Sport: The Redemption of Fouts

After six hellish years, a cool arm burns up the heavens

He stood at a Hertz counter in Eugene, Ore., waiting to rent a car. The man who broke Norm Van Brocklin's records at the University of Oregon, who only two days earlier had set a National Football League record by passing for 300-plus yds. in four consecutive games, had to cool his heels while a clerk called the San Diego Chargers to determine if Daniel Francis Fouts was indeed one of their employees.

The answer, as shell-shocked defenders throughout the league can attest, was...

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