San Diego Chargers 40th Anniversary Team

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The San Diego Chargers announced their 40th Anniversary Team in 2000 to honor the top players and coaches in the history of the National Football League team. The Chargers began play in 1960 as part of the American Football League.[1] The anniversary team included 31 players and coaches voted on by fans and a media panel.[2] The team became the Los Angeles Chargers after relocating in 2017.

Key[edit]

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

Offense[edit]

Position Player Years Ref
QB
Dan Fouts* 1973–1987
[3]
RB
Keith Lincoln 1961–1966, 1968
[3]
Paul Lowe 1960–1968
[3]
Chuck Muncie 1980–84
[3]
WR
Lance Alworth* 1962–1970
[3]
Wes Chandler 1981–1987
[3]
Charlie Joiner* 1976–1986
[3]
TE
Kellen Winslow* 1979–1987
[3]
T
Ron Mix* 1960–1969
[3]
Russ Washington 1968–1982
[3]
G
Ed White 1978–1985
[3]
Doug Wilkerson 1971–1984
[3]
C
Don Macek 1976–1989
[3]

Defense[edit]

Position Player Years Ref
DE
Fred Dean* 1975–1981
[3]
Leslie O'Neal 1986, 1988–1995
[3]
DT
Gary Johnson 1975–1984
[3]
Louie Kelcher 1975–1983
[3]
LB
Woodrow Lowe 1976–1986
[3]
Junior Seau* 1990–2002
[3]
Billy Ray Smith 1983–1992
[3]
CB
Gill Byrd 1983–1992
[3]
Speedy Duncan 1964–1970
[3]
S
Rodney Harrison 1994–2002
[4]
Charlie McNeil 1960–1964
[3]

Special teams[edit]

Position Players Years Ref
K
Rolf Benirschke[a] 1977–1986
[3]
John Carney 1990–2000
[3]
KR
Lionel James 1984–1988
[3]
P
Darren Bennett 1995–2003
[6]
ST
Hank Bauer 1977–1982
[7]

Coaches[edit]

Coach Years Ref
Don Coryell 1976–1986
[3]
Sid Gillman*[b] 1960–1969, 1971
[3]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wildcard selection.[2] Voters were allowed to select only one kicker, won by Carney, and one extra player at any position as wilcard.[5]
  2. ^ Special recognition selection.[3] Voters were allowed to select only one coach, won by Coryell.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". Chargers.com. The San Diego Chargers. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Trotter, Jim (October 6, 2000). "Elite from 40 seasons in San Diego honored". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  3. ^ 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 "Chargers Honor Lincoln". Lewiston Tribune. October 24, 2000. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012.
  4. ^ Gasper, Christopher L. (January 20, 2008). "Hard-charging Harrison enjoying a healthy outlook". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2012.(subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Canepa, Nick (July 8, 2000). "Cup runneth over for all-time Chargers team". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  6. ^ "Chargers 50th anniversary team". The Press-Enterprise. November 17, 2009. Archived from the original on August 26, 2011.
  7. ^ Dulac, Gerry (October 8, 2006). "Head to Head: RBs LaDainian Tomlinson & Michael Turner vs. LBs James Farrior & Larry Foote". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012.