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Charlie Joiner calls it quits after 44 NFL seasons as coach, player

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Hall of Fame receiver coach Charlie Joiner has been coaching the Chargers’ receivers since 2008.  But he won’t be part of the new coaching staff.

The Chargers have announced that Joiner has retired as 44 total NFL seasons.

He played from 1969 through 1986, with the Oilers, Bengals, and Chargers.  He immediately went into coaching, working with the Chargers from 1987 through 1991, the Bills from 1992 through 2000, the Chiefs from 2001 through 2007, and the Chargers again for the last five years.

Through it all, Joiner made it to only two Super Bowls, with no victories in the championship game.

“It’s time for retirement,” Joiner said. “This is definitely a young man’s game, and it’s time for new blood, new insight and new ways of doing things. I think the players need to be introduced to those new things. It’s time in my life that, at 65, I should be doing something else.”

Joiner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

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18 Responses to “Charlie Joiner calls it quits after 44 NFL seasons as coach, player”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 22, 2013 6:15 PM

    After 44 years in the NFL, Charlie was kind of hoping that maybe an offensive co-ordinator position might open up for him. But…that’s how it goes some times.

  2. ttommytom says: Jan 22, 2013 6:35 PM

    One of the great players I had the privilege to watch.

  3. eatitfanboy says: Jan 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Jan 22, 2013 6:15 PM
    After 44 years in the NFL, Charlie was kind of hoping that maybe an offensive co-ordinator position might open up for him. But…that’s how it goes some times.
    ===============

    Do you know that for a fact? Lots of ex-players get into coaching primarily to keep busy and stay in the game. Not all of them are hard charging climbers. Maybe he was just happy coaching what he knew best.

    A good friend of mine from high school played OL for 10 years for the Cardinals. He is now the offensive line coach for another high school in the area and couldn’t be happier.

  4. badintent says: Jan 22, 2013 6:50 PM

    Enjoy your retirement Charlie !! Class act !

  5. mrbigass says: Jan 22, 2013 6:50 PM

    Enjoyed watching him with the Oilers when I was a kid.

  6. cambodianbreastmilk says: Jan 22, 2013 6:59 PM

    He spent 12 more years in the NFL then I am years old (32). That’s crazy. Enjoy your retirement Mr. Joiner, it seems well deserved.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 22, 2013 7:03 PM

    Pretty classy sentiment to bow out on. Thanks for the respectable contributions to the game Charlie! 750 career receptions more than I had, not bad.

  8. tednancy says: Jan 22, 2013 7:08 PM

    Joiner was such a consistent player, and was a great coach and mentor.

    His career is even more impressive when you consider the fact that when he was WR coach in San Diego, KC, and Buffalo those teams were near the top of the NFL in offensive production.

    He had a great run as a player and then as a coach. Pretty awesome to have one great career in life let alone two.

  9. dalucks says: Jan 22, 2013 7:17 PM

    Thank you for your contribution to pro football. Enjoy retirement.

  10. cwk22 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:25 PM

    Class Act

  11. thisonesforpat says: Jan 22, 2013 7:32 PM

    As a Denver fan, I thoroughly enjoyed being tortured by Mr. Joiner.

  12. geraldthecat says: Jan 22, 2013 8:00 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Jan 22, 2013 6:15 PM
    After 44 years in the NFL, Charlie was kind of hoping that maybe an offensive co-ordinator position might open up for him. But…that’s how it goes some times.

    No we are not going to make fun of this guy.

  13. rajbais says: Jan 22, 2013 8:02 PM

    The 4th greatest WR ever!!!

    1. Jerry Rice
    2. Don Hutson
    3. Lance Alworth
    4. Charlie Joiner
    5. Randy Moss

    It was hard for me to put Mandy Moss in my top five, but he like the other four changed the position if you really look into history (Or profootballreference.com).

    The first 4 are in Canton.

  14. rayguyreturns says: Jan 22, 2013 8:27 PM

    Always thought he was great. You have to admire great players, even if they are opponents, especially the classy ones.

  15. fdugrad says: Jan 22, 2013 8:42 PM

    Lord knows I remember his playing days, and that I am FAR from young, however how could it POSSIBLY been that LONG of a career. It simply does not seem THAT much time has passed! It doesn’t seem that Dan Fouts has been gone that long, however it MUST be the case I reckon.

  16. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 22, 2013 11:52 PM

    Much respect sir. Thanks for your game!

  17. profootballfan500 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:40 AM

    Actually, Charlie’s pro football career consisted of 43 NFL seasons and 1 AFL season. This is worth noting if only because Joiner was the last active NFL player to have played in the AFL when he retired in 1986.

  18. lance19 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:33 AM

    First: I have nothing but great things to say about Charlie (his was the first jersey I ever had).

    The most amazing thing, to me, though, has always been that when he retired, as an old guy (39) he was the #1 receiver of all time, with 750 receptions.

    Which puts Rice’s 1,549 into it’s amazing context.

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