San diego chargers media guide (2008)

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  • M E D I A G U I D E DEM GAID EDIU
  • The San Diego Chargers 1 THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N PRESEASON OPPONENT KICKOFF TV Sat. Aug. 9 DALLAS 7:00 p.m.* CBS Sat. Aug. 16 at St. Louis 5:00 p.m.* CBS Mon. Aug. 25 SEATTLE 5:00 p.m. ESPN Fri. Aug. 29 at San Francisco 7:00 p.m.* CBS REGULAR SEASON OPPONENT KICKOFF TV Sun. Sept. 7 CAROLINA 1:15 p.m. FOX Sun. Sept. 14 at Denver 1:15 p.m. CBS Mon. Sept. 22 NEW YORK JETS 5:30 p.m. ESPN Sun. Sept. 28 at Oakland 1:05 p.m. CBS Sun. Oct. 5 at Miami 10:00 a.m. CBS Sun. Oct. 12 NEW ENGLAND 5:15 p.m. NBC Sun. Oct. 19 at Buffalo 10:00 a.m. CBS Sun. Oct. 26 New Orleans (at London) 10:00 a.m. CBS Sun. Nov. 2 Bye Sun. Nov. 9 KANSAS CITY 1:15 p.m. CBS Sun. Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh 1:15 p.m.+ CBS Sun. Nov. 23 INDIANAPOLIS 5:15 p.m.+ NBC Sun. Nov. 30 ATLANTA 1:05 p.m.+ FOX Thurs. Dec. 4 OAKLAND 5:15 p.m. NFLN Sun. Dec. 14 at Kansas City 10:00 a.m.+ CBS Sun. Dec. 21 at Tampa Bay 5:15 p.m.+ NBC Sun. Dec. 28 DENVER 1:15 p.m.+ CBS All times Pacific. Home games in BOLD. + Subject to change due to the NFL’s Flexible Scheduling. All Chargers games can be heard on radio on Rock 105.3 FM and in Spanish on XHFG 107.3 FM * Games televised by KFMB-TV (Channel 8) in San Diego; KCBS-TV (Channel 2) in Los Angeles and Orange County; KMIR-TV (Channel 6) in Palm Springs; KSWT-TV (Channel 13) in the Imperial Valley and Yuma, Arizona; KLAS-TV (Channel 8) in Las Vegas; KCOY/KKFX-TV (Channels 10/11) in Santa Barbara. KGMB-TV (Channel 9) in Hawaii will carry the Chargers’ Aug. 9 game against Dallas only. For home games, local blackout rules will apply to KFMB, KCBS and KMIR. 2 0 0 8 S C H E D U L E
  • G A M E - D A Y I N F O R M A T I O N 2 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N MEDIA PARKING MARQUEE GATE GAMEDAY MEDIA PARKING: Media attending Chargers home games have been assigned reserved areas to park at Qualcomm Stadium. Please refer to the map below or on the back of your assigned parking permit. Please remember you must park in your assigned area and display your parking permit at all times. As a reminder, parking is limited and is being provided as a courtesy to working media. MEDIA ENTRANCE: All credentialed media must enter at Gate H and are subject to a search procedure. Please be pre- pared to open all cases and bags for inspection by stadium security personnel. All items will be inspected and tagged for security purposes. Please make sure your bags are identifiable and limit carry-in items to only what is necessary. Remove any security tags from prior games. The public relations department of the San Diego Chargers serves as liaison between the team and the public and media. Please contact us with all requests for information or game credentials. San Diego Chargers Public Relations Department Bill Johnston, Director of Public Relations Scott Yoffe, Assistant Director of Public Relations Jamaal LaFrance, Media Relations Coordinator Jennifer Rojas, Corporate Communications Coordinator Joel Price, Manager, Internet Services Casey Pearce, Managing Editor—Web Site & Publications Chargers.com and Chargersmedia.com Chargers.com features the latest news on the San Diego Chargers, including player features. The site also includes player bios, rosters, the depth chart, transactions and more. It is the quickest and easiest way to find the latest information on the San Diego Chargers. Chargersmedia.com is a password-protected site that allows the media exclusive access to credential requests, press releases, a downloadable version of the team’s media guide, feature clips and more. Season and single-game credential requests for the 2008 season should be submitted online. Credential requests must be submitted by the sports director, sports editor or photo editor to be considered. Contact the Chargers public relations department for the Web site’s log-in ID and password. Press Will Call Press Will Call is located at Gate H and opens four hours prior to kickoff. Media Telephones Media wishing to obtain a dedicated phone line in the press box should contact Gary Brashear of San Diego Sports Communications at (619) 281-1500. Press Box The telephone number in the Qualcomm Stadium press box is (619) 641-5160. The press box is equipped with WiFi technology. Contact the Chargers’ PR staff for additional support. Ticket Information The Chargers ticket office at Qualcomm Stadium is located at Gate C. For information, call the Chargers ticket office at 1-877-CHARGERS or TicketMaster at (619) 220-TIXS (8497). The Media Guide is a publication of the San Diego Chargers. Copyright © 2008 San Diego Chargers. Chargers Editorial Offices: 4020 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92124, (858) 874-4500. Printing: Herald Printing. Production: Milton Yi. P.O. Box 609609 San Diego, CA 92160-9609 OFFICE: (858) 874-4500 FAX: (858) 292-2760
  • The San Diego Chargers 3 THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S 2008 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Game-Day Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2008-09 NFL Important Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Alex G. Spanos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Dean A. Spanos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Michael A. Spanos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 A.G. Spanos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Mark Fabiani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 A.J. Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ed McGuire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Norv Turner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Assistant Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Player Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Football Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 PLAYERS Veterans & Returning Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Draft Choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Undrafted Rookies & First-Year Players . . . . . . . . . 196 Rosters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203 2007 IN REVIEW NFL Final Standings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206 Regular-Season Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 Regular-Season Defensive Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 Special Teams Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 Takeaway-Giveaway Ratio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Miscellaneous Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Game-by-Game Team Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Game-by-Game Opponents Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 Starting Lineups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Participation Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Game Summaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 RECORDS Career Top Ten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Individual Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Team Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 The Last Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Single-Season Top Ten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254 Big Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257 Chargers Ten Longest Plays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 Opponent Top Performances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 Opponents Ten Longest Plays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Individual Postseason Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277 Team Postseason Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279 Chargers Regular-Season Streaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 420 YEAR-BY-YEAR STATISTICS 1960 – 2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282 HISTORY Series Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332 Preseason Scores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337 Quarterbacks Records as Starters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340 Starting Quarterbacks by Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340 Postseason History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345 NFL Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 369 Pro Bowl Appearances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374 San Diego Chargers Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375 Chronology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378 Draft History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 388 Trade History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 397 History of the Chargers Uniform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 402 Head Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 404 Assistant Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 404 All-Time Roster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 406 All-Time Colleges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414 GENERAL INFORMATION Top Ten Offensive/Defensive Team Performances in Charger History . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Largest Margins of Victory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Top Ten Coldest/Warmest Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Chargers National TV Night Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Top Ten Home/Road Attendance Figures . . . . . . . 117 Overtime Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Training Camp Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 2008 NFL Regular-Season Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . 416 2008 NFL Postseason Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 418 2008 NFL Preseason Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419 NFL Public Relations Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 421 Chargers on Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 422 Qualcomm Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 424
  • D I R E C T O R Y 4 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N OWNERSHIP Owner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex G. Spanos President—CEO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dean A. Spanos Executive Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael A. Spanos Executive Vice President—Executive Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A.G. Spanos Special Counsel to the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Fabiani Executive Assistant to the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheri Pedersen Executive Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yolanda Tyus PLAYER PERSONNEL Executive Vice President—General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A.J. Smith Executive Vice President of Football Operations—Assistant General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ed McGuire Director of Player Personnel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jimmy Raye Director of College Scouting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Spanos Senior Executive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randy Mueller Director of Pro Scouting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Abraham Assistant Director of College Scouting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Biehl National Scout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom McConnaughey Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryan Cox, Tom Gibbons, Ed Langsdorf, Darrell Moody, Paul Skansi Executive Assistant—Player Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Hobbs Executive Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tricia Campanella, Elizabeth Spatola FOOTBALL STAFF Head Athletic Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Collins Assistant Athletic Trainers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Damon Mitchell, Will Rogers Director of Video Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Duddy Assistant Director of Video Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Negus Video Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt LeValley Director of Player Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arthur Hightower Equipment Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Wick Assistant Equipment Manager—Field Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Smith Equipment Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Duddy COACHING Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Norv Turner Offensive Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clarence Shelmon Defensive Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ted Cottrell Tight Ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clancy Barone Secondary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Bradley Special Teams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Crosby Offensive Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John “Jack” Henry Offensive Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hal Hunter Wide Receivers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlie Joiner Defensive Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wayne Nunnely Outside Linebackers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Pagano Quarterbacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Ramsdell Inside Linebackers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Rivera Assistant Secondary/Quality Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Ross Running Backs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ollie Wilson Strength and Conditioning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Hurd Assistant Strength and Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vernon Stephens Assistant to the Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margie Smith Football Administrative Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regis Eller Coaches Assistant/Football Analyst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Gera
  • 5 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N ADMINISTRATION Executive Vice President—Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Steeg Executive Vice President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeremiah T. Murphy Executive Vice President—Chief Financial Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeanne M. Bonk Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marsha Wells Assistant Controller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rich Alexander Accounting Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chrystal Lee Accounts Payable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheila Askin Accounts Receivable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lesley Fisher Payroll/Human Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starlene Gangitano Vice President—Chief Marketing Officer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken Derrett Executive Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Stakiw Senior Director of Marketing Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis O’Leary Senior Manager, Marketing Partnerships & Broadcasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S. Brandon Ward Corporate Sales Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Carnahan, Chris Lee Manager, Client Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Schreiber Client Services Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erin VandenBergh Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd Poulsen Managers, Premium Seating Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Milks, Trisha Walters Manager, Suite Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allison Escott Account Executives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Pankowski, Brad Stewart Director of Business Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Hinek Business Operations Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Leatherwood Receptionist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgette Rogers Facilities Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chuck Sandusky Head Staff Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Chapman Staff Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JayJay Maniquis Director of Public Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Johnston Assistant Director of Public Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Yoffe Media Relations Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamaal LaFrance Corporate Communications Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Rojas Manager, Internet Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joel Price Managing Editor—Web Site & Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casey Pearce Director of Public Affairs & Corporate/Community Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kimberley Layton Community Relations Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Bourguignon Director of Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dick Lewis Director of Stadium/Game Operations & Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean O’Connor Creative Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Daly Stadium Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Carson Director of Ticket Operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael L. Dougherty Ticket Operations Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Olson Ticket Operations Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Betsy Pyle Director of Guest Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shirley Aboyme Guest Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erica Hooper Club Seat Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Gandy Club Seat Services Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mekaela Berry Guest Services Representatives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Navarra, Jose Virgen Customer Service Representatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Dalforno, Joanne Hernandez Team Doctors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. David Chao, Dr. Tal David, Dr. Richard Gilbert, Dr. Jerry Hizon, Dr. Calvin Wong
  • In his early years, Alex Spanos worked day and night, seven days a week in his father’s bakery. His growing family was struggling to make ends meet on $40 a week. In 1951, at the age of 27, the time came for Spanos to make the toughest business decision of his life – to stay in the family business or strike out on his own. More than 57 years later, Spanos is the founder of one of the leading real estate and development companies in the building industry. He is the founder of A.G. Spanos Companies, one of the nation’s largest family-owned construction companies, and his commitment to quality and integrity are imprinted in the daily operation and management of the San Diego Chargers as well as the 10 companies that are wholly owned and managed by the Spanos family. REALIZING A DREAM The success of the A.G. Spanos Companies has allowed him to pursue many dreams, including owning a National Football League team. “I always believed in the pursuit of one’s dreams,” Spanos said in announcing his intention to buy the team. “For me, it has been a lifelong goal to own an NFL team. In buying the San Diego Chargers, I’ve been able to realize a dream.” On Aug. 1, 1984, the dream became reality. Alex turned over the day-to-day operations of the Chargers to his oldest son, Dean, in 1994 and it was with great pride in 2006 that Alex decided to step back from the team altogether and become a full-time fan. He enjoys watching sons Dean and Michael along with grandsons A.G. and John guide the Chargers organization to success. A MODEL BUSINESS Spanos has made family part of his formula for business success. The A.G. Spanos organization, including the Chargers, is a family-run operation. Son, Dean, serves as president-chief executive officer of the Chargers and president-vice chairman of the Spanos corporate organization. Son, Michael, manages the construction and development activities of the company and is the executive vice president of the Chargers. Dean’s two sons – A.G. and John – both hold positions in the Chargers’ front office. His daughter Dea’s two sons, Dimitri and Lex Economou, are both working for A.G. Spanos Companies. Dimitri works in land acquisitions for the Southern California division and Lex heads the construction division in Denver, Colorado. In addition to the Chargers, the Spanos 6 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N companies comprise of the following: A.G. Spanos Construction, Inc.; A.G. Spanos Management, Inc.; A.G. Spanos Development, Inc.; A.G. Spanos Enterprises, Inc.; A.G. Spanos Realty, Inc.; AGS Financial Corporation; AGS International Corporation; A.G. Spanos Securities Corporation, A.G. Spanos Ventures and The Spanos Corporation. GIVING BACK Spanos’ community spirit and generosity have paid countless dividends worldwide. The Chargers Community Foundation was created and funded by Spanos in 1995 and has delivered more than $8 million to “help San Diego build on its strengths by supporting individuals, activities and organizations that work to make the city a better place to live.” It focuses on youth and education and is a major source of community support in San Diego. Spanos has always been a strong supporter of high school sports in San Diego. He annually sponsors the CIF San Diego Section football championships, allowing the games to be played in Qualcomm Stadium. His backing of the San Diego High School Sports Association and the San Diego County high school all-star football game led to the game being named the Alex Spanos All-Star Football Classic in 1993. Spanos led the effort to bring Super Bowl XXXVII to San Diego in January 2003. It marked the second time in five years that Spanos had delivered the Super Bowl and focused the world’s attention on San Diego. Spanos is credited for using his influence with the NFL and its owners to land Super Bowl XXXII for the City of San Diego, played Jan. 25, 1998. Each game brought close to $300 million to the regional economy. His leadership also was instrumental in bringing the 1996 Republican National Convention to San Diego, another financial coup for the city. Here are just a few of the notable gifts from Spanos and the Foundation to San Diego: • The Foundation’s first contribution was a $1.5 million donation to kick off the $6.5 million fundraising effort for the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum. • In 1998, Spanos announced the creation of the Brooke Humphries Heart Fund in honor of retiring quarterback Stan Humphries. Spanos made a six-figure contribution to San Diego Children’s Hospital in Brooke’s name. Stan’s daughter Brooke underwent major surgery at the hospital to correct a heart birth defect. Owner ALEX G. SPANOS Owner
  • 7 Continued next page OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N • Spanos and his family kicked off the week of Super Bowl XXXII in 1998 with major six-figure contributions to both Children’s Hospital and the national Christmas in April program. • In 1995, Spanos’ financial support led to the development of a multi-use sports facility for the Pacific Beach community and the students of Kate Sessions Elementary and The Bishop’s School. The Alex G. Spanos Sports Fields were dedicated in 1997. • In 1994, he kicked off a fundraising telethon for the San Diego Olympic Training Center with another six figure pledge and a challenge to the local community. • Spanos built the state-of-the-art Alex G. Spanos Athletic and Recreation Building at the University of California-San Diego. • Children’s Hospital benefited as did San Diego County Easter Seals when he served as chairman of their telethons. He also chaired the Loaned Executive campaign drive for United Way/CHAD. • Following the completion of the national World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., Spanos made it possible for more than 145 WWII vets and their families from Northern California to take a trip to visit the Memorial. Operation Freedom Flight, as it was called, raised $225,000, including nearly $100,000 from Spanos. In 1998, Spanos generously gave separate $1 million donations to four different institutions in California. His support to his alma mater, the University of the Pacific, improved the stadium, athletic facilities and residence halls for the entire student population. A similar contribution to Sacramento State’s athletic facilities enabled the university to host the 2000 Olympic track and field trials. The same support also went to rebuild the Samuel N. Hancock Christian School, a private school in an urban area of Stockton. In 1997, he gave $1 million to the American Red Cross to help flood victims in Northern California and helped raise an additional $1 million. Other notable efforts by Spanos include spearhead- ing a 1991 campaign during the Gulf War crisis that raised more than $4.5 million for the USO, the most successful fund-raising event in its history. He also con- tributed $1.5 million to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 1993 to build a theater for the college that was later named the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre. He also was the founder and driving force behind seven biennial fund-raising dinners benefiting assorted children’s char- ities, including San Diego Children’s Hospital and Health Center, and each dinner neared or topped $1 million. HONORED FOR GENEROSITY Organizations across the country and around the world have honored Spanos often for his generosity. This offseason, Spanos was awarded the Medal of the Commander of the Order of Honor by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias. The honor came in recognition of his assistance and humanitarian contributions to his country of heritage, Greece. Spanos’ contributions in support of Greece are endless. Most recently, the list includes a $1 million pledge to the Greek Fire Relief Fund estab- lished by the Archdiocese. His financial support also has gone to the country’s earthquake relief effort, educational community in the form of scholarships and grants to improve schools, build a new library, and numerous projects focused on the promoting and honoring the rich history and traditions of Greece. Also this offseason, Spanos was honored by the NFL Alumni with the Order of the Leather Helmet Award for his “substantial contributions to professional football.” Spanos and his wife Faye were appointed by President George W. Bush to the Presidential Delegation to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. They were joined on the Delegation by Former President George H.W. Bush, Mrs. Barbara Bush, The Honorable Thomas Miller, U.S. Ambassador to Greece; Ms. Barbara Bush, Ms. Jenna Bush and Ms. Chris Evert, former tennis champion. In 2007, he was awarded the medal of Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the Government of Greece for his many contributions to that country. In 2004, Alex and Faye also were awarded honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters at the commencement exercises for Hellenic College/Holy Cross. That same year Alex also received a Doctor of Humanities from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Father Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College, notes that “Faye and Alex Spanos represent all that is good about our Greek American heritage and Orthodox faith. At the center of their more than five decades together is the love, respect and honor which they have for each other, their family, their church and the great community in which they live.” Spanos has received many of the nation’s and San Diego’s most prestigious honors for his commitment to community and humanity, including the Horatio Alger Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Gloria Swanson Humanitarian Award, the Grand Cross of Honour by the Supreme Council of Scottish Rite, and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith’s National Distinguished Community Service Award for devotion to community and concern for others. Son, Dean, earned the unique distinction of becoming a second generation recipient of the Ellis Island Award in 2002. Alex has received many of San Diego’s top honors for his generosity, including awards given by the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and the San Diego Boys and Girls Clubs. HIS STORY These acts of caring demonstrate the commitment of a man who has carved a remarkable career in business and whose dedication to family and community has been an inspiring example for others. Spanos outlined his lifelong credo of giving back in
  • Alex Spanos, continued 8 Alex Spanos, continued O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N his autobiography, Sharing the Wealth: My Story, a compelling, first-hand account of the events and decisions in his life that became his basic fundamentals for success. As he reveals in his book, he feels it’s a duty and privilege to share his secrets of success. In the book’s foreword, Rush Limbaugh says: “You are about to race through a marvelous and riveting account of a distinctly American life in which the concepts of ‘failure’ and ‘can’t’ do not apply…Be prepared to be dazzled, informed, entertained, and challenged….This is a book that will change your life forever and for the good.” Spanos was born in 1923 in Stockton, California. He developed his tireless work ethic early, starting at age eight in his father’s restaurant, rising before dawn to help prepare pastries before attending school. In 1951, Spanos borrowed $800, purchased a truck and set out on his own. He began his own catering business and later began investing in real estate. In 1960, he formed the A.G. Spanos Construction Company. Another side to this complex man was revealed with the help of his close friend Bob Hope. Spanos displayed an entertainer’s talent and flair when he lived a childhood dream and danced on stage. Together, Spanos and Hope sang and danced on numerous occasions both in the United States and abroad. Spanos’ acquisition of the Chargers culminated a lifelong interest and involvement in sports. He earned varsity letters in swimming and diving at the University of the Pacific in Stockton and later distinguished himself as an amateur golfer. Spanos was the first person ever to be on the winning team in both the Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Desert (1977) and the Bob Hope British Pro-Am (1980). Alex and his wife, Faye, are celebrating 59 years of marriage this year (Aug. 22). The couple has four children – Dean, Dea (Mrs. Ron Berberian), Alexis (Mrs. Barry Ruhl), and Michael – 15 grandchildren and their first great-grandson born this year. They maintain residences in Stockton and Palm Springs, California, and Tarpon Springs, Florida. A.G., Dean, Michael and John Spanos (left to right) share a family moment on the field before the Chargers took on the Tennessee Titans in last season’s AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Qualcomm Stadium. Photo: Mike Nowak
  • 9 Continued next page OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N In 1994, Alex Spanos appointed his son, Dean, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Chargers. That season turned out to be one of the most memorable in Chargers’ history as the team advanced to Super Bowl XXIX. Under Dean’s leadership, the Chargers have reclaimed the mantle as one of the elite teams in the NFL. The past four seasons have seen the Chargers win 48 games, including two playoff games and three AFC West titles while enjoying 30 consecutive regular season and postseason sellouts at Qualcomm Stadium. It’s the third-most wins in the NFL over that span. Spanos has overseen the effort and provided the resources to keep the young and talented roster intact. As of June 2008, 40 of the team’s key veterans had been signed or re-signed to new contracts through at least the 2009 season. This continuity, combined with one of the League’s youngest and most talented rosters – including 14 players who have earned Pro Bowl berths – points to a bright and winning future for the team. Dean has spearheaded the effort to make Chargers games the most enjoyable in the NFL, acknowledged in 2006 when the Chargers were named the League’s most fan-friendly team by FansVoice.com. Spanos’ personal relationship with San Diego has played a key role in the team’s success. Dean and the Spanos family are recognized as one of pro football’s most philanthropic families and one of Southern California’s most active and caring contributors. His unending financial and emotional support of youth sports and education is unmatched in San Diego. Spanos’ commitment to San Diego and the team is clear. He has dedicated years of effort and millions of dollars to develop a plan to give San Diegans a modern football-only stadium and secure a home for their football team. His leadership of the team and passion for San Diego is undeniable. The reason for this heartfelt bond is clear: Dean has proudly called San Diego home since the day he moved his family to the area in 1984. DUAL PRESIDENCIES When his father purchased majority interest in the team on August 1, 1984, Dean became the man behind the scenes for the Chargers while serving as president of all Spanos corporate entities and vice. Alex turned over the day-to-day operations of the Chargers to Dean in 1994 and in 2006 decided to step back from the team altogether and become a full-time fan, leaving Dean to serve as president of both the Chargers and all Spanos corporate entities. He oversees all business and football operations of the Chargers and also plays a prominent role in League affairs, serving on the NFL’s Business Ventures, International and Legislative Committees. Dean has been working in the family-owned apart- ment construction and land development business for 35 years. He shares the responsibility with his brother, Michael, for all construction operations nationwide and all financial matters relating to the acquisition and development of projects for the Spanos organization. CONTINUES TRADITION OF GIVING In addition to running the football organization, Dean has continued the long-standing tradition of community service and support made famous by the Spanos family and the Chargers. “My family and I are proud to be a part of the San Diego community,” said Spanos. “I’m very fortunate to be in a position to help the people who have been so supportive of the Chargers over the years.” In March 2000, he announced the creation of Chargers Champions, an education and fitness initiative of the Chargers Community Foundation benefiting San Diego County students and schools. Since its inception, 175 outstanding high school juniors have been selected for their outstanding leadership and awarded $7,000 tuition scholarships and laptop computers. Chargers Champions also makes a strong commitment to improving the health of the County’s children by providing grants up to $75,000 for physical fitness improvements on school campuses. This commitment of scholarships and grants exceeds $400,000 annually and $3.5 million over the past nine years. To date, Spanos’ brainchild has provided funding for more than 50 health and fitness projects in local schools, including 15 weight rooms/ fitness centers, eight outdoor playing fields/tracks, 14 fitness trails and a myriad of other projects and programs dedicated to improving the health of San Diego’s kids. Local student athletes received a giant boost in 2000 when the Spanos family and Chargers Community Foundation supplied the initial funding to organize the first-ever freshman football and girls volleyball programs in the 16 San Diego City high schools. This DEAN A. SPANOS President – Chief Executive Officer
  • Dean Spanos, continued 10 Dean Spanos, continued O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N major public-private partnership provides more than 1,000 extracurricular opportunities annually for students. Youth football in San Diego has known no greater champion than Spanos and the Chargers. Most recently, Spanos’ financial support made possible the creation of a new Challenger Division for San Diego’s Palomar Pop Warner League. This devotion to youth football led the national organization of Pop Warner to name the Chargers the 2007 Pop Warner NFL Team of the Year. And the Chargers Community Foundation has helped local deserving organizations over the past 13 years to the tune of $8 million, not counting the many personal contributions by the Spanos family. Last year when wildfires ravaged San Diego County for the second time in five years, Spanos jumped to the forefront with the single largest donation — $1 million to aid affected families and the recovery effort. He made an identical $1 million contribution immediately following the wildfires that hit the community in 2003. Spanos and the team also collected additional funds for the San Diego Fire Relief Fund, adding another $500,000 to the total in 2003. Dean also is a strong supporter of San Diego’s Police, Fire and Sheriff’s departments, providing more than $600,000 in grants and direct assistance in just the last few years. Thanks to Dean’s generosity, Critical Communications Centers have been upgraded and new horse patrol trailers and mobile command units for the Police department have been purchased. Wildfire fighting gear has been purchased as has other fire fighting equipment for local agencies. In response to an increase in child abduction cases, Dean hosted and paid for critical law enforcement training classes for the Sheriff’s department. Dean continues to be a major force in the San Diego business and civic communities. He is a major contributor to Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, Star/Pal, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, San Diego State University Campanile Foundation, University of San Diego and the San Diego Police Foundation. A huge economic benefit to the community came in 1998 when Dean and Alex Spanos secured Super Bowl XXXVII for the City of San Diego. It marked the second time in five years that the City of San Diego enjoyed the huge financial windfall from hosting a Super Bowl. Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003 brought more than $300 million to the San Diego economy. COMMUNITY HONORS Community honors come frequently to Dean and his wife, Susie. Last year the local Salvation Army named them as their Most Valuable Philanthropists. Spanos was honored in 2006 with an appointment by President George W. Bush to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “I am honored that President Bush has entrusted this position to me,” Spanos said. “I look forward to playing a role in supporting the nation’s most prestigious arts center.” Dean had the unique distinction of being a second- generation recipient of the renowned Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2002, 16 years after his father was similarly honored. He was also inducted into the DeMolay International Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002. DeMolay International is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful and productive lives. Also in 2006, Dean was the honored recipient of the Golden Achievement Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Diego. This recognition was given for Dean’s contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs as well as the San Diego community. Junior Achievement of San Diego also honored Dean that year for his community leadership and specifically for his support of youth education initiatives by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. The Warner Award, the top honor of the national Pop Warner football organization, was bestowed upon Dean for his commitment to youth football and its Little Scholars education initiative in 2005. The San Diego Chapter of the National Football Foundation also has presented Dean with its highest honor, the Distinguished American Award, and in ‘04, presented him with the Cota Award for community philanthropy and the support of law enforcement. In 2001, the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum presented Dean and Susie with their Community Champions Award, the Hall’s most distinguished award. The couple received the Harold Leventhal Community Service Award in 2003, the top award of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, presented by the national board for their generosity. BUSINESSMAN AND FAMILY MAN Dean Alexander Spanos was born in Stockton, California. He earned varsity letters in football and golf at Lincoln High School in Stockton. Dean received the Lincoln High Hall of Fame Award, which honors alumni whose contributions and accomplishments are representative of the school. He was recognized for his achievements in the areas of business and athletics. Dean continued his golfing career at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He graduated in 1972 with a degree in business administration. He maintains close ties with his alma mater, having served as a regent at the University. An avid golfer since his college years, Dean has been on the winning team in five Pro-Am tournaments, including back-to-back wins in 1990 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach with partner Hubert Green. He success- fully defended his title at the Hope Classic in 1991. Spanos’ first win came with Green at the 1985 Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, where Dean was awarded the “Most Valuable Amateur” trophy for supplying the most help to his professional partner. Later that year, his second win came in the 1985 Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am in Dallas, where he teamed with Billy Casper. Susie received one of San Diego’s most prestigious
  • 11 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N awards in 2001 when she was honored as a “Woman of Dedication” by the Salvation Army. She also has been named the Woman of the Year by the San Diego Leukemia Society for her philanthropic work in the community. Susie is active in and on the board of many charitable organizations in San Diego, including the Campanile Foundation at San Diego State University and the San Diego Women’s Foundation. She also is an advisory member of Las Patronas. Susie has been a driving force in supporting the San Diego Blood Bank and its umbilical cord blood program, helping the Chargers’ annual blood drive become one of the most successful in the nation. Son Alexander Gus (A.G.) is the Chargers’ executive vice president-executive officer. He spent the previous five years as the team’s director of marketing programs and business development. He is a graduate of the business school at the University of Southern Califor- nia. Prior to joining the Chargers full-time in 2001, he worked in the NFL Europe office in London and at the NFL office in New York. As a freshman, A.G. attended Tufts University in Medford, Mass., where he was a member of the football team. In high school, he earned six varsity letters as a two-sport athlete (basketball and football) at La Jolla Country Day School. Son John Dean is the team’s director of college scouting. Previously he was the assistant director after serving as a pro and college scout. John has worked in the organization — mostly in the football personnel department — for 11 years. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in business in 2002. He also interned one summer and later worked one year at the NFL Management Council’s office in New York. While at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, John earned nine varsity letters in a variety of sports – football, basketball and golf – and played on three championship teams. MICHAEL A. SPANOS Executive Vice President Michael A. Spanos, 48, became executive vice president of the Chargers in 1995. In that capacity, he assists in the financial and management matters pertaining to the team. Michael joins his father, Owner Alex Spanos, and brother, President-CEO Dean Spanos, in steering the direction of the organization. As executive vice president of the A.G. Spanos Companies, Michael is responsible for the construction and development activities of the organization around the country. He monitors and oversees the office divisions in the states where the company builds and develops. His responsibilities also extend to the areas of property management, land acquisition, as well as to the preparation of all plans for any future direction and growth of the company’s construction and land development activities. From the company headquarters in Stockton, Michael travels regularly across the country to monitor and manage building projects in several states. Born in Stockton, California in 1959, he attended Lincoln High School and graduated from the University of the Pacific, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 1989, Michael was appointed to the Board of Regents at the University of the Pacific, where he served for five years. Michael continues to contribute both his time and resources to the development of several projects involving youth sports and education. He and his wife, Helen, reside with their five children in Stockton, California. EXECUTIVE STAFF CHERI PEDERSEN Executive Assistant to the President
  • 12 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N MARK FABIANI Special Counsel to the President Mark Fabiani joined the Chargers as Special Counsel to the President in April 2002. In his role with the club, Fabiani’s primary function is to work with the greater San Diego community to explore opportunities for a new state-of-the-art football stadium in the San Diego region. Since joining the Chargers, Fabiani and his La Jolla- based firm, Fabiani & Lehane LLC, has taken the lead in working with taxpayers and fans to create a publicly-acceptable solution to the stadium issue. He also has managed the grassroots effort to solicit ideas from the community. In 2000, Fabiani served as the deputy campaign manager for communications and strategy for former Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign—the closest presidential election in modern history. Fabiani was responsible for coordinating the campaign’s communications and media strategies and tactics, including for the Vice President’s post-election Florida vote count effort. Fabiani also served as the campaign’s chief spokesperson, appearing daily on national television broadcasts. Prior to serving under Gore, Fabiani held the position of special counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1994 through the ’96 presidential campaign. Fabiani provided legal, communications and political counsel to the President and First Lady of the United States on allegations and investigations of White-water and other related matters. As part of his duties Fabiani produced and communicated the legal, legislative, and political responses to inquiries from the media, Capitol Hill and investigative agencies. In this A.G. SPANOS Executive Vice President—Executive Officer A.G. Spanos was elevated to executive vice president – executive officer in July, 2008 after serving the past five seasons as the team’s director of marketing programs and business development. Spanos oversees all business operations of the Chargers, including all future business planning and development, and all business departments report directly to him. He also represents the organization at all NFL league and ownership meetings. Spanos has been a leader behind the scenes in the Chargers’ front office, spearheading several key initiatives. Currently he is overseeing the team’s plans to celebrate its 50th season and the 50th anniversary of the American Football League in 2009, including all marketing, merchandising and promotional opportunities. He is responsible for coordinating all marketing and promotional content and opportunities on the team’s official website, www.Chargers.com, while coordinating all integration between the team and the National Football League and developing and directing the organization’s vision for new media and growth on the internet. He also works closely with the team’s broadcast partners, both television and radio, in coordinating the overall presentation of the team’s official shows. Spanos oversees the Chargers’ Hispanic outreach program and youth initiatives program while developing an archiving system to preserve the team’s video and photo historical collections. He oversees the Chargers Team Store at Qualcomm Stadium and the On-Line Pro Shop on Chargers.com. Spanos also coordinated and implemented the development of the team’s new logo and marks, including the new uniforms unveiled in 2007. Before joining the Chargers full-time in 2001, Spanos assisted the director of strategic planning for NFL Europe’s London office, analyzing market research for the entire league. While working for the team, he also spent one summer at the NFL League Office in New York learning a wide range of league procedures. Spanos earned a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He spent one summer completing an internship at KFMB-TV as a production manager while he was attending USC. As a freshman, he played football while attending Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Spanos was born in Stockton, California and is the oldest son of team President Dean Spanos and his wife Susie. He attended La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla where he lettered in football and basketball. Spanos resides in La Jolla.
  • 13 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N A.J. SMITH Executive Vice President—General Manager 24th NFL Season, 10th with Chargers Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith has assem- bled one of the NFL’s most talented rosters. Named by Forbes Magazine in 2006 as the NFL’s top general manager, Smith has overseen a renaissance in San Diego as the Chargers have won two consecutive and three of the last four AFC West titles. Since President and CEO Dean Spanos named Smith as his general manager in 2003, the Chargers have won 50 games, including a franchise-record 14 in ’06. Smith made one of the shrewdest moves of his career when he recommended that Spanos hire Norv Turner as the Chargers’ new head coach following the 2006 season. Turner proved to be an astute hire, leading the Bolts to an AFC West title with a record of 11-5 in the regular season before leading the Chargers to within a game of Super Bowl XLII. The Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs, winning their first playoff game since 1995. A week later, they went on the road for the Divisional round and knocked the defending Super Bowl Champion Colts out of the playoffs. Before the 2007 playoffs began, Spanos rewarded Smith with a five-year contract extension on Jan. 1, 2008 that will keep him with the Chargers through the 2014 season. Smith has stockpiled a roster full of Pro Bowl players, including a team-record 11 in 2006. Eight Chargers were selected to play in the Pro Bowl following the 2007 season and a ninth, tackle Marcus McNeill whom Smith drafted in the second round in 2006, was added as an alternate. Recent Pro Bowlers acquired by Smith include draftees Shawne Merriman, Nick Hardwick, Nate Kaeding and McNeill; undrafted free agents Kris Dielman, Antonio Gates and Kassim Osgood; and Philip Rivers, who was acquired in a blockbuster 2004 draft-day trade with the New York Giants. In the trade, Smith selected quarterback Eli Manning with the first overall pick and traded him to the Giants for Rivers and draft picks used to select Merriman and Kaeding. Gates (2005-08), Merriman (2006-08), McNeill (2007-08) and Osgood (2007-08) are all players that have been to multiple Pro Bowls as Chargers. Besides the Rivers deal, Smith has made several noteworthy trades during his Chargers tenure. Last October with the NFL trade deadline approaching, Smith showed his genius by landing wide receiver Chris Chambers from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a second-round draft choice. Chambers led the team in average yards per catch in both the regular season and the playoffs and the Bolts went 10-3 with him on the roster. Two other veterans whom Smith and the Chargers acquired via trade played huge roles during the Bolts’ playoff run. Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, acquired in a 2006 draft-day trade from the Rams, started nearly every game and quarterback Billy Volek, traded from Tennessee in ’06 as well, took over for an injured Philip Rivers in the Divisional Playoffs at Indianapolis and scored the Chargers’ game-winning touchdown. One of the keys to Smith’s success in San Diego has been continuity. Under his watch and heading into the 2008 season, the Chargers have a total of veteran 40 players under contract through at least the 2009 season. Of the Chargers’ projected starters coming into ’08, including special teams, Smith has all Continued next page role, Fabiani also served as the White House’s principle spokesperson before the national media, appearing regularly on major news shows. Fabiani’s experience with complex problem resolution also includes four years of service as deputy mayor of Los Angeles and chief of staff to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. In that post, Fabiani managed political strategy, media relations, policy analysis and an executive staff of 129 for the mayor. Fabiani directed day-to- day interaction between the mayor’s office and the media, general managers of city departments, the City Council, and the city’s principle private sector companies and public sector institutions. Fabiani, who graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1982, also has served in senior posi- tions at the United States Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, Fabiani was responsible for policy development for the Attorney General. As deputy assistant secretary at HUD, Fabiani implemented the federal government’s Empowerment Zone Initiative for urban revitalization. Fabiani’s firm, Fabiani & Lehane LLC, provides strategic advice and tactical execution to companies and individuals facing complex financial, marketing, communications and legal challenges. Fabiani was born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Redlands. Mark and his family have resided in the San Diego area since 1996.
  • 14 A.J. Smith, continued O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N but three – guard Mike Goff, defensive end Igor Olshansky and kick returner Darren Sproles – under contract through 2009 or beyond. Smith took the reins of the Chargers on April 11, 2003 after his close friend and longtime associate John Butler lost a lengthy battle with cancer. He quickly earned a reputation as one of the NFL’s top evaluators of young talent. Just one full year into the job, Smith was named the NFL’s 2004 Executive of the Year by Pro Football Weekly, the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA), FoxSports.com and CBS Sportsline.com. And in 2006 in addition to his selection as Forbes top NFL general manager, the magazine ranked Smith fourth overall among his counterparts in the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada (NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB). Smith has made his mark through the NFL Draft, selecting at least one player each year that has gone on to earn a selection to the Pro Bowl during his career. The most recent addition to this list is Antonio Cromartie, Smith’s top pick in the 2006 NFL Draft who led the NFL and set a team record with 10 inter- ceptions in 2007. Others earning the same distinction include safety Hanik Milligan, who was selected in the sixth round in 2003 and went to the Pro Bowl as a special teams performer in 2006; center Nick Hardwick and kicker Nate Kaeding, who were both selected in the third round in 2004 and played in the 2007 all- star game; linebacker Shawne Merriman, a first-round pick in 2005 who played in the 2006-08 Pro Bowls, and tackle Marcus McNeill, a second-round pick in 2006 who was originally selected as an alternate, but ended up being added to the roster for the 2007 and ’08 all-star games. Additionally, punter Mike Scifres, drafted in the fifth round in 2003, has been a Pro Bowl alternate the last four seasons. Prior to assuming the general manager’s role in San Diego, Smith spent the previous 27 years moving methodically through the ranks of professional football. He worked as a part-time scout, full-time scout, assistant director of scouting, director of scouting and assistant general manager before being promoted to executive vice president-general manager of the Chargers. Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian: “In football, A.J. has been there and done that with everything there is to do in the game, going back to the USFL days. He is a quintessential football man.” Baltimore Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome: “A.J. learned from Bill Polian (Buffalo). He learned from George Allen (USFL). He’s been around successful people, so he’s learned the right way to do things.” Smith began his second tenure with the Chargers Jan. 18, 2001 as assistant general manager and director of pro personnel. His duties included monitoring NFL transactions, evaluating pro talent, and handling tryouts and free agent contracts. Smith has worked in pro football since 1977, including three years in the United States Football League in the early 1980s. He spent 14 seasons (1987-2000) with the Buffalo Bills, joining the team as an area scout in 1987 before being named assistant director of college scouting in 1989. In 1993, Smith became director of pro personnel. During his tenure in Buffalo, which are referred to as the “Glory Years” in Bills history, Smith worked closely with Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy as the team’s assistant director of college scouting. And during that time, Buffalo made appearances in Super Bowls XXV, XXVI and XXVII. Smith was promoted to director of pro personnel prior to the Bills’ appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Smith served as the Chargers pro personnel director from 1985-86. He also held scouting positions with the USFL’s Chicago Blitz (1982-83) and Pittsburgh Maulers (1984). He began his NFL career in 1977 as a volunteer part-time scout for the New York Giants under the direction of Jim Trimble and moved on to become a part-time scout for the New England Patriots (1978-1980) and Houston Oilers (1981). Smith made his start in football as an assistant coach at Cranston West High School in Cranston, Rhode Island from 1971-76. He was the head coach of the Rhode Island Kings of the Eastern Football League in 1976 and an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island in 1978. Smith is a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He was a standout on the football and track teams and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2003. Smith earned a degree in health and physical education from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1971. In June 2005, Smith returned to his alma mater for the dedication and presentation of a plaque in his honor, which hangs in the A.J. Smith Weight Room inside the Woodward Health and Recreation Center. Smith played semi-pro football as a wide receiver with the Attleboro (Mass.) Kings of the Eastern Football League from 1972-74 and had a tryout with the Washington Redskins in 1974. He was inducted into the American Football Association’s Minor/ Semi-pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. Smith also taught health and physical education in the Providence (R.I.) junior high school system from 1971-1985. Smith and his wife, Susan, reside in Sorrento Valley. Smith, who is of Irish descent, was honored by the Irish Congress of Southern California with an invitation to serve as the Grand Marshal for San Diego’s 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March. The Smiths have two children, a daughter, Andrea, and a son, Kyle. Andrea graduated cum laude from Cortland State in New York with a degree in sports management. She was an honorable mention All-America volleyball player for the Red Dragons, who was also named Most Valuable Player of the State University New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), team MVP and team captain. Andrea now lives in Los Angeles and is an account manager of premium seating services for AEG, Staples Center and NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live.
