Coryell a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former San Diego Chargers and San Diego State University head football coach Don Coryell is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the National Football League announced Friday.

Coryell, who also coached the St. Louis Cardinals — now the Arizona Cardinals — and Whittier College, is already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, but it’s the first time he’s a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame.

Coryell, 85, took the Cardinals to two playoff appearances in five years in St. Louis before coming to the Chargers for the 1978 season and coaching there for nine years.

He led the Chargers to playoff appearances every year from 1979 to 1982, including a pair of AFC championship games.

Both at the college and pro levels, he implemented his pass-oriented offense, dubbed by sportswriters as “Air Coryell,” borrowing liberally from the system created by San Diego coaching innovator Sid Gillman.

Coryell is currently hospitalized in San Diego, battling numerous ailments, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The 2010 Hall of Famers will be selected Feb. 6.

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