John Hadl

John Hadl

Infobox NFLretired

birthdate=birth date and age|1940|2|15
Lawrence, Kansas
* San Diego Chargers (1962-1972)
* Los Angeles Rams (1973-1974)
* Green Bay Packers (1974-1975)
* Houston Oilers (1976-1977)
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* 2x Pro Bowl selection (1972, 1973)
* 4x All-Pro selection (1965, 1966, 1968, 1973)
* 4x AFL All-Star selection (1964, 1965, 1968, 1969)
* 1969 AFL All-Star Game MVP
* 1973 UPI NFC Player of the Year
* 1973 Rams MVP

John Willard Hadl (born February 15, 1940 in Lawrence, Kansas) is a former professional American football player.

After playing halfback on both offense and defense at the University of Kansas as a sophomore, Hadl played quarterback for his last two years at Kansas, and was selected as the school's Player of the Century. He was an All American at running back in 1960 and at quarterback in 1961. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

He is 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and 210 lb (95 kg). He joined the American Football League's San Diego Chargers in 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 Bacon and 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 Packers the 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 coach of the Los Angeles Express football team of the USFL from 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 director in 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. [ [ Report of NCAA Sactions from "Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World"] ] [ [ Hadl Profile from "The Topeka Capital-Journal"] ]

ee also

*Other American Football League players
*Sigma Nu LEADership learning program


External links

* [ Hadl's 1965 Topps football card]

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