An emotional John Madden said Monday at a memorial service for Don Coryell that something was missing — the late coach isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame while some of his notable players and former assistants are.
“You know, I’m sitting down there in front, and next to me is Joe Gibbs, and next to him is Dan Fouts, and the three of us are in the Hall of Fame because of Don Coryell,” Madden said, pausing to compose himself while delivering a eulogy at San Diego State’s basketball arena. “There’s something missing.”
That was a recurring theme at Monday’s service for Coryell, the Seattle native whose innovative career started as a defensive back at the University of Washington before his Air Coryell offense produced some of the most dynamic passing attacks in NFL history. He died July 1 at age 85.
Coryell was a finalist for the Hall of Fame in February, but was not selected for induction.
“I’m Dan Fouts, and I never thought I’d ever say, ‘Good job, John Madden,’ ” Fouts said as he began his eulogy.
Fouts was the quarterback who made Air Coryell fly with the San Diego Chargers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Gibbs played for Coryell at San Diego State in the early 1960s, and he and Madden were assistant coaches with the Aztecs.
Madden later became a Chargers nemesis as coach of the Oakland Raiders.
PLAYER SUES DALLAS
Tight end Jamar Hunt has sued for unspecified damages for injuries he received last year when the Dallas Cowboys’ indoor practice facility collapsed in a storm.
He is suing the builder of the tentlike structure and companies operated by team owner Jerry Jones for “serious, disabling and permanent injuries” he suffered May 2, 2009.
Brett Favre showed his speed and moves in driving away from a workout at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss., without speaking to reporters. The 40-year-old quarterback has yet to tell the Minnesota Vikings if he will return for a 20th season. … Detroit agreed to terms with backup QB Shaun Hill, a nine-year veteran the Lions got in a March trade with San Francisco. … ESPN personality Chris Berman will receive the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award next month.