Wes Chandler


Position: Wide Receivers

Wes Chandler brings a vast amount of experience to FBU from his time both a coach and a player. Along with leading the Berlin Thunder as head coach in NFL Europe and serving as the offensive coordinator with the UFL's New York Sentinels, Chandler has spent time coaching wide receivers with the Dallas Cowboys, the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns.

Professionally as a star wide receiver, Chandler was selected as the third overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Two years later, he was a Pro Bowl wide receiver after finishing his second season with 1,069 yards and 6 touchdown returns. After being traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1981, Chandler led the NFL in receiving yards (1,032) and receiving touchdowns (9) for the strike-shortened 1982 season. His 129 yards receiving per game that year is still an NFL record. Chandler finished his professional career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1988. Chandler’s career stats- caught 559 passes for 8,966 yards and 56 touchdowns, rushed for 84 yards, returned 48 kickoffs for 1,048 yards, and gained 428 yards on 67 punt returns, earned him four Pro Bowl appearances, an All-Pro selection and is a part of the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame

Chandler initially made his mark at the University of Florida, where he is considered one of the best UF players in history. With the Gators, he caught 92 passes for 1,963 yards and set the school record with his 22 touchdowns in the run-oriented offense, adding 6 more scores on rushes and kick returns. Chandler was named to many all-time school and all-Southeastern Conference teams as well as earning his spot on the College Football All-America Team selection in both 1976 and 1977.

Playing Career

  • College: University of Florida
  • Drafted: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
  • New Orleans Saints (1978-81)
  • San Diego Chargers (1981-87)
  • San Francisco 49ers (1988)

Coaching Career

  • University of Cal. Berkley (2012)
  • New York Sentinels (2009)
  • Cleveland Browns (2007-2008)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2005)
  • Dallas Cowboys (2000-2002)
  • Berlin Thunder (1999)
  • Frankfurt Galaxy (1998)
  • Rhein Fire (1995-1997)
  • University of Central Florida (1994-1995)
  • Orlando Thunder (1991-1992)

Career Highlights

  • 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2× First-team All-American (1976, 1977)
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (1976, 1977)
  • First-team Academic All-American (1977)
  • Florida–Georgia Hall of Fame
  • University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 4× ProBowl (1979, 1982, 1983, 1985)
  • First-team All-Pro (1982)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1979)
  • San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame
  • San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team
  • San Diego Chargers 40th Anniversary Team