Stan Humphries

Stan Humphries
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Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-04-14) April 14, 1965
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Career information
College: Northeast Louisiana
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 6 / Pick: 159
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 89–84
Yards: 17,191
QB Rating: 75.8
Player stats at

William Stanley "Stan" Humphries (born April 14, 1965) is a former professional American football quarterback. He played for the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He played college football at Northeast Louisiana (now named the University of Louisiana at Monroe). He was selected by the Redskins in the sixth round of the 1988 NFL Draft.

College career

At Northeast Louisiana University (now Louisiana–Monroe), Humphries was quarterback on a team that won the I-AA National Championship in 1987. In two seasons, Humphries passed for 4,395 yards and 29 touchdowns. He still holds the record for 300-yard passing games with eight.

Professional career

Humphries was selected by the Redskins in the sixth round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He made his first pro start in 1990 in Phoenix against the Cardinals with regular starter Mark Rypien sidelined with an injury. Humphries went on to pass for 1,015 yards and three touchdowns in seven games in 1990. The following season, he won a Super Bowl ring with the Redskins as Rypien's backup. He was traded to the San Diego Chargers before the start of the 1992 season following a preseason injury to starting Chargers QB John Friesz. The two teams ran the same offense, allowing Humphries to quickly make an impact. He passed for 3,356 yards, which ranked fifth in the league in 1992, leading the Chargers, who were 4-12 in 1991 and stumbled out to an 0-4 start in 1992, to finish with an 11-5 record, winning the AFC West and ending the Chargers' decade-long playoff drought. To this day, the 1992 San Diego Chargers are the only NFL team to make the playoffs after an 0-4 start.

He started for San Diego for six years, making 81 starts in 88 games while completing 1,431 of 2,516 passes for 17,191 yards and 89 touchdowns. San Diego was 47-29 in regular-season games and 3-3 in playoff contests he started from 1992 to 1997. He played with a separated left shoulder in the 1992 AFC Wild-Card Game, a 17-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, their first home playoff game since the 1980 AFC Championship game. Their season ended the next week in a 31-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. The Chargers would win 62 percent of the games during the six years that he started.

In 1994, he led the Chargers with clutch performances through an impressive series of victories in the NFL Playoffs that started with the Chargers rallying from a 21-6 halftime deficit at home to defeat the Miami Dolphins (led by Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino) with a 22-21 victory in the AFC divisional playoffs, earning the Chargers a trip to the AFC Championship Game the next week at Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Steelers were favored by 1012 points, and some Steeler players the week prior to the game had made a Super Bowl rap video, assuming they would be the ones going to the Super Bowl. In what would become one of pro football's all-time great upsets, the Chargers again rallied from a 13-3 deficit late in the 3rd quarter and held off a furious last-minute Pittsburgh drive with a goal-line stand to win the AFC championship 17-13 at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. Thus the Chargers earned a trip to Miami & Super Bowl XXIX, the first and only Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. They were greeted by 70,000 fans at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium upon arriving back from Pittsburgh. Despite losing Super Bowl XXIX to the San Francisco 49ers 49-26, more than 100,000 fans greeted the Chargers when they arrived back in San Diego after the game. In all, Humphries led the Chargers to three playoff appearances and the franchise's only Super Bowl appearance, and in 1997, he was forced to leave the game after a series of concussions.

He was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2009, he was one of four quarterbacks named on the franchise's 50th anniversary all-time team.

In 2004, Humphries was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.[1]

He is currently a commentator for college football. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.[2] He hosts his namesake celebrity golf tournament. The event has raised more than $1 million over the years for Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.


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