  • 15 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N A.J. Smith’s Experience 1971-76 — Assistant Coach, Cranston West High School 1976 — Head Coach, Rhode Island Kings (EFL) 1977 — Part-Time Scout, New York Giants 1978 — Assistant Coach, University of Rhode Island 1978-80 — Part-Time Scout, New England Patriots 1981 — Part-Time Scout, Houston Oilers 1982-83 — Scout, Chicago Blitz (USFL) 1984 — Scout, Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL) 1985-86 — Pro Personnel Director, San Diego Chargers 1987-88 — Area Scout, Buffalo Bills 1989-92 — Assistant Director of College Scouting, Buffalo Bills 1993-00 — Director of Pro Personnel, Buffalo Bills 2001-02 — Assistant General Manager—Director of Pro Personnel, San Diego Chargers 2003-08 — Executive Vice President—General Manager, San Diego Chargers ED McGUIRE Executive Vice President of Football Operations– Assistant General Manager 21st NFL Season, 11th with Chargers Ed McGuire was promoted to executive vice presi- dent of football operations in 2007. In 2008, he added the role of assistant general manager. It has been a steady ascent for McGuire, who joined the Chargers in 1998 as coordinator of foot- ball operations. McGuire is in charge of all football operations for the Chargers. He oversees player con- tract negotiations as well as the day-to-day business and administrative operations of the scouting department, coaching department, equipment and video departments, training staff, and strength and conditioning staff. One of McGuire’s key roles involves serving as the chief negotiator for all player contracts. The Chargers have made a concerted effort to re-sign their own players and McGuire has played an integral role in the process. Since A.J. Smith was promoted to General Manager in 2003, the Chargers have worked 31 new deals with their own players. Not counting the Bolts’ 2008 rookie class, the Chargers have 13 players under contract through the 2009 season, 16 signed through 2010, six more through 2011 and five through 2012. One of McGuire’s personal career milestones was in 2004, when he negotiated an eight-year contract extension for 2006 NFL MVP and two-time reigning NFL rushing champion, LaDainian Tomlinson. At the time, LT’s deal was the largest contract ever signed by a running back in NFL history. McGuire served as the Senior Manager of Labor Operations for the NFL’s Management Council from 1996-98. Prior to that, he was the league’s Manager of Player Personnel from 1991-96. He originally joined the NFL in 1987 as a Player Personnel Analyst. Before coming to the NFL, McGuire worked in the personnel department for the United States Football League from 1984-86. During his tenure in the league office, McGuire became a leading expert on the NFL’s salary cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement, created in 1993 between the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association. Born in Riverhead, New York, McGuire graduated with a degree in athletic administration in 1984 from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. He played football and baseball at Riverhead High School. McGuire and his wife, Jane, have two children, son Kevin and daughter Shannon, and reside in Rancho Bernardo. Continued next page Kyle had an outstanding football career at Youngstown State. He was a wide receiver and punt returner who set a school record with a reception in 30 consecutive games. Kyle left the Youngstown, Ohio campus ranked ninth in school history with 101 career catches; 11th with 1,536 receiving yards, and third with 56 punt returns and 377 punt return yards. As a senior, Kyle was the Penguins’ Most Valuable Player and a team captain. Following his senior season, he was invited to play in the 2006 Hula Bowl All-Star Game. Since leaving YSU, Kyle has been pursuing a pro- fessional career. He spent time with the Minnesota Vikings (2006) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2007). In 2007, the Buccaneers allocated him to NFL Europa where he played for the Berlin Thunder. He was released by the Buccaneers before the regular season and is currently on the practice squad for the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers.
  • 16 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N February 19, 2007 marked a new chapter in Chargers football when President Dean Spanos introduced Norv Turner as the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers. In 2007, Turner became only the sixth head coach in NFL history to lead his team to a Championship Game in his first season at the helm. During the regular season, Turner won 11 games for the first time in his coaching career, leading the Chargers to an 11-5 mark. He joined Bobby Ross (1992) as the only coaches in team history to win the AFC West in their first seasons. Turner also became the first Chargers coach since Ross (1994) to win a postseason game. He was 2-1 in the ’07 postseason to improve his career playoff record to 3-2. Following the Chargers’ Divisional Playoff win over the Colts, Turner was named Coach of the Week by Sports Illustrated.com’s Peter King. Turner delivered one of the best coaching performances of his career in October when he led the Bolts to a 35-10 win over the Houston Texans at the conclusion of the week that wildfires devastated San Diego and forced the team to flee to Arizona for a three-day midweek sabbatical to practice. Following that game, Turner was named Motorola NFL Coach of the Week by voters on NFL.com. Earlier in the season, he was tabbed as the Genius of the Week by USA Today.com following the Chargers’ 41-3 dismantling of Denver Oct. 7 at Invesco Field that halted a three-game losing streak. LaDainian Tomlinson put it best when asked to describe Turner’s demeanor during the Chargers’ up-and-down season. “He never changed. He never blinked at times when he was getting criticized for different things that were going on. He never made us feel like he wasn’t confident in what he could do and what this team could do.” En route to winning the AFC West in 2007, the Chargers defeated all three of their division opponents away from home. It was the first time that happened since 1994 when the Chargers beat the Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks away from home. Among the Chargers’ achievements in 2007 under Turner: • Tomlinson won the NFL’s rushing title and scored a league-leading 15 rushing touchdowns. • The Chargers rushed for 2,039 yards and ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing offense. • The Chargers went 5-0 in December. • The Chargers scored 412 points in the regular season, their fourth-straight year (2004-07) of scoring at least 400 points. It’s the longest stretch of 400-point seasons in team history. • The Chargers were the NFL’s second-highest scoring team in the first quarter (119) and its third-highest scoring in the first half (235). • In the first quarter of home games during the regular season, the Chargers outscored their opponents 81-0, becoming only the second team in the NFL since 1982 (Tampa Bay, 2001) to hold its opponents scoreless at home in the first quarter. The 81-point scoring disparity in the first quarter at home was the largest in NFL history. • During the regular season, the Chargers led the entire NFL in touchdowns (nine) and total scoring drives (11) on their first offensive possession of the third quarter. That trend continued in the playoffs as the Chargers scored on their first possession of the third quarter in all three of the team’s playoff contests. When Tomlinson won the NFL’s rushing title in 2007, he became the third different running back to win an NFL crown in Turner’s 17 seasons as a head coach and/or offensive coordinator. Tomlinson joined Dallas’ Emmitt Smith (1991-93) and Miami’s Ricky Williams (2002) among Turner’s rushing champions. Known as an offensive mastermind, Turner was the Chargers’ offensive coordinator in 2001 and installed the same offense that the team currently runs. A two-time Super Bowl Champion as the offensive NORV TURNER Head Coach 24th NFL Season, 3rd with Chargers Ed McGuire’s Experience 1984-86 — Player Personnel Assistant, United States Football League 1987-91 — Player Personnel Analyst, National Football League 1991-96 — Manager of Player Personnel, National Football League 1996-98 — Senior Manager of Labor Operations, National Football League 1998-00 — Coordinator of Football Operations, San Diego Chargers 2000-06 — Vice President of Football Operations, San Diego Chargers 2007 — Executive Vice President of Football Operations, San Diego Chargers 2008 — Executive Vice President of Football Operations—Assistant General Manager, San Diego Chargers Ed McGuire, continued
  • 17 Continued next page OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Turner spent the 2006 season as the offensive coordinator in San Francisco, where he was credited with the development of 49ers’ quarterback Alex Smith. Under Turner’s guidance, Smith posted a passer rating of 74.8 and he passed for 2,890 yards and 16 touch- downs while completing 58 percent of his attempts. As a rookie in 2005 prior to Turner’s arrival, Smith passed for just 875 yards, throwing only one touch- down pass and 11 interceptions for a rating of only 40.8. Smith’s 34-point increase in his passer rating from his rookie season to the next is the greatest in NFL history, bettering the previous mark of 33.6 points by Bert Jones of the Baltimore Colts from his rookie season of 1973 to ‘74. Turner also breathed life into the 49ers’ running game as second-year back Frank Gore had a breakout season. Gore was selected to play in the Pro Bowl after leading the NFC and ranking third in the NFL with 1,695 yards. He scored eight touchdowns and averaged 5.4 yards per carry, highest among the league’s top 20 rushers. During Turner’s first season with the Chargers as offensive coordinator in 2001, he was credited with improving San Diego’s offensive ranking 17 spots as the Bolts climbed from 28th to 11th in total offense. The 2001 season was Tomlinson’s first in the NFL and he finished the year as the runner-up for the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. LT led all NFL rookies with 1,236 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns and 59 catches. With Turner calling the offensive plays, the Chargers finished the 2001 sea- son with a 3,000-yard passer (Doug Flutie); 1,000- yard rusher (Tomlinson), and 1,000-yard receiver (Cur- tis Conway) for only the second time in team history. Turner’s 23 years of coaching experience include 10 as a head coach — seven for the Washington Red- skins (1994-2000) and two with the Oakland Raiders (2004-05). He spent 13 seasons as an NFL assistant coach, including seven as an offensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys (1991-93), Chargers (2001), Miami Dolphins (2002-03) and 49ers (2006). Turner began his NFL coaching career as an assis- tant with the Los Angeles Rams in 1985. He coached wide receivers from 1985-86 before adding the responsibility of the team’s tight ends from 1987- 1990. In Los Angeles, Turner tutored under Offensive Coordinator Ernie Zampese, a disciple of the “Air Coryell” offense. Zampese taught Turner the ins and outs of the offensive system made famous by former San Diego Chargers Head Coach Don Coryell. Turner blossomed into one of the NFL’s top offen- sive coaches during his three seasons in Dallas. Serv- ing under head coach Jimmy Johnson, the Cowboys won back-to-back Super Bowls (XXVII and XXVIII) following the 1992 and ‘93 seasons. Turner worked with three Hall of Famers in Dallas: Smith, quarter- back Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin. Turner almost single-handedly resurrected Aikman’s career in Dallas. In the two seasons before his arrival, Aikman threw 20 touchdown passes while being intercepted a whopping 36 times. In his first season in Turner’s offense, Aikman posted the first positive touchdown-to-interception ratio of his career and led the Cowboys to the NFC Divisional Playoff round. Then in 1992, his second year under Turner, Aikman passed for a career-high 3,445 yards with 23 touch- downs and 14 interceptions in leading Dallas to a 13-3 record and its first NFC East title since 1985. Aikman directed the Cowboys to three-straight post- season wins and was named the Most Valuable Player in Dallas’ 52-17 Super Bowl XXVII win over the Buffalo Bills. The following year, Aikman completed a franchise-record 69.1 percent of his passes, while passing for 3,100 yards with 15 TDs and only six INTs en route to leading the Cowboys to a second-consec- utive Super Bowl win over the Bills. When Aikman was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2006, he asked Turner to be his presenter. In addition to Aikman’s success, Smith led the NFL in rushing all three years under Turner, and twice, tight end Jay Novacek led all NFL tight ends in receiving. Catapulting off his success in Dallas, Turner was named the head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1994. It was his first-ever head coaching assign- ment. He ended up spending seven years in Washing- ton, leading the Redskins to four winning seasons, including a 10-6 NFC East championship season in 1999, their first division title since 1991. Turner’s ‘99 squad beat Detroit in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game before falling to Tampa Bay in the divisional playoff round. Turner finished his career with a record 49-59- 1 in Washington. He was released by the Redskins in 2000 with three games remaining and the team owning a 7-6 mark. During his tenure in Washington, Turner was a mentor to two Pro Bowl quarterbacks. In 1996, Gus Frerotte became an all-star after passing for 3,453 yards and 12 touchdowns while leading the Skins to a 9-7 record. In 1999, Brad Johnson earned a Pro Bowl nod after passing for 4,005 yards, just the second 4,000-yard season in club history. Johnson led the NFC in passing yards and threw 24 touchdown passes while leading the ‘Skins to an NFC East title. Trent Green, who also played for Turner in Washington in 1998, passed for 3,441 yards that season, giving Norv three different 3,000-yard passers in a four- year stretch. After spending the 2001 season with the Chargers, Turner spent two seasons (2002-03) as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in Miami. The Dolphins went 9-7 in 2002 and 10-6 in 2003 with Turner calling the plays. Ricky Williams rushed for a combined 3,225 yards and 25 touchdowns in those two seasons for the Dolphins. He posted the two highest single-season rushing totals in team history, winning the NFL’s rushing title with 1,853 yards in 2002 and then going for 1,372 yards in 2003. Turner brought plenty of offensive firepower to the Bay Area during his two years (2004-05) as the
  • 18 Norv Turner, continued O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N head coach of the Chargers’ biggest rival, the Raiders. In 2004, Kerry Collins passed for 3,495 yards and 21 touchdowns, while leading receiver Jerry Porter just missed out on a 1,000-yard season as he caught 64 balls for 998 yards and nine scores. In 2005 though, Collins was part of a unique trio as he, Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan accounted for 3,000 yards pass- ing, 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 yards rushing. Collins passed for 3,759 yards and 20 TDs, while Moss led the team with 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns, and Jordan rushed for a team-high 1,025 yards and nine scores. Porter just missed out again on a 1,000- yard season, as he accumulated 942 yards and five scores while leading the team with 76 catches. Turner was born in the Bay Area suburb of Martinez, California, the same city that produced baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. He grew up the middle of five children, all of whom were raised by his mother, Vicky, a single parent. Vicky battled multiple sclerosis, spending the latter years of her life in a wheelchair before her passing in 1989. Vicky steered her sons into sports. Norv’s younger brother, Ron, followed in his footsteps, excelling on the collegiate gridiron before entering the coaching profession. Ron is now the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Like his father and uncle, Norv’s eldest son, Scott, has also joined the coaching ranks. A former high school coach in Virginia, Scott accepted a position in 2008 as a graduate assistant for the offense on Dave Wannstedt’s staff at the University of Pittsburgh. In his own playing days, Norv was a quarterback and safety as at Alhambra High School in Martinez. He landed a scholarship to the University of Oregon and earned three varsity letters (1972-74) as quarterback for the Ducks. He spent two of his three seasons in Eugene playing behind former Charger and NFL Hall of Fame QB Dan Fouts. Two of the assistant coaches on Oregon’s staff included future NFL coaches John Robinson and George Siefert. In a precursor to the rest of his career, Turner graduated from Oregon in 1975 and spent the following season as a graduate assistant with the Ducks. In 1976, Turner moved on to the University of Southern California where he spent the next nine seasons as the Trojans’ wide receivers coach (1976-79), defensive backs coach (1980), quarterbacks coach (1981-83) and offensive coordinator (1984). In 1980, he tutored what is regarded by many as one of the finest defensive backfields in college football history. It included safeties Ronnie Lott and Dennis Smith, both of whom went on to become NFL first-round draft choices (1981). Also playing in that backfield was Tennessee Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who was selected in the seventh round of the ‘81 draft. During Turner’s nine-year tenure at USC, the Trojans played in four Rose Bowls, winning all four. One of those was a win over Michigan after the 1978 season that capped a 12-1 season and gave Southern Cal the national championship. Turner and his wife, Nancy, have three children — Scott, Stephanie and Drew. Stephanie is an actress living in Los Angeles and Drew is a freshman at the University of San Diego. Norv Turner’s Coaching Experience 1975 — Graduate Assistant, University of Oregon 1976-79 — Wide Receivers, University of Southern California 1980 — Defensive Backs, University of Southern California 1981-83 — Quarterbacks, University of Southern California 1984 — Offensive Coordinator, University of Southern California 1985-86 — Wide Receivers, Los Angeles Rams 1987-90 — Wide Receivers and Tight Ends, Los Angeles Rams 1991-93 — Offensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys 1994-00 — Head Coach, Washington Redskins 2001 — Offensive Coordinator, San Diego Chargers 2002-03 — Offensive Coordinator, Miami Dolphins 2004-05 — Head Coach, Oakland Raiders 2006 — Offensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers 2007-08 — Head Coach, San Diego Chargers Norv Turner’s Regular-Season Record as an NFL Head Coach Year Team Div. Finish W L T Pct. 1994 Washington Fifth 3 13 0 .188 1995 Washington Third 6 10 0 .375 1996 Washington Third 9 7 0 .563 1997 Washington Second 8 7 1 .531 1998 Washington Fourth 6 10 0 .375 1999 Washington First 10 6 0 .625 EXECUTIVE STAFF MARGIE SMITH Assistant to the Head Coach REGIS ELLER Football Administrative Assistant STEVE GERA Coaches Assistant/ Football Analyst
  • OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION A S S I S T A N T C O A C H E S CLARENCE SHELMON Offensive Coordinator 18th NFL Season 7th with Chargers 19 O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N After spending 16 seasons solidifying his reputation as one of the NFL’s top running backs coaches, Clarence Shelmon was promoted to offensive coordi- nator in 2007. In his first season manning this new post, the Chargers won the AFC West and advanced to their first AFC Championship Game since 1994. Even with his new position, Shelmon still has a tremendous hand in the Chargers’ run game. Once again in 2007, the Chargers rubbed elbows with the NFL’s rushing elite, racking up 2,039 yards to rank seventh in the league. It was the Chargers’ sixth-consecutive 2,000- yard season. That’s the longest active streak of 2,000- yard seasons in the NFL and Shelmon has had a hand in each of them. LaDainian Tomlinson, who last year won his second consecutive NFL rushing title, and former fullback Lorenzo Neal both were selected to the Pro Bowl fol- lowing the 2007 season. It was Tomlinson’s fourth- straight Pro Bowl and Neal’s third. In 17 seasons as both a running backs coach and now offensive coordi- nator, Shelmon has sent a total of 12 backs to the Pro Bowl. Tomlinson has played in five career Pro Bowls and all five have come under Shelmon’s watch. In 2006, his last season as running backs coach, Shelmon had a front row seat to witness history as Tomlinson was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year. The Chargers set a team record by rushing for 2,578 yards and Tomlinson won his first league rushing title with 1,815 yards. He also set NFL records for rushing touchdowns (28), total touchdowns (31) and points in a season (186), while racking up 2,323 total yards from scrimmage, the sixth-most in a season in NFL history. Shelmon has several unique coaching techniques specifically geared toward running backs, including a ball-control drill that involves running to three different cones with a football attached to a giant bungee cord. Prior to his arrival in San Diego, Shelmon spent four seasons (1998-2001) as the running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys where he worked with Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and a future Hall of Famer. Smith played in Pro Bowls following the 1998 and ‘99 seasons. Under Shelmon’s tutelage, Smith accumulated 4,953 yards and in 2002 became the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, moving past the leg- endary Walter Payton. Smith rushed for 1,000 yards or more in each of his four seasons under Shelmon. Shelmon was the running backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1992-97. During that time, the Seahawks finished among the NFL’s top five in rushing four out of six seasons. Shelmon helped running back Chris Warren, the Seahawks’ all-time leading rusher, become a four-time 1,000-yard rusher (1992-95) and earn three trips to the Pro Bowl. Shelmon began his NFL coaching career in 1991 as the running backs coach for the Los Angeles Rams. He made the jump to the NFL coaching ranks after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. During Shelmon’s tenure the Trojans made three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances, including a victory over Michigan in 1990. Shelmon was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. He graduated from Airline High School and played collegiately at the University of Houston. He lettered twice as a running back. Shelmon graduated from Houston with a bachelor’s degree in education. He also attended Long Island University where he worked toward a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. In 1999 Shelmon and his wife, Nancy, created a scholarship fund in memory of his mother, Ruby Shelmon. The fund helps pay for the college education of two high school seniors from his hometown. Continued next page 2000 Washington* Third 7 6 0 .538 2004 Oakland Fourth 5 11 0 .313 2005 Oakland Fourth 4 12 0 .250 2007 San Diego First 11 5 0 .688 Career Record 69 87 1 .443 Record w/ Washington 49 59 1 .454 Record w/ Oakland 9 23 0 .281 Record w/ San Diego 11 5 0 .688 *Turner was replaced in Washington after 13 games in 2000 Norv Turner’s Postseason Record as an NFL Head Coach Year Team W L T Pct. 1999 Washington 1 1 0 .500 2007 San Diego 2 1 0 .667 Career Record 3 2 0 .600
  • Norv Turner, continued 20 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N TED COTTRELL Defensive Coordinator 24th NFL Season 2nd with Chargers On the same day that the Chargers hired Norv Turn- er as the team’s new head coach, Turner hired his first assistant when he tabbed veteran NFL defensive coach Ted Cottrell to take over as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator. Cottrell has logged 23 seasons in the NFL as a defensive coordinator, assistant head coach, lineback- ers coach and defensive line coach. He’s a proven teacher and leader of winning defenses whose back- ground includes a strong foundation in the 3-4 attack- ing-style defense that allowed the Chargers to rank fifth the NFL in sacks in 2007. During his career as a defensive coordinator, eight players who have played under Cottrell have recorded seasons with 10-or-more sacks, including Shawne Merriman in 2007, and 13 dif- ferent players have been selected to play in a total of 17 Pro Bowls, including Merriman, Jamal Williams and Antonio Cromartie in ’07. Cottrell’s first season in San Diego was an over- whelming success. The Chargers led the NFL in turnover margin (+24) during the regular season, mark- ing the first time since 1993 that they led the league in that category. The takeaway trend continued in the playoffs where the Chargers’ +4 turnover margin ranked second to the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. During the regular season, the Bolts led the NFL in takeaways (48) and interceptions (30). It was the first time a Chargers team ever led the NFL in either category. The Bolts’ 30 picks were the team’s most since 1969. The Chargers scored 128 pts off turnovers in the regular season, second-most in the NFL. San Diego’s 48 takeaways in 2007 were the most in the NFL since Baltimore had 49 in 2000. The Bolts’ stellar defensive play carried on into the postseason where the Chargers again led the NFL in takeaways (eight) and interceptions (six). Thanks in part to their prowess in forcing turnovers, San Diego’s defense led the NFL in opponent passer rating (70.0) during the regular season. It was the first time the Chargers ever led the NFL in that category. In the playoffs, the Chargers’ 76.7 opponent passer rat- ing was fourth-best among the 12 playoff teams. With Cottrell at the helm of the defense, the Charg- ers became only the second team in the league since 1982 (Tampa Bay, 2001) to hold its opponents score- less at home in the first quarter. The Chargers outscored their opponents 81-0 in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium, the largest scoring disparity in the first quarter at home in NFL history. It surpassed the previous mark of 79 points, which was set back in 1921 by the Buffalo All-Americans (83-6). Another mark the Chargers set at home was allowing only 10 total touchdowns (rushing and receiving) the entire season, tied with Pittsburgh for the fewest in the league. Overall during the regular season, the Chargers allowed the NFL’s fourth-fewest points (tie) in the first quarter (47) and the third-fewest in the first half (131). Demonstrating his ability to make key halftime adjustments, Cottrell’s defensive unit ended their opponents’ first drive of the third quarter with a punt or a turnover 12 times in 16 games, which tied with Miami for the second-highest total in the NFL. That trend continued in the playoffs with the Chargers recording two interceptions and a punt on their oppo- nents opening drives of the third quarter. Some of Cottrell’s most successful seasons came during his six-year run in Buffalo from 1995-00. The Bills posted a 55-41 record, won three AFC East titles and made four trips to the playoffs. In 1995, his first season back in Buffalo, linebacker Bryce Paup led the league with 17.5 sacks and was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. During Cottrell’s three seasons as defensive coordi- nator (1998-00), Buffalo finished no worse than sixth in the league in total defense. They ranked sixth in 1998 and third in 2000. In 1999, the Bills led the league in total defense, allowing just 252.8 yards per game. In 2001, Cottrell left Western New York and headed east to join the New York Jets as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Although the Jets operated out of the “Tampa 2” 4-3 scheme favored by Head Coach Herman Edwards, New York finished Cottrell’s first season ranked second in the league with 39 take- aways and earned a Wild Card playoff berth. A year later in 2002, the Jets started the season 1-4, but their opportunistic defense sparked a turnaround that saw New York return to the playoffs. Clarence Shelmon’s Coaching Experience 1975-76 — Graduate Assistant, University of Houston 1978-1980 — Running Backs and Tight Ends, Army 1981-83 — Running Backs, Indiana University 1984-86 — Running Backs, University of Arizona 1987-88 — Running Backs, University of Southern California 1989-90 — Running Game Coordinator, University of Southern California 1991 — Running Backs, Los Angeles Rams 1992-97 — Running Backs, Seattle Seahawks 1998-01 — Running Backs, Dallas Cowboys 2002-06 — Running Backs, San Diego Chargers 2007-08 — Offensive Coordinator, San Diego Chargers Clarence Shelmon, continued
  • CLANCY BARONE Tight Ends 5th NFL Season 2nd with Chargers 21 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Ted Cottrell’s Coaching Experience 1973-79 — Defensive Line, Rutgers University 1980 — Defensive Coordinator, Rutgers University 1981-82 — Linebackers, Kansas City Chiefs 1983 — Defensive Coordinator, Rutgers University 1984-85 — Defensive Line, New Jersey Generals (USFL) 1986-89 — Defensive Line, Buffalo Bills 1990-93 — Defensive Line, Arizona Cardinals 1994 — Linebackers, Arizona Cardinals 1995-97 — Linebackers, Buffalo Bills 1998-00 — Defensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills 2001-03 — Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator, New York Jets 2004-05 — Defensive Coordinator, Minnesota Vikings 2007-08 — Defensive Coordinator, San Diego Chargers Clancy Barone had a very good first season as the Chargers’ tight ends coach in 2007. His star pupil, Antonio Gates, was the team’s leading receiver and earned another Pro Bowl nod. Gates’ nine touchdown catches not only led the Chargers, but were the sec- ond-most among all NFL tight ends, while his 75 catches and 984 yards ranked fourth. Barone arrived in San Diego from Atlanta where he was the tight ends coach from 2005-06 and the assistant offensive line coach in 2004. In Atlanta, Barone tutored another Pro Bowl tight end, Alge Crumpler, who was the Falcons’ leading receiver both seasons working with Barone. In those two seasons, Crumpler combined to catch 121 passes for 1,657 yards and 13 touchdowns. Barone has 22 years of coaching experience, including 17 at the collegiate level. During his college coaching career, 27 offensive lineman who played for him signed NFL contracts. Barone coached five Outland Award semifinalists and three Rimington Award semifinalists. With Barone serving as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Texas State University in 2003, the Bobcats ranked seventh in the nation in total offense and set 11 school offensive records. Barone spent three years (2000-02) as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Houston and in 2002 he was named Offensive Line Coach of the Year by the National Offensive Line Coaches Association (NOLCA). The Cougars ranked fifth in the nation in rushing that year and set 17 offensive school records. Barone was born in San Andreas, California and attended Red Bluff (Calif.) High School, where he was a four-sport star. He went on to play offensive line at the University of Nevada and Sacramento State. Clancy and his wife, Rosie, have three children: Gianna, Stefano and Isabella. Clancy Barone's Coaching Experience 1987-90 — Offensive Line, America Rivers College 1991-92 — Offensive Line, Sacramento State 1993 — Assistant Offensive Line, Texas A&M University 1994-96 — Offensive Line, Eastern Illinois University 1997-99 — Offensive Line and Offensive Coordinator, University of Wyoming 2000-02 — Offensive Line and Offensive Coordinator, University of Houston 2003 — Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Texas State University 2004 — Offensive Line, Atlanta Falcons 2005-06 — Tight Ends, Atlanta Falcons 2007-08 — Tight Ends, San Diego Chargers playing linebacker in Atlanta. He concluded his playing career with a two-year stint with the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. After his playing career ended, Cottrell spent eight years coaching at Rutgers University. In 1981, he land- ed his first NFL job when Marv Levy hired him to coach linebackers for the Kansas City Chiefs. Cottrell was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He starred at Delaware Valley College from 1965–68. Ted is married (Kathleen). His son T.J. is a former tight end who went to training camp with the Chargers as a free agent in 2007. In his last coaching stop before coming to San Diego, Cottrell spent two seasons (2004-05) as the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. In ’05, the Vikings finished fifth in the NFL in takeaways and earned a postseason berth, defeating the Green Bay Packers in a Wild Card contest. During a year away from coaching in 2006, Cottrell worked at the National Football League offices in New York. Cottrell enjoyed a four-year professional playing career. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1969 and spent two seasons
  • Assistant Coaches—Clarence Shelmon, continued 22 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Bill Bradley’s Coaching Experience 1983 — Defensive Backs, San Antonio Gunslingers (USFL) 1984 — Secondary, San Antonio Gunslingers (USFL) 1985 — Secondary, Memphis Showboats (USFL) 1987 — Assistant Coach, University of Texas 1988-90 — Defensive Backs, Calgary Stampeders (CFL) 1991-92 — Defensive Backs, San Antonio Riders (WLAF) 1994 — Defensive Coordinator and Secondary, Sacramento Gold Miners (CFL) 1995 — Defensive Coordinator and Secondary, San Antonio Texans (CFL) 1996-97 — Defensive Coordinator, Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 1998-00 — Defensive Backs, Buffalo Bills 2001-03 — Defensive Backs, New York Jets 2004-06 — Defensive Coordinator, Baylor University 2007-08 — Secondary, San Diego Chargers BILL BRADLEY Secondary 17th NFL Season 2nd with Chargers Bill Bradley, a former NFL All-Pro and ball-hawking safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, is back for his second season as the Chargers’ secondary coach. The results of his first campaign will be hard to top. Under Bradley, the Chargers led the NFL in inter- ceptions (30) during the regular season for the first time in team history. The Bolts also led the league in picks during the playoffs with six. The Bolts’ 30 inter- ceptions in the regular season were the most by a San Diego defense in 38 years (1969). The Chargers also led the NFL in total takeaways (48) and turnover mar- gin (+24). Where the Chargers’ defense was most impressive however was early in the third quarter. Demonstrating their ability to make key halftime adjustments, the Chargers’ four interceptions on their opponents’ first drive of the third quarter were also a league-high. That trend continued in the playoffs with the Chargers intercepting their opponents on the first drive of the third quarter in both the Divi- sional Playoffs and the AFC Championship Game. Thanks in part to their prowess in forcing turnovers, the Bolts’ defense also led the NFL in opponent passer rating (70.0) during the regular sea- son. It was the first time the Chargers ever led the NFL in that category. In the playoffs, the Chargers’ 76.7 opponent passer rating was fourth-best among the 12 playoff teams. Bradley’s last NFL posts before joining the Charg- ers were with the Buffalo Bills (1998-00) and New York Jets (2001-03). He was the defensive backs coach for both teams and in Buffalo and New York, he worked on the same staff as the Chargers’ current defensive coordinator, Ted Cottrell. In Buffalo, Bradley’s secondary led the NFL in pass defense in 1999 and ranked fourth in 2000. Buffalo made the playoffs following the 1998 and ’99 sea- sons. During two of Bradley’s three seasons in New York, the Jets ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in pass defense, finishing seventh in 2001 and 10th in 2003. The Jets made the playoffs as a Wild Card team in 2001 and won AFC East in 2002. In 2003, the Jets’ defense held the Indianapolis Colts scoreless in a 41- 0 AFC Wild Card victory. Bradley left the NFL after the 2003 season to return to his native Texas and serve as the defensive coordinator at Baylor University. In 2005, Baylor ranked 13th in the nation in pass efficiency and allowed the fewest total yards, rushing yards and points per game by a Bears’ squad since 1995. A native of Palestine, Texas, Bradley was a high school All-America quarterback and defensive back who led his team to the 1965 state title. He went on to a standout collegiate career as a quarterback, defensive back and punter/holder at the University of Texas, serving as a tri-captain as a senior on the Longhorns’ 1968 team that finished the season 9-1- 1. That ’68 team captured a share of the Southwest Conference championship and beat Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl, 36-13. The Longhorns finished the year ranked third in the final AP poll and fifth in the season-ending UPI poll. In his final regular season game against arch-rival Texas A&M, Bradley set a school single-game record with four interceptions in the Longhorns’ 35-14 win over the Aggies, a mark that stands as the best-ever by a SWC performer. Selected in the third round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Eagles as a punter/player, Bradley went on to earn three All-Pro awards (1971-73) at free safety. In addition to punting, he also saw time as the Eagles’ kick returner. Bradley, who led the NFL in interceptions in both 1971 (11) and 1972 (nine), became the first player ever to lead the league in interceptions in consecutive seasons, a feat that has been matched just one time since. Bradley still holds the team record for career interception return yards (536). He also set Philadelphia’s single-season marks for interceptions (11) and return yards (249) in 1971. Bradley shares the Eagles’ all-time interception record (34) with Eric Allen. Bradley played in a total of 114 NFL games, spending the 1969-76 seasons with the Eagles and the 1977 campaign with both the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Cardinals. Bradley is a member of the Texas High School, the University of Texas and the Philadelphia Eagles Halls of Fame. He and his wife, Susan, have two children: Matthew and Carissa.
  • OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION STEVE CROSBY Special Teams 31st NFL Season 7th with Chargers 23 O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Kicking Services, Inc., an independent organization that arranges NFL free agent tryouts for punters and kickers. Crosby has spent 30 years in the NFL, including three seasons as a player, four as a scout and 23 as a coach. He is among a rare breed of NFL coaches, ranking among the few who can claim to have spent time as a coordinator at multiple positions. Crosby’s resume includes stints as both an offensive and special teams coordinator. Another such coach is Bill Belichick, whom Crosby coached with in Cleveland. Belichick has been both a defensive and special teams coordinator himself during his NFL coaching career. Crosby began his career in professional football as a running back with the New York Giants during the 1974-76 seasons. Following his retirement, he joined the Miami Dolphins, serving as a scout, as well as a special teams and linebackers coach. Crosby was part of the staff that guided Miami to the Super Bowl in 1983. Crosby also coached for the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, and Cleveland Browns. He is the last NFL position coach to have two running backs rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same season. Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack both surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for Cleveland in 1985. Crosby was an All-America running back at Fort Hays State in Hays, Kansas. He was twice named to the NAIA All-America team and he was a three-time all-conference performer before being selected by the Giants in the 17th round of the 1974 NFL Draft. Crosby earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physical education from Fort Hays State. Crosby was born in Great Bend, Kansas and attended Pawnee Rock High School. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children: sons Matthew and Jeffrey and daughter Lauren. Matthew is one of the top play- ers on the Baylor University Men’s Golf Team. He is also Chief Justice of the University’s Student Supreme Court, the first student-athlete in school history to serve on the court. Matt is a political sci- ence major, who is also studying Russian. Jeff is cur- rently studying at Palomar College and will attend North Texas University in the fall. Lauren is complet- ing her freshman year at San Pasqual High School and is a member of the school’s cheerleading team. Steve Crosby’s troops had yet another memorable season in 2007. Kassim Osgood, a fearless cover man, was selected to his second-straight Pro Bowl. It marked the third year in a row that one of Crosby’s coverage specialists earned an all-star invitation. Punter Mike Scifres was named as a first-alternate to the Pro Bowl for the third time in the last four years after averaging a career-high 46.1 yards per punt. It was the second-highest season average in team history. His 39.6-yard net punting average was the NFL’s third best, while his 36 punts inside the 20 were the league’s second-best. Due to the combina- tion of Scifres’ leg and the Bolts’ outstanding cover- age units, the Chargers only allowed 29 punts to be returned, the seventh-fewest in the NFL. Also earning Pro Bowl alternate honors was Darren Sproles, a second-alternate who was the NFL’s fifth- leading kickoff returner and its seventh leading punt returner. In the Chargers nationally televised Nov. 11 game against Indianapolis, Sproles became only the ninth player in NFL history to return a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game. Long snapper David Binn, who earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2006, followed it up with another flawless season and kicker Nate Kaeding, who also garnered his first all-star nod in ’06, went 24 of 27 on field goal tries to rank fifth in the league in conversion percentage. Rookie linebacker Brandon Siler led the team in special teams tackles and his 23-yard return of a fumbled kickoff Week 5 at Denver gave the Chargers a 14-0 early lead and helped pave the way for an important 41-3 win at Invesco Field that put the brakes on a three-game losing streak. Following the 2007 season, Crosby was named Special Teams Coach of the Year by Professional Steve Crosby’s Coaching Experience 1977-78 — Scout, Miami Dolphins 1979-82 — Special Teams and Linebackers, Miami Dolphins 1983-84 — Running Backs and Quarterbacks, Atlanta Falcons 1985 — Running Backs, Cleveland Browns 1986 — Quarterbacks, Atlanta Falcons 1987-89 — Running Backs, Atlanta Falcons 1990 — Special Teams and Tight Ends, New England Patriots 1991-93 — Running Backs, Cleveland Browns 1994 — Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs, Cleveland Browns 1995 — Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks, Cleveland Browns 1996-97 — Scout, Philadelphia Eagles 1998-01 — Offensive Coordinator, Wide Receivers, Vanderbilt University 2002-08 — Special Teams, San Diego Chargers
  • 24 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N John “Jack” Henry’s Coaching Experience 1970 — Freshman Offensive Line, West Virginia University 1973 — Offensive Line and Wrestling Coach, Edinboro University 1974 — Offensive Line, University of Louisville 1975-76 — Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line, Millersville University, Pa. 1977 — Offensive Line, Southern Illinois University 1978-79 — Offensive Line, West Virginia University 1980 — Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line, Appalachian State University 1981-85 — Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line, Wake Forest University 1986-89 — Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Indiana University, Pa. 1990-91 — Offensive Line, Pittsburgh Steelers 1993-95 — Offensive Line, University of Pittsburgh 1996 — Offensive Line, San Diego Chargers 1997-99 — Offensive Line, Detroit Lions 2000-04 — Offensive Line, New Orleans Saints 2005 — Associate Head Coach and Running Game Coordinator, New Orleans Saints 2006-08 — Offensive Line, San Diego Chargers JOHN “JACK” HENRY Offensive Line 15th NFL Season 4th with Chargers The Chargers’ offensive line is in good hands with Jack Henry leading the group. A veteran coach with 14 NFL seasons under his belt, he and fellow offensive line coach Hal Hunter have developed one of the finest groups in the league today. In 2007, that unit featured a pair of Pro Bowlers in guard Kris Dielman and tackle Marcus McNeill. Henry also helped groom second-year tackle Jeromey Clary into a starter as Clary entered the starting-five for the last five games of the regular season and the playoffs and the Chargers went 7-1 with him in the lineup. The Bolts’ starting line, featuring guard Mike Goff and center Nick Hardwick along with Dielman, McNeill and Clary finished the season with a flurry, giving up only five sacks in the last three games of the regular season and the three playoff games. In 13 of 19 games last season, including playoffs, the Charg- ers gave up zero or one sacks and their total of 24 sacks allowed, tied for eighth-fewest in the league. The offensive line also had a big hand in the Chargers rushing for more than 2,000 yards for the sixth straight season and the last two with Henry overseeing the unit. Among the three 200-yard games the Chargers rushed for in 2007, the high- point was a 274-yard rushing day against Detroit on Dec. 16, which was the second-highest single game rushing performance in team history. A native of Houston, Pennsylvania, just 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, Henry’s first NFL job came with the Steelers under Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll. Henry coached an offensive line which featured center Dermontti Dawson, who played 13 seasons for the Steelers and was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. In 1993, Henry moved across town to coach the line for the University of Pittsburgh before Bobby Ross hired him to coach the Chargers’ offensive line in 1996. When Ross and his entire staff were let go following the ’96 season, Henry latched on with the Detroit Lions. In 1997, his first season in Detroit, Barry Sanders ran for 2,053 yards and the team ranked second in the NFL in rushing offense. A future star on that offensive line was guard Jeff Hartings, who would go on to become a two-time Pro Bowler as a center and a four-time first alternate. In 2000, Henry moved south to coach the offen- sive line in New Orleans. Each of Henry’s five years in “The Big Easy,” the Saints boasted a 1,000-yard rusher with Ricky Williams reaching the mark in 2001-02 and Deuce McAllister from 2002-04. McAllister became the first back in Saints history to record three- straight 1,000-yard seasons. Among the offense’s highlights during Henry’s tenure in New Orleans was a 2,000-yard season in 2003 during which McAllister recorded nine straight 100-yard games. Also that sea- son, LeCharles Bentley became the first Saints guard voted to the Pro Bowl since 1987, but he was forced to skip the game due to a knee injury. In 2004, Henry helped guide Bentley’s transformation from guard to center and Bentley was voted as an alternate for the Pro Bowl. A year later, Bentley finally got his long- deserved chance to play in Hawaii, starting at center for the NFC in the 2006 Pro Bowl. Henry played linebacker at Penn State from 1964-65. He transferred to Indiana University, Pa. and played guard for the Indians from 1967-68. Henry was the captain of the school’s famed 1968 Boardwalk Bowl Championship team and graduated in 1969. He returned to his alma mater in 1986, serving as assistant director of athletics, associate head football coach and offensive coordinator. In 1997, he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame. Henry and his wife, Carol, have two children: Chad and Jacqueline. Chad is an area scout for the Detroit Lions.
