- John Hadl
birthdate=birth date and age|1940|2|15
San Diego Chargers(1962-1972)
* Los Angeles Rams (1973-1974)
Green Bay Packers(1974-1975)
Pro Bowlselection (1972, 1973)
All-Proselection (1965, 1966, 1968, 1973)
AFL All-Starselection (1964, 1965, 1968, 1969)
AFL All-Star Game MVP
UPI NFC Player of the Year
* 1973 Rams MVP
John Willard Hadl (born
February 15, 1940in Lawrence, Kansas) is a former professional American footballplayer.
After playing halfback on both offense and defense at the University of Kansas as a sophomore, Hadl played
quarterbackfor his last two years at Kansas, and was selected as the school's Player of the Century. He was an All Americanat running backin 1960 and at quarterback in 1961. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Famein 1994.
He is 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and 210 lb (95 kg). He joined the
American Football League's San Diego Chargersin 1962. He shared quarterbacking duties until 1966, when he became San Diego's starting quarterback, and averaged over 3,000 yards and 23 tds per (14-game) season for the next four years.
He was the American Football League's leading passer in both 1965 and 1968, and was a four-time AFL All-Star. In 1969, he was selected as the AFL All-Star Game's
Most Valuable Player.
Before the 1973 season, Hadl was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for
defensive end Coy Baconand running back Bob Thomas. Leading the Rams to the playoffs that year, he was named the National Football Conference Player of the Year. Hadl was traded to the Green Bay Packersthe next season when he was beaten out for the starting quarterback position by James Harris.
Hadl wore #21 for all of his NFL career, and was the last regular starting quarterback to wear a uniform number greater than #19 before the NFL adopted a rigid uniform numbering system in 1973.
Hadl was also
head coachof the Los Angeles Expressfootball team of the USFLfrom 1984 to 1985, compiling a record of 13-23 in the regular season, 1-1 in the post-season.
Hadl is currently an associate
athletic directorin the University of Kansas athletic department, despite the belief that he might have been the "unnamed assistant football coach" at KU that provided improper benefits to recruits in the early 1980s in violation of NCAA regulations. Hadl has constantly denied any wrongdoing and his current tenure with Kansas athletics has not yielded any suggestion of rules violations. [ [http://www2.kusports.com/news/1983/dec/01/long_wait_ends_ncaa_announces_kansas_football_pena/ Report of NCAA Sactions from "Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World"] ] [ [http://cjonline.com/stories/020308/haw_243229088.shtml Hadl Profile from "The Topeka Capital-Journal"] ]
*Other American Football League players
*Sigma Nu LEADership learning program
* [http://www.remembertheafl.com/1965ToppsChargers.htm#JohnHadl Hadl's 1965 Topps football card]
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