Pat Haden had a relatively short NFL career, but he was a very memorable player. He starred at the University of Southern California, winning two national championships and making it to three Rose Bowls, including being named the co-MVP of the 1975 Rose Bowl. He then had a productive career in the pros before turning to the world of broadcasting, getting his law degree, and eventually returning to the University of Southern California as the school’s athletic director.
Here is a look at five interesting facts about Pat Haden.
#1 – He Liked It Warm And Sunny
Though originally from New York, Pat Haden played virtually all of his football for Southern California teams. He played high school football in La Puente, California, college football at the University of Southern California, and professional football with the Southern California Sun of the World Football League and the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League.
#2 – On A Roll!
Haden rushed for four touchdowns during his rookie season and they all came in consecutive games. He scored one each in week ten, eleven, twelve, and thirteen of the 1976 season.
#3 – Go Deep Ron!
Los Angeles Rams receiver Ron Jessie caught Haden’s first NFL touchdown pass ever. It came in a win over the Atlanta Falcons and went for 47 yards.
#4 – He Liked To Score Right Before The Half
Pat Haden threw 52 touchdown passes during his NFL career. He threw 23 of them in the second quarter, more than he threw in any other quarter of play.
#5 – Bring On New Orleans!
Haden threw more touchdown passes against the New Orleans Saints than he did against any other team in the NFL.