  • CHARLIE JOINER Wide Receivers 40th NFL Season 17th with Chargers 25 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Continued next page HAL HUNTER Offensive Line 3rd NFL Season 3rd with Chargers Hal Hunter has played a key role in helping to develop one of the finest offensive lines in the NFL today. For the last two seasons he has worked side by side with veteran offensive line coach Jack Henry. In 2007, their unit featured a pair of Pro Bowlers in guard Kris Dielman and tackle Marcus McNeill. Hunter also helped groom second-year tackle Jeromey Clary into a starter as Clary entered the starting-five for the last five games of the regular season and the playoffs and the Chargers went 7-1 with him in the lineup. The Bolts’ starting line, featuring guard Mike Goff and center Nick Hardwick along with Dielman, McNeill and Clary finished the season with a flurry, giving up only five sacks in the last three games of the regular season and the three playoff games. In 13 of 19 games last season, including playoffs, the Chargers gave up zero or one sacks and their total of 24 sacks allowed, tied for eighth-fewest in the league. The offensive line also had a big hand in the Chargers rushing for more than 2,000 yards for the sixth straight season and the last two with Hunter overseeing the unit. Among the three 200-yard games the Chargers rushed for in 2007, the high-point was a 274-yard rushing day against Detroit on Dec. 16, which was the second-highest single game rushing performance in team history. Hunter arrived in San Diego with a wealth of experience as a college assistant coach. His last coaching job was at the University of North Carolina where for two years (2003-04), the Tar Heels’ averaged more than 150 rushing yards per game. In 2004, UNC averaged 176.3 yards per game and received an invitation to play in the Continental Tires Bowl. When Hunter was the offensive coordinator at Indiana (2000-01), the Hoosiers ranked in the top 20 nationally in total offense. He helped tutor quarterback Antwaan Randle El, a former Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-America who went on to become a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Hunter’s first season in Bloomington, the Hoosiers ranked seventh in the nation in rushing offense and 12th in total offense. The following year they ranked fourth in rushing and 19th in total offense. Hunter spent five seasons as an assistant coach at LSU (1995-99) and he was elevated to assistant head coach for his final season in Baton Rouge. At the end of that ’99 season, Hunter was named interim head coach for one game after Gerry DiNardo was fired by the school and he led the Tigers to a 35-10 win over rival Arkansas. One of Hunter’s star pupils at LSU was offensive lineman Alan Faneca, who went on to become a first-round pick of the Steelers in 1998. Hunter was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and he was a standout football player and wrestler at Belle Vernon (Pa.) High School. He went on to become a Dean’s List student at Northwestern, graduating with a 3.6 GPA while earning a degree in communications. He also played linebacker for the Wildcats in 1978, but a neck injury ended his playing career prematurely. Fol- lowing the injury, he stayed on with the team, working with the defensive line and serving as a strength coach. Hunter and his wife, Tracy, have two sons: Hal IV and Andrew. Hal Hunter’s Coaching Experience 1982 — Outside Linebackers and Strength Coach, William & Mary 1983-84 — Offensive Line, University of Pittsburgh 1985 — Offensive Line, Columbia University 1986 — Offensive Line, Indiana University, Pa. 1987-90 — Offensive Line, University of Akron 1991-93 — Tackles and Tight Ends, Vanderbilt University 1994 — Offensive Line, Vanderbilt University 1995-98 — Offensive Line, Louisiana State University 1999 — Assistant Head Coach, Louisiana State University 2000-01 — Offensive Coordinator, Indiana University 2002-05 — Offensive Line, University of North Carolina 2006 — Assistant Offensive Line, San Diego Chargers 2007-08 — Offensive Line, San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame, returns to the Bolts’ sidelines to serve as the team’s wide receivers coach. This is Joiner’s 40th season in professional football, including 18 seasons as a player and 22 as a coach. In San Diego, he’ll work with a deep and talented receiving corps that includes veterans Chris Chambers, Vincent Jackson and Eric Parker, along with Buster Davis and Legedu Naanee, both chosen in the 2007 NFL Draft. Joiner played a total of 18 seasons in the AFL and NFL with the Houston Oilers (1969-72), Cincinnati Charlie Joiner, the San Diego Chargers’ all-time leading receiver and a member of the Pro Football
  • 26 Charlie Joiner, continued O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N went to the playoffs six times, won two AFC Champi- onships and played in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII. Moulds had two of the most prolific seasons in Bills history, earning Pro Bowl honors following a team- record 1,368-yard season in 1998 and a 1,326-yard season in 2000. During the ’00 campaign, he also set a team record with 94 catches. Reed spent 15 sea- sons in Buffalo (1985-99), the last seven with Joiner. He is the Bills’ all-time leader in receptions (941), yards (13,095) and touchdown catches (86). Reed was selected to three Pro Bowl teams under Joiner’s tutelage (1992-94), but did not play in the game following the ’93 season due to injury. Joiner’s most recent coaching stop was with the Kansas City Chiefs, spending seven seasons (2001- 07) as their wide receivers coach. In 2007 Joiner over- saw the development of rookie Dwayne Bowe, who was the NFL’s leading rookie receiver with 70 catch- es, 995 yards and five touchdown catches. Bowe averaged an impressive 14.2 yards per catch during his rookie season. Bowe and Buster Davis were col- lege teammates at LSU and fellow first-round draft picks in 2007. Joiner’s stable of wide receivers in Kansas City also included veteran Eddie Kennison, another LSU grad who racked up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2004 and ’05. A native of Many, Louisiana, Joiner was a four-year letterman at Grambling State University (1965-68). In 1990, he was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame. Joiner is married, Dianne, and has two children, Jynaya and Kori. Bengals (1972-75) and Chargers (1976-86). He was drafted by Houston in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL Draft as a defensive back and he retired on Jan. 12, 1987 as the NFL’s all-time leading receiver with 750 career catches. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. Joiner’s final career totals included 12,146 yards and 65 TDs. At the time of his retirement, Joiner’s 239 career games played were the most-ever by an NFL wide receiver. Joiner played 11 seasons in San Diego (1976-86) and finished his career as the team’s all-time leader with 586 career catches. A three-time Pro Bowl choice following the 1976, ’79 & ’80 seasons, Joiner was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1993. His 9,203 receiving yards rank second in team history behind only Lance Alworth and his 47 touchdown catches rank third behind Alworth and Gary Garrison. He was selected as the team’s Most Inspirational Player seven times and he was honored by the City of San Diego on “Charlie Joiner Day” in 1984 and ’86. Immediately after his retirement, Joiner was named the Bolts’ wide receivers coach. One of his star pupils during his five seasons as WRs coach (1987- 91) was Anthony Miller, who had a breakout 1,252- yard, 10-touchdown season in 1989 and earned Pro Bowl selections following the ’89 and ’90 seasons. In 1992 Joiner was hired as the wide receivers coach for the Buffalo Bills. He would spend nine sea- sons (1992-00) in Western New York, working with a pair of the NFL’s best receivers in Eric Moulds and Andre Reed. During those eight seasons, the Bills Charlie Joiner’s Coaching Experience 1987-91 — Wide Receivers, San Diego Chargers 1992-00 — Wide Receivers, Buffalo Bills 2001-07 — Wide Receivers, Kansas City Chiefs 2008 — Wide Receivers, San Diego Chargers WAYNE NUNNELY Defensive Line 14th NFL Season 12th with Chargers Simply put, Wayne Nunnely is one of the best defensive line coaches in the NFL. He’s also one of the longest tenured in Chargers history as this sea- son, his 12th in San Diego, will tie him with Joe Madro and Jackie Simpson for the second-most seasons as Bolts assistant. Only Earnel Durden (13 seasons) coached here longer and only Durden, Madro and Nunnely coached in San Diego without interruption. Nunnely has been on the sideline for 176 consecutive regular-season games since joining the Bolts in 1997. Nunnely’s prized lineman is defensive tackle Jamal Williams, a three-time Pro Bowler (2005-07) who is regarded by many as the finest defensive tackle in the game today. Williams excels at stuffing the run and pressuring the pocket. Another of Nunnely’s star pupils, Igor Olshansky, had a career year in 2007, set- ting career highs and leading the defensive line with 69 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Year-in and year-out, the Chargers are among the NFL’s best teams at stopping the run. With Nunnely on board, the Chargers have ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in both rushing yards allowed per game and rush- ing yards allowed per carry in seven out of the past 11 seasons. Twice under Nunnely’s watch (1998 and 2005), the Chargers led the NFL in run defense. In 1998, the Chargers allowed a team-record 71.3 yards per game and 2.7 yards per carry. The yards per game average was the fifth-lowest in the NFL since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 and the yards per attempts was the lowest average allowed by any team in the league since 1970. The Chargers also ranked first in the NFL in yards per carry in 1999 (3.1) and 2001 (3.3) and in yards per game in 2005 (84.3). Nunnely’s defensive fronts have also left their mark on the team’s record book. In his 11 seasons, the Chargers have recorded six of the franchise’s 10 best yards per game averages in team history and seven of the top 10 yards per carry averages for a season. Nunnely’s first NFL job was with the New Orleans
  • 27 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N NCAA Division 1-A history to coach against one another, with Nunnely’s UNLV squad coming out on top 26-18. In 1990, Nunnely served in the administra- tion at UNLV as the Director of Minority Student Affairs. He had played fullback and lettered in track at UNLV for two seasons (1972-73) and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1975. The school’s faculty voted him Most Outstanding Male Physical Educator. Nunnely was born in Los Angeles, California. He played football and competed in track and field at Monrovia (Calif.) High School. He and his wife Velda have three sons: Steven, Channing and Aaron, and a daughter, Amber. Saints. He worked at the Saints training camp in 1994 as part of the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program and was hired full-time in 1995. In each of his two years in New Orleans, the Saints ranked in the NFL’s top five in sacks and sacks per play. Prior to his ascension to the NFL, Nunnely spent nearly 20 years as a head coach, assistant coach and administrator on the college level. In 1986, he was named head coach at UNLV, a post he manned for four seasons. At the time of his appointment, he was the first African-American head coach on the West Coast and only the fifth in NCAA Division 1-A history. In 1988, he and Cleve Bryant of Ohio University became the first African-American head coaches in Continued next page Wayne Nunnely’s Coaching Experience 1975 — Assistant Coach, Valley High School, Las Vegas, Nevada 1976 — Graduate Assistant, University of Nevada-Las Vegas 1977 — Running Backs, Cal-Poly Pomona 1978 — Defensive Line, Cal-Poly Pomona 1979 — Defensive Line, Cal-State Fullerton 1980-81 — Running Backs, University of the Pacific 1982-85 — Running Backs, University of Nevada-Las Vegas 1986-89 — Head Coach, University of Nevada-Las Vegas 1991-92 — Running Backs, University of Southern California 1993-94 — Defensive Line, University of California-Los Angeles 1995-96 — Defensive Line, New Orleans Saints 1997-08 — Defensive Line, San Diego Chargers JOHN PAGANO Outside Linebackers 13th NFL Season 7th with Chargers With the dynamic duo of Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips continuing to dominate on the defensive side of the ball, the outside linebacking corps should have another impressive year under John Pagano. Last season, Merriman was voted to his third Pro Bowl in as many seasons and the Chargers’ outside linebackers combined for 27 of the team’s 42 sacks, including a team-leading 12.5 by Merriman and 8.5 by Phillips. Merriman also logged a career-high 96 tackles and led the team with nine tackles for loss. In 2006, Merriman and Phillips combined sack total (28.5) that outnumbered several teams and as a group, the outside linebackers were responsible for 33.5 of the team’s 61 sacks. The Chargers led the NFL in sacks in ’06, and their total was the team’s highest since 1980. Despite missing four games to suspension, Merriman was selected as a starter for the Pro Bowl and received a host of other postseason honors after setting a career high and leading the league with 17 sacks. His sack total was the second- highest in team history and the most in a season by a Charger since 1992. Phillips, who was in just his first year as a starter, burst out under Pagano’s tutelage, recording career highs with 11.5 sacks and 63 tackles. In 2005, Pagano oversaw the development of Merriman during his stellar rookie campaign. Merriman was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press after leading the team and all NFL rookies with 10 sacks. He also pitched in with seven tackles for loss, second-most on the team, and 54 tackles. The rookie played a huge hand in the Chargers’ 26-17 win over the 13-0 Indianapolis Colts, racking up two sacks and three tackles for loss. The Chargers’ 149 sacks over the last three seasons lead the NFL. Before joining the Chargers, Pagano spent six seasons as a defensive assistant with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-01) and New Orleans Saints (1996-97). He coached the secondary and assisted in all areas of defensive preparation. Pagano was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he was an All-State performer in football at Fairview High School. He played linebacker at Mesa State (Colo.) from 1985-88 and graduated with a degree in business marketing. Pagano’s older brother, Chuck, was hired in 2008 to coach the secondary for the Baltimore Ravens. Last season, Chuck was the defensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina. John is a part owner of the Mile High Football Camp in Denver, Colorado, which has served the community for the past 32 years. He and wife Kimberly have a son, Jagger.
  • 28 John Pagano, continued O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N John Pagano’s Coaching Experience 1989 — Assistant Coach, Mesa Sate College 1990-91 — Graduate Assistant, University of Nevada-Las Vegas 1992-93 — Assistant Coach, Overland High School, Aurora, Colorado 1994 — Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech 1995 — Graduate Assistant, University of Mississippi 1996-97 — Defensive Assistant, New Orleans Saints 1998-01 — Defensive Assistant, Indianapolis Colts 2002-04 — Defensive Assistant-Quality Control, San Diego Chargers 2005-06 — Assistant Linebackers-Quality Control, San Diego Chargers 2007-08 — Outside Linebackers, San Diego Chargers JOHN RAMSDELL Quarterbacks 14th NFL Season 3rd with Chargers John Ramsdell’s resume reflects excellence in developing young quarterbacks. In 2006, his first year working with Philip Rivers as a starter, he passed for over 3,500 yards and 23 touchdowns as the Chargers went 14-2 and won the AFC West. Rivers was rewarded with a selection to the Pro Bowl. In his sec- ond full year as a starter under Ramsdell, Rivers only passed for 3,100 yards and 21 touchdowns, but he led the Chargers to their second-straight AFC West championship and through the playoffs into the AFC Championship Game. In one of the gutsiest perfor- mances in NFL history, Rivers played in the AFC Championship Game with a torn ACL in his right knee. Ramsdell came to the Chargers from St. Louis where he had similar success with Kurt Warner. A two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and three-time Pro Bowler under Ramsdell, Warner took the Rams to two Super Bowls, including a win over Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner’s successor, Marc Bulger, also benefited from working with Ramsdell as he passed for a then career-high 3,964 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2004. Ramsdell spent a total of 11 seasons with the Rams, serving as quarterbacks coach from 1999- 2002 and from 2004-05. He originally joined the team in 1995and spent three seasons as the team’s tight ends coach. He also took a one-year hiatus from coaching QBs and coached the team’s wide receivers in 2003 with Torry Holt earning a Pro Bowl selection. As quarterbacks coach, Ramsdell saw the Rams lead the league in passing three straight years (1999- 2001). Under his watchful eye, they never ranked any lower than fifth in passing offense, ranking second in 2002, fifth in 2004 and fourth in 2005. In 2005, Bulger finished the year as the league’s fifth-leading passer despite missing eight games due to a shoulder injury and in his career under Ramsdell’s direction, Bulger recorded three of the top six passing games in team history. Ramsdell was the only position coach to work with the Rams during each of their first 11 seasons in St. Louis. Early in his career, Ramsdell logged 19 seasons as a coach on the collegiate level. He spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon, during which time the Ducks played in four bowl games, including the 1995 Rose Bowl. Ramsdell was born in Lafayette, Indiana. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Springfield (Mass.) College and a master’s degree from San Francisco State. Ramsdell played running back in both high school and college. He and his wife, Brenda, have a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Amy. John Ramsdell’s Coaching Experience 1976-77 — Wide Receivers, San Francisco State University 1978 — Assistant Secondary, Long Beach State University 1979-82 — Assistant Coach, University of the Pacific 1983-94 — Wide Receivers, University of Oregon 1995 — Offensive Assistant, St. Louis Rams 1996 — Tight Ends, St. Louis Rams 1997-98 — H-Backs, St. Louis Rams 1999-02 — Quarterbacks, St. Louis Rams 2003 — Wide Receivers, St. Louis Rams 2004-05 — Quarterbacks, St. Louis Rams 2006-08 — Quarterbacks, San Diego Chargers
  • 29 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Continued next page RON RIVERA Inside Linebackers 21st NFL Season 2nd with Chargers KEVIN ROSS Assistant Secondary/ Quality Control 19th NFL Season 2nd with Chargers Ron Rivera’s first year coaching the Chargers’ inside linebackers produced solid results. In his first year as a starter, Stephen Cooper led the team with a career- high 179 tackles during the regular season and he added 38 more in the playoffs. Despite missing two games to injury early in the season, fellow ILB Matt Wilhelm finished second to Cooper with 144 stops for the season. The two players also combined to intercept five passes with Cooper snatching a pair and Wilhelm pulling down three. Rivera’s coaching train pulled into San Diego from Chicago where he coordinated one of the NFL’s top defenses from 2004-06. En route to an appearance in Super Bowl XLI, Chicago led the NFL with 44 takeaways in 2006, while finishing fifth in the league in total defense and third in scoring defense. In 2005 the Bears won their first of two consecutive NFC North titles and ranked second in the NFL in total defense. In Chicago, Rivera and the Bears ran the “Tampa 2 Defense,” a scheme that relies heavily on zone coverage The list of Bears defensive players that went to the Pro Bowl under Rivera includes linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, safety Mike Brown, cornerback Nathan Vasher and defensive tackle Tommie Harris Before becoming a defensive coordinator, Rivera spent five seasons as the linebackers coach under one of the most aggressive defensive coordinators in the NFL, Philadelphia’s Jim Johnson. The Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship Game in each of Rivera’s final three seasons in Philly. Twice during his tenure with the Eagles, the team finished second in the NFL in scoring defense. In 2001, Philadelphia held all 16 of its opponents under 21 points, becoming one of only four teams in NFL history that can make such a claim. Rivera played a key role in the development of linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Rivera is a former Bears linebacker who spent all nine of his professional seasons in Chicago. During his playing career, which included a Super Bowl Championship in 1985, Rivera was coached by the innovative Buddy Ryan, the architect of the “46 Defense” which involved blitzing on nearly every down. Following his retirement, Rivera spent four years (1993-96) as a television analyst covering the Bears and college football for WGN-TV and SportsChannel Chicago. In 1997 he went back to the Bears to work as the team’s first defensive quality control coach. A consensus All-America selection at Cal-Berkeley, Rivera finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in sacks (22) and tackles (336). He also set the school record for single-season tackles for loss (26.5 in 1983). Rivera was drafted by Chicago in the second round of the 1984 draft and played 149 games with the Bears. Rivera was born in Fort Ord, California. His father was an officer in the United States Army and the family lived in Germany, Panama, Washington and Maryland before settling in Marina, California. He attended Seaside High School where he was a three-sport athlete, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. As a senior, he was honored with the Golden Helmet Award as the top football player in the Monterey Bay League. Rivera and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Christopher and Courtney. Ron Rivera’s Coaching Experience 1997-98 — Defensive Quality Control, Chicago Bears 1999-03 — Linebackers, Philadelphia Eagles 2004-06 — Defensive Coordinator, Chicago Bears 2007-08 — Inside Linebackers, San Diego Chargers Kevin Ross’ first season as the assistant secondary coach in San Diego was a memorable one. Working alongside Bill Bradley, he and Ross oversaw a Chargers unit that led the NFL in interceptions (30). The Bolts also led the league in picks during the playoffs with six. Their 30 interceptions in the regular season were the most by a San Diego defense in 38 years (1969) and it marked the first time a Chargers defense ever led the NFL in picks. The Chargers also led the NFL in total takeaways (48), turnover margin (+24) and opponent passer rating (70.0). Ross played defensive back for 14 seasons (1984- 97) and was a two-time Pro Bowl pick. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 1984 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact, racking up a career-high six interceptions en route to earning consensus All-Rookie honors. He played 11 seasons in Kansas City (1984-93 and ’97), earning Pro Bowl honors following the 1989 and ’90 seasons. Chiefs Head Coach Herman Edwards, who was an assistant when Ross played for the Chiefs, called him
  • 30 Kevin Ross, continued O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Kevin Ross’ Coaching Experience 1999-00 — Assistant Coach, Camden High School 2001-02 — Assistant Coach, Woodrow Wilson High School 2003-05 — Secondary, Minnesota Vikings 2007-08 — Assistant Secondary/Quality Control, San Diego Chargers the “toughest” player that he’d ever coached. Ross’ career also included two seasons in Atlanta (1994-95) and one with the Chargers. As a Lightning Bolt in 1996, Ross was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player and a defensive team captain. He retired from the NFL in 1997, ending his career with 1,142 tackles, 38 interceptions and two touchdowns. Upon retirement, Ross returned to his native Camden, New Jersey and spent four years coaching high school football, two at Camden High School (1999-00) and two at Woodrow Wilson HS (2001-02). In 2002, he went to training camp with the Vikings as part of the NFL’s Minority Coaching and Administrative Fellowship Program and in 2003 he was hired as Minnesota’s assistant secondary coach. In his first season in Minnesota, the Vikings ranked second in the NFL with 28 interceptions. San Diego State alum Brian Russell tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions and fellow safety Corey Chavous finished third with eight on his way to a Pro Bowl selection. It was the first time that two Minnesota players recorded at least seven interceptions in the same season and it was the first time since 1998 (Miami) that two players from the same team had as many as eight picks in the same year. In Ross’ second season in Minnesota, the Vikings advanced to the NFC Divisional Playoffs and during their Wild Card win over Green Bay, the Vikings intercepted Packers quarterback Brett Favre four times to tie a team playoff record. Ross was an all-state and all-conference honors linebacker and running back at Paulsboro (N.J.) High School and a four-year letterman at Temple University. He recorded 13 interceptions and 249 tackles during his career with the Owls and he chose Temple despite being recruited to play at Rutgers for Ted Cottrell, who was then the defensive coordinator for the Scarlet Knights. Ross has three daughters, Celia, Cherrelle and Kassidy, and two sons, Jovair and Kevin, Jr. OLLIE WILSON Running Backs 18th NFL Season 6th with Chargers A veteran coach with 17 years of NFL coaching experience on his resume, Ollie Wilson returns to San Diego after spending the last six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2002-07). Wilson originally coached the Chargers’ running backs from 1997-01 and in his final season in San Diego, Wilson tutored rookie running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the runner up for the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Tomlinson had a monster season, setting team rookie records with 1,236 yards, 10 touchdowns and 1,603 total yards from scrimmage. His scrimmage mark was not only a team rookie record, but it also broke Lance Alworth’s 36-year old team record for scrimmage yards. Wilson began his coaching career at the collegiate level, spending the 1974 season as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Springfield (Mass.) College, the 1975-82 seasons as offensive coordinator at Northeastern University and the 1983-90 seasons as the running backs coach at Cal-Berkeley. While coaching in college, he participated in the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, spending time working with the coaching staffs of both the Houston Oilers and the Falcons. It helped him land his first full-time NFL coaching gig in 1991 when he was named the running backs coach in Atlanta. Wilson would spend six seasons (1991-96) with the Falcons during his first stint in Atlanta. He coached three 1,000-yard rushers during that time, including the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, who was selected to the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,083 yards in 1995. Wilson was hired by the Chargers for the first time in 1997. As a team, the Chargers rushed for more than 1,200 yards in four of his five seasons, including 1,728 yards in 1998 and 1,695 yards in 2001. Wilson returned to Atlanta after the 2001 season and would spend the next seven seasons coaching the Falcons’ running backs. During those seven seasons combined, no team in the NFL rushed for more yards than the Falcons’ 13,994. By comparison, the Chargers’ 13,157 yards ranked third. The Falcons set several team rushing records under his direction, including single-season rushing yards (2,939 in 2006) and single-season rushing touchdowns (23 in 2002). The Falcons’ 2,939 rushing yards in ’06 were the ninth-most for a season in NFL history and the most in the league since the Chicago Bears rushed for 2,974 yards in 1984. In 2004, Atlanta rushed for a then team-record 2,672 yards, the third-most single-season yards posted by a team between 1990-04. In a Divisional Playoff game against St. Louis following the ’04 season, the Falcons rushed for a team-record (regular season or postsea- son) 327 yards. Wilson was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He played football, basketball, baseball and ran track at Worcester’s Doherty High School. He went on to Springfield College where he was an honorable mention All-America wide receiver and earned both bachelor’s (physical education) and master’s degrees. Wilson is married to Nadine.
  • 31 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Ollie Wilson’s Coaching Experience 1974 — Wide Receivers, Springfield College 1975-82 — Offensive Coordinator, Northeastern University 1983-90 — Running Backs, University of California-Berkeley 1991-96 — Running Backs, Atlanta Falcons 1997-01 — Running Backs, San Diego Chargers 2002-07 — Running Backs, Atlanta Falcons 2008 — Running Backs, San Diego Chargers JEFF HURD Strength and Conditioning 14th NFL Season 2nd with Chargers VERNON STEPHENS Assistant Strength and Conditioning 4th NFL Season 2nd with Chargers Jeff Hurd, who has 13 years of experience as an NFL strength and conditioning coach, joined the Chargers in the same capacity in 2007. He spent nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (1998-06) and three with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-97). Hurd is member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and owns 24 years of experience in the health and fitness field. In his position with the Chargers, Hurd is responsi- ble for overseeing the team’s off-season conditioning programs which puts an emphasis on improving strength and cardiovascular endurance, while enhanc- ing speed and flexibility. He also supervises the club’s personalized in-season training regiment designed to maintain those off-season gains. Hurd’s previous experience included working as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Fort Hays State in Hays, Kansas (1984); the head strength coach at Delta State in Cleveland, Mississippi (1985-86); an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Clemson (1986-87); and the head strength coach at Western Michigan (1987-1992). Hurd was raised in Parker, Arizona and was a two-year baseball letterman at Imperial Valley Junior College in El Centro, California before transferring to Fort Hays State, where he earned two more letters and graduated in 1981 with a degree in physical education. He also received a master’s degree in physical education from Fort Hays with an emphasis in exercise physiology in 1984. Hurd was born in Pomona, California. He and his wife Kathy have three children: Eric, Austin and Audra. Jeff Hurd’s Coaching Experience 1984 — Graduate Assistant, Fort Hays State University 1985-86 — Strength and Conditioning, Delta State University 1986-87 — Assistant Strength and Conditioning, Clemson University 1987-92 — Strength and Conditioning, Western Michigan University 1995-97 — Strength and Conditioning, Jacksonville Jaguars 1998-06 — Strength and Conditioning, Kansas City Chiefs 2007-08 — Strength and Conditioning, San Diego Chargers men’s basketball program. Prior to his tenure with the Buffaloes, Stephens worked for his alma mater, the University of North Florida, where he started the Divi- sion II school’s strength and conditioning program in 1999. He oversaw all 14 of the University’s athletic programs which encompassed 230 student-athletes. Stephens spent two offseasons with the Jack- sonville Jaguars as a strength and conditioning intern in 2002 and 2003. Stephens is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He played basketball and ran cross country at Stanton College Prep before graduating from the University of North Florida in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science. He and his wife, Tali, have a son, Aidan Joseph. Assistant strength and conditioning coach Vernon Stephens joined the Chargers after spending four sea- sons as an assistant speed, strength & conditioning coach at the University of Colorado, where he worked with the football team as well as the men’s and women’s cross country and track teams and the Vernon Stephens’ Coaching Experience 1999-02 — Head Strength and Conditioning, University of North Florida 2002-03 — Strength and Conditioning Intern, Jacksonville Jaguars 2003-06 — Assistant Speed, Strength and Conditioning, University of Colorado 2007-08 — Assistant Strength and Conditioning, San Diego Chargers
  • 32 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N P L A Y E R P E R S O N N E L JIMMY RAYE Director of Player Personnel 14th NFL Season 13th with Chargers JOHN SPANOS Director of College Scouting 13th NFL Season 11th with Chargers quality control coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Raye’s NFL career began in 1991 when he signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams. He spent the entire ’91 season on the Rams’ roster and later attended training camps with the Chargers (1992) and Houston Oilers (1993). Raye spent the 1994 season as the wide receivers coach for Irvine High School in Irvine, California. He worked briefly for the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League in April 1995. Raye played wide receiver at San Diego State (1986-90) and earned a degree in public administra- tion. He finished his career tied for eighth on the school’s all-time receiving list with 111 catches. Raye was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He earned All-South Coast League honors as a quarterback and defensive back for the Irvine High Vaqueros. He also play ed basketball and ran track at Irvine. His father, Jimmy Raye II, is the running backs coach for the New York Jets. In April 2008, Jimmy Raye was elevated to director of player personnel. He will oversee both the professional and college scouting departments. In addition, Raye will assist A.J. Smith and Ed McGuire on all player personnel matters. Raye has worked in the Chargers’ personnel department for the past 12 years, spending the last eight as the team’s director of college scouting. Raye also spent four years (1996-99) as a scout. He originally joined the Chargers in 1996 after spending the 1995 season as an offensive assistant- 1995. While in high school, he worked summers as an assistant in the team’s football operations office. From 1998-00 he worked under the direction of Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Assistant General Manager, Ed McGuire, who negotiates contracts and is responsible for managing the team’s salary cap. From 2001-03, Spanos served two stints in the NFL’s Management Council office in New York, learning a wide range of league procedures. While in New York, he helped review new player contracts and assisted in the League’s salary cap reconciliation process. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business from Wake Forest University in 2002. Spanos was born in Stockton, California. He attended The Bishop’s School in La Jolla where he lettered in football, basketball and golf and played on three CIF championship teams. Spanos is single and resides in San Diego. John Spanos was promoted to director of college scouting in April 2008 after spending the previous two years as assistant director. In his new role, Spanos will coordinate the team’s scouting efforts in preparation for the annual NFL Draft. Spanos spent the 2003-05 seasons as a pro and college scout, while also working with Ed McGuire in contracts and managing the salary cap. Spanos first started working for the Chargers in RANDY MUELLER Senior Executive 23rd NFL Season 1st with Chargers Previously, Mueller had a two-year stint as the gen- eral manager of football operations for the New Orleans Saints. In his first year on the job, New Orleans went 10-6 and notched the first playoff win in franchise history. Following the 2000 season, he was named NFL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News. Between stints with the Dolphins and Saints, he spent three years as an analyst at ESPN. Mueller began his scouting career in Seattle where he held various positions in the Seahawks’ personnel department over a 17-year period. In 1983, he joined the club as a pro personnel assistant; was named pro personnel director in 1990, and was promoted to vice president of football operations in 1995. A native of St. Maries, Idaho, Mueller played quarter- back at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. As a senior, he led his club to a NAIA Division II National Championship and was named MVP of the title game. Randy and his wife, Lori, have a daughter, Riley. In April 2008, A.J. Smith added veteran NFL person- nel executive Randy Mueller to the Chargers’ player per- sonnel staff. Mueller will take on the role of senior exec- utive and he will scout the top player prospects throughout the country and lend his many years of experience to the front office in helping to continue the steady flow of quality players to the Chargers. Mueller brings 22 years of NFL experience to the Chargers. He most recently served as the general manager of Miami Dolphins, where he spent the 2005-07 seasons.
  • 33 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N DENNIS ABRAHAM Director of Pro Scouting 13th NFL Season 8th with Chargers expanded to include advance scouting of opponents. Prior to joining the Chargers, Abraham spent five years in the personnel department of the Buffalo Bills, where he was responsible for helping to prepare the defensive game analysis for the team’s coaches. Abraham also served as the Bills’ training camp coordinator from 1998-2000. Abraham was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended Akron Central High School in Akron, New York, where he competed in football, basketball and baseball. He continued his football career as a center and tackle at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in sports management. Abraham and wife Amy were married in 2003. They have one son, D.J. Dennis Abraham was promoted to director of pro scouting in 2006 after spending three seasons as the assistant director. He joined the Chargers in 2001, spending two seasons as a pro scout. Abraham currently coordinates the procurement of players during the NFL free agency period. He is also respon- sible for the scouting and evaluation of NFL, CFL and Arena Football League players. In 2002, his role was MIKE BIEHL Assistant Director of College Scouting 11th NFL Season 8th with Chargers also scouting the Midwest region of the country and other key player assignments. Biehl joined the Chargers in 2001 after spending three seasons (1998- 2000) in the personnel department for the Buffalo Bills. Biehl was born in Champaign, Illinois. He attended Paxton High School in Paxton, Illinois, where he played baseball and basketball. He graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1995 and went on to earn his master’s degree in sports management in 1997. Mike and his wife, Kim, have a son, Nathan, and a daughter, Kendall, and reside in Tolono, Illinois. Mike Biehl was promoted to assistant director of college scouting in April 2008. Biehl had served as a college scout in San Diego since 2001. Biehl will assist John Spanos in the college scouting department, while TOM McCONNAUGHEY National Scout 12th NFL Season 11th with Chargers passes for 916 yards and four touchdowns. In ’83, he led the Generals with 42 catches for 691 yards. McConnaughey also was invited to NFL training camps with the New Orleans Saints (1981), New York Jets (1982) and Philadelphia Eagles (1984). He caught on with Minnesota in 1985, but ended up spending the season on their “Reserve-Injured” list. McConnaughey’s collegiate career began at Spokane Falls Community College. He had a standout career there as a wide receiver during the 1975 and ’76 seasons and would later be inducted into the school’s hall of fame, as well as that of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. McConnaughey left Spokane Falls to play at the University of Oregon in 1977 and he completed his eligibility at the University of Central Arkansas from 1978-79. McConnaughey graduated from Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in physical educa- tion in 1980 and later earned his master’s degree in physical education from the school in 1982. He remained at Central Arkansas as a graduate assistant from 1980-82 and then spent one season as an assistant coach at Spokane Falls CC in 1983. McConnaughey was born in Amarillo, Texas. He and his wife, Sheri, have one son, Donny, and a daughter, Monica, and reside in Federal Way, Wash. Tom McCon naughey was named national scout in April 2008. A college scout since 1998 responsible for the West and Southwest, including Texas and California, McConnaughey will now scout top player prospects nationwide. He joined the Chargers in ’98 after spending 1997 as an area scout for National Football Scouting, Inc. McConnaughey also has 14 years of coaching experience on the high school and collegiate levels. He was the head football coach at Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Washington from 1988-96 and an assistant coach at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Wash. from 1986-87. McConnaughey’s professional playing experience includes two seasons as a starting wide receiver for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. He played the 1983-84 seasons, catching 59
  • 34 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N BRYAN COX Pro Scout 5th NFL Season 5th with Chargers on May 1, 2006. Cox joined the Chargers as a scouting intern in 2004 and was elevated to scouting assistant in 2005, working with both pro and college scouting. Cox was born in San Diego. He attended La Costa Canyon High School where he was named first team All-Avocado League as a defensive back and also played wide receiver. He was elected captain and named the team MVP as a senior. Cox graduated from San Diego State in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Cox is single. Bryan Cox was promoted within the Chargers’ player personnel department when he was named pro scout TOM GIBBONS College Scout 17th NFL Season 5th with Chargers including seven seasons as a college scout (1995- 2001) and two seasons as a pro scout (2002-03). Gibbons joined the Bills as an administrative assistant in the scouting department in 1992 after two years (1990-91) as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. Gibbons is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was a four-year letterwinner at I.U.P at both linebacker and tight end. After graduation, he joined the Indians’ staff as tight ends coach in 1989. Gibbons was born in Dunkirk, New York. He and his wife, Kristin, have a son, E.J., and reside in Hamburg, New York. Tom Gibbons joined the Chargers’ personnel department June 1, 2004. He is responsible for evaluating college players in the Northeast region of the United States. Gibbons spent 12 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, ED LANGSDORF College Scout 9th NFL Season 9th with Chargers receivers. Langsdorf spent the 1992-95 seasons as Linfield’s head coach. During his first 12 seasons (1980-1991) at Linfield, he was the school’s wide receivers coach. Langsdorf was born in Vallejo, California. He attended Glasgow High School in Glasgow, Montana, where he played football, basketball and ran track. He continued his football playing career as a defensive end and tight end at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and graduated with a degree in history in 1967. He earned a master’s degree in physical education from Washington State in 1969 and a doctorate of education in physical education from Arizona State in 1979. Ed and his wife, Jan, have a son, Danny, a daughter, Lisa, and two grandchildren, Lindy and Jacob. Danny is the offensive coordinator at Oregon State under former Chargers head coach Mike Riley. The Langsdorfs reside in McMinnville, Oregon. Ed Langsdorf joined the Chargers as a full-time scout prior to the 2000 season. He is responsible for scouting the Northwest region and has been the team’s representative to the National Scouting Combine. Langsdorf spent 20 years as a coach and teacher at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. In 1999, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 1998 he coached the quarterbacks after spending the previous two seasons (1996-97) coaching wide DARRELL MOODY College Scout 7th NFL Season 7th with Chargers college players in the Southeast region of the United States. Moody joined the Chargers from Eastern Randolph High School in Ramseur, North Carolina where he was the offensive coordinator for the 2001 season. During the 1998-00 seasons, Moody was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina. He coached the wide receivers from 1998-99 and in 2000 became the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Moody was also the offensive coordina- tor at North Carolina from 1988-95. In addition to his duties as offensive coordinator, he was the quarter- Darrell Moody joined the Chargers as a full-time scout on June 15, 2002. He has 28 years of experience as a college coach. Moody is responsible for evaluating
  • 35 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N EXECUTIVE STAFF PAUL SKANSI College Scout 18th NFL Season 9th with Chargers Skansi’s NFL career spanned nine seasons. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 1983 draft. He spent the 1983 season with the Steelers and was released during training camp in 1984. Skansi joined the Seattle Seahawks and played eight years in Seattle, during which he recorded 166 receptions for 1,950 yards and 10 touchdowns. He left Seattle following the 1991 season and ended his playing career in 1992 with the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders. As a collegian, Skansi was an all-conference performer and an honorable mention All-America at Washington. He finished his career as the Huskies’ all-time leading receiver with 138 receptions for 1,723 yards. He earned a degree in sociology. Skansi was born in Tacoma, Washington. He and wife Stephanie have two daughters, Taylor and Madison, and reside in Poulsbo, Washington. Paul Skansi joined the Chargers as a full-time scout on June 19, 2000. A former NFL wide receiver, Skansi coached in college prior to joining the Chargers. In 1994 he was an assistant wide receivers coach at his alma mater, the University of Washington. In 1995, he became wide receivers coach at the University of Idaho. In December, 1999 he followed head coach Chris Tormey to the University of Nevada before joining San Diego’s staff. CHRIS HOBBS Executive Assistant– Player Personnel of NFL practice squad players and those who compete in the Arena League. Hobbs was an intern with the Chargers in 2000 and joined the team’s scouting department full-time in 2005. He was born in Hollywood, California and attended North Hollywood High School. He graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. with a degree in sports management. In April, immediately following the 2008 NFL Draft, General Manager A.J. Smith promoted Chris Hobbs to Executive Assistant-Player Personnel. Hobbs’ responsibilities include tracking and writing reports on tapes and DVDs of college players that are independently submitted to the scouting department. Additionally, he helps track prospects from the local universities, including San Diego State and the University of San Diego, while also scouting the Heritage Bowl and the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star games. On the professional level, Hobbs studies tapes backs and running backs coach at Southern Mississippi before returning to N.C. State as defensive backs coach in 1976. From 1977-79, Moody oversaw the Wolfpack’s quarterbacks and running backs. In 1980, Moody was named the running backs coach at Louisiana State, where he remained until 1983. In 1984, he was named the assistant head coach at Appalachian State and from 1985-87, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tulane University. Moody was born in Asheboro. His wife of 38 years, Martha, passed away last October, two months shy of their 39th wedding anniversary. She is survived by Darrell and the couple’s two sons, Chris and Michael. Darrell makes his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. backs coach (1988-89) and running backs coach (1990-95). From 1992-95, the Tar Heels played in four consecutive bowl games. In between stints at North Carolina, Moody was the offensive coordinator at Clemson in 1996 and the wide receivers coach at his alma mater, North Carolina State, in 1997. A native of Asheboro, North Carolina, Moody was a quarterback at N.C. State from 1968-70. He earned a degree in economics and a master’s degree in vocational education. Moody began his coaching career following graduation, spending the 1971-72 seasons at Asheboro High School. He began his colle- giate coaching career as a graduate assistant at N.C. State from 1973-74. In 1975, he was named quarter- TRICIA CAMPANELLA Executive Assistant ELIZABETH SPATOLA Executive Assistant
  • 36 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N F O O T B A L L S T A F F JAMES COLLINS Head Athletic Trainer 21st NFL Season 13th with Chargers technician and surgical assistant for two years with the OASIS Medical Group. Collins is a member of the National Athletic Train- er’s Association and serves on the NFL’s injury and safety panel. In 2005, he was named to the NATA’s Hall of Fame selection committee. In 2006, Collins was named the AFC’s representative for the Profes- sional Football Athletic Trainers Society. From 1980-84, Collins was an aviation physiology technician in the United States Navy. He attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, where he played basketball. Collins was born in Lothian, Maryland. James and his wife, Patricia, have one son, James T. III. James Collins was named the Chargers’ head athletic trainer Jan. 28, 1999. He spent three years as the head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1996-99 after spending the summer of 1995 with the World League’s London Monarchs in the same capacity. Collins spent five years (1991-96) as an assistant athletic trainer with the Denver Broncos. His first athletic training experience in the NFL came with the Chargers when he joined the team as an intern during the 1986 season, shortly after receiving his degree in physical education from San Diego State University. In 1987, Collins was promoted to assistant athletic trainer, a position he held with the team until 1989. During his tenure in San Diego, Collins also served as an orthopedic ATHLETIC TRAINING STAFF DAMON MITCHELL Assistant Athletic Trainer WILL ROGERS Assistant Athletic Trainer BRIAN DUDDY Director of Video Operations 19th NFL Season 19th with Chargers years (1992-94) as a staff assistant. He was a staff assistant for the coaches during the 1994 Super Bowl season. Duddy originally joined the team as a training camp ball boy in 1990. Duddy was born in San Diego and attended Mira Mesa High School. Brian Duddy is in his 11th season as the Chargers’ director of video operations. His department is responsible for filming and edit- ing practice and game footage for review by the play- ers and coaches using the XOS Digital Editing System. Duddy has been with the Chargers for 18 seasons. He spent three years (1995-97) as an assistant in the team’s video department after spending three VIDEO OPERATIONS STAFF JASON NEGUS Assistant Director of Video Operations MATT LeVALLEY Video Assistant ARTHUR HIGHTOWER Director of Player Development 4th NFL Season 4th with Chargers life after football. His duties include administering pro- grams in the areas of continuing education, life skills, financial and career education/planning and career internships. He currently serves on the NFL’s player development continuing education and financial edu- cation committees. In 2007, Hightower received the NFL’s Winston-Shell Award for demonstrating com- mitment and dedication to developing unique and innovative ideas and solutions. Prior to joining the Chargers, Hightower spent three years as assistant director of professional development at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. He oversaw Arthur Hightower joined the Chargers as director of player development in April 2005. He assists players with off-the-field issues and helps prepare them for
  • BOB WICK Equipment Manager 30th NFL Season 30th with Chargers 37 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Wick was born in San Diego. He graduated from Mt. Miguel High School in 1978 and earned an associate degree in business administration from Grossmont College in 1981. He studied finance at San Diego State from 1982-85. Bob is an avid collector of sports memorabilia. He and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Chloe and Courtney, and a son, Robert. Bob is an assistant coach for Chloe’s AA minors softball team. Bob Wick be came the Chargers’ equipment manager prior to the 2000 season. Wick originally joined the team as a ball boy and equipment department assistant during training camp in 1979. He spent three seasons (1980-82) as an equipment assistant before being named assistant equipment manager in 1983. Wick was an equipment assistant with the San Diego Clippers from 1978-1980. Wick is also an equipment liaison for the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls, which are both played in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. EQUIPMENT STAFF CHRIS SMITH Assistant Equipment Manager— Field Manager KEVIN DUDDY Equipment Assistant graphic arts and printing management. Prior to graduation he completed a Wall Street Journal internship in printing production-management. Hightower earned a master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in sports administra- tion from Florida State University in 1998. He worked as an NCAA national office intern from 1997-98, serving in the education services group. Hightower was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and graduated from Brighton High School in Rochester, New York. He and his wife, Tresa, have two daughters, Alexandria and Arielle, and a son, Joshua. the NCAA postgraduate scholarship selection process, the ethnic minority and women’s enhancement scholarship programs, the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and the NCAA national office internship program. He also was an academic counselor for student- athletes at the University of Houston from 2000-01 and at the University of Maine from 1998-99. Hightower played free safety at Florida A&M University, where he was named Male Scholar Athlete of the Year during his junior season. He graduated from FAMU, magna cum laude with a degree in Top Ten Offensive Team Performances In Chargers History Yards Pass Rush Opponent Date 1. 661 501 175 Cincinnati Dec. 20, 1982 2. 610 292 318 Boston* Jan. 5, 1964 3. 593 426 167 L.A. Raiders Nov. 10, 1985 4. 581 370 211 Denver Oct. 20, 1968 5. 567 456 111 N.Y. Giants Oct. 19, 1980 6. 564 415 149 at Miami+ Jan. 2, 1982 7. 557 494 63 Seattle Sept. 15, 1985 8. 554 325 229 Cincinnati Sept. 6, 1968 9. 547 305 242 Buffalo Dec. 14, 1969 10. 544 450 94 at San Francisco Dec. 11, 1982 Top Ten Defensive Team Performances In Chargers History Yards Pass Rush Opponent Date 1. 58 56 2 at Oakland (S.F.) Oct. 22, 1961 2. 99 69 30 Indianapolis Nov. 1, 1992 3. 106 85 21 Oakland Sept. 17, 1961 4. 112 80 32 Chicago Dec. 4, 1978 5. 113 33 80 N.Y. Jets Dec. 6, 1964 6. 118 29 89 Houston Sept. 15, 2002 7. 125 129 -4 at Tampa Bay Sept. 19, 1976 8. 127 118 9 Green Bay Sept. 24, 1978 9. 128 78 50 at Seattle Nov. 5, 2000 10. 129 42 87 at Oakland Sept. 11, 2006 * AFL Championship Game + AFC Divisional Playoff Game
