1994 San Diego Chargers season
|1994 San Diego Chargers season|
|Head coach||Bobby Ross|
|Home field||Jack Murphy Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) (22–21)
Won Conference Championship (Steelers) (17–13)
Lost Super Bowl XXIX (49ers) (49–26)
The 1994 season began with the team trying to improve on their 8–8 record in 1993. They finished the season with an 11-5 record and were crowned AFC West Champions. Their success peaked with a 17-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. They would advance to Super Bowl XXIX, only to lose to the San Francisco 49ers 49-26, which was played at Joe Robbie Stadium, now known as Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. It is the only time the team has ever made the Super Bowl and at the same time, they were also regarded as a "Cinderella" team that season. The team wore throwback uniforms for three games during the season.
San Diego picked nine different players in the 1994 NFL Draft. Listed below are the players drafted that year.
|3||70||Andre Coleman||Wide Receiver||Kansas State|
|3||82||Willie Clark||Defensive Back||Jackson State|
|5||137||Aaron Laing||Tight End||New Mexico State|
|5||145||Rodney HarrisonP||Safety||Western Illinois|
|5||150||Darren Krein||Defensive End||Miami (FL)|
|5||160||Tony Vinson||Running Back||Towson University|
|1994 San Diego Chargers staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1994 San Diego Chargers final roster|
|1||September 4, 1994||at Denver Broncos||W 37–34||
||Mile High Stadium||1-0|
|2||September 11, 1994||Cincinnati Bengals||W 27–10||
||Jack Murphy Stadium||2-0|
|3||September 18, 1994||at Seattle Seahawks||W 24–10||
|4||September 25, 1994||at Los Angeles Raiders||W 26–24||
||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||4-0|
|6||October 9, 1994||Kansas City Chiefs||W 20–6||
||Jack Murphy Stadium||5-0|
|7||October 16, 1994||at New Orleans Saints||W 36–22||
|8||October 23, 1994||Denver Broncos||L 15–20||
||Jack Murphy Stadium||6-1|
|9||October 30, 1994||Seattle Seahawks||W 35–15||
||Jack Murphy Stadium||7-1|
|10||November 6, 1994||at Atlanta Falcons||L 9–10||
|11||November 13, 1994||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 14–13||
|12||November 20, 1994||at New England Patriots||L 17–23||
|13||November 27, 1994||Los Angeles Rams||W 31–17||
||Jack Murphy Stadium||9-3|
|14||December 5, 1994||Los Angeles Raiders||L 17–24||
||Jack Murphy Stadium||9-4|
|15||December 11, 1994||San Francisco 49ers||L 15–38||
||Jack Murphy Stadium||9-5|
|16||December 18, 1994||at New York Jets||W 21–6||
|17||December 24, 1994||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 37–34||
||Jack Murphy Stadium||11-5|
|San Diego Chargers||11||5||0||.688||381||306||W2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||9||7||0||.563||319||298||W2|
|Los Angeles Raiders||9||7||0||.563||303||327||L1|
|Division||January 8, 1995||Miami Dolphins||W 22–21||
||Jack Murphy Stadium|
|Conference Championship||January 15, 1995||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 17–13||
||Three Rivers Stadium|
|Super Bowl||January 29, 1995||N San Francisco 49ers||L 26–49||
||Joe Robbie Stadium|
Deaths of players
The 1994 Chargers are also remembered for tragedy in the form of numerous untimely deaths, as eight of the players from that 1994 squad have died prematurely since that time, all by the age of 44. It is part of a locally infamous curse in the San Diego area, involving its sports teams.
- June 19, 1995 - Linebacker David Griggs died in a car accident when his vehicle slid off a ramp on Florida's Turnpike, linking to three roads just west of Fort Lauderdale and subsequently slammed into a pole, he was 28 years old.
- May 11, 1996 - Running back Rodney Culver and his wife Karen were among the 110 people (105 passengers, 5 crew members) aboard ValuJet Flight 592 when it crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing everyone aboard. He was 26 years old.
- July 1998 - Linebacker Doug Miller died after being struck twice by lightning during a thunderstorm while camping in Colorado. He was 29 years old.
- May 11, 2008 - Center Curtis Whitley died of a drug overdose. His body was discovered by sheriff deputies in his trailer home in Fort Stockton, Texas, just one day after his 39th birthday. One of the drugs he was known to use was Crystal methamphetamine.
- October 15, 2008 - Defensive end Chris Mims was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment by police officers conducting a welfare check. The most likely cause of death was cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart since he weighed 456 pounds when he died. He was 38 years old.
- February 26, 2011 - Defensive tackle Shawn Lee died from a cardiac arrest resulting from double pneumonia. Lee had been suffering from diabetes for years prior to his death. He was 44 years old.
- December 8, 2011 - Linebacker Lewis Bush died from an apparent heart attack, just six days after his 42nd birthday.
- May 2, 2012 - Linebacker Junior Seau died in his home in Oceanside, California. Seau was discovered already lifeless by his girlfriend. His death was likely a suicide since a self-inflicted gunshot wound was apparent to the chest. He was 43 years old.
- As of 2012[update]
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
- 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 378. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
- David Griggs; Football Player, 28 - published by The New York Times on June 21, 1995.
- ON PRO FOOTBALL; Questions With Few Answers in Culver's Death - published by Thomas George for The New York Times on May 26, 1996.
- Doug Miller, LB at NFL.com
- Former center Whitley found dead in his Texas trailer home - NFL - ESPN - published on May 14, 2008.
- Chris Mims Obituary - published by U-T San Diego.
- Chris Mims | Former Charger Mims dead at 38 - published by Sam Farmer for the Los Angeles Times on October 16, 2008.
- Former Chargers DL Shawn Lee dead at 44 | UTSanDiego.com - published by Chris Jenkins for U-T San Diego on February 28, 2011.
- Ex-Washington High, WSU great Bush dies | NFL - The News Tribune - published by The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington on December 9, 2011.
- Junior Seau, Famed N.F.L. Linebacker , Dies at 43 - Suicide is Suspected - NYTimes.com - published by Greg Bishop and Rob Davis for The New York Times on May 2, 2012.