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10. Walt Sweeney

The San Diego Chargers struck gold with their Second Overall Pick in 1963 with Syracuse Offensive Guard, Walt Sweeney.

The large man was a self-professed hard drinker and professed by everyone else a hard hitter.  Winning an AFL Championship in his rookie season, Sweeney settled in as the Chargers' starting Right Guard and was named an AFL All-Star, an honor he repeated until 1969.  In 1970, when the leagues no longer had any division, he was named to the Pro Bowl and was again the next two years.  Sweeney was also named a First Team All-Pro twice (1967 & 1968).  He left the Chargers for the Washington Redskins for two final years in 1974.

As great as Sweeney was, he might be best known for his lawsuit against the NFL for his addiction to drugs and pain killers. As for the Chargers, they inducted him in their Hall of Fame in 1981.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Offensive Guard
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 2nd Overall in the AFL Draft 12/1/62.
  • Departed: Signed with the Washington Redskins after the 1973 Season
  • Games Played: 181
  • Notable Statistics:

    111 Games Started
    2 Kick Returns
    31 Kick Return Yards
    103 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AFL Champion (1963)
    First Team All-Pro (1967 & 1968)
    Pro Bowl (1970, 1971 & 1972)
    AFL All-Star (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 & 1969)

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