  • 38 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N A D M I N I S T R A T I O N JIM STEEG Executive Vice President– Chief Operating Officer the other event-related elements that he helped conceptualize have became staples throughout professional and Olympic sports. One such element was the use of Jumbotron video screens within the stadium venue. He also enhanced audio-TV broadcasts throughout the stadium and introduced individual radios featuring the national TV and radio broadcasts at every seat, entertainment plazas throughout the stadium and parking lots, an expansive corporate hospitality village, environmental programs including initiating recycling at stadiums and NFL events, ADA enhancements, children’s clothing shops in the stadium, and all-encompassing stadium, hotel and host city decorations. His innovations also include in-stadium promotions, including individual stadium seat cushion giveaways, special pro football trading cards, panoramic cameras, collectibles and unique stadium collection and locker room-only merchandise. Steeg was the driving force behind the league- sponsored Super Bowl charitable events off the field. These events raised more than $50 million dollars for the host communities over 20 years and impacted thousands of children, thanks to programs such as the NFL’s Youth Education Town (YET) Center, the NFL Youth Football Clinic, the NFL Cheerleading Spirit Clinic, the Super Bowl College Lecture Series, “The Taste of the NFL,” Habitat for Humanity’s “Super Bowl Blitz,” “Gridiron Glamour” and the NFL Charities Golf Classic. Steeg also launched and championed the Super Bowl Minority and Women-Owned Emerging Business Program in the early 1990s, mandating that, whenever possible, the league and its various vendors and corporate clients work with local minority- and women-owned businesses. It was the first-of-its-kind emerging business program in professional, collegiate and Olympic sports. Beyond his Super Bowl duties, Steeg, whose title was Senior Vice President, Special Events for the NFL, was in charge of a 26-member department. From 1990-95, he organized the American Bowl Games in Berlin, Germany and Barcelona, Spain. His duties also included the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, the NFL Draft, the NFL’s entire postseason schedule, the NFL-Sr. PGA Tour Golf Tournament, NFL owners’ and all other League meetings and all of the made-for-TV NFL events. These included “The Quarterback Challenge,” “The Ultimate Defender,” “The Pro Bowl Skills Challenge” and “The Alumni Beach Challenge.” Steeg also planned and executed the closing of Times Square in New York and the Mall in Washington D.C., for the inaugural Kickoff Celebrations in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Steeg has been closely associated with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio throughout his career in professional football. Most recently, he initiated the renovation and modernization process that culminated in the opening of two new galleries in Jim Steeg, the man responsible for turning the Super Bowl into the world’s premiere sporting event, was named executive vice president and chief operating officer for the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 15, 2004. This year he will take the reigns of another worldly sporting event as he oversees the logistics for the Chargers’ Oct. 26 game against the New Orleans Saints in London’s Wembley Stadium. Steeg has been instrumental in the team’s success away from the field. He has worked diligently to enhance the fan’s game-day experience at Qualcomm Stadium. In 2007, the Chargers were given the NFL’s most fan-friendly award by FansVoice.com for excellence in stadium ambiance and parking. Steeg also helped the team make a smooth transition to host training camp at Chargers Park. Steeg has helped develop new and stronger relationships with the team’s TV and radio partners; initiated a drive to revamp the team’s website; helped create and implement the team’s 2007 uniform and logo change, and he’s watched the team’s revenue streams grow through sponsorships and record sales of tickets, club seats and suites. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day business operations of the front office, he continues to lend his experience to help the team develop a new, Super Bowl-caliber stadium for San Diego. Over the years he has worked with communities across the country developing new stadiums and stadiums to host the Super Bowl. In his 34 years with the NFL, including 26 in charge of the league’s special events department, the Super Bowl grew from a championship football game to a week-long extravaganza that emphasizes the partici- pation and inclusion of the local game-site community at the business, educational and charitable levels. Steeg was responsible for all aspects of the Super Bowl including stadium build-out and operations; practice-site preparation; pregame and halftime shows; National Anthem performers; team, media, corporate and fan accommodations; corporate hospitality; television broadcasting; telecommunications; trans- portation; security; logo design; decorations and signage; ticketing; the NFL Commissioner’s Party and the Super Bowl Concert Series. He also oversaw the local community Super Bowl Host Committee. During his Super Bowl tenure, Steeg implemented many of the Super Bowl’s signature events. He created the concept of the NFL Experience. This and many of
  • 39 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N San Diego at Torrey Pines Golf Course. He has also been a longtime board member of Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management, the George B. Young Memorial Scholarship Committee, Hunger Related Events and the NFL Youth Education Towns in Houston, New Orleans and Miami. Prior to joining the league office in New York in 1979, Steeg was the business manager/controller for the Miami Dolphins from 1975-78. Born in Boston, Steeg, grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He received an MBA from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s in political science from Miami University. His wife, Jill, is a senior writer for USA Today. His son, Bryce, 29, is a former college quarter- back who graduated from Duke University in 2002. Bryce would continue on to graduate from the London School of Economics in 2003 and Harvard Law School in 2006. He currently works in the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, California. His daughter, Darcy, 27, is a 2003 graduate of Princeton, who earned a master’s of statistics at George Washington University in 2007. Darcy is cur- rently pursuing a P.H.D. in statistics at Cornell University. the spring of 2008. While working at the NFL headquarters in New York, Steeg was the League’s chief liaison to the Hall, helping to choreograph all of the enshrinement weekend events. He chaired the NFL’s league-wide 75th Anniversary celebration in 1994, which featured the initial wearing of throwback uniforms, and helped organize “Pro Football’s Greatest Reunion” in 2000 in which 117 living Hall of Famers returned to Canton. Steeg was among the inaugural class inducted into the Special Events Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2008, Steeg received the Pete Rozelle Award from the New Orleans Touchdown Club and in 2005, he was recognized as the Celebrity of the Year by the Mad Anthonys, a charitable organization of 275 business and professional people in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Steeg is a member of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and currently serves on the boards of the United Way of San Diego, the Downtown YMCA of San Diego and the San Diego Hall of Champions. He was the co-chairman of the events committee for the 2008 U.S. Open, played in JEREMIAH T. MURPHY Executive Vice President Murphy joined the Spanos organization in 1982 after serving as a senior partner at Bowman and Company, a Stockton certified public accountant firm, where he worked from 1971. He attained the rank of Captain during four years in the U.S. Air Force, 1966-1970. Murphy graduated with a degree in business from Bernard Baruch College in New York City in 1966. Murphy is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the California Society of CPAs. Murphy was born in New York, N.Y. He and his wife, Sandra, have two daughters, Lisa and Tara, and son, Gregory. The Murphys reside in Stockton, California, except for Lisa Murphy Stevenson, who lives in San Diego, and Tara Murphy, who lives in Los Angeles. Jerry Murphy is the top fiscal officer for the San Diego Chargers and the A.G. Spanos organization, including A.G. Spanos Construction, Inc.; A.G. Spanos Management, Inc.; A.G. Spanos Development, Inc.; A.G. Spanos Enterprises, Inc.; A.G. Spanos Realty, Inc.; AGS Financial Corporation; A.G. Spanos Securities Corporation and The Spanos Corporation. JEANNE M. BONK Executive Vice President– Chief Financial Officer experience with the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse from 1983-1991 and was a senior audit manager when she joined the Chargers in 1991. Bonk graduated with honors from the University of San Diego in 1983 with a degree in business adminis- tration/accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Bonk was born in Covina, California, and attended Mater Dei High in Santa Ana. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the California Society of CPAs. She is also a member of the San Diego Humane Society Audit Committee. Bonk serves on the board of directors for the San Diego NFL Youth Education Town, Cathedral Catholic High School and the San Diego International Sports Council. Jeanne and her husband, Jim, reside in Bonita, California. Jeanne Bonk originally joined the Chargers June 10, 1991, as chief financial officer and now oversees the team’s day-to-day financial operations as executive vice president and chief financial officer. She is a member of the Chargers’ negotiating team for a new stadium in San Diego. Bonk gained eight years of business and accounting
  • 40 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N MARSHA WELLS Controller of chief financial officer/property management. She obtain ed three years (1976-79) of public accounting experience with the firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., in Decatur, Illinois. Wells graduated with a degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University in 1976 and is a Certified Public Accountant. She obtained a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, in 1982. Wells was born in Beardstown, Illinois, and attended Rushville High School in Illinois. Wells is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is single and resides in Coronado. Marsha Wells joined the Chargers on April 22, 1996 after working 16 years for the A.G. Spanos organization. She joined the Spanos organization in 1980 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and relocated to the San Diego office in 1987 where she assumed the duties ACCOUNTING STAFF RICH ALEXANDER Assistant Controller CHRYSTAL LEE Accounting Manager SHEILA ASKIN Accounts Payable LESLEY FISHER Accounts Receivable STARLENE GANGITANO Payroll/Human Resources Top Ten Coldest Games Date Team W-L Score Temp. Conditions Sun. Jan. 10, 1982 at Cincinnati L 7-27 -9° -59 wind-chill* Sun. Dec. 10, 1972 at Denver L 13-38 9° Mostly sunny Sun. Nov. 19, 1978 at Minnesota W 13-7 15° Partly cloudy Sun. Dec. 19, 2004 at Cleveland W 21-0 18° -10 wind-chill Sun. Dec. 17, 1989 at Kansas City W 20-13 18° Mostly sunny Sun. Dec. 27, 1987 at Denver L 0-24 20° Blizzard Sun. Dec. 16, 1973 at Kansas City L 6-33 22° Overcast Sun. Jan. 20, 2008 at New England L 12-21 23° 9° wind-chill Sun. Dec. 21, 1975 at Cincinnati L 17-47 24° Cloudy Sun. Nov. 24, 1996 at Kansas City W 28-14 25° -5 wind-chill Mon. Dec. 4, 1978 Chicago** W 40-7 48° Clear *NFL record **Coldest game in San Diego Top Ten Warmest Games Date Team W-L Score Temp. Conditions Sun. Sept. 4, 1988 at L.A. Raiders L 13-24 108° Hazy Sun. Sept. 28, 1997 Baltimore W 21-17 105° Sunny Sun. Sept. 24, 1978 Green Bay L 3-24 102° Sunny Sun. Sept. 22, 2002 at Arizona W 23-15 100° Sunny Sat. Aug. 21, 2004 at Arizona* W 38-13 99° Clear Sun. Oct. 9, 1994 Kansas City W 20-6 99° Sunny Fri. Aug. 6, 1976 New England, at Norman, Okla.* W 26-17 98° Sunny Sun. Sept. 16, 1979 Buffalo W 27-19 97° Sunny Fri. Aug. 31, 2001 at Arizona* L 3-16 97° Partly Cloudy Sun. Oct. 4, 1970 at L.A. Rams L 10-37 97° Hazy *Preseason
  • 41 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N KEN DERRETT Vice President– Chief Marketing Officer relationships for the company including SkyDome, TSN and the Canadian Country Music Association. Derrett worked for the Canadian Football League from 1978-1988, developing the annual business and operations plan for the Grey Cup Championship. In San Diego, he serves on the board of directors and the marketing committee for the San Diego Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. He also sits on the marketing committee for the 2008 U.S. Open Golf Championship, as well as the partnership council of the American Cancer Society. Derrett is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba and received his Bachelor of Commerce in sports adminis- tration from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. This year, he received an honorary doctorate in sports administration from Laurentian University. He and his wife, Denise, have two children, Amy and Trevor. Amy is currently attending UCLA. Ken Derrett joined the Chargers as vice president and chief marketing officer in September 2001. Derrett is responsible for all marketing and sales functions for the team. Over the last few years, he has helped grow the team’s revenue base significantly in the areas of premium seat sales, sponsorships and broadcasting. Derrett was the senior vice president for global marketing partnerships for the National Basketball Association, a position he assumed in March of 1999. He joined the NBA in 1995 when NBA Canada was established, and he was named managing director of NBA Canada in 1996. Previously, Derrett was manager, sports and enter- tainment Properties at Labatt Breweries of Canada from 1988-1995. He managed a variety of sports properties including the NFL, Toronto Blue Jays, Canadian Olympic Association, Hockey Canada, the Canadian Curling Association and the Commonwealth Games. In addition, Derrett managed several strategic DENNIS O’LEARY Senior Director of Marketing Partnerships of partnership marketing for the Denver Broncos. He was the director of team and venue services for Integrated Sports International in Denver from June, 1998 to March, 2000. O’Leary also was director of sales for the Interna- tional Hockey League’s Utah Grizzlies from June, 1996-98. He helped the Grizzlies market their home arena, The “E” Center, which would later serve as one of the venues for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. O’Leary began his career in sports as a marketing representative with the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA from 1993-96. O’Leary was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Indiana in 1990 with a degree in economics. He and wife Kari have daughters, Kaitlyn and Kylie, and son, Ryan. Dennis O’Leary joined the Chargers May 3, 2002. Since his arrival, he has been responsible for the devel- opment, sales and management of new and existing strategic partnerships. Through his strengthening of the department, O’Leary has helped set the foundation for the long-term financial stability of the organization. O’Leary spent two years (2000-02) as director EXECUTIVE STAFF JENNIFER STAKIW Executive Assistant MARKETING STAFF S. BRANDON WARD Senior Manager, Marketing Partnerships & Broadcasting DOUG CARNAHAN Corporate Sales Manager CHRIS LEE Corporate Sales Manager AMY SCHREIBER Manager, Client Services ERIN VANDENBERGH Client Services Coordinator LISA SIMMONS Charger Girls Director
  • JOHN HINEK Director of Business Operations 42 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N TODD POULSEN Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Services sales. During his time with the Clippers, their staff ranked fifth in the NBA in new season ticket sales and set franchise records in overall group sales revenue, attendance and sellouts. From 1994-98, Poulsen was an account executive for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He led the depart- ment in season ticket sales and overall revenue. Poulsen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Utah State University wtih a bache- lor’s degree in marketing and from the University of Redlands with a master’s degree in management. Poulsen and his wife, Marilyn, have two daughters, Morgan and Madeline, and reside in San Diego. Todd Poulsen was hired by the Chargers Oct. 30, 2003. He is responsible for all aspects of the ticket department, including sales, service and operations. Poulsen spent 1998-2003 with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, including three years as director of TICKET SALES STAFF TOM MILKS Manager, Premium Seating Sales TRISHA WALTERS Manager, Premium Seating Sales ALLISON ESCOTT Manager, Suite Services STEVE PANKOWSKI Account Executive BRAD STEWART Account Executive Hinek coordinates the team’s travel and is the facilities coordinator for the team’s practice complex. He also serves as the Chargers’ training camp coordi- nator, a role he has held since 1978. He joined the Chargers in 1973 as a ball boy. His father, Frank, was equipment manager of the Oakland Raiders, 1960-62, and brother, Bronco, was the San Francisco 49ers’ equipment manager from 1984-1997. Hinek was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Alameda, California. He attended San Diego State University and graduated with honors in physical education. John is married to the former Barbara DeBarrows of Point Loma. They have two daughters, Camille and Jacquelyn. John Hinek is the director of business operations for the Chargers. From 2000-04, Hinek also oversaw the stadium operations at Qualcomm Stadium. Hinek spent the previous five years (1995-99) as the team’s business manager and he was the team’s director of college scouting from 1990-94. BUSINESS OPERATIONS STAFF JOHN LEATHERWOOD Business Operations Assistant GEORGETTE ROGERS Receptionist CHUCK SANDUSKY Facilities Coordinator PAUL CHAPMAN Head Staff Assistant JAYJAY MANIQUIS Staff Assistant
  • 43 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N BILL JOHNSTON Director of Public Relations Johnston joined the Chargers in March 1979, while attending San Diego State University. He earned a degree in journalism in 1981, and was named public relations assistant that year. He served as assistant director of public relations from 1984-87. Johnston was born in La Mesa, California and attended Helix High School. He is on the board of directors of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, San Diego. While he served as president of the board, the San Diego Chapter was named the national HDSA Chapter of the Year in 2005 and 2007. An avid runner, Johnston has run San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon eight times while raising more than $500,000 to cure HD. Bill and his wife, Ramona, have a son, Jared, and daughter, Hayley. Bill Johnston is in his 19th season as the director of public relations and his 30th season with the team. He oversees all communications for the team, including media relations, publications and editorial content on the team’s website. He also oversaw the organization’s community outreach and public affairs from 1990-00. KIMBERLEY LAYTON Director of Public Affairs & Corporate/Community Relations working for State Assemblywoman Lucy Killea. She became chief of staff for Killea from 1989-1995. In 1993, Layton took a brief leave of absence and entered the race for the open 3rd District City Council seat. In 1995, Layton was appointed Assistant Director for the Department of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of San Diego and in 1996 she was appointed as Director of the department. Kimberley is a graduate of San Diego High School. She earned a degree from the University of California at Irvine. Kimberley is married to Farrell Layton. Kimberley Layton joined the Chargers June 16, 2000 after serving as the chief of staff for San Diego Mayor Susan Golding since 1998. Layton works to expand the Chargers’ outreach and impact in the San Diego community while enhancing the Chargers’ corporate, business, educational and charitable relationships. She over- sees the Chargers Community Foundation, which benefits San Diego’s youth and education community, while continuing the team’s ongoing community outreach efforts. Layton worked in state and local government for 12 years, first entering the political arena in 1988 PUBLIC RELATIONS STAFF SCOTT YOFFE Assistant Director of Public Relations JAMAAL LaFRANCE Media Relations Coordinator JENNIFER ROJAS Corporate Communications Coordinator JOEL PRICE Manager, Internet Services CASEY PEARCE Managing Editor— Web Site & Publications MIKE NOWAK Team Photographer COMMUNITY RELATIONS STAFF JAMES BOURGUIGNON Community Relations Coordinator
  • 44 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N Administration–Public Relations Staff, continued DICK LEWIS Director of Security hospitals and helped players become mentors to troubled teens. He also is the lead vocalist in the band “Time Out,” a rhythm and blues band featuring members of the team’s security staff who are also accompanied by several players. The band entertains at convalescent homes throughout Southern California. Lewis joined the team in 1989 upon his retirement from the San Diego Police Department. During his years in the SDPD, Lewis was a patrol officer, a mem- ber of the department’s school task force and an assis- tant to the Chief of Police for community relations. From 1955-68, Lewis was a hospital corpman in the United States Navy serving with the Marines. He served two 13-month tours in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Lewis was born in Bay City, Texas. He attended Hilliard High School in Bay City. Lewis earned a bache- lor’s degree in law and a doctorate degree in law from Cabrillo Pacific University. Lewis resides in Ramona with daughter, Roshaun and grandson, Jeremy. Dick Lewis has spent the last 19 years as the San Diego Chargers director of security. In 2007, he also served as the team’s director of player outreach, work- ing with the team’s players to develop a positive and active role in the community. He helped create and manage special projects in the community relations and player development areas. Lewis’ weekly tradition of taking players and coaches to serve meals to the homeless is one of the programs he helped create. In addition to his work with the homeless, Lewis has taken players to visit STADIUM OPERATIONS & EVENTS STAFF KEVIN DALY Creative Services Manager TOM CARSON Stadium Operations Manager ELLEN MEADOR Executive Producer Chargers Television SECURITY STAFF RITO ARCIAGA Security NICK JOHNS Security DICKSON ULA Security FRANK URIBE Security SEAN O’CONNOR Director of Stadium/ Game Operations & Special Events His previous positions with the Chargers include director of marketing and events (2001-04), director of event productions and stadium operations (1998-2000), game day and special events manager (1996-98), sky box suites manager (1995-96), ticket marketing manager (1990-95) and ticket sales execu- tive (1989-1990). With a background in special events, O’Connor has worked in that capacity for the NFL at the last 10 Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XLII in Arizona. O’Connor was the director of sales (1986-89) and an account executive (1985-86) with the San Diego Sockers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. O’Connor was born in Buffalo, New York, and attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. He graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of San Diego in 1982. Sean and his wife, Meghann, reside in San Diego with their sons, Liam and Quinn. Sean O’Connor will celebrate his 20th anniversary with the Chargers in 2008. He has been the team’s di rector of stadium/game operations and special events since 2005. O’Connor is responsible for all aspects of stadium operations, including parking, security, game presentation, entertainment, BoltVision, audio, scoreboard operations and fan interactive areas. He also produces special events for the team and acts as a liaison between the Chargers and the team’s concessionaire at Qualcomm Stadium.
  • 45 OWNERSHIP, COACHING & ADMINISTRATION O W N E R S H IP, C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N MICHAEL L. DOUGHERTY Director of Ticket Operations Michael was born in Pasadena, California. He attended Arcadia High School in Arcadia, Calif. He earned a degree in communication from the University of the Pacific in 1988. Mike and his wife, Shannon, live in La Costa. They have daughters Brittany and Mikaela, and sons Connor and Daniel. Michael Doug herty has been the Chargers’ director of ticket operations since 1999. He oversees all aspects of the team’s ticket office, including season ticket accounts, Club level accounts and single-game ticket sales. Dougherty is in his 15th season with the Chargers. He began in 1994 as the assistant director of ticket operations. In 1997, he took on the additional responsibilities as the Gold Club ticket manager. From 1991-94, Dougherty worked for the San Diego Padres. TICKET OPERATIONS STAFF BRIAN OLSON Ticket Operations Manager BETSY PYLE Ticket Operations Assistant SHIRLEY ABOYME Director of Guest Services Shirley attended Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego. She graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara with a degree in business economics and a minor in sports management. She also earned an MBA from National University. Shirley is single and lives in San Diego. In July 2006, Shirley Aboyme returned to the Chargers as director of guest services. She previously worked for the Chargers January 1997 through September 2002, serving as a suite services manager, executive suites coordinator and an administrative assistant. Since September 2002, Shirley has been the premium seating services manager at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. GUEST SERVICES STAFF LINDA GANDY Club Seat Services Manager MEKAELA BERRY Club Seat Services Representative JAMES NAVARRA Guest Services Representative JOSE VIRGEN Guest Services Representative JULIE DALFORNO Customer Service Representative JOANNE HERNANDEZ Customer Service Representative GUEST SERVICES STAFF ERICA HOOPER Guest Services Manager Chargers’ 10 Largest Margins of Victory Date Opponent Score Margin Sat. Nov. 2, 1963 at New York Jets 53-7 +46 Sun. Sept. 17, 1961 Oakland 44-0 +44 Sun. Jan. 5, 1964 Boston* 51-10 +41 Sun. Dec. 14, 1969 Buffalo 45-6 +39 Sun. Oct. 7, 2007 at Denver 41-3 +38 Sun. Nov. 20, 2005 Buffalo 48-10 +38 Sun. Dec. 22, 1963 Denver 58-20 +38 Sun. Dec. 16, 2007 Detroit 51-14 +37 Sun. Oct. 19, 1980 New York Giants 44-7 +37 Sun. Oct. 29, 1961 Denver 37-0 +37 * AFL Championship
  • 46 O W N E R S H IP , C O A C H IN G & A D M IN IS T R A T IO N S U P P O R T S T A F F GEORGE PERNICANO MSGR. DAN DILLABOUGH Team Chaplain SHAWN MITCHELL Team Pastor DR. DAVID CHAO Team Doctor DR. TAL DAVID Team Doctor DR. RICHARD GILBERT Team Doctor DR. JERRY HIZON Team Doctor DR. CALVIN WONG Team Doctor Chargers National TV Night Games (Total Night Games: 29-32, .475; Home Night Games: 22-21, .512) Day Date Opponent W-L Score Mon. 10/12/70 Green Bay L 20-22 Mon. 11/15/71 St. Louis W 20-17 Mon. 11/13/72 Cleveland L 17-21 Mon. 12/15/75 N.Y. Jets W 24-16 Mon. 12/04/78 Chicago W 40-17 Thu. 10/25/79 at Oakland L 22-45 Mon. 12/17/79 Denver W 17-7 Sun. 10/26/80 at Dallas L 31-42 Thu. 11/20/80 at Miami W OT 27-24 Mon. 12/22/80 Pittsburgh W 26-17 Mon. 09/07/81 at Cleveland W 44-14 Mon. 11/16/81 at Seattle L 23-44 Mon. 12/21/81 Oakland W 23-10 Mon. 11/22/82 at L.A. Raiders L 24-28 Mon. 12/20/82 Cincinnati W 50-34 Mon. 09/12/83 at Kansas City W 17-14 Mon. 10/31/83 Washington L 24-27 Thu. 12/01/83 L.A. Raiders L 10-42 Mon. 09/24/84 at L.A. Raiders L 30-33 Mon. 10/29/84 Seattle L 0-24 Mon. 12/03/84 Chicago W 20-7 Mon. 10/28/85 at L.A. Raiders L 21-34 Sun. 12/08/85 Pittsburgh W 54-44 Mon. 10/06/86 at Seattle L 7-33 Thu. 11/20/86 L.A. Raiders L 10-42 Sun. 11/15/87 L.A. Raiders W 16-14 Sun. 11/06/88 L.A. Raiders L 3-13 Sun. 11/12/89 L.A. Raiders W 14-12 Sun. 11/25/90 Seattle L OT 10-13 Sun. 12/01/91 L.A. Raiders L 7-9 Sun. 11/29/92 L.A. Raiders W 27-3 Sun. 11/14/93 Chicago L 13-16 Day Date Opponent W-L Score Mon. 11/29/93 at Indianapolis W 31-0 Sun. 12/12/93 Green Bay L 13-20 Mon. 12/27/93 Miami W 45-20 Sun. 09/04/94 at Denver W 37-34 Mon. 12/05/94 L.A. Raiders L 17-24 Sun. 11/05/95 Miami L 14-24 Mon. 11/27/95 Oakland W 12-6 Mon. 10/21/96 Oakland L 14-23 Mon. 11/11/96 Detroit W 27-21 Sun. 12/01/96 New England L 7-45 Sun. 12/22/96 Denver W 16-10 Thu. 10/16/97 at Kansas City L 3-31 Sun. 11/16/97 Oakland L 13-38 Sun. 11/30/97 Denver L 28-38 Sun. 11/29/98 Denver L 16-31 Sun. 10/29/00 Oakland L 13-15 Mon. 10/27/03 Miami* L 10-26 Sat. 01/08/05 N.Y. Jets^ L OT 17-20 Sun. 09/25/05 N.Y. Giants W 45-23 Mon. 10/10/05 Pittsburgh L 22-24 Sun. 12/04/05 Oakland W 34-10 Mon. 09/11/06 at Oakland W 27-0 Sun. 10/08/06 Pittsburgh W 23-13 Sun. 11/19/06 at Denver W 35-27 Sun. 12/17/06 Kansas City W 20-9 Sun. 9/16/07 at New England L 14-38 Sun. 11/11/07 Indianapolis W 23-21 Mon. 12/24/07 Denver W 23-3 ^ AFC Wild Card Playoff game * Game played at Arizona’s Sun Devil Stadium due to San Diego wildfires
  • include hunting, fishing and backpacking. It’s not uncommon for him and a few friends to take a 2-3 day backpacking trip into Utah’s Uinta Mountains to camp and fish in the range’s many lakes and streams. Bingham lives in San Diego with his wife, Danielle, and the couple’s young daughter, Kayla. One of the family’s favorite places to visit is the beaches of Del Mar and Solana Beach. Ryon’s dad and older brother are both former football players. His dad, Jeff, was a defensive end at Weber State and his older brother, Josh, played defensive end at Southern Utah State. Ryon Bingham had a breakout year in 2007, proving how well he could play when his number is called. Bingham racked up a career-high 58 tackles, played in every game and made the first two starts of his career. The team rewarded him for his play last December with a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Lightning Bolts through the 2010 season. The Sandy, Utah native has been a regular in the defensive line rotation for the last two seasons and should continue to see his game ascend in 2008. Bingham is a true outdoorsman. His hobbies TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round draft choice (204) by San Diego, April 25, 2004…signed three-year contract July 13, 2004...re-signed to one-year contract with Chargers, March 15, 2007...signed three-year con- tract extension with Chargers thru 2010, Dec. 24, 2007. 2007: Collected seven stops and saw extended play- ing time Week 2 at New England after Jamal Williams was sidelined with elbow injury…started in place of Jamal Williams at DT Oct. 28 vs. Houston…matched career high with seven stops vs. Texans, including two-yard tackle for loss…started for Luis Castillo and Jacques Cesaire at DE Nov. 18 at Jacksonville and responded with career-high 10 tackles…shared fourth-quarter sack with Shaun Phillips Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore…helped force early second quarter three- and-out with three-yards sack on third-and-four play Dec. 2 at Kansas City…shared tackle for loss with Drayton Florence among nine stops at Oakland Dec. 30…led defensive line and second on team with eight tackles in Jan. 20 AFC Championship Game at New England. 2006: Saw action Weeks 1-16 and for AFC Playoff game vs. New England…collected first sack of season for one-yard loss on first play of second quarter Nov. 19 at Denver…shared five-yard sack with Shaun Phillips on first play of fourth quarter in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26...Bolts trailed 14-7 at time and two plays after sack, Quentin Jammer intercepted pass on third-and-15 play that set up game-tying touchdown…tallied season-high four stops at Seattle Dec. 24. 2005: Spent Weeks 1-13 on Chargers’ practice squad…inactive Weeks 14-15…recorded one tackle in first-career game in season finale versus Denver. 2004: Placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Aug. 31 with torn biceps tendon in his left arm…suf- fered injury during training camp practice on Aug 17. COLLEGE: Second-team All-Big 12 as senior and honorable mention as junior…Academic All-Big 12 choice as junior…named to Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll as sophomore…redshirted as true freshman in 1999 and missed 2000 season due to broken right foot…played at Nebraska from 1999- 2003…graduated with degree in criminal justice. PERSONAL: Born in Salt Lake City, Utah…Salt Lake Tribune Defensive Player of Year and all-state choice at Alta High School in Sandy, Utah…Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of Year in Utah…two-time Class 5A heavyweight wrestling champion with 64-1 record including 58 pins. 48 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2004 San Diego 0-0 Reserve-Injured (biceps) 2005 San Diego 1-0 1-0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2006 San Diego 16-0 7-13 20 1.5-3.5 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2007 San Diego 16-2 32-26 58 1.5-8 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Totals 33-2 40-39 79 3.0-11.5 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Postseason 4-0 7-7 14 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 10, at Jacksonville, Nov. 18, 2007 Sacks — 1, twice, Last: at Kansas City, Dec. 2, 2007 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 8, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2007, 2. RYON BINGHAM Defensive Tackle Nebraska 6-3, 303 Draft 7A - ’04 4th NFL Season Alta HS 4th with Chargers Sandy, Utah 97
  • George W. Bush, who had also flown to the carrier to deliver a speech to the nation declaring an end to the hostilities in Iraq. Binn was photographed with the nation’s Commander in Chief. In 2000, he received a special invitation to fly in an F-18 with the Navy’s Blue Angels. Throughout his NFL career, Binn has been one of the Chargers’ most active players in the community. In 1998, he started the David Binn Foundation to support environmental education and scholarship programs. The foundation supports several worthy causes including the annual “Teddy Bear Drive to Children’s Hospital,” in which Binn joins forces with the Coronado Police Department to deliver stuffed animals to young patients. Binn has visited many interesting places, including Russia, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, Europe and Costa Rica. His great grandparents on his father’s side are Russian emigrants who moved to the United States during the Russian Revolution. During the trip to Rus- sia, Binn visited Red Square, a Russian orphanage out- side of Moscow, saw a ballet at the Minsky Theater, and also traveled to St. Petersburg where he visited The Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and oldest art galleries and museums of human history and culture in the world. A native of San Mateo in Northern California, Binn now makes his home year-round in Pacific Beach. In 2007, he was honored in his hometown when he was elected into the San Mateo County Hall of Fame, joining such stars as NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann and former San Francisco Giants’ slugger Barry Bonds. At his home in Pacific Beach, Binn owns a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Kingston. 49 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Long Snapper California 6-3, 223 Free Agent - ’94 14th NFL Season San Mateo HS 14th with Chargers San Mateo, Calif. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers as undrafted rookie, April 28, 1994…re-signed July 18, 1995…re-signed May 8, 1996…re-signed Feb. 25, 1998…re-signed Feb. 14, 2000…re-signed March 5, 2002…re-signed March 2, 2003…signed five-year contract March 3, 2004...signed new four-year contract thru 2011, May 12, 2008. 2007: Handled all of the team’s long snapping duties for placekicks and punts…recorded two special teams tackles in postseason play. 2006: Selected to play in 2007 Pro Bowl as special teams “needs” player...handled all deep snaps Weeks 1-16 and in AFC Divisional Playoff game…played in 200th-career game Week 9 at Cincinnati, tying team record shared by Junior Seau and Russ Washington…broke team- record for career games played Week 10 at Denver, playing in 201st career game…made heads up play in Dec. 17 win over Kansas City…with Bolts up 7-3 in second quarter, punter Mike Scifres had ball blocked, but it rolled forward and was picked up by Kansas City player who then fumbled…heads up Binn recov- ered fumble and since it had gone past line of scrim- mage it gave possession back to San Diego…on very first play after fumble recovery, LaDainian Tomlinson The longest tenured player on the Chargers’ roster and the only remaining player from the Chargers’ 1994 Super Bowl team, long snapper David Binn is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (223) heading into 2008. Known for pinpoint accuracy, Binn is among the best at his trade. He’s a 15-year veteran who joined the Chargers as an undrafted free agent from Cal-Berkeley in 1994 and has spent his entire NFL career in Lightning Bolts. He is also one of the league’s most durable players, having missed only one game in his career due to injury during his first 14 seasons. This season, Binn will tie Hall of Fame quar- terback Dan Fouts and former tackle Russ Washington for the most seasons (15) with the Chargers. Long overlooked, Binn was finally rewarded with his first trip to the Pro Bowl after the ’06 season when AFC coach Bill Belichick selected him as the confer- ence’s “need” player. Binn’s accurate snaps have helped the careers of several of the leading kickers and punters in team history, including the team’s current duo of Nate Kaeding and Mike Scifres, and past greats like John Carney and Darren Bennett. In May 2008, Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith rewarded Binn with a new four-year contract that will keep him with the Chargers through the 2011 season. Binn is also an avid golfer whose pinpoint accuracy with his clubs has allowed him to record a handicap that hovers in the low single digits. He has been invited to compete in golf tournaments around the country. In 1999, he won a trip to Hawaii in a hole-in- one contest sponsored by a local golf venue. Since his arrival in San Diego, Binn has been a supporter of the local military. In May 2003, he visited the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln at sea as the ship and its crew returned to San Diego from the war in Iraq. Aboard the ship, he was joined by President DAVID BINN Long Snapper California 6-3, 223 Free Agent - ’94 15th NFL Season San Mateo HS 15th with Chargers San Mateo, Calif. 50
  • 50 Games Played-Started: 1994 (16-0, San Diego); 1995 (16-0, San Diego); 1996 (16-0, San Diego); 1997 (16-0, San Diego); 1998 (15-0, San Diego); 1999 (16-0, San Diego); 2000 (16-0, San Diego); 2001 (16-0, San Diego); 2002 (16-0, San Diego); 2003 (16-0, San Diego); 2004 (16-0, San Diego); 2005 (16-0, San Diego; 2006 (16-0, San Diego); 2007 (16-0, San Diego); Total (223-0). Postseason Games Played-Started: 1994 (3-0, San Diego); 1995 (1-0, San Diego); 2004 (1-0, San Diego); 2006 (1-0, San Diego); 2007 (3-0, San Diego); Total (9-0). Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 1994, 10; 1995, 3; 1997, 2; 1998, 3; 1999, 2; 2000, 3; 2001, 3; 2002, 2; 2003, 8; 2004, 1; 2005, 1; 2006, 5; Total, 43. Special Teams Fumble Recoveries — 2006, 1. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 2. ripped off career-long 85-yard touchdown run to give Bolts 14-3 lead…in playoff game against New England, downed third quarter Mike Scifres punt at two-yard line after Kassim Osgood made outstanding diving play to keep ball from rolling into end zone. 2005: Selected to USA Today’s All-Joe Team...han- dled all deep snaps Weeks 1-16…played in 100th consecutive game at Denver Sept. 18. 2004: Handled all snapping duties Weeks 1-16 and for Wild Card Playoff game. 2003: Racked up three special teams tackles at Detroit Dec. 7 and at Chicago Nov. 2…han- dled all deep snaps Weeks 1-16. 2002: Handled all long snapping duties Weeks 1-16. 2001: Handled all special teams snaps. 2000: Handled snapping duties in all 16 games. 1999: Saw action in all 16 games as deep snapper. 1998: Handled snapping duties in 15 regular-season games…missed only game of NFL career at Seattle Dec. 13 with shoulder injury suf- fered at Washington previous week. 1997: Handled snapping duties in all 16 regular-season games. 1996: Handled snaps in 16 regular-season games…suffered groin injury at Denver Oct. 6 and missed second half of game. 1995: Long snapper on punts and field goals in 16 regular-season and one postseason con- test. 1994: Handled all snapping chores as rookie in regular season and three playoff games…posted career-high 10 special teams tackles. COLLEGE: Played in 42 career games at California from 1990-93…team had only one blocked kick during his career…earned degree in ecology and social systems. PERSONAL: Born in San Mateo, California…grew up in Foster City, Calif….earned All-Peninsula Athletic League honors as junior and senior at San Mateo High School…lettered in football, basketball and golf. followed Casey as the starting quarterback at Wyoming and spent time in 2006 as a free agent with the New England Patriots. The boys’ father, Tom, also played football at Wyoming and is now an insurance salesman. Their mother, Jill, is an elementary school principal. Casey and Corey’s youngest brother, Connor, was also a collegiate athlete, starring on the pitcher’s mound at Wayne State University in Wayne, Nebraska. The Bramlet boys grew up in a tight family in Wheatland, Wyoming, about an hour north of the state capital of Cheyenne. Casey grew up playing football, basketball and track, and enjoyed water skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, golfing and snow skiing during summer and winter breaks. Casey graduated from Wyoming with a degree in business In April, the Chargers claimed quarterback Casey Bramlet off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. He will compete for one of the team’s three quarterback spots. Bramlet has logged many frequent-flyer miles during his football career. It began as a collegian at the University of Wyoming and continued in the NFL where he spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and the Dolphins. He also spent time overseas, playing for the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europa in 2007. Coincidentally, while he was in Europe, Bramlet got to play against his younger brother, Corey, another former Wyoming quarterback who was playing for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFLE in ’07. Corey David Binn, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S CASEY BRAMLET Quarterback Wyoming 6-4, 220 Waivers (Miami) - ’08 2nd NFL Season Wheatland HS 1st with Chargers Wheatland, Wyo. 8
  • 51 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS Nov. 5, 2006, he rolled an ankle against Cleveland that cost him four games of that season. Castillo fought back this season as he did in ’06 and collected a sack in a Monday Night Football game against Denver upon his return. He finished the year strong and had a solid postseason, leading the team with two sacks. Castillo is fluent in Spanish. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to the Dominican Republic with his mother, Maria, when he was a child. They returned to the States when he was 5, and the family settled in New Jersey. Luis returns to the Dominican Republic every offseason where he is revered as a national icon. During his trips to the Dominican, Castillo hosts a youth football clinic and does many community appearances. In 2005, he was honored with the Youth of the Year Award for excellence outside of the Dominican Republic. Castillo has also emerged as a community leader in San Diego and south of the border in Mexico. This year, he hosted youth football camps in Tijuana and La Paz, Mexico. In July, he was honored with the 2008 Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo, only the second Dominican player to be drafted and start in the National Football League, keeps building an image that goes well beyond the United State and the Dominican Republic. In March, Luis was one of three NFL players invited to spend a week visiting with U.S. troops stationed at military bases throughout the Persian Gulf. Castillo, Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King visited military bases in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. Castillo kept an internet blog of his travels on Chargers.com and NFL.com. Following the tour, Castillo spent additional time abroad, visiting Egypt and Greece. The trip overseas was a much-needed distraction for Castillo, who for the second year in a row battled through an injury-marred season. In a Nov. 4 game at Minnesota, Castillo rolled an ankle and ended up missing six games. Almost exactly a year earlier on Continued next page she and Casey were married in July 2007 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They have a one-year old white Labrador retriever named Bentley. administration and is currently working on a master’s degree in sports administration. Casey’s wife, Marci, played soccer at Wyoming and TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round draft choice by Cincinnati (218th overall), April 25, 2004... signed with Bengals, July 29, 2004...waived by Cincinnati, Sept. 3, 2005...signed with Washington, Jan. 19, 2006...waived by Redskins, Aug. 28, 2006...re-signed with Redskins, Jan. 3, 2007... waived, Aug. 6, 2007...signed with Atlanta, Aug. 13, 2007...waived by Falcons, Sept. 1, 2007...re-signed to Falcons’ practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007...signed to Falcons’ active roster, Sept. 7, 2007...waived by Atlanta, Sept. 18, 2007...signed to Miami’s practice squad, Oct. 24, 2007...signed to Dolphins’ active roster, Dec. 22, 2007...waived by Miami, April 24, 2008...claimed by Chargers, April 25, 2008. 2007: Atlanta’s third quarterback Weeks 1-2...spent eight weeks on Miami’s practice squad before being signed to active roster and de-activated as third quarterback for final two games. 2004: Inactive as Cincinnati’s third quarterback Weeks 1-13...Bengals’ backup Weeks 14-16 but did not play. NFL EUROPA: MVP of 2007 World Bowl after leading Hamburg Sea Devis to NFL Europa Championship… finished season with 100.0 passer rating after completing 133 of 220 for 1,810 yards and 15 TDs…also played for Sea Devils in 2005, starting 10 games and leading team to 5-5 mark…went 131 of 212 for 1,463 yards with seven TDs and 10 INTs…named league’s offensive player of week after 2005 game vs. Frankfurt. COLLEGE: Shattered school records by finishing career at Wyoming with 9,864 passing yards and 767 completions...started each of final 35 games and became first player in school history with three 3,000-yard seasons...redshirted in 1999...played at Wyoming from 1999-03...earned all-conference and all-district academic honors with 3.1 GPA...graduated with degree in business administration and working toward master’s degree in sports administration. PERSONAL: Born in Casper, Wyoming...all-state football and basketball player at Wheatland High School...member National Honor Society. V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S LUIS CASTILLO Defensive End Northwestern 6-3, 290 Draft 1B - ’05 4th NFL Season Garfield HS 4th with Chargers Garfield, N.J. 93
  • 52 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (28) by Chargers, April 23, 2005…signed five-year contract July 27, 2005. 2007: Ended first-quarter drive Oct. 14 vs. Oakland with 10-yard tackle for loss on third-and-32 play… Oct. 28 vs. Houston, shared two-yard tackle for loss in second quarter with Stephen Cooper…then in third quarter, shared one-yard sack with Marques Harris on third-and-six play to force punt…eight-yard sack on final drive of first half Week 8 at Minnesota helped set up missed field goal that Antonio Cromartie would return NFL-record 109 yards for touch- down…would later leave game on opening drive of third quarter with severe ankle injury…inactive for Games 9-14 due to that ankle injury…returned to action Week 15 against Denver on ESPN Monday Night Football Dec. 24 and collected second-quarter sack of Jay Cutler for six-yard loss on third-and-nine play…also helped end fourth-quarter drive with pass defensed on fourth-down play…returned to starting lineup Dec. 30 at Oakland…big performance in AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee included sack and tackle for loss…stopped LenDale White for three-yard loss in second quarter to help force three- and-out…later helped put game away with fourth- quarter two-yard sack on third-and-14 play…helped force New England turnover with three-yard sack of Tom Brady on opening series of third quarter in AFC Championship Game…sack came on second-and-nine play and on next snap facing third-and-12, Brady was intercepted by Drayton Florence at Chargers’ 44-yard line…Bolts drove for field goal on ensuing possession and cut Patriots’ lead to 14-12. 2006: Second- Luis’ mother is his inspiration. She was raised in a small village in the Dominican that had no running water or electricity and few educational opportunities. Today, she runs a multimillion-dollar company in New York that imports hair-care products from her homeland. Luis hopes that he too can emulate his mom’s success in the business world. In 2007, he returned to his alma mater and enrolled in the NFL’s Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The four-day program focused on developing and selling a brand and evaluating franchise opportunities. He attended the program with teammate Shaun Phillips. Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence for his work in the Hispanic community. Castillo is the host of “Shop with a Charger,” a holiday-season event for abused and neglected children, some of whom are homeless as well. Each child who participates in the event enjoys dinner with Luis and his teammates and receives a Holiday Gift Card from WalMart. And last November, Castillo surprised San Diego resident Dave Buckles with tickets to a game after Buckles, the golf superintendent at an area resort, and some of his co-workers helped save more than a half-dozen homes from the wildfires that ravaged San Diego County in October. Castillo, who resides in Poway, was among more than 50 Chargers’ players and staff that were forced to evacuate their homes because of the fires. In March, Castillo (top right), Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris (bottom right) and Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker (top center) spent a week visiting with U.S. troops stationed at military bases throughout the Persian Gulf. Organized by the NFL and the USO, the players visited military bases in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. Photo: Michael A. Clifton/USO Luis Castillo, continued
  • 53 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad…started Weeks 1- 8 at defensive end…in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland, racked up 1.5 sacks and led team with seven total tackles…teamed with Shaun Phillips to sack Aaron Brooks for three-yard loss on third-and-nine play in second quarter…on ensuing drive, Bolts kicked field goal for 13-0 lead…on last play of third quarter, sacked Brooks again for seven-yard loss to help force punt two plays later…Chargers drove 58 yards for touchdown and 20-0 lead on following drive…regis- tered tackle for loss among pair of stops Week 2 vs. Tennessee…collected 1.5 sacks to go along with seven tackles against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8…shared three-yard sack with Igor Olshansky in third quarter on drive after Bolts had scored touchdown to take 17-13 lead…helped force punt three plays later…sacked Ben Roethlisberger for eight-yard loss on first play of Pittsburgh’s last offen- sive series of game…had first interception of his career in San Francisco Oct. 15…was only fourth interception by Chargers lineman this decade and first since Adrian Dingle in 2004…later closed out game with six-yard sack on San Francisco’s final play of game…Oct. 22 in Kansas City, Castillo had fumble recovery after Marques Harris sack and forced fum- ble that allowed Chargers to drive and tie game 27- 27 late in fourth quarter…led defensive line with six tackles, Oct. 29 against St. Louis, including one-yard tackle for loss against Tony Fisher on last play of first half…collected five-yard sack on third down play to force field goal attempt in second quarter against Cleveland Nov. 5…injured ankle in Browns game and was inactive Weeks 9-12…came back Week 13 against Denver after missing last four games with ankle injury…was only going to see limited action but was pressed into duty when Jacques Cesaire left game with neck injury…ended up making huge play in fourth quarter by sacking Jay Cutler for eight-yard loss on fourth-and-two play…five plays later, LaDainian Tomlinson scored his NFL record-tying 28th touchdown of season on six-yard run…started Week 14 vs. K.C. and collected four-yard sack against Trent Green on first-down play in fourth quarter…re- injured ankle in Kansas City game and inactive Weeks 15-16…returned to starting lineup for AFC Divisional Playoffs vs. N.E.…pressured Tom Brady into throwing interception to Drayton Florence on third-and-10 play early in third quarter…shared one-yard tackle for loss with linebacker Stephen Cooper late in fourth quarter. 2005: All-Rookie Team selection by NFL.com, Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America…saw action at defensive tackle in season opener against Dallas and had two tackles in first-career game…started Weeks 2-8 at left defensive end…helped hold Philadelphia to 24 yards rushing one week after holding Oakland to 39 yards on ground…broke up pass on third-down play in third quarter to force Eagles punt in game Philly led 10-7…after 22-yard shanked punt, Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing drive for 14-10 lead…had big game in 28-20 win over Kansas City Oct. 30 with 1.5 sacks…combined with Stephen Cooper on five-yard sack on Chiefs second offensive play of game…late in fourth quarter with Bolts up 28-13, sacked Trent Green for six-yard loss on third-and-two play at Chargers’ three-yard line…Chiefs went for it on fourth down and turned ball over to Chargers on downs, keeping score 28-13…two-yard sack and forced fum- ble on third-and-14 on first play of second quarter against Buffalo Nov. 20…ball was fumbled out of bounds as Bills retained possession… counted tackle for loss among three stops against Redskins Nov. 27…helped hold Oakland to 81 rushing yards in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Dec. 4 with 24 yards coming on final play of game…shared three-yard tackle for loss with Shawne Merriman in first quarter against Miami Dec. 11…helped force Dolphins punt two plays later and on ensuing drive, Chargers scored touchdown for 7-0 lead…turned in one of biggest plays of season with three-yard sack with 3:10 remaining in fourth quarter at Indianapolis Dec. 18…play was big as it took place at San Diego 35-yard line on third-and-21 play, moving Colts out of field goal range and forcing punt to preserve 19-17 lead…two plays after punt went for touchback, Michael Turner took handoff and went 83 yards for touchdown to seal 26-17 victory…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after collecting three tackles for loss among season-high eight total stops at Kansas City Dec. 24…credited with tackle for loss among four stops against Denver Dec. 31. COLLEGE: Only fourth player in school history to earn All-America and Academic All-America honors in same season…2004 first-team All-America by Pro Football Weekly, second-team All-Big Ten, Academic All-America by ESPN and second-team Academic All-Big Ten…2003 first-team Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten…winner of school’s Carnig Minasian Citizenship Award…named United Auto Workers Lineman of Game after 2003 Motor City Bowl against Bowling Green… second-team Academic All-District by CoSIDA and Academic All-Big Ten in 2002…finished career with 251 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 19.5 tackles for loss… played at Northwestern from 2001-04…earned degree in economics. PERSONAL: Born in Brooklyn, New York… SuperPrep All-America at Garfield High School in Garfield, New Jersey…first-team all-state and all-county as junior and senior by Associated Press and Newark Star-Ledger…three-time first-team all-league choice… team captain and team MVP as senior…also lettered in track and wrestling as state’s top heavyweight… member of Math Honor Society, National Honor Society and Honor Roll.
