Pro Sports Fans Union Pushes for Don Coryell to be Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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The Pro Sports Fans Union is sponsoring an effort to see the late coach Don Coryell inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2011. A grassroots coalition of fans, former players,and members of the sports media has been building since Coryell passed away on July 1st. Coryell was one of 15 finalists in 2010, and supporters are hoping that lobbying members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will put him over the top in 2011.

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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 all in the Hall of Fame because of Don Coryell...there's something missing.

The exclusion of Don Coryell from the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a mystery to most players, coaches, and fans who witnessed the "Air Coryell" days of the late 70's and early 1980's San Diego Chargers. Coryell was the first coach to win over 100 games at both the college and NFL levels, and he revolutionized the passing game in the NFL. It is doubtful that pro football would be the quarterback-driven passing league that it is today without the contributions of Coryell. The passing of Coryell on July 1st, 2010, has intensified calls for his recognition as a Hall of Famer. The Pro Sports Fans Union is sponsoring a grassroots fan coalition dedicated to seeing Coryell rightfully honored.

Coryell was a finalist for the first time in 2010, and this leads supporters to believe that he is very close to having the votes needed to be inducted. Pro Sports Fans Union founder Tim Claiborne is among those supporters. "I believe that Don Coryell is finally getting the leaguewide recognition that he long deserved. The support of legends such as John Madden, who spoke so powerfully about Coryell, can only add to the momentum." Football legends including Hall of Famers Dan Fouts, Joe Gibbs, and John Madden attended the "Celebration of Life", a public memorial for Coryell, held in San Diego.

Madden spoke for so many fans and friends of Coryell, "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... there's something missing." The coalition of fans, former players, and sports media members will be lobbying members of the selection committee in the hopes of getting Coryell the last few votes needed to get him over the top from finalist to inductee. All fans, athletes, and media members are invited to join the coalition, as well as contribute to the Don Coryell Scholarship Endowment fund at San Diego State University.

The Pro Sports Fans Union is a sports consumers advocacy organization based in Albuquerque, NM, dedicated to improving the value that fans receive for their entertainment dollar. The Pro Sports Fans Union is forming informal coalitions on issues such as the need for expanded instant replay in baseball and the lack of a true national champion in college football. The organization is also bringing together fans of all 32 NFL teams in an effort to stop the looming 2011 lockout with what will be the largest protest in pro sports history.

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