List of San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team

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The San Diego Chargers announced their 50th Anniversary Team in 2009 to honor the top players and coaches in the history of the National Football League team. The Chargers were founded in 1959 as part of the American Football League.[1] The anniversary team included 53 players and coaches selected from 103 nominees.[2][3][4] The Chargers originally stated that only 50 members would be selected;[4] the group is still sometimes referred to as the 50 Greatest Chargers.[5][6] Online voting by fans accounted for 50 percent of the voting results; votes from Chargers Hall of Famers and five members of the local media made up for the other 50 percent. Over 400,000 votes were cast online. Dan Fouts and LaDainian Tomlinson received the first and second most votes, respectively.[3][7] The team features seven Pro Football Hall of Fame members and 11 players that were active on the 2009 Chargers team.[8][9]

Key[edit]

Key
*
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
Years Years with the San Diego Chargers

Offense[edit]

Position Player Years Ref
QB
Fouts, DanDan Fouts* 1973–1987
[7]
Hadl, JohnJohn Hadl 1962–1972
[2]
Humphries, StanStan Humphries 1992–1997
[2]
Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers 2004–present
[2]
RB
Lincoln, KeithKeith Lincoln 1961–1966, 1968
[2]
Lowe, PaulPaul Lowe 1960–1968
[2]
Means, NatroneNatrone Means 1993–1995, 1998–1999
[2]
Muncie, ChuckChuck Muncie 1980–1984
[2]
Tomlinson, LaDainianLaDainian Tomlinson 2001–2009
[10]
WR
Alworth, LanceLance Alworth* 1962–1970
[2]
Chandler, WesWes Chandler 1981–1987
[2]
Garrison, GaryGary Garrison 1966–1976
[2]
Jefferson, JohnJohn Jefferson 1978–1980
[2]
Joiner, CharlieCharlie Joiner* 1976–1986
[2]
TE
Gates, AntonioAntonio Gates 2003–present
[2]
Winslow, KellenKellen Winslow* 1979–1987
[2]
T
Mix, RonRon Mix* 1960–1969
[2]
Washington, RussRuss Washington 1968–1982
[2]
Wright, ErnieErnie Wright 1960–1967, 1972
[2]
G
Dielman, KrisKris Dielman 2003–2011
[5]
Sweeney, WaltWalt Sweeney 1963–1970
[2]
White, EdEd White 1978–1985
[2]
Wilkerson, DougDoug Wilkerson 1971–1984
[2]
C
Hardwick, NickNick Hardwick 2004–present
[2]
Macek, DonDon Macek 1976–1989
[2]

Defense[edit]

Position Player Years Ref
DE
Dean, FredFred Dean* 1975–1981
[2]
Faison, EarlEarl Faison 1961–1966
[2]
O'Neal, LeslieLeslie O'Neal 1986, 1988–1995
[2]
DT
Johnson, GaryGary Johnson 1975–1984
[2]
Kelcher, LouieLouie Kelcher 1975–1983
[2]
Ladd, ErnieErnie Ladd 1961–1965
[2]
Williams, JamalJamal Williams 1998–2009
[2]
LB
Allen, ChuckChuck Allen 1961–1969
[2]
Lowe, WoodrowWoodrow Lowe 1976–1986
[2]
Merriman, ShawneShawne Merriman 2005–2010
[2]
Seau, JuniorJunior Seau 1990–2002
[2][6]
Smith, Billy RayBilly Ray Smith 1983–1992
[2]
DB
Buchanon, WillieWillie Buchanon 1979–1982
[2]
Byrd, GillGill Byrd 1983–1992
[2]
Harrison, RodneyRodney Harrison 1994–2002
[2]
Jammer, QuentinQuentin Jammer 2002–2012
[2]
McNeil, CharlieCharlie McNeil 1960–1964
[2]

Special teams[edit]

Position Players Years Ref
K
Benirschke, RolfRolf Benirschke 1977–1986
[2]
Carney, JohnJohn Carney 1990–2000
[2]
KR
Duncan, SpeedySpeedy Duncan 1964–1970
[2]
Sproles, DarrenDarren Sproles 2005–2010
[2]
P
Bennett, DarrenDarren Bennett 1995–2003
[2]
Scifres, MikeMike Scifres 2003–present
[2]
ST
Bauer, HankHank Bauer 1977–1982
[2]
Osgood, KassimKassim Osgood 2003–2009
[2]

Coaches[edit]

Coach Years Ref
Coryell, DonDon Coryell 1976–1986
[11]
Gillman, SidSid Gillman* 1960–1969, 1971
[2]
Ross, BobbyBobby Ross 1992–1996
[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebration announced for 50th season of Chargers football". Chargers.com. The San Diego Chargers. Archived from the original on October 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax "Chargers 50th anniversary team". The Press-Enterprise. Archived from the original on August 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Canepa, Nick (November 16, 2009). "Greatest Chargers list rings true". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Fans to select 50 greatest Chargers". Chargers.com. The San Diego Chargers. Archived from the original on October 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Davis, Nate (March 1, 2012). "Chargers Pro Bowl LG Kris Dielman retires". USA Today. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Wilson, Aaron (August 24, 2011). "Chargers to induct Junior Seau to team Hall of Fame". Scout.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Bigelow, Bill (November 28, 2009). "Fouts chosen as all-time ‘Greatest Charger'". The Bulletin. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ Williamson, Bill (November 17, 2009). "Chargers announce their all-time team". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fouts, Tomlinson top vote-getters for All-Time Greatest Chargers". Chargers.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Williamson, Bill (February 22, 2010). "Chargers put out classy statement on LT". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ Williamson, Bill (July 1, 2010). "Coryell should be in the Hall of Fame". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012.