  • 54 Luis Castillo, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Passion 4 Life vitamin company and Dlush Deluxe Beverage stores. Jacques is married to the former Jill Murray, his college girlfriend from Southern Connecticut State. Jacques and Jill are both devout Christians and often host bible study sessions and barbecues for teammates and close friends at their home in Scripps Ranch. Each offseason for the past five years, the Cesaires have returned to Jill’s hometown of Groton, Connecticut and participated in the NFL’s United Way Weekend. It includes a football camp, as well as school and hospital visits. This year when they returned, Jacques was presented with a community service award from the United Way. He joined some of his counterparts, Will Shields and Matt Birk, among NFL players who have been recipients of the award. The Cesaires recently started a nonprofit foundation to benefit the Monarch School in San Diego, a school for homeless teens. Cesaire also contributes to a Chargers’ program in which staff members feed the city’s homeless every Thursday night. Out of his own pocket, he purchases sandwiches that are distributed to the homeless. Jacques Cesaire (SEE-zair) is one of the most versatile players on the Chargers’ defensive line. He’s a player who can capably defend the run or rush the passer from either side of the line. Cesaire saw action in every game in 2007 and was called upon to start six games. He responded with a career-high 50-tackle season as the Chargers boasted the NFL’s seventh- best run defense. Cesaire wreaked havoc against Tennessee twice during the season, racking up a season-high 11 tackles in Week 14 and then recording a sack when the teams met in January in an AFC Wild Card Playoff game. Jacques has four siblings and his Haitian-born parents are both nurses in his hometown of Gardner, Mass. Jacques’ father, Carmy, has had an unbelievable amount of good fortune during his lifetime, twice scratching lottery tickets to reveal that he’d won $1 million. It happened once before Jacques came into the NFL and happened a second time just a couple of years ago. Despite their amazingly good fortune, both of Jacques’ parents continue to work. Jacques’ interests include bowling, basketball, shooting pool, playing video games and spending time with his niece, Nadia. He is an investor in the TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2003…re-signed March 24, 2005…signed five-year contract Feb. 13, 2006. 2007: Collected 12-yard sack and forced fumble late in first half of season opener vs. Chicago…helped end late second quarter drive vs. Baltimore Nov. 25 with eight-yard sack on third-and-11 play…Bolts scored TD on ensuing drive to take 19-7 lead…shared Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2005 San Diego 16-15 37-12 49 3.5-13.5 0-0 0 0 3 1-0 2006 San Diego 10-9 25-27 52 7-41 1-1 1 0 1 0-1 2007 San Diego 10-9 21-18 39 2.5-14.5 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Totals 36-33 83-57 140 13.0-69 1-1 1 0 5 1-1 Postseason 4-4 9-4 13 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 8, four times, Last: vs. Oakland, Oct. 14, 2007 Sacks — 1.5, three times, Last: vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 8, 2006 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 6, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Sacks — 1, twice, Last: at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2005, 6; 2006, 2; 2007, 2; Total, 10. Additional Postseason Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2006, 1; 2007, 1; Total, 2. Luis Castillo, continued JACQUES CESAIRE Defensive End So. Connecticut State 6-2, 295 Free Agent - ’03 6th NFL Season Gardner HS 6th with Chargers Gardner, Mass. 74
  • 55 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S four-yard sack with Igor Olshansky in Dec. 2 game at Kansas City…racked up season-high 11 tackles Dec. 9 at Tennessee …recorded three-yard first-quarter sack in Jan. 6 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. Tennessee. 2006: Took over Week 1 for injured Igor Olshansky (knee) after he was hurt on first series of game and finished night with three tackles…also started Week 2 for Olshansky…played Weeks 3-5, 8 & 14 in reserve role…lone tackle against Pittsburgh Oct. 8 was for four-yard loss on third-and-17 play to force Pittsburgh punt late in third quarter of 17-13 game…Bolts drove for field goal on ensuing posses- sion to stretch lead to 20-13…started Weeks 6-7 in place of Olshansky…made one of team’s biggest defensive plays of season in third quarter of Oct. 29 game against St. Louis, stripping ball from Stephen Davis at San Diego 25-yard line as Rams were driving in 14-7 game…Marlon McCree scooped up fumble and returned it 79 yards for touchdown that instead gave Chargers 21-7 lead…it was Cesaire’s first-career forced fumble …led team with career-high two sacks Nov. 5 against Cleveland…helped stall first-quarter drive with six-yard sack on third-down play in first quarter…later added three-yard sack on third-down play during second-quarter drive…started Weeks 9- 13 for injured Luis Castillo (ankle)…led defensive line with nine tackles and two quarterback pressures in 35-27 win at Denver Nov. 19…shared eight-yard sack with Derreck Robinson on second-down play during Oakland’s final drive late in fourth quarter Nov. 26…Bolts intercepted pass two plays later to secure 21-14 victory…despite battling flu-like symptoms throughout Dec. 24 game in Seattle, racked up 1.5 sacks and tackle for loss en route to being selected as Chargers Alumni Player of Week…had sacks on back-to-back drives in second quarter, including eight- yard sack against Matt Hasselbeck on second-and-14 play and shared six-yard sack with Shawne Merriman on third-and-10 play…both drives in which he incurred sacks ended in three and outs…later tackled Shaun Alexander for one-yard loss in fourth quarter…came out of Arizona game Dec. 31 with left knee injury and did not return…inactive for AFC Playoff game vs. New England. 2005: Started Week 1 at left defensive end and Weeks 2-4 at right defensive end…had key tackle for loss in Oct. 2 win at New England…tackled Corey Dillon for seven-yard loss on first possession of third quarter to help force punt three plays later in 17-17 game…Chargers scored touchdown on ensuing possession to take 24-17 lead…played, but did not start Week 5 against Pittsburgh…helped close out 27-14 win at Oakland Oct. 16 with fourth quarter five-yard sack against Kerry Collins…helped hold Philadelphia to season-low 24 yards rushing Oct. 23, just one week after holding Oakland to 39 yards on ground…helped contain Oakland to 81 rushing yards in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Dec. 4 with 24 yards coming on final play of game…tallied season- high seven tackles in Dec. 31 game against Denver. 2004: Recorded one-half sack in Tennessee game Oct. 3…started Weeks 5-16 and AFC Wild Card Play- off game…tallied career-high four tackles at Carolina Oct. 24…registered tackle for loss among three stops at Indianapolis Dec. 26…collected two stops in Wild Card Playoff game vs. New York. 2003: Inactive Weeks 1-12…played in first-career game at Detroit Dec. 7… had 12-yard sack of Joey Harrington negated by defensive holding penalty… had tackle for loss among first three career tackles at Pittsburgh Dec. 21. COLLEGE: All-America selection by American Football Coaches Association following senior season… named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Lineman of Year…selected to play in Cactus Bowl all-star game…all-conference first-team pick as junior… finished career with 206 tackles including 54 tackles for loss and 21 sacks… forced four fumbles…played at Southern Connecticut State from 1998-2002… majored in history and political science. PERSONAL: Born in Worcester, Massachusetts… lettered in football, basketball and track at Gardner High School in Gardner, Mass.…brother, Carmy, was leading receiver as senior at Fitchburgh State in 2004, Division III school in Fitchburgh, Mass…married, Jill, and couple resides in San Diego. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2003 San Diego 4-0 1-2 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2004 San Diego 16-12 18-6 24 0.5-0 0-0 0 0 3 0-0 2005 San Diego 16-5 17-8 25 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2006 San Diego 16-10 27-20 47 4-24 0-0 0 0 1 1-0 2007 San Diego 16-6 25-25 50 2.5-22 0-0 0 0 3 1-0 Totals 68-33 88-61 149 8.0-51 0-0 0 0 7 2-0 Postseason 4-1 4-3 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 11, at Tennessee, Dec. 9, 2007 Sacks — 2, vs. Cleveland, Nov. 5, 2006 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 3, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Sacks — 1, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2004, 1; 2005, 1; 2006, 2.
  • 56 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S community service. In Miami, Chambers helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, while also participating in the Dolphins’ annual Thanksgiving Turkey program. He was also a member of the Dolphins’ “All-Community Team” in which he personally donated 20 tickets for every home game to local youth football organizations. An astute businessman with an eye for talent, Chris and good friend and former Wisconsin teammate Mike Echols, are co-owners of King Ape Entertainment, a music label that represents up-and-coming hip-hop, rock, alternative and club acts. Their current featured artist is “Pryslezz,” who just released his first album, “Death of a Man, Rebirth of a King,” and his first single and music video, “More Than a Love Song,” which features Grammy-winning recording artist Dwele and a cameo appearance in the video from Chambers. Echols actually had a brief stint in the NFL, spending the 2002-04 seasons playing cornerback for the Tennessee Titans. The label has its own website at www.KingApeEnt.com. Chambers’ hobbies include traveling and spending time with his wife and young son, Chaz. Past travels have taken Chris to Costa Rica, Brazil and Hawaii. This summer, the Chambers’ traveled to Puerto Rico for a wedding. One trip that Chambers is looking forward to is the Chargers’ Oct. trip to London for a game against New Orleans. He has never been to Europe. As a Dolphin last year, Chambers had planned on accompanying his Miami teammates to London for their game against the New York Giants, but he was traded to San Diego two weeks before that game. He’ll finally get his chance to go this year as a member of the Chargers. Veteran wide receiver Chris Chambers made an immediate impact when he joined the Chargers in an October trade from the Miami Dolphins. With Chambers on the roster, the Chargers went 10-3, including playoffs. He had at least two catches in every game after making the move to Southern California and his 15.9 yards-per-catch average in the regular season and 17.4-yard average in the postseason led the team. With the Bolts, Chambers played in his first-ever playoff games, debuting with a 121-yard effort in a Wild Card win over Tennessee. Chambers finished the postseason with the third-most receiving yards in the NFL (278) and the sixth-most catches (16). Chambers spent the first six and a half seasons of his NFL career in Miami, leaving as one of the most prolific pass-catchers in Dolphins history. At the time of his departure, he ranked fifth in career receptions (405), fourth in yards (5,688) and touchdown catches (43), and third in 100-yard games (17). A dual threat because of his speed, Chambers also rushed for more yards (355) than any other receiver in team history. A very private and reserved individual away from the playing field, Chambers quietly became a community leader in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and in South Florida during his six-plus years with the Dolphins. In 2005, Chambers started the CATCH-84 (Children Achieving Through Community Help) Foundation to benefit youth education and athletic programs. The foundation’s website is www.Catch84.com. One of the foundation’s signature events is a two-day football camp that he hosts each summer at his alma mater, Bedford High School, outside of Cleveland. At the conclusion of the camp, Chris’ foundation awards two $2,500 scholarships to campers who excel not only in athletics, but also in academics and TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round draft choice (52nd overall) by Miami, April 21, 2001… signed four-year contract with Dolphins, July 23, 2001...signed five-year extension thru 2009 with Miami, Aug. 5, 2004...traded to Chargers from Miami, Oct. 16, 2007. 2007: Started season with Miami and caught nine passes for 109 yards against Dallas Sept. 16…caught six balls for 101 yards at New York Jets Sept. 23…played in 100th career game and caught 400th pass of career at Cleveland Oct. 14…two days later, traded to Chargers (Oct. 16) for second-round choice in 2008 NFL Draft…scored touchdown in first career game for Bolts Oct. 28 vs. Houston…caught 14-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers in second quarter to give Chargers 35-3 lead over Texans…also ignited San Diego’s first touchdown drive of game with 21- yard catch on first play…helped set up early fourth quarter field goal Week 8 at Minnesota with 16-yard catch on second-and-20 play and then 19-yard catch on third-and-nine play after penalty…finished game with team-high 59 yards receiving and had 40-yard reception in fourth quarter negated by penalty…had CHRIS CHAMBERS Wide Receiver Wisconsin 5-11, 210 Trade (Miami) - ’07 8th NFL Season Bedford HS 2nd with Chargers Bedford, Ohio 89
  • 57 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S best receiving day since joining Chargers with four catches for 93 yards at Jacksonville Nov. 18…season- long 44-yard catch on third-and-13 play helped set up second quarter field goal…later had 20-yard catch on fourth-and-10 play to keep alive fourth quarter touchdown drive…caught five-yard TD pass from Rivers late in second quarter of Nov. 25 contest vs. Baltimore…helped set up first-quarter Nate Kaeding field goal at Kansas City Dec. 2 with 37-yard catch to 10 on third-and-12 play…led team with 90 yards on four catches in 23-17 OT win at Tennessee Dec. 9…26-yard catch in fourth quarter helped set up Bolts’ first touchdown of game…later in quarter on game-tying TD drive, had 19-yard catch on fourth- and-five play that survived replay challenge and two plays later caught 28 yarder…led team with 69 yards receiving Dec. 16 vs. Detroit…two big catches includ- ed 28 yarder on third-and-six play and 21 yarder on third-and-13 play…both catches helped sustain field goal drives…caught 14-yard touchdown pass on opening series of second half against Denver on ESPN’s Monday Night Football Dec. 24…also had big 30-yard catch on third-and-eight play during team’s lone first-half touchdown drive…led team with 71 yards on four catches…other three catches besides touchdown grab were all third-down catches result- ing in first downs, including 11-yarder on third-and- two play and 16-yarder on third-and-11 play…caught 19-yard touchdown pass late in first half of Dec. 30 game at Oakland…playing in first-ever playoff game, was off charts with team-leading 121 yards in Jan. 6 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. Tennessee…had 84 yards in second half, including 19-yard catch on third-and-six play during field goal drive to open third quarter and give Chargers first points of game…later caught 39-yard pass to go over 100 yards for day on third-and-10 play during game-clinching fourth- quarter TD drive…combined with Vincent Jackson (114 yards) to give Bolts first pair of receivers to both go over 100 yards in playoff game since 1983…30- yard touchdown catch on opening drive of third quarter in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoffs at Indi- anapolis gave Bolts first lead of game at 14-10…beat two Colts defenders down sideline to score TD for third score in last four games…after Indianapolis scored to retake lead (17-14) late in third quarter, caught 22-yard pass on third-and-14 play and two plays later, Darren Sproles scored on 56-yard screen play to give lead back to Chargers at 21-17…then after Indy reclaimed lead again, Chambers ignited game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown drive with 15-yard catch on first play of series…led team with seven catches, good for 90 yards, in AFC Champi- onship Game at New England…helped set up first field goal of game with 11 yard catch to Patriots’ nine…15-yard catch got Bolts to New England’s 13 to set up another field goal on opening drive of third quarter, cutting San Diego’s deficit to 14-12. 2006: Third on team with 59 catches, 677 yards and four TDs…caught 23-yard TD pass against Buffalo Sept. 17…season-long 39-yard run helped set up touch- down in 13-10 win over Tennessee Sept. 24…24-yard TD catch at Chicago Nov. 5…season-long 46-yard catch on flea-flicker helped set up lone score of game in 13-10 win over Kansas City Nov. 12…went over 5,000 yards for career on catch…racked up season- high 121 yards on eight catches Dec. 3 against Jack- sonville…had streak of 60 games with catch end Dec. 17 at Buffalo…streak began Dec. 29, 2002 vs. New England. 2005: Selected to AFC Pro Bowl team after leading team with career-high 82 receptions, 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns…tied for third in NFL in TDs, while ranking 13th in catches and 12th in yards…became first Dol- phin since Tony Martin (1999) to go over 1,000 yards…became sixth 1,000-yard receiver in team his- tory…had career-long 61-yard run on reverse against Denver Sept. 11…was second-longest run by receiver in team history…acrobatic 42-yard touchdown catch gave Dolphins 21-10 lead in game they won 27-24 over Carolina Sept. 25…led team with six catches for 93 yards against Panthers…had career-long 77-yard touchdown catch vs. Kansas City Oct. 21…tied for 11th-longest catch in team history…caught TD pass- es of three and 15 yards against New England Nov. 13…first multi-TD game of season and sixth of career…tallied 101 yards on six catches at Oakland Nov. 27…earned first-career AFC Offensive Player of Week Award after turning in team-record perfor- mance against Buffalo with 15 catches for 238 yards and touchdown in 24-23 comeback win over Bills on Dec. 4…became first Dolphins WR to earn award since 1994…touchdown catch was game-winner with six seconds left in fourth quarter…15 catches were team record, most in NFL in 2005 and most by NFL receiver since 2002…238 yards were also most in NFL for season and most since 2002…was fifth 200-yard game in team history and first since 1994…one week later turned in eight catch, 121 yard, two touchdown effort against Chargers to lead Dolphins…caught scoring passes of eight and 35 yards…tallied five of his catches for 97 yards and both scores in second half…was third-straight 100-yard game, tying second-longest streak in team history…also marked only fourth time Dolphins’ player had three-straight 100-yard games…caught two scoring passes against Tennessee Dec. 24 on grabs of seven and 11 yards… surpassed 1,000-yard mark for first time in career vs. Titans…game also marked career-best fourth straight with touchdown catch…capped off season with 16- yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in Pro Bowl. 2004: Led team with 898 yards and seven scores and ranked second with 69 catches…became third player in team history to lead team in yards for four straight years…inactive for Jets game Oct. 3 with knee injury…tallied 128 yards and touchdown on three catches against St. Louis Oct. 24…score came on 71-yard grab, which at time was second-longest catch of career…averaged career-high 42.7 yards per
  • 58 Chris Chambers, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S catch in game with at least three receptions…104 yards on seven catches at Arizona Nov. 7…season- high nine catches for 103 yards and TD at Seattle Nov. 21…became first Dolphin with consecutive 100- yard games since 1999…caught two-yard touchdown pass against Buffalo Dec. 5 for third-straight game with TD…also caught first two-point conversion pass in Bills game…closed out season with four catches for 146 yards and score at Baltimore Jan. 2…was second- best yardage game of career at time…caught 76-yard touchdown pass on first play of game, which at time was career long. 2003: Led team with 64 catches, 963 yards and 11 touchdowns…ranked third in NFL in TD catches…most catches and yards by Dolphins receiver since 1999 and most TD catches since 1991…his average of touchdown for every 5.8 recep- tions was second-highest in NFL…led squad with seven catches for 118 yards and two scores (57 and 21 yards) in season opener against Houston Sept. 7…caught 12 yards scoring pass vs. Buffalo Sept. 21…added six-yard TD catch against New England Oct. 19…caught touchdown pass as part of four- catch, 79-yard night in Oct. 27 Monday Night Foot- ball game against Chargers that was played in Tempe, Arizona due to wildfires in San Diego…following week caught 28-yard touchdown catch against Indianapo- lis Nov. 2 for third-straight game with TD…shared CBS’ Phil Simms Ironman of Game Award with QB Jay Fiedler after scoring career-high three touch- downs on catches of 39, six and 35 yards in Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Day game on national television at Dal- las…led squad with five catches for 96 yards…was Miami’s first three-touchdown performance since 1998…closed out season with team-leading and then career-high nine catches and 153 yards against New York Jets Dec. 28…also scored on 20-yard catch vs. Jets…153 was most yards by Dolphin since 1999. 2002: Led team with 52 receptions for 734 yards and scored three touchdowns…caught six passes for 102 yards at K.C. Sept. 29…caught seven-yard TD pass against defending Super Bowl Champion New Eng- land Patriots Oct. 6 to give Dolphins 14-0 lead in eventual 26-13 win…inactive for Buffalo game Oct. 20 while recovering from concussion sustained Oct. 13 at Denver…set season-highs with seven catches and 138 yards against Oakland Dec. 15…had 117 yards in first half alone against Raiders…rushed three times for 59 yards at New England Dec. 29, including season-long 45-yarder…at time, tied team record for most rushing yards in game by wide receiver. 2001: Consensus All-Rookie selection and named NFL Offensive Rookie of Year by Football News and Football Digest…also named Dolphins’ Newcomer of Year by media and fans…finished rookie season with 48 receptions and led team with 883 yards, seven touchdowns and 18.4 yards per catch aver- age…set team rookie records for receiving yards and TD catches and led all rookie NFL receivers in those categories…ranked second in catches to Chargers’ rookie LaDainian Tomlinson…Chambers was only 10th wide receiver selected in 2001 draft and not taken by Dolphins until second round with 52nd overall pick…his 18.4-yard average (min. 24 catches) was also team rookie record and highest by Dolphin since 1986…tied team rookie mark with three 100- yard games…caught first NFL pass for 36 yards in Sept. 9 season opener at Tennessee…named NFL Offensive Rookie of Month for November…caught 14 passes for 293 yards and four TDs during month…became third Dolphins rookie to win ROM honors…received Offensive Game Ball from coach- ing staff after catching three passes for 113 yards and two scores at Indianapolis Nov. 11…set team rookie record with 37.7-yard per catch avg. (min. 3 catches)…first 100-yard game by Dolphins rookie since 1993 and first by rookie WR since 1989…caught TD passes of 74 and 29 yards against Colts…74-yarder was longest catch by Dolphins rook- ie since 1996 and second-longest in team histo- ry…29-yarder came with 7:44 to play in contest and provided winning points in Miami’s 27-24 victory…became only Miami’s second rookie with two TD catches in game and first since Mel Baker in 1974…led fourth quarter 11-point comeback at Buf- falo Nov. 25 with pair of fourth-quarter TD catch- es…finished Bills game with five grabs for 101 yards…22-yard TD catch with 4:07 left in game cut deficit to 27-24 and 32-yarder with 0:48 remaining lifted Dolphins to 34-27 win…teamed with Oronde Gadsden (116 yards) to give team first pair of 100- yard receivers in game since 1999…caught 11-yard TD pass against Denver Dec. 2…was fifth TD catch of season, tying Dolphins’ rookie record…caught two TD passes (2 and 32 yards) in Dec. 10 MNF game against Indianapolis…paced squad with seven catches for 124 yards in Dec. 22 game at N.E….inactive for Jan. 13 playoff game vs. Baltimore after spraining right ankle in Jan. 6 season finale vs. Buffalo COLLEGE: Second-team All-Big Ten as senior after 52-catch season for 813 yards and five touch- downs…honorable mention all-conference as junior… finished career as school’s third all-time leading receiver with 127 catches for 2,004 yards and 16 TDs…started final 33 games and played on Rose Bowl winning teams following sophomore (1998) and junior (1999) seasons…spent frosh year as backup guard on Badgers’ basketball team…played football at Wisconsin from 1997-00…majored in sociology and law. PERSONAL: Born Cleveland, Ohio…All-America and two-time all-state performer at Bedford (Ohio) High School…third-team all-state in basketball as senior… state champion in 400 meters as senior…married, Christina, and couple has son, Chaz. Chris Chambers, continued
  • 59 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Receiving Rushing Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2001 Miami 16-7 48-883 18.4 74t 7 1-(-11) -11.0 -11 0 2002 Miami 15-15 52-734 14.1 59t 3 6-78 13.0 45 0 2003 Miami 16-16 64-963 15.0 57t 11 4-30 7.5 12 0 2004 Miami 15-15 69-898 13.0 76t 7 9-76 8.4 24 0 2005 Miami 16-16 82-1,118 13.6 77t 11 12-92 7.7 61 0 2006 Miami 16-16 59-677 11.5 46 4 8-95 11.9 39 0 2007 Miami 6-5 31-415 13.4 28 0 1-(-5) -5.0 -5 0 2007 San Diego 10-7 35-555 15.9 44 4 2-17 8.5 9 0 Totals 110-97 440-6,243 14.2 77t 47 43-372 8.7 61 0 Postseason 3-2 16-278 17.4 39 1 0-0 0.0 0 0 Kickoff Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2001 36-811 22.5 47 0 Single-game Highs Receptions — 15, vs. Buffalo, Dec. 4, 2005 Receiving Yards — 238, vs. Buffalo, Dec. 4, 2005 Receiving Long — 77t, vs. Kansas City, Oct. 21, 2005 Receiving TDs — 3, at Dallas, Nov. 27, 2003 Postseason Single-game Highs Receptions — 6, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Receiving Yards — 121, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Receiving Long — 39, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Receiving TDs — 1, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Receiving Long TD — 30t, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Additional Statistics Two-Point Conversions — 2001, 1. 100-Yard Receiving Games (18) Date Opponent W-L No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 11/11/01 at Indianapolis W 3-113 37.7 74t 2 11/25/01 at Buffalo W 5-101 20.2 32t 2 12/22/01 at New England L 7-124 17.7 44 0 09/29/02 at Kansas City L 6-102 17.0 38 0 12/15/02 Oakland W 7-138 19.7 40 0 09/07/03 Houston L 7-118 16.9 57t 2 12/28/03 New York Jets W 9-153 17.0 24 1 10/24/04 St. Louis W 3-128 42.7 71t 1 11/07/04 Arizona L 7-104 14.9 30 0 11/21/04 at Seattle L 9-103 11.4 28 1 01/02/05 at Baltimore L 4-146 36.5 76t 1 11/27/05 at Oakland W 6-101 16.8 24 0 12/04/05 Buffalo W 15-238 15.9 57 1 12/11/05 at San Diego W 8-121 15.1 35t 2 12/03/06 Jacksonville L 8-121 15.1 46 0 09/16/08 Dallas L 9-109 12.1 24 0 09/23/08 at New York Jets L 6-101 16.8 26 0 01/06/08 Tennessee+ W 6-121 20.2 39 0 Multi-Touchdown Games (8) Date Opponent W-L No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 11/11/01 at Indianapolis W 3-113 37.7 74t 2 11/25/01 at Buffalo W 5-101 20.2 32t 2 12/10/01 Indianapolis W 3-36 12.0 32t 2 09/07/03 Houston L 7-118 16.9 57t 2 11/27/03 at Dallas W 5-96 19.2 39t 3 11/13/05 New England L 6-69 11.5 17 2 12/11/05 at San Diego W 8-121 15.1 35t 2 12/24/05 Tennessee W 5-51 10.2 20 2
  • 60 Chris Chambers, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 09/24 Tennessee* 4 39 9.8 16 0 10/01 at Houston* 3 28 9.3 16t 1 10/08 at New England* 5 29 5.8 10 0 10/15 at New York Jets* 5 60 12.0 24 1 10/22 Green Bay* 2 29 14.5 23 0 11/05 at Chicago* 5 58 11.6 24t 1 11/12 Kansas City* 3 66 22.0 46 0 11/19 Minnesota* 6 44 7.3 10 0 11/23 at Detroit* 2 23 11.5 18 0 12/03 Jacksonville* 8 121 15.1 46 0 12/10 New England* 3 11 3.7 5 0 12/17 at Buffalo* 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/25 New York Jets* 1 16 16.0 16 0 12/31 at Indianapolis* 3 39 13.0 18 0 Totals 59 677 11.5 46 4 2005 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 Denver* 5 40 8.0 12 0 09/18 at New York Jets* 3 21 7.0 9 0 09/25 Carolina* 6 93 15.5 42t 1 10/09 at Buffalo* 4 60 15.0 30 0 10/16 at Tampa Bay* 3 50 16.7 31 0 10/21 Kansas City* 2 88 44.0 77t 1 10/30 at New Orleans* 4 25 6.3 12t 1 11/06 Atlanta* 3 40 13.3 23 0 11/13 New England* 6 69 11.5 17 2 11/20 at Cleveland* 3 12 4.0 5 0 11/27 at Oakland* 6 101 16.8 24 0 12/04 Buffalo* 15 238 15.9 57 1 12/11 at San Diego* 8 121 15.1 35t 2 12/18 New York Jets* 4 34 8.5 13 1 12/24 Tennessee* 5 51 10.2 20 2 01/01 at New England* 5 75 15.0 20 0 Totals 82 1118 13.6 77t 11 2004 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 Tennessee* 6 35 5.8 10 0 09/19 at Cincinnati* 5 69 13.8 20 1 09/26 Pittsburgh* 2 15 7.5 9 0 10/03 New York Jets Inactive 10/10 at New England* 6 37 6.2 10t 1 10/17 at Buffalo* 3 23 7.7 11 0 10/24 St. Louis* 3 128 42.7 71t 1 11/01 at New York Jets* 3 29 9.7 13 0 11/07 Arizona* 7 104 14.9 30 0 11/21 at Seattle* 9 103 11.4 28 1 11/28 at San Francisco* 5 64 12.8 25t 1 12/05 Buffalo* 5 49 9.8 18 1 12/12 at Denver* 5 47 9.4 14 0 12/20 New England* 3 24 8.0 11 0 12/26 Cleveland* 3 25 8.3 10 0 01/02 at Baltimore* 4 146 36.5 76t 1 Totals 69 898 13.0 76t 7 2003 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/07 Houston* 7 118 16.9 57t 2 09/14 at New York Jets* 4 91 22.8 39 0 09/21 Buffalo* 5 51 10.2 12t 1 10/05 at New York Giants* 3 19 6.3 9 0 10/12 at Jacksonville* 2 17 8.5 9 0 10/19 New England* 3 30 10.0 13 1 10/27 at San Diego* 4 79 19.8 49 1 11/02 Indianapolis* 3 56 18.7 28t 1 11/09 at Tennessee* 2 30 15.0 19 0 11/16 Baltimore* 4 34 8.5 16 0 Receptions by Opponent (including playoffs) Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD Arizona (1) 7 104 14.9 30 0 Atlanta (2) 5 84 16.8 35 0 Baltimore (4) 17 252 14.8 76t 2 Buffalo (11) 47 665 14.1 57 7 Carolina (2) 10 147 14.7 42t 1 Chicago (2) 7 92 13.1 26 1 Cincinnati (1) 5 69 13.8 20 1 Cleveland (3) 12 110 9.2 23 0 Dallas (2) 14 205 14.6 39t 3 Denver (5) 17 193 11.3 30 2 Detroit (3) 9 128 14.2 28 1 Green Bay (2) 7 84 12.0 23 0 Houston (4) 14 200 14.3 57t 4 Indianapolis (7) 21 385 18.3 74t 6 Jacksonville (3) 14 231 16.5 46 0 Kansas City (4) 13 306 23.5 77t 1 Minnesota (3) 13 171 13.2 59t 1 New England (13) 55 583 10.6 44 5 New Orleans (1) 4 25 6.3 12t 1 New York Giants (1) 3 19 6.3 9 0 New York Jets (12) 47 664 14.1 39 3 Oakland (5) 20 345 17.3 40 1 Philadelphia (1) 5 86 17.2 38 0 Pittsburgh (2) 7 74 10.6 19 0 St. Louis (2) 7 187 26.7 71t 1 San Diego (3) 16 234 14.6 49 3 San Francisco (2) 7 91 13.0 25t 1 Seattle (2) 12 179 14.9 43 1 Tampa Bay (1) 3 50 16.7 31 0 Tennessee (7) 29 418 14.4 39 2 Washington (2) 9 140 15.6 31 0 Totals (113) 456 6,521 14.3 77t 48 Total number of games against each opponent in parenthesis. 2007 Game-By-Game Receiving (Miami) Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 at Washington* 6 92 15.3 28 0 09/16 Dallas* 9 109 12.1 24 0 09/23 at New York Jets 6 101 16.8 26 0 09/30 Oakland* 2 21 10.5 13 0 10/07 at Houston* 2 19 9.5 10 0 10/14 at Cleveland* 6 73 12.2 23 0 Totals 31 415 13.4 28 0 2007 Game-By-Game Receiving (San Diego) Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 10/28 Houston* 2 35 17.5 21 1 11/04 at Minnesota* 5 59 11.8 19 0 11/11 Indianapolis 2 17 8.5 12 0 11/18 at Jacksonville 4 93 23.3 44 0 11/25 Baltimore* 5 22 4.4 7 1 12/02 at Kansas City* 2 50 25.0 37 0 12/09 at Tennessee* 4 90 22.5 28 0 12/16 Detroit 4 69 17.3 28 0 12/24 Denver* 4 71 17.8 30 1 12/30 at Oakland* 3 49 16.3 19t 1 Totals 35 555 15.9 44 4 01/06 Tennessee*+ 6 121 20.2 39 0 01/13 at Indianapolis*+ 3 67 22.3 30t 1 01/20 at New England+ 7 90 12.9 20 0 Totals 16 278 17.4 39 1 2006 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/07 at Pittsburgh* 5 59 11.8 19 0 09/17 Buffalo* 4 55 13.8 26 1 Chris Chambers, continued
  • 61 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 11/23 Washington* 3 48 16.0 31 0 11/27 at Dallas* 5 96 19.2 39t 3 12/07 at New England* 4 32 8.0 17 0 12/15 Philadelphia* 5 86 17.2 38 0 12/21 at Buffalo* 1 23 23.0 23t 1 12/28 New York Jets* 9 153 17.0 24 1 Totals 64 963 15.0 57t 11 2002 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/08 Detroit* 3 36 12.0 20 1 09/15 at Indianapolis* 4 57 14.3 26 0 09/22 New York Jets* 4 33 8.3 17 0 09/29 at Kansas City* 6 102 17.0 38 0 10/06 New England* 6 62 10.3 17 1 10/13 at Denver* 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/20 Buffalo Inactive 11/04 at Green Bay* 5 55 11.0 13 0 11/10 at New York Jets* 3 48 16.0 21 0 11/17 Baltimore* 4 50 12.5 18 0 11/24 San Diego* 4 34 8.5 11 0 12/01 at Buffalo* 2 17 8.5 14 0 12/09 Chicago* 2 34 17.0 26 0 12/15 Oakland* 7 138 19.7 40 0 12/21 at Minnesota* 2 68 34.0 59t 1 12/29 at New England* 0 0 0.0 0 0 Totals 52 734 14.1 59t 3 2001 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 at Tennessee* 2 52 26.0 36 0 09/23 Oakland 2 36 18.0 27 0 09/30 at St. Louis 4 59 14.8 33 0 10/07 New England 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/14 at New York Jets 3 53 17.7 28 0 10/28 at Seattle 3 76 25.3 43 0 11/04 Carolina 4 54 13.5 28 0 11/11 at Indianapolis* 3 113 37.7 74t 2 11/18 New York Jets 2 25 12.5 13 0 11/25 at Buffalo 5 101 20.2 32t 2 12/02 Denver* 3 35 11.7 14 1 12/10 Indianapolis 3 36 12.0 32t 2 12/16 at San Francisco* 2 27 13.5 18 0 12/22 at New England* 7 124 17.7 44 0 12/30 Atlanta* 2 44 22.0 35 0 01/06 Buffalo* 3 48 16.0 36 0 Totals 48 883 18.4 74t 7 01/13 Baltimore+ Inactive * Denotes starter + Denotes postseason game repeatedly hauling in deep passes down the field. As a senior at Iowa, 27 of his 44 catches netted first downs, including 12 such catches on third and fourth down plays. Chandler, whose brother is former Hawkeyes quarterback Nathan Chandler, was the fifth former Iowa tight end to be drafted by an NFL team since 2000. The list includes Dallas Clark, a 2003 first-round choice of the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts. Scott and Nathan played together during Scott’s freshman season at Iowa in 2003. Scott Chandler, a fourth-round draft choice in 2007, spent the majority of his rookie season watching from the sidelines and learning the tricks of the trade from veterans Antonio Gates and Brandon Manumaleuna. Heading into his second year, Chandler is eager to put some of his newfound knowledge to the test and contribute in 2008. The Chargers were fortunate to land Chandler, a tall and long-armed tight end from the University of Iowa. A converted wide receiver with very good hands, Chandler demonstrated big-play ability during offseason practices and training camp as a rookie, SCOTT CHANDLER Tight End Iowa 6-7, 265 Draft 4 - ’07 2nd NFL Season Southlake Carroll HS 2nd with Chargers Southlake, Tex. 87 TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by Chargers in fourth-round (129) of NFL Draft, April 29, 2007... signed four-year contract, June 5, 2007. 2007: Saw action during Chargers’ 51-14 win over Detroit Dec. 16…inactive for other 15 games plus all three playoff contests. COLLEGE: Finished career ranked second in school history among tight ends with 117 receptions and 1,467 yards…spent freshman and sophomore seasons as wide receiver and converted to tight end as junior… recipient of 2005 Coaches Appreciation Award in first season as tight end after leading team with 47 catches for 552 yards and two touchdowns…team’s second- leading receiver as senior…played at Iowa from 2003- 06…graduated in May 2007 with degree in marketing. PERSONAL: Born in Bedford, Texas…Academic All- District selection and member of National Honor Society at Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas…all-district and honorable mention all-state as
  • 62 Scott Chandler, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Receiving Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2007 San Diego 1-0 0-0 0.0 0 0 rushing touchdowns per game. Not surprisingly, the Bolts went 5-0 during that stretch. With Olivea being released in February, the path has been cleared for Clary, who heads into 2008 as the team’s starting right tackle. As a collegian at Kansas State, Clary was one of the top tackles in the Big 12 Conference. He and Chargers running back Darren Sproles were teammates at K-State. In Jeromey’s first season as a starter (2003) as a sophomore, he helped pave the way for Sproles to lead the nation in rushing with 1,986 yards. Off the field, Clary enjoys spending time with his wife Breanna, playing golf and hanging out at the beach. Jeromey Clary’s career took off in 2007. It was quite an ascent for the former 2006 sixth-round draft choice, who spent his entire rookie season on the club’s practice squad. When the ’07 season started, Clary made the squad as a reserve tackle and special teams performer. He was called upon several times early in the season to spell players at both tackle and guard. Then in early December with the Bolts’ running game struggling to get on track, Head Coach Norv Turner inserted Clary into the starting lineup to replace a struggling Shane Olivea at right tackle. Over the final five games of the regular season, the Chargers rushed for 880 yards and eight touchdowns, an average of 176 yards and 1.6 TRANSACTION HISTORY: Sixth-round draft choice (187) by San Diego, April 30, 2006...signed four-year contract with Chargers, July 25, 2006...waived Sept. 2, 2006...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 4, 2006... signed one-year contract with Chargers, Jan. 16, 2007...signed one-year contract with Chargers, March 25, 2008. 2007: Saw extensive action at right tackle in Week 2 at New England after Shane Olivea left game late in first quarter with lower back injury…made first-career start in Lambeau Field as right tackle Week 3 for injured Shane Olivea…briefly spelled Olivea at right tackle and Mike Goff at right guard in Chargers’ Nov. 18 game at Jacksonville…again spelled Olivea at left tackle Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore…moved into starting line- up at right tackle Dec. 2 at Kansas City and had key role in 191-yard rushing day…Bolts broke 10-10 tie at half with Chiefs by scoring rushing touchdowns of 31 and 28 yards in third and fourth quarters…line helped Chargers rush for 274 yards vs. Detroit on Dec. 16, second-highest total ever in team history…team record (287) was set against the New York Jets on Oct. 13, 1963…line also did not allow any sacks against Lions…line only allowed one sack in 26 pass plays and helped team rush for 147 yards in 23-3 win over Denver on ESPN Monday Night Football Dec. 24…allowed only one sack and blocked for 120 yard rush day at Oakland Dec. 30…only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee Jan. 6…did not allow any sacks in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis…line had perfect blocks as Billy Volek scored game-winning touchdown on one-yard quarterback sneak…line allowed only one sack in 38 pass plays in AFC Cham- pionship Game at New England. 2006: Spent entire 2006 season on Chargers’ practice squad. COLLEGE: Second-team All-Big 12 selection as senior by Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and league’s coaches…chosen to play in 2006 East-West Shrine Game…three-time (2003-05) first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection… Kansas State’s Outstanding Lineman of Year as junior and senior…as senior, earned team awards for Lifter of Year, Scholar-Athlete of Year and Paul Coffman Award for outstanding leadership, attitude and improvement…second-team all-conference following junior year by Big 12 coaches and K.C. Star, and honorable mention by Associated Press…also named senior while helping lead team to 16-0 record and Class 5A Division II state title…caught 68 passes for 1,203 yards and 18 touchdowns for title team… Southlake Carroll moved from Class 4A to Class 5A before his senior season and became first team in Texas prep history to win state title after making such move…also lettered in basketball. Scott Chandler, continued JEROMEY CLARY Tackle Kansas State 6-6, 306 Draft 6A - ’06 2nd NFL Season Mansfield HS 3rd with Chargers Mansfield, Tex. 66
