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Share Air Coryell Memories

Posted by Christopher Smith on July 6, 2010 – 2:14 PM

I never met Don Coryell.

I must confess, the first time I read Air Coryell in a football publication, I thought the writer was referring to former Tennessee Titans QB Steve “Air” McNair and made a mistake. It’s become apparent that I was ignorant to a meaningful bit of football history and a person that many people cared about.

I won’t pretend to put his legacy in San Diego or his contribution to the game of football in context. But as I drove up the 5 on Thursday, leaving Chargers Park for a holiday weekend, I heard the sad news about Coryell’s passing.

In the days that have followed, it’s been obvious that the man meant something to people around the organization and the city, and not just for his contributions as a football coach.

You now have a chance to read about some of those memories and share your own. The Chargers have set up a site in Coryell’s memory, which you can access here.

Stay true and keep pounding,
Christopher


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3 Responses to “Share Air Coryell Memories”

  1. By Robert Scott on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    I was 12 years old when the Chargers were 2 and 5 and Tommy Prothro got fired. Don Coryell took over, opened up the offense, and the Chargers went 7 and 2 the rest of the way. My father was a huge Rams fan, but that year, I listened on the radio a game between the Chargers and Raiders in Oakland, and Rolf Bernishcke put one through for the win, and I was in love with the Chargers ever since. Coryell was an offensive genuis and will be missed always.

  2. By M Callahan on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    It is a true sin that Don Coryell is not yet in the NFL Hall of Fame. The man was a true offensive innovator who was always sold short because of the amazing talent around him and the fact he never won a Super Bowl championship. What these naysayers fail to take into account is that during his tenure the Chargers were scoring 30+ points a game during an era where legendary defenses like Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain”, Denver’s “Orange Crush” and Dallas’ “Dooms Day Defense” were wreaking havoc. Not only that but the man reinvented the Tight End position to become a legitimate explosive weapon in his offensive arsenal. God rest your soul Don Coryell and thank you for the many years of entertaining football.

  3. By Dan Q on Jul 13, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, Your time has come and the world will be a litle less with your passing. I’m just sorry I couldn’t attend your celabration. As a kid I grew up with the AFL Chargers an Sid Gillman. I Can remember watching coach Coryell and his Aztecs really give it to the Chargers when they had their annual game and then going down on the field to meet the players those are some great memories. I can remember when the Aztecs were nationally rank and I was proud to be a San Diegan. Coach Coryell really put San Diego on the football map and made me even more proud to be a San Diego sport fan when other San Diego teams were playing catch-up. Coach Coryell I hope to catch up with you on the other side and talk some football.

    Respectfuly
    A Fan

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