Charlie Joiner was a great wide receiver in the NFL who really excelled in the famous Air Coryell offense of the San Diego Chargers. He put up great numbers during his career and eventually made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Here is a look at 16 little known facts about the great Charlie Joiner.
-Though known for the 11 seasons he played with the high flying San Diego Chargers of the Dan Fouts and Don “Air” Coryell era, Joiner spent his first four seasons in the league with the Houston Oilers and then the next four with the Cincinnati Bengals
-The first touchdown pass that Charlie Joiner ever caught in professional football came in 1970 in a 31-31 tie game between the Oilers and the Chargers. It happened in the third quarter, went for ten yards, and was thrown to him by quarterback Jerry Rhome.
-Charlie Joiner’s biggest receiving day came in a 35-23 loss to the Cleveland Browns in 1975 when he was with the Bengals. He caught seven passes for 200 yards. The closest he came to the 200 yard mark again was six years later as a Charger when he caught 6 passes for 191 yards. Unbelieveably, he failed to score a touchdown in either of those games.
-The most receptions Joiner ever caught in one game was ten. He did this in 1980 in a 44-7 win over the New York Giants. He caught ten passes for 171 yards and one touchdown.
-Charlie Joiner caught more touchdown passes against the Seattle Seahawks, a total of eight, than he did against any other NFL team. In second place on the list is his old team the Bengals with six.
-Other members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame that were drafted the same year as Charlie Joiner include O.J. Simpson, Mean Joe Greene, Roger Wehrli, and Ted Hendricks.
-When it came to productivity, Joiner was a slow starter. During his career, he caught 27 touchdown passes in the second quarter and 20 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, proving that he and the Chargers finished halves strong. He caught just 11 touchdown passes in the third quarter and only seven in the first quarter.
-Charlie Joiner retired as a San Diego Chargers wide receiver following the 1986 season. The next season saw him in his new position as receivers coach on the same Chargers team.
-Charlie Joiner was drafted in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL/AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers with the 93rd pick overall. Wide receivers that were picked ahead of this Hall of Famer in that draft were Ron Sellers, Jim Seymour, Gene A. Washington, Eddie Hinton, Jerry LeVias, Speedy Thomas, Larry Walton, John Spilis, Bob Campbell, and Rich Houston.
-Charlie Joiner attempted a pass just one time in his career. It came in a November loss in 1976 to the Denver Broncos and fell incomplete.
-Though a Hall of Fame receiver, in his 18 seasons in the league Charlie Joiner never led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, or receiving touchdowns.
-Charlie Joiner caught more touchdown passes from Dan Fouts, a total of 34, than he did from any other player. In fact, the second place player on this list is the Bengals Ken Anderson who threw him just six touchdowns in his career.
-After catching 34 touchdown passes during his career from the great Dan Fouts, the last touchdown he would catch in his career came from journeyman Mark Herrmann.
-Charlie Joiner was the last player who had played in the old AFL to still be playing in the NFL all those years later in 1986 before announcing his retirement.
-In a 1979 game with the Chargers, Joiner rushed the ball one time for a loss of 12 yards.
-Charlie Joiner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. Others who joined him in the Hall in that same year include Dan Dierdorf, Joe Gibbs, Mel Renfro, and Lou Creekmur.