  • 63 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Games Played-Started: 2007 (16-6, San Diego). Postseason Games Played-Started: 2007 (3-3, San Diego). team’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman...played at Kansas State from 2002-05…graduated with degree in psychology. PERSONAL: Born in Norfolk, Nebraska…all-region, all-area, all-district and academic all-state choice at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas…named team’s Offensive MVP as senior and selected to play in Coca-Cola All-Star Game...married, Breanna. the NFL as an undrafted rookie from the University of Maine. Cooper enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his son, Koby, and daughter, Karis. Stephen is the third-oldest of five children and he often returns to his native Wareham, Mass. to visit his family. Cooper was a quarterback in high school and led Wareham to a Super Bowl championship in 1995. In 2006, the school retired his No. 4 jersey during the Chargers’ bye week and Cooper attended the ceremony. As a collegian at the University of Maine, Cooper switched to defense as a linebacker and went on to become the Atlantic-10 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. Stephen is the first member of the Cooper family to graduate from college. He has already decided that when the time comes to hang up his football helmet, he would like to pursue a career in teaching and coaching. In his first year as a starter, linebacker Stephen Cooper became one of the key cogs in the Chargers’ defense. Unfortunately his second year as one of the team’s starting inside linebackers will be delayed. In April, the NFL announced that Cooper will be suspended for the Chargers’ first four regular season games for violating the NFL’s Policy on Steroids and Related Substances. In 2007, Cooper led the team with 179 tackles in the regular season and tallied double-digit tackle totals in 13 of the team’s 16 regular season games. He also paced the team in the playoffs with 38 total tackles and double digit tallies in two of the team’s three playoff games, including 18 against Indianapolis in the Divisional Playoffs. Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith had a feeling that Cooper was on the fast track to a breakout season and the Bolts inked him to a new five-year deal in 2007 before the season even started. It was quite a climb for a player who originally found his way to TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2003…re-signed April 1, 2005…signed one-year contract March 23, 2006... signed new five-year contract through 2010, Aug. 25, 2006. 2007: Led team with 12 tackles in season opening win over Chicago…had hand in two second-half turnovers with fumble recovery on Chicago’s opening drive of third quarter and forced fumble on Bears’ opening drive of fourth…forced fumble was recov- ered by safety Clinton Hart and eight plays later, Tomlinson scored on seven-yard run to give Bolts final points in 14-3 win…for second week in row, led team in tackles, racking up 12 stops Week 2 at New England…led team with 10 stops Week 3 at Green Bay…backed up Green Bay effort with another 10-tackle game Week 4 vs. Kansas City…collected eight-yard sack of Jay Cutler midway through fourth quarter of 41-3 win at Denver Oct. 7…recorded 10- tackle game Week 6 vs. Oakland…collected second interception of career and first since 2003 with late third-quarter pick off Sage Rosenfels in Texans’ game Oct. 28…interception at San Diego’s 10-yard line and was part of big game for Cooper in which he tied Clin- ton Hart and Matt Wilhelm for team high with 12 stops, including second-quarter shared tackle for loss (-2 yards) with Luis Castillo…second on squad with 11 stops Week 8 at Minnesota…paced unit with career- high 19 tackles Week 9 vs. Indianapolis on NBC’s Sunday Night Football…led team with 10 tackles, including two for loss, Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore…late third-quarter tackle for loss (-3) on second-down play helped force end to drive on downs…led squad with 16 stops Dec. 2 at K.C…also had eight-yard sack early in third quarter on Chiefs QB Damon Huard…led team with 10 tackles Dec. 16 against Detroit and intercepted fourth quarter pass that Chargers converted into final STEPHEN COOPER Linebacker Maine 6-1, 235 Free Agent - ’03 6th NFL Season Wareham HS 6th with Chargers Wareham, Mass. 54
  • 64 Stephen Cooper, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S touchdown in 51-14 win…led team with 16 tackles and forced fumble by Dominic Rhodes at Oakland Dec. 30…led team with 12 tackles in AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee Jan. 6…paced squad with 18 tackles in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff win over Indianapolis…led team with nine tackles and shared eight-yard sack with Igor Olshansky midway through fourth quarter of Jan. 20 AFC Championship Game at New England. 2006: Played Weeks 1-16…started against Cleveland, Denver, at Seattle and vs. Arizona for Randall Godfrey… closed out 27-0 win at Oakland with late fourth-quarter six-yard sack of Andrew Walter…Week 3 at Baltimore, tackled Daniel Wilcox at one-yard line and forced fumble to prevent potential score…ball was recovered by Donnie Edwards…tallied season-high eight tackles and tied team-high with two special teams stops in Nov. 12 win at Cincin- nati…turned in stellar performance against Denver Dec. 10 while starting for injured Godfrey…led team with nine tackles, including eight-yard sack, and made two spectacular pass breakups in open field…both pass breakups occurred during same second-quarter drive when Chargers led 21-3 and they helped force Denver to punt…after punt, Bolts put together 13- play, 80-yard drive that ended with touchdown for 28-3 lead…collected half-sack and tied for team high with 11 stops at Seattle Dec. 24…shared five-yard sack with Donnie Edwards on second-and-seven play in third quarter…collected lone stop for one-yard loss late in fourth quarter of AFC Playoff game vs. New England. 2005: Teamed with Donnie Edwards for big third-and-one stop at five-yard line on opening series of game to hold New York Giants to field goal in Sept. 25 ESPN Sunday Night Football game…started Kansas City game Oct. 30 for injured Randall Godfrey and racked up season-high eight tackles along with one-half sack…shared five-yard sack with Luis Castillo on Chiefs second offensive play of game…recorded eight tackles for second consecutive week in Charg- ers 31-26 win over New York Jets Nov. 6…collected one-yard sack late in fourth quarter of 48-10 win over Buffalo Nov. 20…racked up season-high three special teams tackles against Miami Dec. 11…turned in critical play that didn’t show up on stat sheets in 26-17 win at Indianapolis Dec. 18…with Bolts hang- ing on to narrow 19-17 lead in fourth quarter, pres- sured Peyton Manning and forced errant throw that drew intentional grounding penalty when Colts had advanced as far as Chargers’ 23-yard line…on follow- ing play, Manning was sacked for three-yard loss, taking them out of field goal range and forcing punt…after punt went for touchback, Michael Turner took carry 83 yards for touchdown to put final points on board in victory…recorded tackle for loss at Kansas City Dec. 24. 2004: Spelled injured Randall Godfrey against New York Jets Sept. 19 and led team with nine tackles including one for loss…named Chargers Alumni Player of Week following Jets game…recov- ered fumbled caused by Steve Foley in third quarter versus New Orleans Nov. 7…tied for team high with two tackles on special teams against Denver Dec. 5…started Tampa Bay game Dec. 12 as team opened with extra linebacker…started against Kansas City Jan. 2 at inside linebacker and had seven tackles…led team with two stops on special teams and added tackle on defense in Wild Card Playoff game vs. New York. 2003: Tied for fifth on team with eight special teams tackles…racked up two special teams tackles against Minnesota Nov. 9…recorded first-career interception Dec. 14 off Green Bay’s Brett Favre after pass was tipped by Donnie Edwards…returned interception 25 yards to set up LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown on ensuing drive…tallied first-career sack and career-best three tackles at Pittsburgh Dec. 21. COLLEGE: Atlantic-10 Conference Defensive Player of Year in 2002…recipient of George H. “Bulger” Lowe award from Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as top defensive football player in New England… named All- America by Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Sports Network as senior…named conference’s Defensive Player of Week after 3.5 sacks and five tackles for loss performance in win over Rhode Island… Atlantic-10 Co-Defensive Player of Year as junior…earned first-team All-America honors from Associated Press, second-team from Sports Network and third-team from Football Gazette… earned school’s Roger Ellis Rookie of Year Award in 1999…earned conference rookie of week honors after big game against James Madison…wrapped up career with 374 tackles, 57 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and 25 sacks…played at Maine from 1999-2002…mass communications major. PERSONAL: Born in Wareham, Massachusetts… linebacker and quarterback at Wareham High School…earned all-scholastic honors from Boston Globe and Boston Herald in football and basketball…set school scoring record in basketball… lettered in track. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2003 San Diego 16-0 5-3 8 1-6 1-25 25 0 1 0-0 2004 San Diego 16-2 25-8 33 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0-1 2005 San Diego 16-2 20-10 30 1.5-3.5 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2006 San Diego 16-4 41-41 82 2.5-16.5 0-0 0 0 2 1-0 2007 San Diego 16-16 89-90 179 2-16 2-23 18 0 6 2-2 Totals 80-24 180-152 332 7.0-42 3-48 25 0 11 3-3 Postseason 5-3 23-18 41 0.5-4 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Stephen Cooper, continued
  • 65 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Continued next page against Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning, the reigning Super Bowl MVP. Cromartie’s three picks off Manning, which all took place in the first half, included a one-handed leaping interception that made everyone’s highlight reel. Including the Indianapolis game, Cromartie had three multi-pick games during the season, one shy of the NFL single-season record. Cromartie added two more picks in the postseason and was one of only seven players to intercept multiple passes in the playoffs. He intercepted Manning once again in the Chargers-Colts Jan. 13 Divisional Playoff Game at the RCA Dome and added another a week later against Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game. Antonio left Florida State after playing just two seasons in Tallahassee. His collegiate career started with great promise as he was one of only a handful of true freshmen to letter in 2003. He delivered another solid season in 2004, earning first-team All-ACC honors despite starting only one game. The reason Cromartie left school early was because in 2005, while preparing for his junior season during a voluntary workout, he injured his knee while defending a pass in a one-on-one drill. The injury required surgery, forcing him to sit out the entire season. After the injury, Antonio worked diligently in his rehabilitation and exceeded the medical timetable that the doctors and trainers had set for him. Antonio was planning to return to Florida State for the 2006 season, but days before his team played in When Antonio Cromartie stepped into the starting lineup in Week 10 of the 2007 season, his presence made an immediate impact on the team and was felt around the League. Cromartie, the Chargers’ 2006 first-round draft choice out of Florida State, led the NFL with 10 interceptions, becoming only the second player in team history to do so, joining Charlie McNeil (1961). Cromartie became an All-Pro, garnered several votes as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year and became the first Chargers cornerback to make the Pro Bowl since Ryan McNeil in 2002. Although he started just eight games, his impact was profound. Cromartie recorded at least one interception in each of the last three games and all 10 of his interceptions came in the team’s last nine contests. Cromartie’s coming-out party took place in a span of three weeks in late October and early November. On Oct. 28 against Houston, Cromartie scored two touchdowns, recovering an errant punt snap in the end zone and returning an interception 70 yards for a score. They were his first NFL TDs. A week later in Minnesota, Cromartie set an NFL record that will never be broken when he returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. The following week, Cromartie turned in his crown-jewel performance of the season in front of a national-television audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football when he racked up a career-high three picks Single-game Highs Tackles — 19, vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Sacks — 1, six times, Last: at Kansas City, Dec. 2, 2007 Interceptions — 1, three times, Last: vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Interception Return Yards — 25, vs. Green Bay, Dec. 14, 2003 Interception Return Long — 25, vs. Green Bay, Dec. 14, 2003 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 18, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Sacks — 0.5, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2004, 1; 2005, 1; 2006, 1; 2007, 3. Special Teams Tackles — 2003, 8; 2004, 9; 2005, 9; 2006, 4; Total, 30. Additional Postseason Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2006, 1. Special Teams Tackles — 2004, 2. ANTONIO CROMARTIE Cornerback Florida State 6-2, 203 Draft 1 - ’06 3rd NFL Season Lincoln HS 3rd with Chargers Tallahassee, Fla. 31
  • 66 Antonio Cromartie, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Cromartie recently finished his college career at Tennessee State University and was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals with the 16th pick of the first round in April’s NFL Draft. Antonio is often compared to another very talented athlete, former Florida State and NFL cornerback and return specialist, Deion “Prime Time” Sanders. The two are close friends and speak frequently throughout the year. While Antonio’s superior speed and athleticism have tricked a few people into thinking that he could fly, he had the chance to take flight with some of the nation’s best in March when he received a special invitation to fly in an FA-18 Hornet with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels from their base in El Centro, California. Cromartie stayed awake during the entire 45-minute flight, which saw his FA-18 exceed speeds of 800 mph while the gravitational pull neared 6 Gs. Cromartie got married in June, tying the knot with the former Rhonda Patterson in Atlanta. Cromartie enjoys spending time with his children, Alonzo, Karis, Antonio, Deyjah and Jaden. His hobbies include playing basketball, watching movies and collecting trading cards. He estimates that his collection numbers around 2,000 pieces and one of his best cards is that of Chargers Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts. Cromartie also spends time looking after his four dogs: Noah, Bear, Serena and Diamond. the 2006 Orange Bowl, he got a phone call from his mom, Cassandra, informing him that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. With his mom facing a life-threatening illness, and a young son at home, Cromartie decided it was best for his family if he were to leave Florida State and make himself available for the 2006 NFL Draft. The Chargers are glad that he did and they demonstrated it by making him the 19th pick in the first round. Antonio grew up in Tallahassee so it was only natural that he enrolled with the hometown Seminoles. Interestingly, he had never been to a game at FSU’s Doak Campbell Stadium until he was recruited by Florida State. As a way of giving back to the community in which he was raised, Cromartie recently started The Bam Bam 13 Foundation in Tallahassee. The goal of the nonprofit foundation is to help youth reach their dreams by offering unique programs, resources and opportunities. In April, Cromartie hosted a Celebrity Weekend, which included a youth football camp at his alma mater, Lincoln High School. The camp was attended by several of Cromartie’s Chargers’ team- mates, including Marcus McNeill and Cletis Gordon. Cromartie comes from a very athletic family. His brother T.J. played wide receiver at Michigan State. Their cousin is former Major League outfielder Warren Cromartie, a career .281 hitter who played 11 seasons with the Montreal Expos and Kansas City Royals. Another cousin, Dominique Rodgers- TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round draft choice (19) by San Diego, April 29, 2006...signed five-year contract with Chargers, July 26, 2006. 2007: Named first-team All-Pro by Associated Press and Sports Illustrated…All-NFL and All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America…also All-NFL by USA Today Sports Weekly…selected to AFC Pro Bowl squad…named Chargers Defensive Player of Year…became first-ever Charger to win NFL’s inter- ceptions title (10)…tied Carlos Polk for team high with three special teams tackles Week 3 at Green Bay…turned in big third-quarter effort in Bolts Oct. 14 win over Oakland…on Raiders’ first drive of third quarter, broke up pass on 3rd-and-6 play to force punt…Chargers drove 68 yards for touchdown and 21-7 lead on ensuing possession…then, on Raiders’ next possession, recorded first-career interception off Daunte Culpepper on third-and-13 deep pass to Jerry Porter…named Associated Press NFL Player of Week and Sports Illustrated.com Defensive Player of Week after scoring two touchdowns Oct. 28 vs. Houston for first two scores of career…recov- ered errant punt snap in end zone for first TD and scored second on 70-yard interception return… became only second defensive player in team history to score two return touchdowns in same game… “Speedy” Duncan was first, scoring on 100-yard interception return and 35-yard fumble return Oct. 15, 1967 vs. Kansas City…finished Texans’ game with two interceptions, becoming first Chargers corner- back since 2003 to do so…second interception and 21-yard return in second quarter set up touchdown that gave Chargers 35-3 lead…in addition to two picks, led team with three passes defensed, including one on third-and-15 play late in second quarter to force punt…AFC Special Teams Player of Week, as well as Sports Illustrated.com and USA Today.com Special Teams Player of Week after setting NFL record with 109-yard return of missed field goal Nov. 4 at Minnesota…play occurred on last play of first half as 57-yard field goal fell short and into waiting arms of Cromartie...was third touchdown return in two weeks…also partially blocked punt attempt in Vikings game…making first-career start in place of injured Quentin Jammer (hamstring), named AFC Defensive Player of Week, GMC Defensive Player of Week, Sports Illustrated.com Defensive Player of Week and Pro Football Weekly Player of the Week after tying team record with three interceptions off Indy’s Peyton Manning Nov. 11 on NBC Sunday Night Foot- ball…11th time in team history that player recorded three interceptions in game…third-interception, Antonio Cromartie, continued
  • 67 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Continued next page In April, Cromartie hosted the second-annual Antonio Cromartie Youth Football Camp at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo: Don Juan Moore, Capital Outlook which was highlight-reel quality one-handed leaping pick, led to LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown that gave Bolts 23-0 lead at time…had all three picks in first half, most interceptions in one half of game since Stevon Moore of Cleveland had three in first half at Houston Oilers on Sept. 17, 1995...became first Chargers player since Chris Fletcher in 1975 to have six picks in four-week stretch…replaced Drayton Florence in starting lineup vs. Baltimore Nov. 25…named AFC Defensive Player of Month for December…collected his seventh and eighth of sea- son Dec. 2 at Kansas City…picked off both passes in end zone to eliminate 14 potential points in game Bolts won by 14 points, 24-10…collected first pick in first quarter while covering veteran Eddie Kennison and second in fourth quarter while covering perennial Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez… tied Charlie McNeil’s 46- year old team record with ninth interception of sea- son, Dec. 9 at Tennessee…Titans only threw two passes in his direction, one was intercepted and second was broken up and nearly picked as well…intercepted 10th pass of season on first play of fourth quarter Dec. 16 vs. Detroit…set new single-season team record for interceptions, breaking mark set 46 years earlier by Charlie McNeil of nine in 1961…Cromartie recorded all 10 of his picks in nine game stretch and was only starter for last six…McNeill recorded his nine picks in 11-game stretch in ’61…also recovered fum- ble on kickoff return that Bolts converted into third quarter field goal for 44-7 lead…intercepted fourth pass of season off Peyton Manning late in second quarter of Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Indianapolis…returned pick 89 yards for apparent touchdown, but phantom holding penalty behind play negated score and return was reduced to 30 yards…earlier in contest, helped set up Chargers’ first touchdown of game as Marvin Harrison fumbled while being tackled by Cromartie after catch…Marlon McCree recovered fumble and Bolts’ offense responded with 78-yard touchdown drive that tied the game, 7-7…intercepted Tom Brady in end zone on third-and-two play with 3:05 remaining in third quar- ter and Chargers down 14-12 in Jan. 20 AFC Champi- onship Game at New England…tied Pro Bowl record with two interceptions in Feb. 10 all-star contest at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium and added tackle for loss…tackled Terrell Owens for three-yard tackle for loss on third-and-five play early in first quarter… intercepted first pass early in second quarter on tipped ball intended for Chris Cooley at AFC’s 15-yard line…returned that pick 56 yards to NFC 29, setting up touchdown four plays later that gave AFC 24-7 lead…intercepted second pass on third-and-five play late in third quarter, returning it 21 yards to AFC’s 42-yard line. 2006: Saw action Weeks 1-16 and in AFC Playoff game on defense and special teams…made outstanding play in single coverage to break up deep pass near goal line intended for Torry Holt in Oct. 29 game against St. Louis…had perhaps best day as pro in Chargers’ 32-25 win over Cleveland Nov. 5…in first quarter with score tied 3-3, chased down NFL’s lead- ing punt returner Dennis Northcutt as he appeared on way to 91-yard touchdown return…was able to catch him from across field and force out of bounds at 10-yard line…instead of touchdown, San Diego’s defense held Cleveland to field goal and kept score at 6-3 instead of 10-3…made even bigger play on spe- cial teams late in third quarter…with Cleveland up 12- 10, Chargers punted from Browns’ 37-yard line and he made great play to get downfield and down ball at two-yard line…San Diego’s defense forced three-and- out on ensuing drive and after Browns punt, LaDain- ian Tomlinson scored touchdown on 41-yard run on first play to give San Diego lead for good at 17- 12…on top of it all, Cromartie finished game with team-high two special teams tackles…helped force third quarter three-and-out in Chargers Nov. 19 win at Denver…with Chargers’ trailing 24-14, broke up deep pass intended for Rod Smith on first-down play…after three-and-out, Bolts scored TD to climb
  • 68 Antonio Cromartie, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Magazine All-America as defensive back at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee…led Lincoln to Class 4A state title as junior and record of 12-1-1 as senior…also saw time as running back, wide receiver and kick returner…finished career with 10 intercep- tions and 27 touchdowns, including 22 on offense, four on special teams and one on defense…multi- sport star averaged 14 points and nine rebounds on school’s basketball team…lettered in track running 110-meters and 4x100 meter relay. back within 24-21…set up Chargers’ first touchdown of Oakland game Nov. 26 with 91-yard kickoff return…it tied for seventh-longest in team history and was Bolts’ longest since Ronney Jenkins 93- yarder against Raiders in Oakland Nov. 18, 2001… LT scored on four-yard run two plays after KOR…teamed with Kassim Osgood to down punt at two-yard line in second quarter of Dec. 3 game at Buffalo…afterward, defense forced three-and-out and offense scored TD before end of half to take 17-0 lead to locker room…helped set up touchdown that gave Chargers 21-3 lead over Denver Dec. 10 with 45-yard kickoff return…collected two special teams tackles Week 15 at Seattle…had big pass breakup on third-and-two play early in fourth quarter of playoff game…after punt, Bolts drove 83 yards for touchdown to take 21-13 lead. COLLEGE: First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2004…scored three touchdowns during his career including two interception returns of 40 and 71 yards and fumble return of 61 yards… made only start of career in 2004 Gator Bowl against West Virginia…redshirted in 2005 due to knee injury suffered during preseason voluntary workout…was one of only five true freshmen to letter for Seminoles in 2003…also ran track at Florida State and was member of school’s 2004 ACC championship track team running sprints and hurdles…played at Florida State from 2003-05… majored in social science. PERSONAL: Born in Tallahassee, Florida…2002 USA Today National Defensive Player of Year and Parade In March, Cromartie strapped in and received some final instructions before taking flight in an FA-18 Hornet with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels from the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California. Photo: Casey Pearce. As Cromartie’s legend continues to grow, so does his popularity. He was featured in the May 12 issue of The Sporting News, his first national magazine cover. Photo: K.C. Alfred Antonio Cromartie, continued
  • 69 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2006 San Diego 16-0 9-2 11 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 0-0 2007 San Diego 16-8 33-8 41 0-0 10-144 70t 1 18 0-1 Totals 32-8 42-10 52 0-0 10-144 70t 1 23 0-1 Postseason 4-3 11-2 13 0-0 2-37 30 0 3 1-0 Kickoff Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2006 10-297 29.7 91 0 2007 3-67 22.3 26 0 Totals 13-364 28.0 91 0 Postseason 1-19 19.0 15 0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 7, vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Interceptions — 3, vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Interception Return Yards — 91, vs. Houston, Oct. 28, 2007 Interception Return Long — 70t, vs. Houston, Oct. 28, 2007 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 5, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Interceptions — 1, twice, Last: at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Interception Return Yards — 30, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Interception Return Long — 30, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2006, 10; 2007, 7; Total, 17. Special Teams Fumble Recoveries — 2007, 1*. Missed Field Goal Returns — 2007, 1**. *Recovered errant punt snap in end zone for touchdown vs. Houston, Oct. 28, 2007. **Returned missed field goal NFL-record 109 yards at Minnesota, Nov. 4, 2007. 2007 Game-By-Game Interceptions Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 Chicago 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/16 at New England 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/23 at Green Bay 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/30 Kansas City 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/07 at Denver 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/14 Oakland 1 0 0.0 0 0 10/28 Houston 2 91 45.5 70t 1 11/04 at Minnesota 0 0 0.0 0 0 11/11 Indianapolis* 3 27 9.0 21 0 11/18 at Jacksonville* 0 0 0.0 0 0 11/25 Baltimore* 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/02 at Kansas City* 2 28 14.0 28 0 12/09 at Tennessee* 1 0 0.0 0 0 12/16 Detroit* 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0 12/24 Denver* 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/30 at Oakland* 0 0 0.0 0 0 Totals 10 144 14.4 70t 1 01/06 Tennessee*+ 0 0 0.0 0 0 01/13 at Indianapolis*+ 1 30 30.0 30 0 01/20 at New England*+ 1 7 7.0 7 0 Totals 2 37 18.5 30 0 * Denotes starter + Denotes postseason game 2008 Pro Bowl Photo: Mike Nowak
  • 70 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Stadium, and his first-ever live game action as a redshirt freshman in the ‘03 Southeastern Conference opener against Georgia. The lows included enduring the destruction and devastation that ravaged the South when Hurricane Katrina hit just before his junior season was set to begin in 2005. Katrina forced the relocation of a home game against Arizona State, and it pushed back the Tigers’ next home game against Tennessee to a Monday night, a game that Davis will remember for the rest of his life. It was the first major sporting event in the state following the Hurricane. He will also remember having 14 of his family members staying in his Baton Rouge apartment as their New Orleans’ homes were either badly damaged or destroyed. Following the devastation, Davis lent his time to the relief effort, unloading trucks and helping collect clothing donations at the school’s Maravich Assembly Center. Davis’ hobbies include fishing, baseball, video games and watching old war movies. Wide receiver Buster Davis, the Chargers’ top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, gained valuable experience as a rookie. He benefited from working alongside a pair of proven veterans in Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson. Davis, who played collegiately at LSU in one of the nation’s top football conferences, was unshaken as a rookie. He started his first-ever game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football against the three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and a week later caught his first NFL touchdown pass in Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. A tireless worker, Davis spent the summer before his senior season at LSU running routes and catching passes from Peyton and Eli Manning at the annual Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Davis experienced many highs and lows during his collegiate career in Baton Rouge. The highs included winning a National Championship as a freshman in 2003; the ritual walk down “The Hill into LSU’s Tiger TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by Chargers in first round (30) of NFL Draft, April 28, 2007...signed five-year contract with Chargers, July 25, 2007. 2007: Made first-career start Week 2 at New England and helped keep third-quarter touchdown drive alive by drawing 37-yard pass interference penalty on 3rd-and-7 play…caught first-career touchdown pass (nine yards) in Lambeau Field on Sept. 23 against Green Bay Packers…TD catch helped Bolts get within three points (17-14) late in first half…helped extend first-quarter touchdown drive Week 6 vs. Oakland with 18-yard catch on 3rd-and-2 play…11-yard catch on third-and-eight play helped sustain TD drive on opening series of third quarter vs. Detroit Dec. 16…helped set up Chargers’ first touchdown in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoffs at Indianapolis with 18-yard catch on third-and-eight play. COLLEGE: Finished career as school’s seventh all-time leading receiver with 141 catches and 2,107 yards…only seventh player in school history to eclipse 2,000 career receiving yards…caught pass in 35- straight games to close out career…scored seven touchdowns as receiver and one on punt returns… second-team All-Southeastern Conference return specialist as senior…redshirted in 2002…played at LSU from 2003-06…arts and sciences major. PERSONAL: Born in New Orleans, Louisiana… All-America wide receiver at Walker High School in New Orleans…also lined up at split end, quarterback, punter and place kicker as senior…caught 82 passes for 1,171 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading Walker to Class 4A state championship game as senior…runner up for state title as junior...also lettered in baseball. Receiving Rushing Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2007 San Diego 14-1 20-188 9.4 18 1 3-9 3.0 6 0 Postseason 3-0 2-23 11.5 18 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 Punt Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2007 6-52 8.7 24 0 BUSTER DAVIS Wide Receiver Louisiana State 6-1, 202 Draft 1 - ’07 2nd NFL Season Walker HS 2nd with Chargers New Orleans, La. 84
  • 71 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S rushing attack in 2007. The Chargers rushed for 2,039 yards and an average of 127.4 yards per game. It included a 274-yard performance against Detroit in December, the second-most prolific rushing day in team history. In 13 of 19 games last season (including playoffs), the Chargers gave up zero or one sack, and three times the Bolts rushed for more than 200 yards. Dielman was a key asset in pass protection and, according to his coaches, did not give up a sack in ’07. Dielman had added incentive to play well. An unre- stricted free agent following the 2006 season, he passed up a chance to chase riches and start anew in a different NFL city and signed one of the biggest con- tracts ever awarded to an offensive lineman in team history. He chose to follow his heart and signed a new six-year deal to stay with the Chargers through 2012. Team President Dean Spanos played a key role in the Bolts’ push to retain their starting left guard. Dielman is a throwback. He’s tough and nasty, the kind of player opposing defensive linemen don’t want to face on a Sunday afternoon. Three hours in the trenches against Dielman is like a 15-round heavy- weight title fight. A former defensive lineman in col- lege, Kris made the move to the offensive line shortly after joining the Chargers as an undrafted free agent and he hasn’t looked back since. Dielman moved into the starting lineup in 2005 and a year later he helped the Chargers shatter several offensive records, including points and rushing yards for a season. He and his fellow lineman’s play up front also helped LaDainian Tomlinson score an NFL-record 31 touchdowns en route to winning NFL Most Valuable Player honors. One of the reasons Dielman elected to stay in San Diego is that the 27-year-old Ohio native owns a home on a hill overlooking Pacific Beach. The house Kris Dielman’s game reached new heights in 2007, earning a place on the 2008 Pro Bowl squad. Fearing he may never get a chance to play in the NFL’s all-star game due to a ferocious style of play that often infuri- ates opponents, Dielman earned the utmost respect of his peers in his selection. It was an enjoyable week as he was joined in Hawaii by the entire Chargers coaching staff. Dielman’s hard-nosed, physical play in the trenches helped set the tone for the NFL’s seventh-ranked 2007 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 Chicago 2 15 7.5 10 0 09/16 at New England* 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/23 at Green Bay 4 31 7.8 12 1 09/30 Kansas City 1 8 8.0 8 0 10/07 at Denver 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/14 Oakland 2 30 15.0 18 0 10/28 Houston Inactive 11/04 at Minnesota Inactive 11/11 Indianapolis Did Not Play 11/18 at Jacksonville 3 39 13.0 16 0 11/25 Baltimore 1 4 4.0 4 0 12/02 at Kansas City 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/09 at Tennessee 2 2 1.0 5 0 12/16 Detroit 2 20 10.0 11 0 12/24 Denver 2 27 13.5 17 0 12/30 at Oakland 1 12 12.0 12 0 Totals 20 188 9.4 18 1 01/06 Tennessee+ 1 5 5.0 5 0 01/13 at Indianapolis+ 1 18 18.0 18 0 01/20 at New England+ 0 0 0.0 0 0 Totals 2 23 11.5 18 0 * Denotes starter + Denotes postseason game In March, Kris’ home was featured in Sports Illustrated in a special advertising section called “HomeOwner.” KRIS DIELMAN Guard Indiana 6-4, 310 Free Agent - ’03 6th NFL Season Troy HS 6th with Chargers Troy, Ohio 68
  • 72 Kris Dielman, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2003…waived Aug. 26, 2003…signed to Chargers practice squad Sept. 2, 2003…signed to active roster Oct. 16, 2003… re-signed March 15, 2005…signed one-year contract March 20, 2006...signed new six-year contract with Chargers, March 3, 2007. 2007: Earned All-NFL honors from USA Today Sports Weekly…selected to AFC Pro Bowl squad…named Chargers Lineman of Year... San Diego’s Offensive Line turned in its best performance of season Oct. 7 at Denver…didn’t allow sack in 18 pass plays, and more impor- tantly, helped clear way for 214- yard rushing day, Bolts’ highest total since Oct. 29, 2006 against St. Louis…on Oct. 14 against Oakland, line was again at its best as they did not allow sack in 21 pass plays while anchoring 206-yard rushing per- formance…Bolts allowed only one sack in 11 pass plays Oct. 28 vs. Houston…third-quarter sack was Bolts’ first allowed since Sept. 30 vs. K.C….ended string of 57-straight pass plays without allowing sack…line powered way for 191-yard rushing attack in 24-10 win at Kansas City Dec. 2…Bolts broke 10- 10 tie at half with rushing touchdowns of 31 and 28 yards in third and fourth quarters…line helped Charg- ers rush for 274 yards vs. Detroit on Dec. 16, second- highest total ever in team history…team record (287) was set against the New York Jets on Oct. 13, 1963…line also did not allow any sacks against Lions…line only allowed one sack in 26 pass plays and helped team rush for 147 yards in 23-3 win over Denver on ESPN Monday Night Football Dec. 24…unit only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee Jan. 6…did not allow any sacks in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff win at Indi- anapolis…line also had perfect blocks as Billy Volek scored game-winning touchdown on one-yard quar- terback sneak. 2006: First-alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad… named Chargers co-Lineman of Year by teammates…shared award with Jamal Williams and Marcus McNeill… selected to ESPN.com’s All- Pro Team…started Weeks 1-10, 12-16 and in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England… inactive for Week 11 game against Oakland and replaced in start- ing lineup by Scott Mruczkowski…line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oak- land…quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he com- pleted 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touch- down to give team 20-0 lead…line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, includ- ing two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17…for sec- ond-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks…also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Tennessee’s defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner…line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest…only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game…line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8…Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game…line didn’t allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15…marked third game of season group did not allow sack…line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, sec- ond 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleve- land Nov. 5…helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touchdowns in 49-41 win at Cincin- nati Nov. 12…Bolts’ starting five all named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after clearing way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19…line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26…helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3…came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays…group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allow- ing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, their games at Petco Park and he even caught a foul ball during a game in 2005. Dielman enjoys watching NASCAR races, rodeos and ultimate fighting. Dielman is in a Fantasy Racing League with several friends, including teammate Scott Mruczkowski. In March, a group of them traveled to Bristol, Tennessee and sat in the pit area to watch NASCAR’s Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Dielman has even met several of NASCAR’s top drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Clint Boyer. offers a stunning panoramic view of San Diego from the La Jolla coast to Mexico. In March, Kris’ house was featured in Sports Illustrated in a special advertising section called “Home Owner.” One of Dielman’s favorite pastimes is riding his beach cruiser along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. A regular on the beach scene, Dielman was invited to serve as a judge in the Miss Mission Beach Contest in May. Another reason he chose to stay is the cadre of friends that he has made in San Diego. Among his closest friends are several San Diego Padres. 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  • 73 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Games Played-Started: 2003 (6-0, San Diego); 2004 (15-0, San Diego); 2005 (16-14, San Diego); 2006 (15-15, San Diego); 2007 (16-16, San Diego); Total (68-45). Postseason Games Played-Started: 2004 (1-0, San Diego); 2006 (1-1, San Diego); 2007 (3-3, San Diego); Total (5-4). 2008 Pro Bowl Photo: Mike Nowak in 25 total pass plays…line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17…helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24…closed out season with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona…anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England. 2005: Started Weeks 3-16 at left guard…saw exten- sive action on offensive line in season opener against Dallas, lining up as tight end…replaced injured Toniu Fonoti at left guard in fourth quarter at Denver Sept. 18…started ESPN Sunday Night Football game against New York Giants Sept. 25 at left guard for injured Fonoti…line paved way for 268 yards rushing, third-best in team history, and did not allow any sacks against Giants…started Oct. 2 against New England on line that did not allow any sacks for second-consecutive week and helped Chargers rush for 183 yards en route to ending Patriots’ NFL-record 21-game home winning streak…Oct. 16 at Oakland helped hold All-Pro tackles Warren Sapp and Ted Washington to three combined tackles while opening holes for running game to generate 190 yards on ground…offensive line did not allow any sacks in 44 pass attempts against Kansas City Oct. 30…did not allow any sacks in 27 pass attempts and paved way for 133 rushing yards in 31-26 win over New York Jets Nov. 6…line allowed only one sack in 33 pass attempts against Buffalo Week 10 and created run- ning lanes for 202-yard rushing effort at Washington Week 11…in 26-17 win at Indianapolis Dec. 18, offensive line allowed only one sack and helped team rush for 206 yards. 2004: Did not play Week 1…saw action on special teams Weeks 2-3, 5-16 and Wild Card Playoff game…saw brief action at end of Ten- nessee game Oct. 3, New Orleans game Nov. 7 and Kansas City game Jan. 2 at guard…played in goal line offense at Oakland Nov. 21 and at Kansas City Nov. 28. 2003: Spent first five weeks on practice squad…dressed but did not play Weeks 6-8…played on special teams Weeks 9-11, 13 and 15-16…inactive Weeks 12 and 14…saw brief action as reserve left guard Week 15. COLLEGE: Two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection…voted Most Valuable Player by teammates as senior after leading team with five sacks and 14 tackles for loss…began career at Indiana as tight end…saw action at defensive tackle as sopho- more and spent entire senior season on defense… recorded 62 tackles on defense and 26 catches for 361 yards and five touchdowns on offense…played at Indiana from 1999-2002…majored in management. PERSONAL: Born in Goshen, Indiana…all-state and all-conference linebacker and tight end at Troy High School in Troy, Ohio…also lettered in basketball.
