Louie Kelcher

Born: Aug. 23, 1953 in Beaumont, Texas

     Louie James Kelcher played for the French High School Buffaloes before going on to Southern Methodist University, where he was SWC Defensive Player of the year in 1974.


     He played in the Senior Bowl, the Hula Bowl, and the Blue-Grey game and had 22 sacks his senior year. Kelcher was drafted in 1975 to the San Diego Chargers and was named to the NFL Pro Football Writers of America. In 1977 he led the team with 99 tackles. He also recorded 11 sacks, earning his first Pro Bowl berth.


     Kelcher missed all but 15 minutes of the 1979 season with a serious knee injury but came back strong in 1980. He had 20 tackles and one sack versus Oakland in the AFC Championship game, winning a starting spot for the AFC team in the Pro Bowl for the second time.


     In 1981, Kelcher led the team's defensive linemen with 109 tackles; he also recorded 5 sacks. He was named to the second team All-Pro by the Associated Press and to the second team All-AFC by UPI. Kelcher led the Chargers' defensive linemen with the best percentage of tackles to play, started 7 of 8 games, and posted 38 tackles in regular and post season play in 1982. He started 90 out of 92 games with the team, and had a career total 39 sacks for 325 yards. 


     Kelcher is a member of the board of directors of the San Diego County Unit of the American Cancer Society, and is the honorary chairman of the San Diego area bike-a-thon and the Kauai Surf Golf Tournament, both fund raisers benefiting the American Cancer Society.