IU Hall of Famer Earl Faison dies at 77 #iufb

Indiana announced Monday that former All-American defensive end Earl Faison has died. He was 77 years old.

Faison was a three-year letterwinner at IU from 1958-60, earning third team All-American and All-Big Ten honors as a senior. He returned a 92-yard blocked field goal for the game’s only score in IU’s first Old Brass Spittoon win over Michigan State in 1958.

Faison, a native of Newport News, Va., also led the Hoosiers in receiving in 1958 and 1960. He was IU’s most valuable player in 1960, and played in the East-West Shrine Game, the All-American Bowl and the Hula Bowl.

The San Diego Chargers drafted him seventh overall in the 1961 American Football League Draft. Faison played for the Chargers from 1961-66, earning Rookie of the Year and team MVP honors in his first season.

Faison was named defensive most valuable player in 1963, and was a four-time All-AFL honoree. He was inducted into San Diego’s team hall of fame in 1986 and was later named to the Chargers’ 50th anniversary team. Faison received induction to the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.

After his playing career ended, Faison coached high school football in San Diego. He later became a teacher and school administrator.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Faison died Sunday in Prescott, Ariz.

“On behalf of the Spanos family and the entire Chargers organization, we’d like to express our deepest sympathies to the Faison family,” Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said in a statement posted to the team’s official web site. “I had the privilege of getting to know Earl through the years. He was a consummate gentleman with a booming voice and laugh.

“His passion for the Chargers and the game of football was unwavering. As a member of the original Fearsome Foursome, Earl was an integral part of the Chargers’ dominance in the team’s early years, helping lead the team to two American Football League championship games and winning the AFL title in 1963. His post-football career as an educator is just as accomplished. He will be missed.”


  1. Sorry to hear of his death and I would like IUFB to get DEs like him in the near future.

  2. There is an autographed Earl Faison trading card bearing the “Dolphins” name but the picture of Earl shows him wearing a Chargers uniform (#86). Earl Faison, inverted jenny of professional football?

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