  • 74 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Off the field, Dobbins is mature beyond his years. Tim and his wife, Amanda, have two daughters, Timera and Anna. His hobbies include working out, bowling, golf, pool, skydiving, white-water rafting and riding dirt bikes. He also enjoys watching movies with his family, particularly action films. Though he no longer maintains his collection, as a child Tim collected coins with his grandmother, the late Mary McKinney. A fearless competitor who’s become a solid contributor on special teams, Tim Dobbins’ 12 special teams tackles in 2007 tied for third on the squad. Dobbins is a compact and powerful inside linebacker that the Chargers selected in the fifth-round of the 2006 NFL Draft. While his defensive reps have been limited, Dobbins has become one of the team’s top special teams players. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fifth-round draft choice (151) by San Diego, April 30, 2006...signed four-year contract with Chargers, July 25, 2006. 2007: Logged extensive playing time and recorded nine stops at inside linebacker after Matt Wilhelm left contest in first quarter with calf injury…recovered muffed kickoff late in second quarter against Balti- more Nov. 25 as Bolts tacked on late first-half field goal to take 22-7 lead…huge day on special teams Dec. 16 vs. Detroit, forcing fumble and tying Jyles Tucker for team-high with three tackles…recorded FF on kickoff after Chargers scored on opening drive of third quarter…Bolts tacked on field goal after recover- ing fumble for 44-7 lead…led team with pair of unas- sisted special teams tackles in AFC Championship Game at New England. 2006: Played Weeks 1-16 and in playoff game, primarily on special teams…tied Matt Wilhelm for team lead with two special teams tackles in Week 2…led squad with two special teams stops Week 3 at Baltimore…added two more ST stops at SF Week 5…led team with pair of special teams stops at Buffalo Dec. 3…logged two special teams stops in Dec. 10 win over Denver…collected two special teams tackles Week 15 at Seattle…scored first-career touchdown when he recovered muffed punt in end zone in Dec. 31 season finale against Arizona…score gave Bolts 24-7 lead in third quarter. COLLEGE: Two-time All-Big 12 selection at Iowa State, earning first-team honors as senior in 2005 and honorable mention recognition as junior in 2004…Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of Year in 2004…started every game for Cyclones…spent 2002- 03 seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Mississippi…all-state honorable mention in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges after 2003 season in which he returned 48-yard interception and 44-yard fumble for touchdowns… finished JC career with 210 tackles, 13 sacks and four interceptions…played at Iowa State from 2004- 05…sociology major. PERSONAL: Born in Nashville, Tennessee…all-state linebacker at Glencliff High School selected to play in 2002 Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game in Knoxville…rushed for more than 1,400 yards as fullback…married, Amanda…has two daughters, Anna and Timera. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2006 San Diego 16-0 0-4 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2007 San Diego 16-0 9-7 16 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Totals 32-0 9-11 20 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Postseason 4-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 9, at New England, Sept. 16, 2007 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2006, 18; 2007, 12; Total, 30. Special Teams Forced Fumbles — 2007, 1 Special Teams Fumble Recoveries — 2006, 1; 2007, 2; Total, 3. Special Teams Fumble Recovery Touchdowns — 2006, 1. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2006, 1; 2007, 3; Total, 4. TIM DOBBINS Linebacker Iowa State 6-1, 246 Draft 5 - ’06 3rd NFL Season Glencliff HS 3rd with Chargers Nashville, Tenn. 51
  • 75 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S the 1994-97 seasons. The elder Floyd is now an elementary school principal in Sacramento. Malcom’s hobbies include playing basketball, boogie boarding at Mission Beach and playing the newest video games. He was an all-conference basketball player in high school and his team won an intramural championship while he was in college at Wyoming. At 6-5, Malcom Floyd is the tallest member of a deep and talented group of wide receivers. He’s shown the ability to make acrobatic catches look routine. Floyd also can stretch the field and gives the Chargers another legitimate deep threat. That explosiveness in making plays downfield led several teammates to christen him with the nickname “M-80.” Floyd’s older brother, Malcolm, played wide receiver for the Houston Oilers during TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers as undrafted rookie, April 30, 2004 …waived Sept. 5, 2004…signed to practice squad Sept. 7, 2004…signed to active roster Dec. 11, 2004…waived Sept. 3, 2005…re-signed to practice squad Sept. 5, 2005… signed to active roster Dec. 7, 2005...signed one-year contract with Bolts, March 7, 2007...re-signed one- year contract with Chargers, March 25, 2008. 2007: 25-yard catch on 3rd-and-13 play during opening drive of second half in Sept. 23 game at Green Bay helped set up 21-yard touchdown catch- and-run by LT…helped extend Chargers touchdown drive on opening series of Week 6 game vs. Oakland with 16-yard catch on 3rd-and-7 play. 2006: Caught 31-yard touchdown pass at Baltimore Oct. 1 on play in which Samari Rolle slipped and fell in coverage… caught touchdown pass for second time in as many weeks with nine-yard tiptoeing catch in back corner of the end zone against Pittsburgh Oct. 8 in NBC Sunday Night game…catch withstood instant replay challenge and tied him for team lead with two touch- down catches on season…caught career-long 46-yard touchdown pass in third quarter of 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12…score helped Chargers get within 28-21 after trailing 28-7…on previous drive, helped set up LT four-yard touchdown run with 27-yard catch and run to four-yard line…Chargers Alumni Player of Week following Nov. 12 game at Cincinnati…subbing for injured Eric Parker (neck), Floyd left “Queen City” with his first-career 100-yard game, hauling in five catches for 109 yards and score against Bengals…among catches was late fourth-quarter 12-yard tiptoe catch along boundary on third-and-nine play…catch withstood replay challenge and kept drive alive that ended six plays later with touchdown that give Chargers final points in win over Bengals…inactive for Week 13 Denver game with ankle injury…placed on “Reserve-Injured” list due to ankle injury Dec. 14. 2005: Spent Weeks 1- 12 on Chargers’ practice squad…inactive Weeks 13- 16. 2004: Started against Kansas City Jan. 2 and caught first-career touchdown pass of 13 yards from Philip Rivers…was also Rivers’ first-career touchdown pass… set up second-quarter touchdown catch by Ryan Krause with 27-yard catch to Chiefs’ 10-yard line that led to touchdown three plays later… saw action as reserve in Wild Card Playoff game vs. New York Jets. COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference as senior…first-team all-conference by Football News and Sporting News as sophomore…fin- ished career with 186 catches for 2,411 yards and 14 touchdowns…redshirted in 1999…played at Wyoming from 1999-2003…majored in health sciences. PERSONAL: Born in Sacramento, California…all metro and offensive MVP of league at River City High School in Sacramento…first-team all-league in basket ball. Receiving Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2004 San Diego 4-2 3-49 16.3 27 1 2005 San Diego 0-0 0-0 0.0 0 0 2006 San Diego 12-0 15-210 14.0 46t 3 2007 San Diego 6-1 7-97 13.9 25 0 Totals 22-3 25-356 14.2 46t 4 Postseason 1-0 0-0 0.0 0 0 MALCOM FLOYD Wide Receiver Wyoming 6-5, 225 Free Agent - ’04 3rd NFL Season River City HS 5th with Chargers Sacramento, Calif. 80
  • 76 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Single-game Highs Receptions — 5, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Receiving Yards — 109, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Receiving Long — 46t, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Receiving TDs — 1, four times, Last: at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Receiving Long TD — 46t, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2006, 1. 2007 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 Chicago 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/16 at New England 1 19 19.0 19 0 09/23 at Green Bay 1 25 25.0 25 0 09/30 Kansas City 3 28 9.3 17 0 10/07 at Denver* 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/14 Oakland 2 25 12.5 16 0 10/28 Houston Inactive 11/04 at Minnesota Inactive 11/11 Indianapolis Inactive 11/18 at Jacksonville Inactive 11/25 Baltimore Inactive 12/02 at Kansas City Inactive 12/09 at Tennessee Inactive 12/16 Detroit Inactive 12/24 Denver Inactive 12/30 at Oakland Inactive Totals 7 97 13.9 25 0 01/06 Tennessee+ Inactive 01/13 at Indianapolis+ Inactive 01/20 at New England+ Inactive 2006 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 at Oakland 0 0 0.0 -- 0 09/17 Tennessee 1 9 9.0 9 0 10/01 at Baltimore 1 31 31.0 31t 1 10/08 Pittsburgh 2 18 9.0 9t 1 10/15 at San Francisco 0 0 0.0 -- 0 10/22 at Kansas City 1 19 19.0 19 0 10/29 St. Louis 1 5 5.0 5 0 11/05 Cleveland 2 8 4.0 6 0 11/12 at Cincinnati 5 109 21.8 46t 1 11/19 at Denver 1 7 7.0 7 0 11/26 Oakland 0 0 0.0 -- 0 12/03 at Buffalo 1 4 4.0 4 0 12/10 Denver Inactive 12/17 Kansas City Injured-Reserve 12/24 at Seattle Injured-Reserve 12/31 Arizona Injured-Reserve Totals 15 210 14.0 46t 3 01/14 New England+ Injured-Reserve * Denotes starter + Denotes postseason game Malcolm Floyd, continued catches to lead the Chargers to a 35-10 win. On his second TD catch, Gates went over 4,000 yards receiv- ing in just his 68th career game, making him the third- fastest tight end in NFL history to get there. The only two TEs to do it faster were former Bolt Kellen Winslow (58 games) and former Chicago Bear Mike Ditka (67). Then in December when the Chargers faced the Titans in a regular season game in Nashville’s LP Field, Gates caught a game-tying touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter and then hauled in a key third down pass in overtime to sustain the game-winning drive. A four-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro, Gates’ 340 receptions since he came into the league in 2003 are the third most among tight ends. He ranks behind only Kansas City’s Tony Gonzalez and Dallas’ Jason Witten. Gates’ 4,362 yards rank second to Gonzalez, but his 43 touchdown catches lead all tight ends and are tied for the fifth-most among all active players, including wide receivers. About the only thing that could slow down Antonio Gates in 2007 was a big toe. Gates was his typical outstanding self during the regular season, leading the team with 75 catches, 984 yards and nine touchdowns. Then in the Chargers’ playoff opener against the Tennessee Titans, Gates was hit on the ground after a catch and sprained his big toe. He left the game and did not return. Doctors were able to alleviate the discomfort so that he could play in the Divisional Playoffs and the AFC Championship Game, but Gates truly wasn’t himself and had to undergo surgery following the season. He’s been determined in his rehab and is expected to return at full strength for the 2008 season. Gates had several memorable games in 2007. Among those that stood out were games against the Houston Texans and Titans. In October when the Chargers hosted the Texans while wildfires were still smoldering throughout scattered regions of San Diego, Gates caught 49 and 31-yard touchdown Malcom Floyd, continued ANTONIO GATES Tight End Kent State 6-4, 260 Free Agent - ’03 6th NFL Season Central HS 6th with Chargers Detroit, Mich. 85
  • 77 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S helped lead the team to back-to-back conference championships and the “Elite Eight” in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Gates left the Kent, Ohio campus as the school’s sixth all-time scorer. Labeled as a classic “tweener” coming out of college and not likely to be drafted into the NBA, Gates opted to give football another shot and that led to his signing with the Chargers. In the May 2007 issue of Pro Football Hall of Fame Magazine, Gates was listed as the fourth-best undrafted player in NFL history. Gates still follows college basketball closely and often participates in pickup games in the open gym at nearby San Diego State. In 2005 he attended his first-ever Final Four, traveling to St. Louis to cheer on Michigan State. Gates enjoys movies and live comedy shows. Last May, he was invited to New York to tape a commercial with actor Bruce Willis for the movie “Die Hard 4.” Gates often travels to Los Angeles comedy clubs to watch some of the West Coast’s top comedians. Among his favorites are Mike Epps and Alex Thomas. Off the field, Gates has shown San Diegans that he can be a giver as well as a receiver. For the last several years, Gates has served as the honorary chairman for the Shoot to Cure HD, a speed free-throw shooting event that raises money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. He has also served as the host of a holiday event for homeless teens from the San Diego Center for Children, the Clark Teen Center and the Ronald McDonald House. Gates’ unique route to the NFL is well-chronicled. When he signed with the Chargers in 2003, he had not strapped on shoulder pads since his senior season at Central High School in Detroit. He began his colle- giate career at Michigan State under the assumption that he could play both football and basketball. When the school’s football coach relented, Gates chose to focus on hoops and decided it was best to leave the East Lansing campus. An up-and-down start to his basketball career sent Antonio bouncing to three different schools before he finally found a home at Kent State. In two seasons for the Golden Flashes, he TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2003…signed six-year contract with Chargers Aug. 22, 2005. 2007: Selected to start for AFC Pro Bowl squad…All-AFC selec- tion by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America…led NFL tight ends and ranked fifth overall in NFL with 27 third-down catch- es…ranked second among NFL tight ends in TD catches (nine) and fourth in receptions (75) and yards (984)…scored Chargers’ first touchdown of season on 17-yard halfback-option pass from LaDainian Tomlin- son in 14-3 Opening Day win over Chicago…set game-highs with nine catches and 107 yards receiv- ing, averaging 11.9 yards per catch…caught 12-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers early in the fourth quarter against New England Sept. 16…during earlier third- quarter TD drive against Patriots, Gates had three big third-down catches, making plays of 13 yards on 3rd- and-6; 22 yards on 3rd-and-9, and 8 yards on 3rd- and-4…caught game-high 11 passes and led team with 113 yards receiving Week 3 at Green Bay…eight- yard catch on 3rd-and-6 play help set up team’s first TD of game…earned Game Ball from Head Coach Norv Turner after leading Bolts with seven catches, 113 yards and touchdown Oct. 7 against Broncos… scored touchdown in third quarter on nine-yard pass from Philip Rivers that gave San Diego a 27-3 lead…also had several key third-down catches during game, including 13 yarder on third-and-eight play during second-quarter field goal drive and another 13 yarder on third-and-eight during third quarter touch- down drive…two plays after his second 13-yard catch, Gates stretched field for big 34-yard pickup on second-and-10 play to eclipse 100 yards for day and keep TD drive moving along…led Chargers with 58 yards receiving Week 6 vs. Oakland, including game- long 28-yard catch on first offensive play of third quarter that helped kick-start TD drive…caught two touchdown passes against Houston Oct. 28 covering 49 and 31 yards…first TD catch (49 yards) was third- longest catch of career and second TD catch put him over 4,000 receiving yards for his career…Texans’ game was 68th of career, making him third-fastest tight end in NFL history to reach that mark, bettered only by former Charger Kellen Winslow (58 games) and former Chicago Bear Mike Ditka (67)…finished game as team leader with three catches for 92 yards and two scores…other catch was 12-yarder on third- and-nine play during second-quarter touchdown drive…in addition to passing 4,000 yards, Gates also moved past Ronnie Harmon (3,939 yards ) and into eighth place on Chargers’ all-time receiving yardage list, and with two TD catches, 38th and 39th of his career, he broke tie with Antony Miller and moved into sole possession of sixth-place on team’s career touchdown catches list…seven-yard catch on third- and-seven play led to touchdown two plays later and 23-0 lead for Bolts in Nov. 11 NBC Sunday Night Football contest against Indianapolis…tallied 105 yards receiving against Baltimore Nov. 25…was fourth 100-yard game of season, tying career high…went over 100-yard mark during third-quarter 25-yard TD catch on third-and-eight play…was second TD catch of game, tying season high…had 35-yard scoring catch in second quarter…two TD catches against
  • 78 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Ravens (41st and 42nd of his career) moved him past Wes Chandler and into fifth place on team’s career touchdown receptions list…also increased career yardage total to 4,212 to move past Tony Martin and into seventh place on team’s all-time list…caught game-tying touchdown pass (two yards) with nine seconds left in fourth quarter of OT win at Tennessee Dec. 9…was one of team-leading six catches in game…made another big catch in overtime, securing 11-yard catch on third-and-four play during game- winning TD drive…lone catch against Denver on ESPN Monday Night Football Dec. 24 was spectacular 24- yard one-handed catch on third-and-10 play during third quarter touchdown drive…led team with six catches for 62 yards Dec. 30 at Oakland…left AFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. Tennessee with toe injury…played in AFC Divisional Playoff game at Indianapolis with injured toe and helped set up Bolts’ first touchdown of game with 23-yard catch…did not play in Pro Bowl due to toe injury. 2006: Selected to 2007 AFC Pro Bowl squad…first-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Sporting News, USA Today Sports Weekly, Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America, Sports Illustrated and SportsIllustrated.com, and ESPN.com…named to PFW’s and PFWA’s All-AFC Team…named to NFL.com’s All-Interview Team…team’s leading receiver with 71 catches, 924 yards and nine touch- downs...finished year just one touchdown catch shy of becoming first tight end in NFL history with 10 or more touchdown catches in three straight seasons... among NFL tight ends, led league in yards and touch- down catches, while ranking fourth in receptions...also led league’s tight ends with 14 catches of 20-or-more yards...caught four-yard touchdown pass to give Bolts 20-0 lead in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland…had game-long 28-yard catch during third-quarter field goal drive Week 2 against Tennessee… 22-yard touch- down catch in third quarter helped Bolts overcome deficit and take 17-13 lead against Pittsburgh in Sun- day Night Football game Oct. 8…earlier in game, he helped set up touchdown that trimmed 10-0 deficit with another 22-yard catch on third-and-11 play dur- ing drive that ended with Malcom Floyd touchdown catch… scored Bolts first touchdown of game in San Francisco Oct. 15 on 57-yard catch-and-run in first quarter…was second-longest score of career…caught touchdown pass for third game in row Oct. 22 against Chiefs…it was his eighth-career touchdown catch against Kansas City, most he’s scored against any sin- gle opponent during his NFL career…led Chargers with nine catches in game, including game-long 21-yard catch on third-and-20 play during second-quarter field goal drive…led team with five catches and 66 yards Oct. 29 vs. St. Louis…set tone early against Rams with 27 and 16-yard catches on second-and-eight plays during team’s first two scoring drives as Bolts jumped out to 14-0 lead…Chargers scored and took 7-0 lead on next play after Gates’ 27-yard catch on opening drive… came up with huge 27-yard catch on third-and-eight play late in fourth quarter at Cincinnati Nov. 12…three plays after catch, Chargers scored touchdown for final points in 49-41 win…helped Chargers pull out 35-27 come-from-behind win at Denver Nov. 19 with big fourth-quarter effort… responsible for 32 of team’s 55 yards on drive in which Bolts reclaimed lead at 28-27, including key 10- yard catch to Broncos’ seven on third-and-three play…led team with six catches for 81 yards, including 19-yard touchdown pass from LaDainian Tomlinson, in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26…caught his team- leading sixth touchdown pass of season Dec. 3 at Buf- falo…11-yard pass from Rivers with 24 seconds left in first half gave Chargers 17-0 lead…helped own cause on drive with 26-yard catch on third-and-four two plays before touchdown…second TD in as many weeks after going four games without one…led team with seven grabs for 90 yards in Buffalo…included among catches was 19-yarder on third-and-four play during 8:06 fourth-quarter drive in which Bolts claimed 24-14 lead and essentially seal victory… Chargers Alumni Player of Week after catching two touchdown passes Dec. 10 against Denver…scored on 12 yarder in first quarter and seven-yarder on third- and-five play at end of second quarter…was first multi-touchdown game of season and first since Oct. 30, 2005 at Kansas City…were first-career TDs against Denver…finished game with 104 yards on seven catches for first 100-yard game of season…was also first-career 100-yard game against Broncos…went over 100-yard mark on 19-yard catch on third-and- seven play during fourth quarter field goal drive that gave Chargers 34-20 lead…two big catches in rain during second half of Seattle game Dec. 24…25-yard catch on first play of third quarter helped set up field goal for 10-0 lead…38-yard catch on third-and-10 play later in quarter kept alive field goal drive to give Bolts 13-7 edge…caught team-leading ninth touch- down pass of season on 33-yard play in the Bolts’ Dec. 31 season finale against Arizona… touchdown gave Chargers first lead of game in second quarter (10-7)…was 14th catch of season covering 20+ yards, most in NFL by tight end…led team with six catches for 61 yards in Jan. 14 AFC Playoff game vs. New Eng- land…had 19-yard catch on second-and-nine play and 12-yard catch on third-and-seven play during fourth- quarter touchdown drive in which Bolts took 21-13 lead. 2005: AFC Pro Bowl starter…first-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, SportsIllustrated.com, ESPN.com, Pro Football Weekly, Professional Foot- ball Writers of America and USA Today Sports Weekly…Chargers Co- Offensive Player of Year… Midseason All-Pro selection by Pro Football Weekly…set career highs with 89 catches and 1,101 yards...tied Kellen Winslow’s team record for most receptions by tight end and yardage total Antonio Gates, continued
  • 79 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S was most by Bolts’ tight end since Winslow’s 1,172 in 1983...led team and all NFL tight ends in receptions, yards and scores (10)... became only second player in NFL history (Todd Christensen, 1983) to rack up at least 1,100 receiving yards while catching at least 10 touchdown passes...was second-consecutive season with at least 10 touchdown catches, becoming first tight end in NFL (since 1970) with consecutive sea- sons of 10 or more...23 touchdown catches last two seasons were most ever by NFL tight end in two-year stretch...did not play in season opener against Dallas due to roster exemption…led team with six catches for 80 yards at Denver Sept. 18…caught 12-yard pass on third-and-five and 13-yard pass on third-and-four during second-quarter touchdown drive…also had 13- and 24-yard catches during fourth quarter game-tying drive… caught 14-yard touchdown pass in third quar- ter to give Bolts 35-20 lead over New York Giants in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Sept. 25…during drive, caught 23-yard pass on third-and-six play to keep drive alive…ended night with team-leading six catches and 92 yards against Giants…had 19-yard catch on first offensive play of game…during second- quarter drive when Chargers took 21-3 lead, caught 15-yard pass on first play of drive and later caught 12- yarder on third-and-five play to sustain drive…led team with six catches for 108 yards in 41-17 win at New England on Oct. 2 that ended Patriots’ NFL- record 21-game home winning streak…three of six catches against Patriots were on third-down plays and all three resulted in first downs to sustain scoring dri- ves…11-yard touchdown catch in second quarter against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10 helped Chargers begin to erase 14-0 deficit…eight- yard touchdown catch at Philadelphia Oct. 23 gave Bolts 14-10 lead in fourth quarter…during drive caught three passes for 28 yards, including eight-yard catch on third-and-four play to keep drive alive… led team with eight catches against Eagles… Chargers Alumni Player of Week after setting career highs with 10 catches and 145 yards against Kansas City Oct. 30…tied his career high with three touch- down catches… Bolts improved to 5-0 in games when Gates has more than one touchdown catch…scoring catches covered 19 and 20 yards in first half and 35 yards in fourth quarter…set new career high for receiv- ing yards on final touchdown catch…led team with eight catches and 132 yards receiving at New York Jets Nov. 6…17-yard catch on opening offensive drive of game led to touchdown and 7-0 lead one play later…took 29-yard pass to three-yard line to set up second-quarter touchdown which gave Bolts 21-7 lead over Jets… caught eight-yard pass to go over 100 yards for game during third quarter touchdown drive…named to Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro Team…27-yard touchdown catch gave Charg- ers 14-3 lead over Buffalo Nov. 20…injured foot on first offensive series of second half while making 21- yard catch on third-and-eight play…did not return to game but came back for following game at Washing- ton…caught 24-yard pass on first play of overtime against Redskins to set up LaDainian Tomlinson’s game-winning 41-yard touchdown run on following play…in Dec. 4 ESPN Sunday Night Football game against Oakland, caught six-yard touchdown pass to give Bolts 10-3 lead in second quarter…pass was orig- inally ruled incomplete but overturned on replay chal- lenge…two plays before touchdown, caught 17-yard pass on third-and-13 play to keep drive alive…three of four catches against Raiders resulted in first downs…racked up 123 receiving yards against Miami Dec. 11 to raise season total to new career-high of 997...set career high with 13 catches against Dolphins and caught eight-yard touchdown pass with 15 sec- onds left in fourth quarter…caught eight-yard pass on fourth-and-four play two snaps before touchdown catch…led squad with six catches at Indianapolis Dec. 18…helped sustain second-quarter field-goal drive at Indianapolis Dec. 18 by drawing defensive holding penalty on third-and-six play and then catching five- and 10-yard passes on successive third-and-two plays…field goal gave Bolts 13-0 first-half lead…drew another illegal contact penalty during third-quarter field-goal drive for 16-0 edge…caught 18-yard touch- down pass on third-and-five play in first quarter at Kansas City Dec. 24…started 10-play touchdown drive with 22-yard catch on first play. 2004: AFC Pro Bowl starter… first-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Football Digest, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and SportsIllustrated.com…second-team All-Pro by College & Pro Football News weekly…All-NFL, All-AFC and All-Pro second-team by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America…NFL Alumni Association Tight End of Year…Chargers Offensive Player of Year…led team with 81 catches, 964 yards and 13 touchdowns…set NFL single-season record for touchdown catches by 2007 Pro Bowl Photo: Mike Nowak
  • 80 Antonio Gates, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S tight end…tied for second-most single-season touch- down catches in team history…finished year fourth in NFL in touchdown catches…ranked second in NFL with 30 third-down catches, fifth with 358 third- down receiving yards and third with six third-down touchdown catches…set career highs with eight catches and 123 yards in season opener at Hous- ton…caught four passes on third-down plays that resulted in first downs and seven of his eight total catches went for first downs…caught 11-yard touch- down pass on third-and-10 play in second quarter against Tennessee Oct. 3…was first touchdown catch of season…led team with seven catches against Titans…had three catches for 25 yards during Charg- ers other second quarter touchdown drive versus Ten- nessee, including 12-yard catch on third-and-seven play…career-high two touchdown catches against Jacksonville Oct. 10… caught one- and 11-yard scor- ing passes on third-down plays in first half…26-yard third-down catch on opening series of game against Jaguars helped set up first touchdown and 29-yard catch on third-down in third quarter helped set up Nate Kaeding field goal…tied career high with eight catches versus Jacksonville …led team with 80 yards receiving and tied for team high with six catches at Atlanta Oct. 17…four of his six catches resulted in first downs…caught three passes for 67 yards on fourth- quarter touchdown drive that ended with Kaeding field goal…led team with seven catches for 61 yards in 17-6 win at Carolina Oct. 24…five of seven catches against Panthers, including four on third-down, result- ed in first downs…critical third-down catches on both of team’s third-quarter scoring drives enabled Charg- ers to turn 6-0 deficit into 10-6 lead…notched five- and one-yard touchdown catches in third quarter against Oakland Oct. 31…all five catches against Raiders resulted in first down…season-long 29-yard catch on first play of third quarter ignited drive that ended with his five-yard touchdown catch…16-yard catch on first offensive play of game started drive that ended with 17-yard touchdown catch by Justin Peelle… Chargers Alumni Player of Week after pulling down career-high three touchdown catches against New Orleans Nov. 7… scores covered 12, seven and two yards… first Chargers receiver to have three touchdown catches in game since Tony Martin had three against Baltimore Sept. 28, 1997…first three-touchdown game by Chargers tight end since Kellen Winslow against Kansas City Dec. 11, 1983…raised season touchdown total to eight, most by tight end on team since Winslow had eight in 1983…led team with eight catches for 101 yards and touchdown at Oakland Nov. 21…scored touchdown on 11-yard catch to cap game’s opening drive on third-and-six play…also had 23-yard catch on third- and-two early in drive to keep chains moving…caught 12-yard pass from Brees on third-and-five play in fourth quarter that resulted in six-yard touchdown run by LaDainian Tomlinson three plays later for deciding points in 23-17 win…led team with 92 receiving yards and two touchdowns on seven catches at Kansas City Nov. 28…touchdown catches were 10th and 11th of season to set new team record for tight ends, surpass- ing mark of 10 set by Winslow and Willie Frazier… touchdown catches against Chiefs raised total to eight in last four games, tied with Wes Chandler for most in team history in four-game stretch… both scor- ing catches came in fourth quarter and covered 18 and 11 yards…held to three catches and 31 yards against Broncos Dec. 5, but two of three catches were on third-down plays that resulted in first downs, including 10-yard catch on third-and-five during sec- ond-quarter touchdown drive to give Chargers 14-7 lead…snapped two-game scoreless streak with career- long 72-yard touchdown catch at Cleveland Dec. 19 …12th touchdown catch of season tying NFL record for tight ends shared by Wesley Walls, Todd Chris- tensen, Jerry Smith and Mike Ditka…touchdown was lone catch versus Browns… caught four-yard touch- down pass at Indianapolis Dec. 26 for 13th touch- down of season to set new NFL record for tight ends…also caught 20-yard pass on third-and-18 on fourth play of touchdown drive… three of seven catches against Colts were third downs that resulted in first downs, including touchdown catch…did not play against Kansas City Jan. 2…caught game-tying one-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds left in fourth quarter to force overtime in Wild Card Playoff game against New York Jets…caught 21- and 44-yard passes during drive to help set up touchdown…started and caught three passes for 51 yards for AFC in 38-27 win over NFC in Pro Bowl Feb. 13… 12-yard touch- down catch from Peyton Manning gave AFC 28-7 lead in second quarter …caught 33-yard pass from Brees to start scoring drive in fourth quarter…drive ended with Tomlinson touchdown run for deciding points in victory. 2003: Caught first-career touchdown pass against Minnesota Nov. 9 on four-yard pass from Doug Flutie…26-yard catch in fourth quarter set up final touchdown against Minnesota… grabbed 18-yard touchdown catch on pass from Flutie on final play of Kansas City game Nov. 30…set season high with 117 yards receiving on five catches against Green Bay Dec. 14…season-long 48-yard catch against Packers…was first Chargers rookie to have 100 receiving yards in game since Wayne Walker at Washington Dec. 10, 1989…matched season high with five catches at Pittsburgh Dec. 21. COLLEGE: Associated Press honorable mention All- America following senior season when he averaged 20.6 points and 7.7 rebounds…also named first-team All-Mid American Conference and was runner-up for Player of Year honors…played on teams that won back-to-back MAC East Division Titles and posted consecutive 20-win seasons (2001-02 and 2002- 03)…finished career ranked sixth in school history with 1,216 points…spent first college semester at Michigan State and transferred to Eastern Michigan University for spring semester in 1999 where he Antonio Gates, continued
  • 81 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S averaged 10.2 points and team-leading 7.4 rebounds…transferred to College of Sequoias in California for 2000-01 season but did not play basketball…majored in general studies. PERSONAL: Born June 18, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan… led Detroit Central High School to Class A state championship as senior… first-team all-state selection in football and basketball. Continued next page Receiving Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2003 San Diego 15-11 24-389 16.2 48 2 2004 San Diego 15-15 81-964 11.9 72t 13 2005 San Diego 15-15 89-1,101 12.4 38 10 2006 San Diego 16-16 71-924 13.0 57t 9 2007 San Diego 16-16 75-984 13.1 49t 9 Totals 77-73 340-4,362 12.8 72t 43 Postseason 5-4 18-210 11.7 44 1 Single-game Highs Receptions — 13, vs. Miami, Dec. 11, 2005 Receiving Yards — 145, vs. Kansas City, Oct. 30, 2005 Receiving Long — 72t, at Cleveland, Dec. 19, 2004 Receiving TDs — 3, twice, Last: vs. Kansas City, Oct. 30, 2005 Receiving Long TD — 72t, at Cleveland, Dec. 19, 2004 Postseason Single-game Highs Receptions — 6, twice, Last: vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Receiving Yards — 89, vs. New York Jets, Jan. 8, 2005 Receiving Long — 44, vs. New York Jets, Jan. 8, 2005 Receiving TDs — 1, vs. New York Jets, Jan. 8, 2005 Receiving Long TD — 1t, vs. New York Jets, Jan. 8, 2005 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2003, 4. Four-time Pro Bowl selection (2005-08) Two-time All-Pro by USA Today Sports Weekly (2005-06) Three-time All-Pro by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America (2004-06) Three-time All-Pro by Sporting News (2004-06) All-Pro by Football Digest (2004) Three-time All-Pro by Sports Illustrated and SI.com (2004-06) Two-time All-Pro by ESPN.com (2005-06) Three-time All-Pro by Associated Press (2004-06) ANTONIO GATES’ ALL-PRO HONORS
  • 82 Antonio Gates, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 100-Yard Receiving Games (11) Date Opponent W-L No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 12/14/03 Green Bay L 5-117 23.4 48 0 09/12/04 at Houston W 8-123 15.4 29 0 11/21/04 at Oakland W 8-101 12.6 28 1 10/02/05 at New England W 6-108 18.0 38 0 10/30/05 Kansas City W 10-145 14.5 35t 3 11/06/05 at New York Jets W 8-132 16.5 29 0 12/11/05 Miami L 13-123 9.5 25 1 12/10/06 Denver W 7-104 14.9 26 2 09/23/07 at Green Bay L 11-113 10.3 26 0 10/07/07 at Denver W 7-113 16.1 34 1 11/25/07 Baltimore W 6-105 17.5 35t 2 Multi-Touchdown Games (8) Date Opponent W-L No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 10/10/04 Jacksonville W 8-93 11.6 29 2 10/31/04 Oakland W 5-63 12.6 29 2 11/07/04 New Orleans W 5-56 11.2 29 3 11/28/04 at Kansas City W 7-92 13.1 27 2 10/30/05 Kansas City W 10-145 14.5 35t 3 12/10/06 Denver W 7-104 14.9 26 2 10/28/07 Houston W 3-92 30.7 49t 2 11/25/07 Baltimore W 6-105 17.5 35t 2 Receptions by Opponent (incl. playoffs) Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD Arizona (1) 4 56 14.0 33t 1 Atlanta (1) 6 80 13.3 23 0 Baltimore (3) 10 146 14.6 35t 2 Buffalo (2) 12 167 14.0 27t 2 Carolina (1) 7 61 8.7 14 0 Chicago (2) 9 107 11.9 19 1 Cincinnati (2) 6 81 13.5 27 0 Cleveland (3) 3 94 31.3 72t 1 Denver (10) 36 453 12.6 34 3 Detroit (2) 3 26 8.7 10 0 Green Bay (2) 16 230 14.4 48 0 Houston (2) 11 215 19.5 49t 2 Indianapolis (4) 18 132 7.3 23 1 Jacksonville (3) 13 155 11.9 29 3 Kansas City (8) 41 486 11.9 35t 8 Miami (2) 13 123 9.5 25 1 Minnesota (2) 4 65 16.3 26 1 New England (4) 21 263 12.5 38 1 New Orleans (1) 5 56 11.2 29 3 New York Giants (1) 6 92 15.3 23 1 New York Jets (3) 18 260 14.4 44 1 Oakland (10) 40 525 13.1 29 6 Philadelphia (1) 8 72 9.0 16 1 Pittsburgh (3) 13 180 13.8 22t 2 St. Louis (1) 5 66 13.2 27 0 San Francisco (1) 5 78 15.6 57t 1 Seattle (1) 2 63 31.5 38 0 Tampa Bay (1) 1 17 17.0 17 0 Tennessee (4) 19 184 9.7 28 2 Washington (1) 3 39 13.0 24 0 Totals (82) 358 4,572 12.8 72t 44 Total number of games against each opponent in parenthesis. 2007 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 Chicago* 9 107 11.9 19 1 09/16 at New England* 7 77 11.0 22 1 09/23 at Green Bay* 11 113 10.3 26 0 09/30 Kansas City* 6 79 13.2 27 0 10/07 at Denver* 7 113 16.1 34 1 10/14 Oakland* 3 58 19.3 28 0 10/28 Houston* 3 92 30.7 49t 2 11/04 at Minnesota* 1 10 10.0 10 0 11/11 Indianapolis* 3 26 8.7 14 0 11/18 at Jacksonville* 4 54 13.5 24t 1 11/25 Baltimore* 6 105 17.5 35t 2 12/02 at Kansas City* 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 12/09 at Tennessee* 6 57 9.5 17 1 12/16 Detroit* 1 8 8.0 8 0 12/24 Denver* 1 24 24.0 24 0 12/30 at Oakland* 6 62 10.3 21 0 Totals 75 984 13.1 49t 9 01/06 Tennessee*+ 2 15 7.5 16 0 01/13 at Indianapolis+ 2 28 14.0 23 0 01/20 at New England*+ 2 17 8.5 9 0 Totals 6 60 10.0 23 0 2006 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 at Oakland* 2 26 13.0 22 1 09/17 Tennessee* 4 55 13.8 28 0 10/01 at Baltimore* 4 41 10.3 18 0 10/08 Pittsburgh* 3 55 18.3 22t 1 10/15 at San Francisco* 5 78 15.6 57t 1 10/22 at Kansas City* 9 63 7.0 21 1 10/29 St. Louis* 5 66 13.2 27 0 11/05 Cleveland* 2 22 11.0 15 0 11/12 at Cincinnati* 5 69 13.8 27 0 11/19 at Denver* 5 48 9.6 17 0 11/26 Oakland* 6 81 13.5 27 1 12/03 at Buffalo* 7 90 12.9 26 1 12/10 Denver* 7 104 14.9 26 2 12/17 Kansas City* 1 7 7.0 7 0 12/24 at Seattle* 2 63 31.5 38 0 12/31 Arizona* 4 56 14.0 33t 1 Totals 71 924 13.0 57t 9 01/14 New England*+ 6 61 10.2 19 0 Antonio Gates, continued
  • 83 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 2005 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 Dallas Roster Exempt 09/18 at Denver* 6 80 13.3 24 0 09/25 New York Giants* 6 92 15.3 23 1 10/02 at New England* 6 108 18.0 38 0 10/10 Pittsburgh* 5 61 12.2 20 1 10/16 at Oakland* 2 17 8.5 16 0 10/23 at Philadelphia* 8 72 9.0 16 1 10/30 Kansas City* 10 145 14.5 35t 3 11/06 at New York Jets* 8 132 16.5 29 0 11/20 Buffalo* 5 77 15.4 27t 1 11/27 at Washington* 3 39 13.0 24 0 12/04 Oakland* 4 51 12.8 19 1 12/11 Miami* 13 123 9.5 25 1 12/18 at Indianapolis* 6 29 4.8 10 0 12/24 at Kansas City* 4 52 13.0 22 1 12/31 Denver* 3 23 7.7 12 0 Totals 89 1,101 12.4 38 10 2004 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/12 at Houston* 8 123 15.4 29 0 09/19 New York Jets* 4 39 9.8 14 0 09/26 at Denver* 4 30 7.5 10 0 10/03 Tennessee* 7 57 8.1 12 1 10/10 Jacksonville* 8 93 11.6 29 2 10/17 at Atlanta* 6 80 13.3 23 0 10/24 at Carolina* 7 61 8.7 14 0 10/31 Oakland* 5 63 12.6 29 2 11/07 New Orleans* 5 56 11.2 29 3 11/21 at Oakland* 8 101 12.6 28 1 11/28 at Kansas City* 7 92 13.1 27 2 12/05 Denver* 3 31 10.3 13 0 12/12 Tampa Bay* 1 17 17.0 17 0 12/19 at Cleveland* 1 72 72.0 72t 1 12/26 at Indianapolis* 7 49 7.0 20 1 01/02 Kansas City Inactive Totals 81 964 11.9 72t 13 01/08 New York Jets*+ 6 89 14.8 44 1 2003 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/07 at Kansas CityInactive 09/14 Denver 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/21 Baltimore 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/28 at Oakland 2 30 15.0 17 0 10/05 at Jacksonville* 1 8 8.0 8 0 10/19 at Cleveland* 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/27 Miami 0 0 0.0 0 0 11/02 at Chicago* 0 0 0.0 0 0 11/09 Minnesota* 3 55 18.3 26 1 11/16 at Denver* 0 0 0.0 0 0 11/23 Cincinnati* 1 12 12.0 12 0 11/30 Kansas City* 3 49 16.3 18t 1 12/07 at Detroit* 2 18 9.0 10 0 12/14 Green Bay* 5 117 23.4 48 0 12/21 at Pittsburgh* 5 64 12.8 20 0 12/28 Oakland* 2 36 18.0 28 0 Totals 24 389 16.2 48 2 * Denotes starter + Denotes postseason game REGULAR-SEASON SEAT SALES AND ATTENDANCE Season Seat Average Total Year Sales Attendance Attendance 1984 56,600 51,136 409,085 1985 51,300 51,953 415,626 1986 49,014 51,826 414,611 1987 48,114 53,097 371,676 1988 40,328 43,425 347,400 1989 38,124 47,054 376,434 1990 40,026 49,134 393,071 1991 38,217 48,293 386,341 1992 36,040 46,966 375,725 1993 47,550 59,447 475,578 1994 44,442 59,980 479,842 1995 51,500 58,697 469,575 1996 52,500 57,544 460,355 1997 48,447 58,238 465,906 1998 51,500 59,590 476,718 1999 46,000^ 59,625 476,999 2000 43,000^ 54,182 433,459 2001 46,000^ 59,356 474,844 2002 45,000^ 61,872 494,973 2003* 45,000^ 59,879 419,151 2004 45,000^ 60,683 485,462 2005 51,000^ 66,240 529,916 2006 56,821^ 66,379 531,031 2007 63,000 65,502 524,019 Season Seat Average Total Year Sales Attendance Attendance 1960 n/a 15,665 109,656 1961 9,138 27,859 195,014 1962 10,104 21,987 153,908 1963 8,828 27,356 191,491 1964 10,492 24,237 169,656 1965 11,309 28,915 202,402 1966 16,316 26,531 185,712 1967 24,301 39,616 277,311 1968 22,301 43,313 303,188 1969 23,904 46,311 324,178 1970 27,940 45,078 315,549 1971 30,045 49,647 347,530 1972 37,144 52,271 366,035 1973 40,341 43,726 306,079 1974 30,174 36,876 258,135 1975 22,926 32,959 230,714 1976 20,467 37,106 259,739 1977 21,847 43,975 307,826 1978 32,186 47,328 378,623 1979 43,600 50,841 406,725 1980 49,675 51,191 409,530 1981 49,675 51,458 411,661 1982 49,675 50,062 200,248 1983 49,675 46,243 369,944 *Based on seven home games in 2003. Oct. 5 game was moved to Arizona’s Sun Devil Stadium due to San Diego wildfires. ^Based on season ticket equivalent including season, mini-season and single-game tickets.
