"In a team sport, it just doesn't sit right," Fouts said about topping the poll. "I'm flattered, obviously, and we'll see how it turns out. I mean, it's all I do everyday is just spend time online voting for myself, so I would hope it's working out."
Clearly there is still a love affair going on between the Charger faithful and teams of the late '70s and early '80s, Elsten pointed out.
"I think it goes back even farther than when I played," Fouts said. "It goes back to when Lance Alworth and John Hadl and Keith Lincoln and Paul Lowe and Dickie Post -- just a lot of offense, and people like offense. They like to see the long bomb, and they like to see scoring plays."
So who, as a young quarterback, stands out to Fouts these days?
"The Chargers are going to see one on Sunday in Joe Flacco: He's a tall, you know, 6 foot 6, with a very quick delivery and good decision-making," Fouts said. "And then there's Matt Ryan down in Atlanta who we got to see when the Chargers played the Falcons."
Fouts will also be back in San Diego to cover the game against Miami on Sept. 27.