Few if any Chargers fans know the name Walter Hoye, and that’s not unexpected. People behind the scenes, even in a high-profile organization like the Chargers, rarely get noticed. Walter recently passed away and as so often happens, we don’t notice someone until they’re gone.
Hoye spent 10 years … 1968-77 … working behind the scenes for the Chargers. He’s been gone from the team for quite a while, but 10 years is 10 years.
In 1968, Walter became the Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Chargers. He was the first African American to hold this position in the National Football League. He was chosen one of the Super Bowl Media Coordinators for four of those years.
I never worked with Walter, though I had the chance to visit with him many times over the years. He treated me with respect, and I always appreciated that.
Even though he’s gone now, it’s never too late to notice a good man like Walter Hoye.