If the skills required to be a top quarterback include playing under pressure, then former Houston Oilers QB Dan Pastorini has still got it.
After attending a Boys & Girls Club charity dinner in Bryan on Sunday evening, Pastorini allegedly caused a three-car accident in Bryan later that night.
According to the Bryan Eagle, Pastorini's white Mercedes "was traveling south in the inside lane when it hit the back of a Toyota Tacoma that was in front of it, pushing the Toyota to the left and spinning it completely around and into oncoming traffic," where "the Toyota struck the left side of a northbound Ford Explorer."
Taken to the hospital with minor injuries (no other drivers were hurt in the wreck), after midnight Pastorini was charged with driving while intoxicated and cited for failure to control his speed and not having a driver's license.
Pastorini had a much more tragic water accident 33 years ago. Pastorini crashed a speedboat onto the shore, hitting a crowd of spectators and killing two people and seriously injuring three more during a race on Lake Mizell in Liberty, Texas on May 22, 1977. Pastorini's boat veered into the crowd after its engine and automatic steering mechanism reportedly both failed. Found innocent of criminal responsibility, Pastorini later settled a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by the parents of one of the survivors out of court.
No alcohol chargers were filed in the boat crash.
After all this, Pastorini guided the Oilers during their first glory years, throwing for 16 touchdowns in 1978 and 14 in 1979 as Houston made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The third overall pick in the 1971 draft, Pastorini played nine seasons for the Oilers, making the Pro Bowl in 1975 after leading the NFL in passer rating in 1974.
Pastorini brought Houston (with some help from a second-year player named Earl Campbell, who only won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award) to the AFC Championship Game in 1979, still one of the most controversial games in Oilers history. But Pastorini is still probably best known for his ability to play through pain — he missed only five games his entire Oilers career and didn't let broken ribs or a punctured lung keep him off the field.
That reckless determination apparently hasn't deserted him.
While a wreck, a hospital visit and an overnight in the drunk tank would cause most of of to go directly home without passing go, Pastorini kept his head in the game. After being released Monday morning on $3,000 bail, he went right back out and played in the Bryan Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Classic. No word on whether he played to his handicap.
Now that's commitment to charity. Or golf.