Charlie Joiner, Class of 1996
The Houston Oilers targeted Joiner for the defensive backfield when they picked the 5-11, 180-pounder from Grambling in the fourth round of the 1969 AFL-NFL Draft.
As part of a four player swap, Joiner was traded to Cincinnati in 1972.
Charlie Joiner's Hall of Fame bust.
Charlie Joiner's Hall of Fame mural.
Charlie Joiner was elected to the pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
During his 11 years in San Diego, Joiner caught 50 or more passes seven times and had 70 or more receptions three seasons.
He was an All-NFL pick in 1980 and a Pro Bowl choice three times. In the 1980 AFC title game, he led the Chargers with six receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
In the 1980 AFC title game, he led the Chargers with six receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Four years later Joiner was traded to the San Diego Chargers.
With the Chargers, Joiner blossomed into super-stardom. He and quarterback Dan Fouts formed a lethal pass-catch team that accounted for the preponderance of his 586 receptions as a Charger.
In March 2009 Charlie Joiner was suprised with a new replica of his Hall of Fame Bust.
When Enshrined, Hall of Famers receive a plaster replica of their Hall of Fame bust. Joiner's was destroyed when his California home was ravaged by wildfires in 2007.
"They did a good job of hiding that from me. I was happy to see the bust. I love the bust," commented the grateful Joiner.
"That's the symbol of the Hall of Fame."
Long-time Chargers receiver retired as the NFL's all-time leading receiver.