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Fouts on Lynch reviving Niners and the Hall

Fouts on Lynch reviving Niners and the Hall

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch grew up a fan of Air Coryell’s San Diego Chargers. He played quarterback at suburban San Diego's Torrey Pines High, earning a scholarship from Stanford. Lynch watched on Sundays as Air Coryell set the blueprint for NFL passing...

Super Bowl weekend is a triple play for Lynch

Super Bowl weekend is a triple play for Lynch

John Lynch is a double-header guy, but his circumstances surrounding the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV are beyond fitting for the former football/baseball professional athlete and Stanford letterman in both sports.As the 49ers’ third-year general manager, he has the...

Another stage for Air Force with Army and Navy

Another stage for Air Force with Army and Navy

#AFAN (Air Force/Army/Navy) stories: My series is about more than academy football players. These stories are about future officers selflessly committed to serving their country during a seemingly endless war on terrorism. There are only 0.5 percent Americans making up the...

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

The coaching DNA linking New England head coach Bill Belichick and his father Steve, a respected 34-year Navy assistant, are retold with every Patriots Super Bowl trip. But the Belichick family has company this week in Atlanta. Sean McVay, who has taken the Los Angeles Rams to...

Dan Fouts on Don Coryell and Hall of Fame

Dan Fouts on Don Coryell and Hall of Fame

John Madden, Joe Gibbs and Dan Fouts sat together as Don Coryell disciples for their mentor’s 2010 memorial on San Diego State’s campus. They shared the same thoughts delivering eulogies, but Fouts admits Madden said it best. “All three of us are in all Hall of the Fame because...

Air Coryell influence on Pro Bowlers

Air Coryell influence on Pro Bowlers

Before Fred Dryer played the TV detective "Hunter," he was a 12-year NFL veteran and All-American defensive end for Don Coryell at San Diego State.“Hunter” had a detective hunch about Coryell’s Pro Bowl influence on his Chargers and Cardinals players. Dryer believed comparing a...

More on Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

More on Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

“The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” – Mark Twain By Tom Shanahan  Let your mind wander for the length of this story to ponder the credible versus incredible. This story is about Willie Roaf, Michigan State and “what if”...

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

By now, the slicing and dicing of Frank Ragnow's measurables is complete.The Detroit Lions examined the height, weight and quickness of the 6-foot-5, 312-pound center from Arkansas. They used their first-round draft pick on him. ... Click here for the Detroit Free...

No better time for Coryell and Pro Football Hall

No better time for Coryell and Pro Football Hall

What delicious irony if Don Coryell were to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. We’ll know soon if he earns his place when the voters gather on Saturday in Houston on the eve of Super Bowl LI.The Los Angeles Chargers abandoned their San Diego home of 56...

Don Coryell belongs in Hall of Fame

Don Coryell belongs in Hall of Fame

NOTE: This is an updated story based on my research at the suggestion of Fred Dryer, who played for Don Coryell at San Diego State. He and many others believe Coryell belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dan Fouts says Coryell influenced the game on both sides of the ball....