Former NFL Star John Hadl Dead At 82

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Former NFL quarterback John Hadl died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Hadl was a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback who starred for the Chargers in the 1960s, according to The New York Post. The star athlete was highly revered by his fans and had a statue erected in his honor in 2020 that stands outside the Anderson Family Football Complex, The New York Post reported. The official cause of Hadl’s death has not been revealed at this time

The Los Angeles Chargers posted a memoriam on Twitter Thursday in honor of Hadl and his many accomplishments.

“John Hadl helped put the Chargers organization and the AFL as a whole on the sporting map in the early 1960s,” the team wrote. (RELATED: REPORT: ‘Power Rangers’ Star Dead At 49)

“With a resume that included an AFL Championship in 1963, team captaincy from 1965-72, three team MVP selections by his peers, 5 All-Star/Pro Bowl teams and the 1971 Walker Payton Man of the Year Award, Hadl was one of the greatest and most respected Charges of any era,” the post went on to say.

The school retired Hadl’s number 21, making him just one of three football players to have their uniform retired by the Jayhawks, according to The New York Post. The others were running backs Gale Sayers and Ray Evans.

Hadl played with the Chargers from 1962-1972 and is recognized for setting an AFL record with a touchdown pass in 19 consecutive games, according to The New York Post. In 1994, Hadl was named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Diane.