Top 50 Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers came into existence in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League.

The stay in Los Angeles was brief, as they moved south to San Diego the season after, but this was one of the most successful teams in the AFL.  They would make the playoff five times in the upstart league, winning the AFL Title in 1963.  

The Chargers would be part of the AFL-NFL merger, and while they have had their share of excellent players, they have only made the Super Bowl once, a losing effort in 1994.  In 2016, the Chargers moved back to Los Angeles.

This list is up to the end of the 2019 season.

Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.

A veteran of 136 NFL Games, Nick Hardwick started every single one of them, at Center for the San Diego Chargers.
A 1998 Supplemental Draft Pick from Oklahoma State, Jamal Williams had a slow start in his pro career.
In terms of versatility, Gill Byrd is one of the greatest Defensive Backs in Chargers’ history.
Fred Dean was one of the best defensive players in Louisiana Tech history, and his work landed him a Second Round Pick with the San Diego Chargers in 1975.
Paul Lowe was undrafted in 1959, but the San Francisco 49ers gave him a shot in training camp.  Lowe did not make the team, but in 1960, the American Football League opened, and many more opportunities opened up.  The Halfback from Oregon State had a new outlet for his skills, and he made the most of it.
After a few seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Wes Chandler was traded early in the 1981 Season, where he found a home in the potent Chargers offense.  Chandler completed the year with 857 Yards in 12 Games, which foreshadowed his spectacular 1982 year.
A three-time Pro Bowl Selection with the Minnesota Vikings, Ed White was traded to the San Diego Chargers, where the Offensive Lineman proved to be one of the best assets Quarterback Dan Fouts ever had.
The San Diego Chargers chose Boston College’s Offensive Guard, Don Macek, with their 1976 Second Round Pick, and while he never blossomed into a Pro Bowl, there was unquestioned value with this selection.
Louie Kelcher was a huge player for his day as a 6’ 5” Defensive Tackle, but the star at SMU was able to use his mass to the best of his ability.
Rodney Harrison played his college ball at Western Illinois, Rodney Harrison saw little action as a rookie in 1994 with San Diego.  That did not change until his third year, where he became the Chargers’ starting Strong Safety.
As of this writing, Keenan Allen has played in the National Football League for seven seasons, all of which is in a San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers uniform.
A three-time All-American at Alabama, Woodrow Lowe played his entire pro career with the San Diego Chargers, the team that took the Linebacker in the Fifth Round on the 1976 Draft.
When you have a nickname of "Speedy," we think it is safe to state that the recipient in question is fleet of foot.
A dual-sport star at Tennessee (Track & Field), Anthony Miller was the recipient of San Diego’s First Round Pick in 1988.
“The Big Cat” Ernie Ladd, was one of the star defensive players at Grambling, and standing at 6’ 9” he was one of the most imposing players in the gridiron ever saw.
Kenny Graham made his professional debut with the San Diego Chargers, the season after the Bolts won their lone AFL Championship.  Graham might have missed out on a title, but the Washington State Cougar would become one of the most productive defensive players for San Diego for the rest of the 1960s.
Melvin Ingram was a First Round Pick in 2012 who was used as a backup Linebacker in his rookie year.  A torn ACL in his second training camp kept him out most of the year, but he returned and methodically worked his way into one of the better defensive players of the year.

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From Washington State, Keith Lincoln elected to sign with the San Diego Chargers, as opposed to the Buffalo Bills, who chose him in the 1961 Draft.
One of the most unlikely defensive stars in the early days of the Chargers was Dick Harris, an undrafted player from McNeese State.