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 2020 season.

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

Billy Shields was with the San Diego Chargers for the vast majority of his career, where the Offensive Tackle was drafted in the Sixth Round in 1975, after coming out of Georgia Tech.
In the 2002 NFL Draft, Quentin Jammer had the honor of being the highest drafted Defensive Back when the San Diego Chargers chose the Texas Longhorn Fifth Overall.
The professional career of Dave Kocourek began in 1959 when the Wisconsin Badger joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Vincent Jackson did not have a rocket-like start in the NFL as the Northern Colorado Wide Receiver missed half of his rookie season (2005) due to injury and the Second Round Pick barely played in the games, he did appear him.
In the second year of the Chargers’ existence, Washington Linebacker, Chuck Allen was a very late Draft Pick (28thRound), so for him just to make the team was a bit of a long shot.  Allen would accomplish a lot more than that.
A forgotten Quarterback in the annals of Chargers' history is Stan Humphries, who to date is the only pivot to take the organization to the Super Bowl.
Chuck Muncie was a talented Running Back, but his off-field issues and substance abuse made him expendable, so the New Orleans Saints jettisoned him to the San Diego Chargers four Games into the 1980 Season.
Ernie Wright was an original member of the Los Angeles Chargers when they were an inaugural member of the American Football League in 1960, and the Ohio State Buckeye made the most of the opportunity.
From Bethune-Cookman, Lee Williams played in the USFL for the L.A. Express before traveling south to San Diego, who chose him in the 1984 Supplemental Draft.
A Second Round Pick from Rice in 1989, Courtney Hall won the starting job at Center as a rookie with the San Diego Chargers and save for his sophomore season where he was moved to Left Guard, which is precisely where he stayed.
One of the forgotten weapons of Don “Air” Coryell’s offense was John Jefferson, who was San Diego’s 1stRound Pick (14thOverall) in 1978.
Joey Bosa was a beat at Ohio State, earning two All-American honors, the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and winning the National Championship.  The Chargers used their Third Overall Pick on the Buckeye, and it proved to be the correct decision.