List of San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame inductees

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The San Diego Chargers are a professional American football team in the National Football League (NFL) based in San Diego, California. The club began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and spent its first season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego in 1961.[1] The Chargers created their Hall of Fame in 1976.[2] Eligible candidates for the Hall of Fame must have been retired for at least four seasons.[3] The Chargers in 2012 began allowing fans to vote for the newest member.[4][5] Previously, selections were made by a five-member committee chaired by Dean Spanos, Chargers vice-chairman. As of 1992, other committee members included Bob Breitbard, founder of the San Diego Hall of Champions; Ron Fowler, president of the Greater San Diego Sports Association; Jane Rappoport, president of the Charger Backers; and Bill Johnston, the team's director of public relations.[5]

The initial four members—former players Emil Karas, Frank Buncom, Bob Laraba, and Jacque MacKinnon—were inducted posthumously in 1976.[6] From 1986 through 1992, there were no new inductions.[7] The Los Angeles Times wrote in 1992, "The Chargers have not done a good job in recent years of recognizing their former players."[8] Dan Fouts and Charlie Joiner were inducted in 1993. "It embarrasses me to go into the Hall of Fame before Don Coryell, because if it wasn't for Don Coryell, I wouldn't be in the Hall of Fame for the Chargers," said Fouts of his former head coach.[9][10] Coryell was inducted the following year.[11]

The members of the Hall of Fame are honored at the Chargers Ring of Honor, founded in 2000 and viewable above the visiting team's sideline of Qualcomm Stadium on the press level.[12][13] Before its introduction in 2000, the Chargers and the Oakland Raiders were the only NFL teams without a Ring of Honor.[12] In 2003, the Chargers also inducted their 1963 AFL Championship team into their Ring of Honor; 15 members of the team were already in the team's Hall of Fame.[14]

Key[edit]

Inducted Year officially inducted
Name Name of inductee
Position Player position or other role of inductee
Years Years with the San Diego Chargers
Number Jersey number with Chargers (players only)
*
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
^
Number retired by the Chargers

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Inducted Name Position Years Number Ref
1976 Emil Karas Linebacker 1960–1966 56
[15]
1976 Frank Buncom Linebacker 1962–1968 55
[15]
1976 Bob Laraba Linebacker 1960–1961 53
[15]
1976 Jacque MacKinnon Tight end 1961–1969 38
[15]
1977 Lance Alworth* Wide receiver 1962–1970 19^
[15]
1978 Ron Mix* Offensive tackle 1960–1969 74
[15]
1979 Paul Lowe Running back 1960–1968 23
[15]
1980 Barron Hilton Majority owner 1960–1966  –
[15]
1980 Keith Lincoln Running back 1961–1968 22
[15]
1981 Ernie Ladd Defensive tackle 1961–1965 77
[15]
1981 Walt Sweeney Guard 1966–1999 78
[15]
1983 John Hadl Quarterback 1962–1972 21
[15]
1984 Chuck Allen Linebacker 1961–1969 50
[15]
1985 Gary Garrison Wide receiver 1966–1976 27
[15]
1985 Sid Gillman* Head coach 1961–1969, 1971  –
[15]
1986 Earl Faison Defensive end 1961–1966 86
[15]
1993 Dan Fouts* Quarterback 1973–1987 14^
[16]
1993 Charlie Joiner* Wide receiver 1976–1986 18
[15]
1994 Don Coryell Head coach 1978–1986  –
[15]
1995 Speedy Duncan Cornerback 1964–1970 45
[15]
1995 Russ Washington Offensive tackle 1968–1982 70
[15]
1995 Kellen Winslow* Tight end 1979–1987 80
[15]
1996 George Pernicano Minority owner 1961–present  –
[15]
1997 Rolf Benirschke Kicker 1978–1987 6
[15]
1998 Gill Byrd Cornerback 1983–1992 22
[17]
1999 Gary "Big Hands" Johnson Defensive tackle 1975–1984 79
[18]
2000 Doug Wilkerson Guard 1971–1984 63
[15]
2001 Wes Chandler Wide receiver 1981–1987 89
[15]
2002 Stan Humphries Quarterback 1992–1997 12
[15]
2002 Bobby Ross head coach 1992–1996  –
[15]
2003 Louie Kelcher Defensive tackle 1975–1983 74
[15]
2004 Don Macek Center 1976–1989 62
[15]
2004 Ed White Guard 1978–1985 67
[15]
2008 Fred Dean* Defensive end 1975–1981 71
[15]
2011 Junior Seau Linebacker 1990–2002 55^
[19][20]
2012 Darren Bennett Punter 1995–2003 2
[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Diego Chargers History". Chargers.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Hood, Lindsay (October 21, 2010). "Chargers Fun Fact: Team Hall of Fame". NBCSanDiego.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Transcripts from the Chargers Hall of Fame Press Conference". chargers.com (Press release). San Diego Chargers. July 16, 2012. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gehlken, Michael (July 16, 2012). "Fans to decide next Chargers Hall of Famer". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Judge, Clark (November 29, 1992). "With week to go, Raiders blackout likely". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Sports section. Retrieved March 5, 2012. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Archer, Todd (October 12, 2003). "What NFL Teams Do To Honor Their Past". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 5, 2012. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Distel, Dave (September 4, 1992). "CHARGERS '92 : Why Wait to Do the Honors?". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ Simers, T. J. (August 1, 1992). "If Phillips Is the Bait, Receiver May Be a Need". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ McKibben, Dave (November 30, 1992). "Fouts, Joiner in Charger Hall of Fame : Honors". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ Judge, Clark (December 5, 1992). "Without Don Coryell, it's a Hall of Shame". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Sports section. Retrieved March 5, 2012. (subscription required)
  11. ^ Judge, Clark (December 13, 1993). "Book him, Don-o". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Sports section. Retrieved March 5, 2012. (subscription required)
  12. ^ a b Trotter, Jim (February 3, 2000). "Chargers' future will honor players, uniforms of the past". The San Diego Union Tribune. Sports section. Retrieved March 5, 2012. (subscription required)
  13. ^ "San Diego Chargers A–Z Fan Guide". San Diego Chargers. 2011. p. 19. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. 
  14. ^ Gehlken, Michael (October 28, 2013). "Chargers to honor their title team". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on December 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ 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 2010 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. San Diego Chargers. 2010. p. 231. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. 
  16. ^ McKibben, Dave (November 30, 1992). "Fouts, Joiner in Charger Hall of Fame". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rams' coach's son stripped of playoff berth". USA Today. Associated Press. November 11, 2003. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Chargers: Gary 'Big Hands' Johnson dies at 57". SportingNews.com. August 5, 2010. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. 
  19. ^ Leonard, Tom (November 27, 2011). "Scene & Heard: Tebow Time's cheers, jeers". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on November 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Junior Seau's No. 55 officially retired by San Diego Chargers". NFL.com. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. 
  21. ^ Gehlken, Michael (September 24, 2012). "Darren Bennett voted into Chargers Hall of Fame". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. 

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