The Top 10 San Diego Chargers Of All Time


NFL Network's Total Access show put together their list of the Top 10 San Diego Chargers of all-time. But is a list that doesn't include Ladainian Tomlinson in the top 3 inherently flawed? What's your take on their list?


10. Fred Dean - DE, Hall of Fame
09. Walt Sweeney - OG, 9-time Pro Bowl selection
08. John Hadl - QB, 6-time Pro Bowl selection
07. Charlie Joiner - WR, Hall of Fame
06. Kellen Winslow - TE, Hall of Fame
05. Ron Mix - OT, Hall of Fame
04. Ladainian Tomlinson - RB, 5-time Pro Bowl selection
03. Lance Alworth - WR, Hall of Fame
02. Dan Fouts - QB, Hall of Fame
01. Junior Seau - LB, 12-time Pro Bowl selection

If you've got a better list, feel free to post it in the comments section!

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July 10, 2009

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The most important down in football said... Jul 10, 2009, 4:28:00 PM

I know Fouts was a great QB but LT is one of the best to ever play the game. He might in fact be the best when it's all said and done. So he should be above Fouts. I think you could make a case for LT being #1 but I have no problem giving that distinction to Seau who was an incredible in his prime.

Jeff Williams said... Jul 11, 2009, 8:54:00 AM

Seau at #1? Over LT, Fouts, and Alworth? Not a chance. And didn't Fred Dean have his best years in San Francisco? I'm not buying this list at all.

Mark said... Jul 11, 2009, 10:47:00 AM

LT- this is the year you and the rest of the 09' Chargers bring home a championship. I got a giddy feeling that this is the year- the hunger and desire is so strong after we have come so close the past three years. And with Larry English to cause more havoc and Rivera planning crazy defensive schemes- Tom, Peyton, Ben (to name a few) will be spending a lot of time on their backs and on the IR!!

GO CHARGERS!!

Anonymous said... Jul 11, 2009, 11:42:00 AM

It's pretty tough not to have Jamal Williams and Antonio Gates on there... this list seems to only value Pro bowl selections.

LBoogzSD said... Jul 11, 2009, 8:11:00 PM

is this because Seau was in the only superbowl the Chargers had?

Neoplatonist Bolthead said... Jul 12, 2009, 1:42:00 PM

In 5 years, this list will look very different, but if Rivers, Gates and Lights are on track to make this list (IMO, they are) they're all too young. Give them a superbowl or five more seasons like the last five, and they'll all be up here.

I think LT should be up with Seau, just counting what's already happened: Fouts isn't a candidate for the greatest QB ever (just another great one), while Tomlinson has a legitimate place in the RB-of-all-time conversation (and with three more years at his career average would own that claim flat-out).

I don't consider Rodney Harrison or Jamal Williams to be as good as players as Fred Dean was, but they were/are at least as good with (and important to) the Chargers. You need an honorable mention category.

Jeff Haddou said... Jul 15, 2009, 12:07:00 AM

Fred Dean was awsome but Leslie O'Neal was better and without his early knee catastrophe he could have been in the hall of fame... Fouts,Seau,Tomlinson definately the top three....missing Rodney Harrison, Ed White, Russ Washington, Wes Chandler and John Jefferson

Anonymous said... Jul 15, 2009, 1:32:00 AM

Mr. Haddou makes a strong point for Leslie O'Neal's inclusion, and especially for the problems inherent in picking "stars" out in a "team" sport. For example: How about the Charger's 1974 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Don Woods?!? In 1974 the Charger's finished LAST in our Division with a 5 & 9 record and Woods (after being drafted 134th and being cut by Green Bay)set a then-record Rookie rushing record with 1,162 yards; despite the fact that he didn't suit up until the season's third game! He also ran off an amazing streak of 7 straight 100-yard games and a 5.1 yards-per-carry average on a truly lousy team!! But Woods got injured, and the rest of his career was a fade to black. Meanwhile, Gayle Sayers (who had a stellar and very visible college career) is in the Hall of Fame and is considered by many to be one of the top 5 running backs to have ever played the game; despite a relatively short career at the top of his game. Even these many years later, Sayers is a household name and Don Woods is almost the answer to a trivia question even here in San Diego. Why?! He deserves better, for sure.

Mark said... Jul 15, 2009, 7:09:00 AM

Another player to possibly add to this list is Lionel James. Who can forget that great season in 85' when he set the NFL record for all-purpose yards?

It seems he has been reincarnated in the form of Darren Sproles, who is of similar size and I think will have a great career.

Anonymous said... Jul 16, 2009, 11:43:00 AM

I would take Fouts over Montana, Aikman, Young or Marino. All of whom are ranked as some of the best qb's to play the game. And being that the qb position is the hardest position in football, I'd have to put him at #1. Lt is great, but Fouts was incredible with Air Coryell. Also, Johnny U was a Charger for a bit, doesn't that count??

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