in its fifth year, at Tokatee Golf Club to remember Nick and raise funds for the cause.
Fouts also co-hosted of the annual “Dave and Dan Golf Classic” in Portland for six years, along with fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Wilcox. The tournament has raised more than $4 million in net proceeds for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Fouts and his wife, Jeri, also have raised more than $1.3 million for the Sisters Schools Foundation, supporting arts, athletics, technology and other programs in their local school district through their establishment of the “Starry Nights Concert Series.” The event, which was created in 1997, has featured such artists as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Lyle Lovett, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Lee Ann Womack, Keb’ Mo’, John Hiatt and Kim Carnes.
Fouts is the proud father of Suzanne, Ryan and Shannon, and grandfather of Lily and Dane. He and Jeri reside in Sisters, Ore.
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