  • 84 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S organization that provides hairpieces for children under 18 who have lost their hair as a result of undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Goff’s hobbies include traveling, reading, movies, golf and fishing, but his favorite hobby is cooking. Mike learned to cook by watching The Food Network and enjoys having teammates over to the house to sample his many specialty dishes. Since then, they have crowned him with the nickname “Chef.” Goff has mastered many culinary specialties, but lists among his favorites: Creole tomato soup with croutons, stuffed jumbo shrimp with crabmeat dressing, lamb chops and pork Wellington. Goff has competed in several Battle of the Chefs events, including one which served as a fundraiser to help Chef Gavin Kaysen travel to the world finals of the prestigious Bocuse d’Or culinary competition in France. Every Christmas and Thanksgiving, Goff deep-fries a couple turkeys and hams and invites teammates over who are away from their families during the holidays. Mike’s travels this year included trips to Australia and Mexico, while past trips include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Aspen, St. Lucia, Thailand and Ireland. Whenever he’s not slaving over a hot stove or touring the globe, Goff helps his father, Lyman, run a trucking business the two own in Columbus, Ohio. Their company hauls outdoor materials, including gravel and bedrock. Before being drafted by the Bengals in 1998, he posted score of 38 on the Wunderlich intelligence test. It was the second-highest score among offensive linemen tested at the ’98 NFL Combine. Mike Goff is a true ironman in every sense of the word. A senior member of the squad in his 11th NFL season, Goff comes into 2008 having started 90 straight games, nearly double the next-closest player on the Bolts’ roster. Goff hasn’t missed a start in the last five-plus seasons, despite playing a position where players routinely are blindsided and hit from all angles. Goff has been a steadying force along a line that has helped the Chargers rush for more than 2,000 yards for a team-record and NFL-best six consecutive seasons. It includes a team-record 2,578 yard season in 2006, the same one during which LaDainian Tomlinson was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player after scoring a league-record 28 touchdowns while claiming the first of his two-straight NFL rushing titles. Goff’s steadying presence extends beyond the line of scrimmage. After signing with the Chargers as a free agent in 2004, he immediately assumed a leader- ship role on the offensive line. He took youngsters like Nick Hardwick and Marcus McNeill under his wing and opened his Pacific Beach home to guard Kris Dielman. And he regularly hosted members of the offensive line and other current and former teammates to his house for dinner. This camaraderie has paid huge dividends as the offensive line has excelled as a unit. In each of Goff’s four seasons in San Diego, the Chargers have ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in rushing offense, including a No. 7 ranking in 2007 and a No. 2 ranking in 2006. For years, one of Goff’s most recognizable characteristics was his long hair. That was until last summer when he cut his hair and donated it to Locks of Love, a public non-profit TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round draft choice (78) by Cincinnati, April 18, 1998…signed five-year contract with Chargers, March 8, 2004. 2007: Earned All-NFL honors from USA Today Sports Weekly and named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…offensive line turned in its best performance of season Oct. 7 at Denver, not allowing sack in 18 pass plays, and more importantly, helping clear way for 214- yard rushing day, Bolts’ highest total since Oct. 29, 2006 against St. Louis…on Oct. 14 against Oakland, line was again at its best as they did not allow sack in 21 pass plays while anchoring 206-yard rushing performance…Bolts allowed only one sack in 11 pass plays Oct. 28 vs. Houston and third-quarter sack was Bolts’ first allowed since Sept. 30 vs. K.C….ended string of 57-straight pass plays without allowing sack…line powered way for 191-yard rushing attack in 24-10 win at Kansas City Dec. 2…offense broke 10-10 tie at half with rushing touchdowns of 31 and 28 yards in third and fourth quarters…line helped Chargers rush for 274 yards without allowing any sacks vs. Detroit on Dec. 16, second-highest total ever in team history… team record (287) was set against the New York Jets on Oct. 13, 1963…unit allowed just one sack in 26 pass plays and helped team rush for 147 yards in 23-3 win over Denver on ESPN Monday Night Football Dec. 24…only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee Jan. 6…did not allow any sacks in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff win at MIKE GOFF Guard Iowa 6-5, 311 UFA (Cincinnati) - ’04 11th NFL Season LaSalle-Peru Township HS 5th with Chargers Peru, Ill. 79
  • 85 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Indianapolis and Goff recovered LaDainian Tomlinson fumble in second quarter to keep alive Bolts’ first scoring drive of game…line also had perfect blocks as Billy Volek scored game-winning touchdown on one- yard quarterback sneak. 2006: First-team All-Pro by SportsIllustrated.com…started all 16 games plus AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England…line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oakland…quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he completed 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touchdown to give team 20-0 lead…line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, including two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17…for second-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks…also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Tennessee’s defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner…line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest…only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game…line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8…Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game…line didn’t allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15…marked third game of season group did not allow sack…line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, second 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleveland Nov. 5…helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touchdowns in 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12…starting five all named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after clearing way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts, in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19…line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26…helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3…came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays…group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allowing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, in 25 total pass plays…line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17…helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24…closed out sea- son with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona…anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England. 2005: First-team All-Pro by Sports Illustrated and SportsIllustrated.com…selected to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…only offensive lineman to start all 16 games… played in 100th career game as starting right guard in season opener against Dallas…line paved way for 268 yards rushing, third- best in team history, and did not allow any sacks against New York Giants in ESPN Sunday Night Foot- ball game Sept. 25…line did not allow any sacks for second-consecutive week and helped Chargers rush for 183 yards at New England Oct. 2 to end Patriots’ NFL-record 21-game home winning streak…line allowed only one sack against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10…started Oct. 16 game at Oak- land and helped hold All-Pro tackles Warren Sapp and Ted Washington to three combined tackles while opening holes for running game to generate 190 yards on ground…started 50th consecutive game against Kansas City Oct. 30…offensive line did not surrender any sacks to Chiefs in 44 pass attempts…did not allow any sacks in 27 pass attempts and paved way for 133 rushing yards in 31- 26 win over New York Jets Nov. 6…line allowed only one sack in 33 pass attempts vs. Buffalo Week 10 and created running lanes for 202-yard rushing effort at Washington Week 11…Goff made block to spring LaDainian Tomlinson for game-winning 41-yard touchdown run in overtime against Redskins…in 26- 17 win at Indianapolis Dec. 18, offensive line allowed only one sack and helped team rush for 206 yards. 2004: Second-team All-Pro by Football Digest… named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…Chargers Alumni Player of Week along with fellow starting offensive linemen following Week 11 win at Kansas City…started Weeks 1-16 and Wild Card Playoff game at right guard…blocked for NFL’s sixth-ranked rush offense…line surrendered only 21 sacks, fourth- fewest in NFL and fewest by Chargers squad since 1990. 2003: Valuable member of offense that ranked in NFL’s top-half in total yards, rushing yards and passing yards for first time since 1997…started Week 1 at center…started Weeks 2-16 at right guard. 2002: Key component of offense which posted streak of six consecutive games with 350 or more yards, longest team streak since 10-game stretch in 1986…started Weeks 1-3 and 7-16 at right guard…inactive Weeks 4-6 due to knee laceration suffered Sept. 22 at Atlanta. 2001: Starting right guard was only offen- sive lineman to play all 1,071 offensive snaps…Ben- gals offensive line allowed only 28 sacks, fourth- fewest in team history. 2000: Starting right guard led offensive line playing in 991 of possible 1,001 snaps during season…anchor of offensive line which blocked for Corey Dillon to rush for team-record 1,435 yards…played every snap against Denver Oct. 22 when Dillon rushed for NFL-record 278 yards and team rushed for club-record 407 yards…Bengals’ rush offense ranked second in NFL…Goff surrendered only 2.5 sacks during entire season. 1999: Saw reserve action at right guard Sept. 26…inactive Weeks 6-7
  • 86 Mike Goff, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S due to left knee sprain…subbed for Jones after injury Dec. 26 at Baltimore…starting left tackle for season finale at Jacksonville Jan. 2 for injured Rod Jones. 1998: Inactive Weeks 5-9 recovering from partial ligament tear in left knee injured during practice… started Weeks 12-16 at right guard. COLLEGE: Started every game as senior at right guard for nation’s eighth-ranked rush offense… played at Iowa from 1994-9…majored in sociology. PERSONAL: Born in Peru, Illinois…All-America defensive tackle and team captain at LaSalle-Peru Township High School. Games Played-Started: 1998 (10-5, Cincinnati); 1999 (12-1, Cincinnati); 2000 (16-16, Cincinnati); 2001 (16-16, Cincinnati); 2002 (13-13, Cincinnati); 2003 (16-16, Cincinnati); 2004 (16-16, San Diego); 2005 (16-16, San Diego); 2006 (16-16, San Diego); 2007 (16-16, San Diego); Total (147-131). Postseason Games Played-Started: 2004 (1-1, San Diego); 2006 (1-1, San Diego); 2007 (3-3, San Diego); Total (5-5). Cletis “Flash” Gordon, a former undrafted free agent from Jackson State, has great speed and athleticism and has become one of the Chargers’ top special teams performers. He has a great opportunity to become the Chargers’ nickel-back in 2008. Gordon is the third member of his family to play in the NFL. His older cousin, Alan Ricard, played fullback for the Baltimore Ravens and Alan’s younger brother, Lester, plays quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cletis and Lester were teammates at Amite High School in Amite, Louisiana. Cletis was the team’s star wide receiver and Lester was its quarterback. Here in San Diego, Cletis isn’t the only Gordon in the Chargers’ locker room. On occasion, his brother, Kevin, an accomplished barber, stops by the Chargers locker room to offer haircuts for Cletis’ teammates and anyone else in the organization in need of a trim. Gordon grew up in Louisiana, but was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. His favorite players were Tony Dorsett and Deion Sanders. As a child, he had an extensive collection of football, baseball and basketball cards. Gordon enjoys spending time with his family in Amite and his teammates in San Diego. In April, Cletis traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to coach youngsters at teammate Antonio Cromartie’s football camp. In May, Cromartie returned the favor, traveling with Gordon to Amite to lend his expertise at Cletis’ Flash24 Youth Football Camp. Gordon’s first-ever camp in Amite attracted nearly 250 kids, who were put through a battery of football drills at the city’s Russell Memorial Stadium. As a child, Gordon worked to save money so that he could attend football camps and he made a pledge that if he made it to the NFL, then he would offer a free camp for kids. He stayed true to his word. Gordon’s hobbies include basketball, golf, watching movies, bowling and shopping. He is also a local spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and makes regular appearances in San Diego schools to warn youth about the dangers of drinking and driving. Cletis and several of his teammates are investors in the Passion 4 Life vitamin company. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 10, 2006...signed one-year contract with Chargers, April 2, 2008. 2007: Saw first significant playing time of season Week 4 against Kansas City and helped force opening series three-and-out with pass defensed on third- down play…made touchdown saving tackle on special teams in first quarter at Minnesota Nov. 4, chasing down and tackling Aundrae Allison from behind after 62 yard return. 2006: Inactive Weeks 1-10, 12, 14- 15 and for playoff game vs. N.E.…spent Weeks 1-2 recovering from wrist injury…dressed but did not play Week 11…saw action on special teams Week 13 vs. Denver…handled kickoff and punt returns in Dec. 31 season finale against Arizona…returned two kickoffs for 55 yards with long of 32. COLLEGE: First-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference choice as senior after racking up 41 tack- les and four interceptions …versatile player with nick- name “Flash” saw action as defensive back, wide receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner…led Mike Goff, continued CLETIS GORDON Cornerback Jackson State 6-1, 197 Free Agent - ’06 3rd NFL Season Amite HS 3rd with Chargers Amite City, La. 24
  • 87 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S squad in 2005 with 737 all-purpose yards…set record with 95-yard kickoff return for touchdown in 2003 Circle City Classic against Florida A&M…finished career with 26 yards rushing, 691 yards and nine touchdowns receiving, 492 yards and two scores on punt returns, 1,508 yards and two touchdowns on kickoff returns, and intercepted 11 passes with three returns for touchdowns…final defensive stats included 98 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 16 passes defensed…played at Jackson State from 2001-05… majored in psychology. PERSONAL: Born in Amite City, Louisiana…all-district choice at Amite High School…also lettered in basketball. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2006 San Diego 2-0 1-0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2007 San Diego 14-0 4-4 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Totals 16-0 5-4 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Postseason 2-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Kickoff Returns Punt Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. FC Avg. Long TD 2006 2-55 27.5 32 0 3-12 1 4.0 6 0 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 8. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 1. Another of the Chargers’ outstanding special teams players, Steve Gregory has continued to see more time on defense as he enters his third NFL season. A former standout at Syracuse who worked his way onto the Chargers’ roster as an undrafted free agent, Gregory’s nine special teams tackles in 2007 were the fifth-most on the squad. His ability to play both cornerback and safety make him an asset on defense. Gregory grew up in Staten Island, New York and his family still resides there. His father, Steve, and stepmother, Judy, are both retired from the New York Police Department, however both were on active duty when the terror attacks of 9/11 struck New York City. His brother, Anthony, also makes his home in New York City, working as a chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan. Steve’s hobbies include golf, video games, movies, pool, bowling, darts and poker. He played baseball through high school as a shortstop and center fielder and had tryouts with the New York Mets and New York Yankees before enrolling at Syracuse to pursue a career on the college gridiron. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 8, 2006...waived Sept. 2, 2006...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 4, 2006...signed two-year deal to active roster, Sept. 30, 2006...signed one-year contract with Chargers, March 17, 2008. 2007: Made clutch open field tackle at 24-yard line late in first half of Nov. 11 game vs. Indianapolis on NBC Sunday Night Football…one play later, Colts missed 42-yard field goal, allowing Chargers to pre- serve 23-7 lead at half…led unit with pair of special teams tackles Nov. 18 in Jacksonville…collected two special teams tackles against Denver Dec. 24 to tie Brandon Siler for team high. 2006: Spent Weeks 1-2 on Chargers’ practice squad and played Weeks 3-16 and in playoff game vs. New England…signed to active roster Sept. 30 and played against Ravens Oct. 1…took over at corner for injured Quentin Jammer in fourth quarter and made great play to break up deep pass intended for Derrick Mason on third-and-five play to force punt…collected two special teams tack- les Oct. 15 at San Francisco…led team with season- high three special teams tackles against St. Louis Oct. STEVE GREGORY Cornerback-Safety Syracuse 5-11, 185 Free Agent - ’06 3rd NFL Season Curtis HS 3rd with Chargers Staten Island, N.Y. 28
  • 88 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 29…led team with three special teams stops against Denver Dec. 10. COLLEGE: Four year starter at Syracuse played three seasons as cornerback and spent junior year as wide receiver…finished career ranked third in school history with 40 passes defensed, including single-game school record with six against North Carolina in 2002…finished career with 168 tackles, six intercep- tions and two forced fumbles …team’s second-lead- ing receiver in 2004 with 38 catches for 420 yards…special teams standout blocked five kicks during career, tied for second all-time…returned 36 kickoffs for 737 yards and 10 punts for 115 yards… named to All-Big East Freshman Team and Freshman All-America Team by The Sporting News after leading all freshmen in nation with 21 passes defensed… earned Big East Special Teams Player of Week honors in 2002 after game against Central Florida… redshirted in 2001…played at Syracuse from 2001- 05…earned degrees in finance and marketing. PERSONAL: Born in Brooklyn, New York…all-city wide receiver by Newsday and New York Daily News as wide receiver at Curtis High School in Staten Island, N.Y….selected to New York squad for 2001 Governor’s Bowl…named MSG Network/ Downtown Athletic Club/Heisman Trophy Tri-State All-Star as senior…winner of Al Fabbri Award as Staten Island’s best player…played on New York Public Schools Athletic League championship teams as sophomore and junior…played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and returned punts and kickoffs…as prep, rushed for 2,703 yards, had 1,037 yards receiving, passed for 606 yards and scored 51 touchdowns… recorded 184 stops and five picks on defense… set Staten Island record with 2,060 rushing yards as senior. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2006 San Diego 14-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 2007 San Diego 16-0 2-0 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Totals 30-0 2-0 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0-0 Postseason 4-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2006, 12; 2007, 9; Total, 21. Special Teams Fumble Recoveries — 2006, 1. Hardwick’s route to the NFL was not a common one. A standout prep wrestler, he enrolled at Purdue intent on wrestling for the Boilermakers. That all changed however after former Chargers QB Drew Brees led the Boilermakers to the 2001 Rose Bowl and Hardwick saw the excitement that it generated on the West Lafayette, Indiana campus. The following fall, he decided to walk on to the school’s football team. A year after earning a spot as a defensive tackle on the scout team, Hardwick became the team’s starting center and earned all-conference honors. In 2004, the Chargers made him a third-round draft pick and he’s been a starter ever since. Hardwick’s wife, Jayme, is also a former Boilermaker, having played soccer for Purdue’s women’s team. Hardwick still maintains close ties to his alma mater. In 2007, he endowed a football scholarship at the school that will be given annually to a walk-on Nick Hardwick is starting the 2008 season on the mend. In March, Hardwick was forced to have surgery for a severely sprained right foot that had plagued him since last October. The surgery, which was performed the day he and his wife Jayme were due to leave for a trip to Maui and Australia, typically requires a four to six-month rehabilitation period. Hardwick is optimistic though that he’ll be healed and ready to go in time for the season. Hardwick is a key cog in the offensive line. In addi- tion to his responsibilities as a run blocker, Hardwick plays a huge role in pass protection and calling out the blocking signals for the entire offensive line. He’s been a starter since his rookie season in 2004 and the Chargers have rushed for at least 2,000 yards each of those seasons, including a team-record 2,578 yards in 2006. With Hardwick leading the way, LaDainian Tomlinson was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in ’06 and has won the last two NFL rushing titles. Steve Gregory, continued NICK HARDWICK Center Purdue 6-4, 295 Draft 3B - ’04 5th NFL Season Lawrence North HS 5th with Chargers Indianapolis, Ind. 61
  • 89 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (66) by San Diego, April 24, 2004…signed three-year contract July 29, 2004…signed new six-year contract through 2011, June 16, 2006. 2007: Earned All-NFL honors from USA Today Sports Weekly and named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…sec- ond-alternate for AFC Pro Bowl squad…on Oct. 7 at Denver, line didn’t allow sack in 18 pass plays, and more importantly, helped clear way for 214-yard rushing day, Bolts’ highest total since Oct. 29, 2006 against St. Louis…injured foot on seventh play of Oct. 14 game against Raiders and was replaced in lineup by Cory Withrow for remainder of game…inactive Weeks 7-10 with same foot injury…returned to start- ing lineup Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore…with Hardwick back, line powered way for 191-yard rushing attack in 24- 10 win at Kansas City Dec. 2…Bolts broke 10-10 tie at half with rushing touchdowns of 31 and 28 yards in third and fourth quarters…line helped Chargers rush for 274 yards vs. Detroit on Dec. 16, second-highest total ever in team history…team record (287) was set against the New York Jets on Oct. 13, 1963…line also did not allow any sacks against Lions…line only allowed one sack in 26 pass plays and helped team rush for 147 yards in 23-3 win over Denver on ESPN Monday Night Football Dec. 24…only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee Jan. 6…line did not allow any sacks in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis and group had perfect blocks as Billy Volek scored game- winning touchdown on one-yard quarterback sneak. 2006: Selected to AFC Pro Bowl squad…started Weeks 1-16 and AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England as offense produced team- record 2,578 yards rushing…line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oakland…quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he completed 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touchdown to give team 20-0 lead…line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, including two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17…for second-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks…also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Tennessee’s defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner…line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest…only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game…line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8…Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game…line didn’t allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15…marked third game of season group did not allow sack…line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, second 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleveland Nov. 5…helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touchdowns in 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12…starting five named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after clearing way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19…line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26…helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3…came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays…group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allowing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, in 25 total pass plays…line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17…helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24…closed out sea- son with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona…anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England. 2005: Started Weeks 1-6 and 10- 16 at center…line paved way for 268 yards rushing, third-best in team history, and did not allow any sacks against New York Giants in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Sept. 25…line did not allow any sacks for second-consecutive week and helped Chargers including surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. The 300-pounder often can be seen paddling out on his 10-foot Ace longboard at Tourmaline Street Beach, one of San Diego’s premier longboard surfing spots. The Point Loma resident also enjoys skateboarding and rides his long skateboard on the boardwalks of San Diego’s beaches. One of many Chargers with an interest in classic cars, Hardwick owns a 1975 Chrysler Cordoba. player who earns a scholarship just as Hardwick did. And this past June, he returned to West Lafayette to receive the Drew Brees Mental Attitude Award, presented by the Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Hardwick became the fourth former Boilermaker to receive the award. The winner each year is chosen by Brees and recognizes an athlete who exemplifies exceptional mental attitude. Nick enjoys a wide range of extreme sports Continued next page
  • 90 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S rush for 183 yards at New England Oct. 2 to end Patriots’ NFL-record 21-game home winning streak… line allowed only one sack against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10…started Oakland game Oct. 16 but left contest early with high ankle sprain…inactive Weeks 7-9 due to ankle injury… returned to starting lineup Week 10…line allowed only one sack in 33 pass attempts vs. Buffalo Week 10 and created running lanes for 202-yard rushing effort at Washington Week 11 …in 26-17 win at Indi- anapolis Dec. 18, offensive line allowed only one sack and helped team rush for 206 yards. 2004: Named to ESPN.com’s All-Rookie Team… started Weeks 1-4 at center…left Tennessee game Oct. 3 with knee injury… inactive Weeks 5-6 while recovering from injury… returned to starting lineup Weeks 7-16 and for Wild Card Playoff game…left Oakland game Oct. 31 briefly in second quarter with concussion…named Chargers Alumni Player of Week along with fellow starting offensive linemen following Nov. 28 win at Kansas City…left playoff game versus Jets with ankle injury…returned to game for one play and left with knee injury and did not return. COLLEGE: Second-team All-Big Ten and recipient of team’s Pit Bull Award for sustained tenacity and intense play as senior…Academic All-Big Ten as junior…walked on to team in 2001 as scout team defensive tackle and earned scholarship before junior season…played at Purdue from 2001-03…earned degree in economics. PERSONAL: Born in Franklin, Indiana… earned three wrestling letters at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis…member of state championship wrestling team… played football as freshman. Games Played-Started: 2004 (14-14, San Diego); 2005 (13-13, San Diego); 2006 (16-16; San Diego); 2007 (12-12; San Diego); Total (55-55). Postseason Games Played-Started: 2004 (1-1, San Diego); 2006 (1-1, San Diego); 2007 (3-3; San Diego); Total (5-5). Nick Hardwick, continued camping and fishing. When Marques began his collegiate career at the University of Colorado, he became a second generation Buffalo. His dad, Alvin Phillips, played linebacker for the Buffaloes from 1972-76 and his uncle, Chuck Wiman, also played for the Buffaloes in the ’70s. Marques regularly volunteers for community events in San Diego. He got an early start in community service, founding two non-profit organizations while he was still in college. In October 2002, he founded Harris’ Kids Inc., an organization to help underprivi- leged kids who need mentoring, and he later founded a similar organization called Baseline, Inc. In his spare time, Harris enjoys spending time with family and friends. Teammates Jacques Cesaire and Quentin Jammer are among his closest friends. Last October during the Chargers’ bye week, Harris and his wife, Brandy, and Cesaire and his wife, Jill, all went to Los Angeles together to watch a taping of the hit reality show, “The Contender,” hosted by former boxing champion, “Sugar” Ray Leonard. Marques Harris is one of the many undrafted free agents on the Chargers’ roster making a name for himself as a top-tier special teams performer. He is also a valuable situational performer in the team’s linebacking corps. Harris has gained national notoriety for celebrating big plays with a back-handspring that has been replayed on highlight shows across the country, including ESPN’s SportsCenter. Harris is highly respected among teammates for his outstanding work ethic and commitment to preparing his body for the rigors of the game. Harris is just as astute in the classroom as he is on the football field. In March, he and teammate Cory Withrow attended the NFL’s Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. The three-day program taught NFL players how to evaluate business opportunities, specifically in the sports industry. Harris is interested in real estate and envisions a post-football career in that industry. He currently owns homes in San Diego and Colorado. Having spent most of his childhood in Colorado, Marques participates in a wide range of outdoor activities, including snowboarding, backpacking, Nick Hardwick, continued MARQUES HARRIS Linebacker Southern Utah 6-1, 231 Free Agent - ’05 4th NFL Season Grand Junction HS 4th with Chargers Grand Junction, Colo. 92
  • 91 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, April 29, 2005... signed one-year contract with Chargers, March 16, 2007...signed one-year contract with Chargers, April 2, 2008. 2007: Combined with Carlos Polk to record four-yard tackle for loss on botched fake punt Week 6 vs. Oakland…shared one-yard sack with Luis Castillo on third-and-six play Oct. 28 vs. Houston to force punt in third quarter…tallied 13-yard sack late in first quar- ter of Nov. 11 win over Indianapolis…two plays after sack, Peyton Manning was intercepted by Antonio Cromartie on third-and-25 play…recovered second- quarter fumble that helped set up field goal after Shawne Merriman sack and forced fumble Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore…inactive for Oakland game Dec. 30 while recovering from thumb injury. 2006: saw action Weeks 1-13 & 15-16…recorded fourth-quarter fum- ble recovery in season opener at Oakland’s nine-yard line after quarterback Andrew Walter put ball on ground…three plays after recovering fumble, Michael Turner scored one-yard touchdown run for final points in 27-0 win…logged extensive time for injured Shaun Phillips Week 6 at Kansas City…helped force three-and-out on Chiefs’ first drive of third quarter when he pressured quarterback Damon Huard and broke up pass on Chiefs’ third-down play…Eric Parker returned resulting punt career-long 50 yards to set up touchdown that allowed Bolts to get back within seven points at 20-13…then, midway through fourth quarter, Harris sacked Huard for nine-yard loss on third-and-five play and also forced fumble by Chiefs’ quarterback…Luis Castillo recovered ball at Chiefs’ 23-yard line and five plays later Chargers scored touchdown to tie game at 27-27…started Week 8 for injured Phillips…scored first career touchdown Nov. 5 against Cleveland when he recovered football in end zone after Randall Godfrey sacked Charlie Frye and forced fumble…score gave Chargers 10-6 lead in game…later collected sack for no yards in fourth quarter against Frye…in middle of fourth quarter of Nov. 12 game at Cincinnati, teamed with Shaun Phillips to stop Chris Perry for three-yard loss on shovel pass on third-and-six play…it ended Cincinnati drive and forced field goal that prevented Bengals from re-taking lead late in game, holding score at 42-41…Bolts then drove and scored on their next possession to help seal victory…made one of biggest defensive plays of night in Chargers 35-27 Sunday Night Football win at Denver Nov. 19…made great read and tackled running back Damien Nash for six-yard loss late in fourth quarter with Chargers lead- ing 28-27…it forced Broncos to go for it three plays later on fourth-and-four from their own 38-yard line…Jake Plummer’s fourth down pass was in turn intercepted by Drayton Florence and returned to 23- yard line…it led to one-yard touchdown run by Tom- linson on following drive that gave Bolts 35-27 lead and essentially put game away…Nov. 26 against Oak- land with game tied 14-14 late in fourth quarter, closed out three-and-out by Raiders with three-yard sack against Aaron Brooks on third-and-20 play…after punt, San Diego drove 67 yards in six plays to claim 21-14 lead and defense made final stand to seal victory…inactive for Week 14 Kansas City game while recovering from hamstring injury…returned to action Weeks 15-16…inactive for divisional playoff game vs. New England. 2005: Inactive Weeks 1-2, 4- 5 & 7…helped close out ESPN Sunday Night Football win over New York Giants Sept. 25 with late fourth- quarter nine-yard sack of Eli Manning…was first- career NFL tackle…recorded multiple quarterback pressures against Kansas City’s Trent Green in 28-20 win Oct. 30…two special teams tackles in wins over Oakland Raiders Dec. 4 and Indianapolis Dec. 18. COLLEGE: Third-team All-America by Sports Network and first-team All-Great West Football Conference at Southern Utah in 2004…led team and ranked seventh in NCAA Division I-AA with 25 tackles for loss as senior…finished season with 68 tackles and 11 sacks…transferred from Colorado prior to senior season…spent 2000-03 seasons at Colorado… redshirted in 2003 after suffering broken leg in sec- ond game of season…honorable mention All-Big 12 from league’s coaches in 2002…named to team’s prestigious Victory Club by coaching staff in 2002 and 2003…tallied 133 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and two interceptions during career with Buffaloes…earned degree in communications from Colorado…enrolled in master’s program for education at Southern Utah. PERSONAL: Born in Salt Lake City, Utah…PrepStar All-America at Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colorado…named all-state by Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News…two-time first-team all-league choice…lettered four years and three times all-state in wrestling…won state title as senior in 189-pound weight class…lettered as freshman and sophomore in baseball as catcher and outfielder… married, Brandy, and couple has daughter, Savannah. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2005 San Diego 11-0 2-0 2 1-9 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 2006 San Diego 15-1 15-10 25 3-9 0-0 0 0 3 1-2 2007 San Diego 15-2 8-11 19 1.5-13.5 0-0 0 0 0 0-1 Totals 41-3 25-21 46 5.5-31.5 0-0 0 0 4 1-3 Postseason 2-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Continued next page
  • 92 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S the Tampa Bay Storm of the AFL and had a breakout season that ended with AFL Rookie of the Year hon- ors. Hart’s success in the Arena League landed him a contract offer from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002. Once signed, he was allocated to NFL Europe where he played for the Rhein Fire and Amsterdam Admirals. Upon returning to the states, he went to training camp with the Eagles, but was released toward the end of camp. Philadelphia later signed him to their practice squad. Hart’s career took off in 2003 and teams began to take notice of his play. Still with the Eagles, he was called upon in midseason to replace injured Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins. Hart filled in admirably and the Eagles went 7-2 in the nine games that he started. After being waived by the Eagles the following season, he was immediately claimed off waivers by the Bolts. Clinton has not forgotten his roots in Florida. He hosts a youth football camp and donates time and resources to the Webster Sports Complex near his hometown of Bushnell, Fla. He also helped rebuild the roof on the church he and his family attended in Webster. Clinton has always enjoyed working with kids. He worked as a counselor and recreation specialist at the Marion Youth Development Center in Ocala, Fla. In October of 2006 Clinton and his wife, Kelli Fuqua, had their first child, a daughter named Lillian. One of Hart’s favorite hobbies is watching DVDs of “Sanford and Son” and the movie “Rocky.” He even keeps a statue of Rocky Balboa in his locker. Hart is also an accomplished barber and has a barber’s license. In April 2008, Hart opened his own barber shop called The Brickhouse Salon in Ocala. It is often said that good things happen to good people, and Clinton Hart is a perfect example. To get to this point of his career, Hart traveled down an unconventional path. Now on the cusp of becoming one of the NFL’s premier safeties, Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith rewarded Hart for his persistence and perseverance by re-signing him to a new five-year deal in April 2008 that will keep him in San Diego through the 2012 season. Last season, Hart made his debut as the team’s new starting strong safety and turned in his finest season as a pro. He played a key role as the Chargers led the NFL in interceptions, takeaways and turnover ratio. Hart finished the year tied for ninth in the NFL and was second on the squad with a career-high five interceptions, including one on the final play of a Nov. 11 game against Indianapolis that helped the Chargers clinch a victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion Colts. Hart backed up his interception totals with a career-best 109 tackles, which led the secondary and ranked third on the team. He also registered his first sack since 2003. Interestingly, Hart never donned a helmet or shoulder pads in college. Instead, he was a standout on his school’s baseball team. At Sumter South High School in Bushnell, Florida, he played both football and baseball, but after graduating, Hart enrolled at Central Florida Community College to play baseball and stay close to his family. It seems Hart was always destined to play football. During college, he used to bring a football to baseball practice to warm up his arm. The coaches teased him that he was playing the wrong sport. In 2000, Hart had a tryout with the Tallahassee Thunder of AFL2 and made the team. Hart earned just $162 per week and had to endure bus rides of up to 20 hours. In 2001, he signed with Single-game Highs Tackles — 7, at Denver, Nov. 19, 2006 Sacks — 1, five times, Last: vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2005, 8; 2006, 1; 2007, 8; Total, 17. Tackles for Loss — 2006, 2. Fumble Recovery Touchdowns — 2006, 1. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 2. Marques Harris, continued CLINTON HART Safety Central Florida CC 6-0, 205 Waivers (Phi.) - ’04 6th NFL Season South Sumter HS 5th with Chargers Bushnell, Fla. 42
  • 93 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Philadelphia, Jan. 29, 2002…waived by Eagles, Aug. 24, 2002… signed to Eagles’ practice squad, Nov. 19, 2002… re-signed with Philadelphia, Jan. 30, 2003…waived by Eagles, Sept. 14, 2004…claimed by Chargers, Sept. 15, 2004…signed three-year contract with Chargers Feb. 2, 2006...agreed to new five-year contract thru 2012, April 7, 2008. 2007: Tied for ninth in NFL with career-high five interceptions…making his debut as team’s new start- ing strong safety, Hart’s nine tackles ranked third on defense and fumble recovery early in fourth quarter led to offensive touchdown eight plays later that gave Bolts 14-3 lead over Chicago in season open- er…collected first interception of season off pass tipped by Randy Moss in Week 2 game at New England…interception and 20-yard return came at 10-yard line with 18 seconds left in first half…helped stop potential scoring drive with Patriots already leading 24-0…intercepted pass in fourth quarter of Sept. 30 game vs. Kansas City…tied Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm for team high with 12 stops Oct. 28 vs. Houston…tackle for loss among eight stops Nov. 4 at Minnesota…sealed Nov. 11 NBC Sunday Night Football win over defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts with interception on final play of game…finished night with 12 tackles, including one for two-yard tackle for loss on late fourth-quarter Indy drive that ended with missed 29- yard field goal as Bolts held on for 23-21 win…tallied fourth quarter tackle for loss (-5 yards) Nov. 18 at Jacksonville…Bolts scored on ensuing possession to cut deficit in half to 24-17….recorded career-high fourth interception in first quarter of Detroit game Dec. 16…Bolts tacked on touchdown three plays later to take 17-0 lead in game…also led squad with two passes defensed…made great tackle on final play of first half to keep Calvin Johnson out of end zone after he had caught 49-yard “Hail Mary” at one-yard line…big game against Denver Dec. 24 on ESPN Monday Night Football with interception and second sack of career…sacked Jay Cutler for nine-yard loss in first quarter…was first sack since 2003 with Philadelphia…then in third quarter, intercepted Cutler pass that had been tipped by Drayton Florence at one-yard line after Broncos had driven deep into Chargers territory…tallied 11 stops at Oakland Dec. 30, going over 100 tackles for first time in career…effort included one-yard tackle for loss in first quarter. 2006: Led squad with 22 special teams tackles...played Weeks 1-16 and playoff game vs. N.E. on defense and special teams… collected two special teams stops in season opener at Oakland…started Week 3 at Baltimore at strong safety, collecting six tackles…delivered big-time performance in Oct. 8 Sunday Night Football game against Pittsburgh, leading team with three tackles on special teams… also collected tackle for loss when he and Matt Wilhelm combined to stop Bryant McFadden for two-yard loss on fake punt attempt in second quarter…racked up career-high six tackles on special teams to go along with four stops on defense Oct. 15 at San Francisco…put Chargers in position to poten- tially drive for late game-winning score in fourth quarter of Oct. 22 game at Kansas City with third- down pass defensed against Tony Gonzalez to force punt…second on squad with two special teams tack- les Oct. 29 vs. Rams…turned in several big plays in Nov. 5 game against Cleveland… broke up second- quarter pass intended for Braylon Edwards and Donnie Edwards came away with interception on play…also had forced fumble in game and tied for team high with two passes defensed…tied for team high with two special teams tackles Nov. 12 at Cincin- nati… intercepted pass and recovered fumble at Buf- falo Dec. 3…recovered fumble on last play of first half and intercepted JP Losman in fourth quarter with Chargers leading 24-14…recorded career-high two interceptions in Chargers’ 27-20 win at Seattle on Christmas Eve… both picks occurred in San Diego ter- ritory, and he tied Donnie Edwards for team lead with season-high three passes defensed...had first pick in first quarter at Chargers’ 23-yard line on pass that was tipped by Edwards and he had second late in sec- ond quarter on ball that he made diving catch on at Bolts’ six-yard line…also had hand in another HUGE play in third quarter, drawing holding penalty against Seattle’s Ben Joppru to negate 96-yard kickoff return for touchdown by Nate Burleson after Chargers had kicked field goal to take 10-0 lead. 2005: Saw action as reserve safety Weeks 1-2…helped set up final points of game in 45-23 win over New York Giants Sept. 25 by recovering fumble in fourth quarter on third-and-one play against New York’s David Tyree at Chargers’ 10-yard line…fumble was caused by Donnie Edwards and resulted in Nate Kaeding 44-yard field goal on ensuing possession… scored touchdown against New England Oct. 2 after Donnie Edwards intercepted pass in fourth quarter and pitched it to Clinton…play came late with under one minute remaining in fourth quarter and provided final points in 41-17 win over Patriots that ended New England’s NFL-record 21 game home winning streak…was first- career touchdown…also had two special teams tack- les in game…led squad with three tackles on special teams in Oct. 10 Monday Night Football game against Pittsburgh… broke up two passes in Oct. 23 game at Philadelphia…broke up fourth quarter pass from Chargers’ nine-yard line to preserve 28-13 lead in 28- 20 win over Kansas City Oct. 30…started Week 9 at strong safety for injured Terrence Kiel…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after starting ESPN Sunday Night Football 34-10 win over Oakland Dec. 4 for injured Terrence Kiel and helping account for 14 points…late in first quarter of 3-3 game, tackled LaMont Jordan and jarred ball loose on hit…it was recovered by Randall Godfrey at Raiders’ 34-yard line and seven plays later, Drew Brees threw six-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates to give Bolts 10-3 Continued next page
  • 94 Clinton Hart, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S lead…midway through fourth quarter with Bolts lead- ing 27-10, intercepted pass intended for tight end Courtney Anderson and returned it 70 yards for touchdown and final points of game…was second interception return for touchdown of season, most since Stanley Richard had two during 1994 Super Bowl season…recovered Ronnie Brown fumble at San Diego one-yard line in fourth quarter to help keep Chargers within six points against Miami Dec. 11…started at free safety in Dec. 18 game at Indianapolis for injured Bhawoh Jue (knee)…started Weeks 15-16 at strong safety for injured Kiel. 2004: Tied Hanik Milligan for team lead with 15 special teams tackles…inactive Week 2 vs. New York Jets…led squad with two special teams stops at Atlanta Oct. 17…intercepted pass off Kerry Collins late in second quarter against Oakland Oct. 31…pick led to 23-yard touchdown catch by Tim Dwight four plays later that gave San Diego 28-7 halftime lead over their arch rivals…also tied team high with two stops on special teams against Raiders…collected three stops, includ- ing one for loss, and tied for team high with two spe- cial teams tackles against New Orleans Nov. 7…tied for team high with two stops on special teams at Oakland Nov. 21 …tied for team high with two special teams tackles against Denver Dec. 5…led team with two stops on special teams at Cleveland Dec. 19…filled in for injured Terrence Kiel at strong safety in Wild Card Playoff game vs. New York…left game briefly with ankle sprain but returned to action…fin- ished contest with six tackles. 2003: Started Weeks 2-9 and 11 for injured Pro Bowl free safety Brian Dawkins…first-career start versus New England Sept. 14…logged career-high 10 tackles at New York Giants Oct. 19…chalked up first-career sack at Atlanta Nov. 2. 2002: Spent final six weeks of regular season and three weeks of postseason on Philadelphia’s practice squad…allocated to Rhein Fire of NFL Europe and later traded to Amsterdam Admirals. 2001: Defensive back and wide receiver for Tampa Bay Storm of Arena Football League…recorded three interceptions and 69 tackles on defense…caught 24 passes for 242 yards and touchdown on offense. 2000: Played for Tallahassee Thunder of AFL2. COLLEGE: Played baseball from 1996-98 at Central Florida Community College. PERSONAL: Born in Dade City, Florida…all-state defensive back at South Sumter High School in Bushnell, Florida…also lettered in basketball, baseball and track. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2003 Philadelphia 16-9 39-22 61 1-7 0-0 0 0 7 0-1 2004 San Diego 14-0 5-4 9 0-0 1-13 13 0 2 0-0 2005 San Diego 16-5 26-9 35 0-0 1-110 70t 2 6 1-2 2006 San Diego 16-1 21-6 27 0-0 3-37 22 0 8 1-1 2007 San Diego 16-16 77-32 109 1-9 5-73 22 0 9 0-1 Totals 78-31 168-73 241 2-16 10-233 70t 2 32 2-5 Postseason 7-3 19-6 25 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 12, twice, Last: vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Sacks — 1, twice, Last: vs. Denver, Dec. 24, 2007 Interceptions — 2, at Seattle, Dec. 24, 2006 Interception Return Yards — 70, vs. Oakland, Dec. 4, 2005 Interception Return Long — 70t, vs. Oakland, Dec. 4, 2005 Interception Return for Touchdown — 1, twice, Last: vs. Oakland, Dec. 4, 2005 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 7, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2004, 1; 2006, 1; 2007, 4. Special Teams Tackles — 2003, 11; 2004, 15; 2005, 11; 2006, 22; 2007, 3; Total, 62. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2003, 1; 2007, 1; Total, 2. Clinton Hart, continued
  • 95 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (61) by San Diego, April 23, 2005…signed five-year contract with Chargers July 29, 2005. 2007: Set career highs with six catches and 98 yards, while catching first touchdown pass of season (27 yards) from Philip Rivers Week 3 at Green Bay…came up just two yards shy of first-career 100-yard game…touchdown versus Packers came on Bolts’ opening possession of game to give team 7-0 lead…was also team’s first first-half touchdown of sea- son…helped set up first-quarter touchdown against Kansas City Sept. 30 with 39-yard catch…was third- longest catch of his career and Bolts longest pass com- pletion of season…made three big second-half catches to help put away hometown Denver Broncos Oct. 7 at Invesco Field…on third play of third quarter, caught 24- yard pass to kick-start scoring drive…then after penal- ties found Bolts facing second-and-33 on same drive, Jackson beat linebacker Ian Gold on seam route, pick- ing up 45 yards and huge first down…four plays later, Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates hooked up on nine- yard touchdown play and Bolts took 27-3 lead…one series later after Marlon McCree interception, Jackson capped 79-yard drive with 15-yard touchdown catch in back corner of end zone as San Diego took 34-3 lead…19-yard catch on third-and-10 play in second quarter Week 9 vs. Indianapolis helped keep alive touchdown drive that gave Bolts 23-0 lead over defending Super Bowl Champion Colts…20-yard catch on opening play of third quarter Nov. 18 at Jacksonville helped kick start touchdown drive…13-yard catch on third-and-nine play helped set up Chargers’ first TD vs. Baltimore Nov. 25…38-yard touchdown catch Dec. 2 at Kansas City helped Bolts even game at 10-10…12-yard catch and run in overtime Dec. 9 at Tennessee set up LaDainian Tomlinson’s game-winning touchdown run on following play…11-yard catch on third-and-eight play helped sustain TD drive on opening series of third quarter vs. Detroit Dec. 16…also drew pass interference penalty on third-and-nine play in first quarter that led to touchdown and 17-0 lead on very next play…28- yard catch on third-and-11 play against Denver Dec. 24 on ESPN MNF helped set up late second-quarter field goal…racked up first-career 100-yard game and first playoff touchdown with 114 yards and go-ahead score in Jan. 6 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. Ten- nessee …went over 100-yard mark on 25-yard touch- down catch with 2:35 remaining in third quarter that Bolts up 10-6 for first lead of game…he and Chris throughout high school, Jackson was unable to attract attention from the state’s two biggest schools, Colorado or Colorado State. As a collegian at Northern Colorado, Jackson became a two-sport standout, excelling in football and basketball. He rewrote most of the school’s football records; was a two-time All-America, and became the highest NFL draft choice in school history. On the hardwood, Jackson played two seasons for the Bears and earned All-Independent League honors as a junior when he led the team in points and assists. Jackson is happy to call San Diego home after spending much of his childhood in Louisiana. His father, Terence, was an Army medic and the family moved often. Jackson’s family also lived in Phoenix, Arizona and Grafenwoher, Germany before settling in Colorado Springs. This summer, Jackson passed along his experience as an NFL wide receiver at a football camp that he hosted for kids of all ages at Westview High School in San Diego. Vincent Jackson picked the right time to shine for the San Diego Chargers. After grinding through a regular season in which he caught 41 passes for 623 yards and three touchdowns, Jackson burst onto the scene in the NFL Playoffs, leading the league with 300 postseason receiving yards. He had at least 93 yards receiving in all three of the Chargers’ playoff games, including his first career 100-yard game when he recorded 114 yards and a touchdown in the Bolts’ Wild Card Playoff win over the Tennessee Titans. Throughout the postseason, Jackson routinely made huge catches on third down, tying for the league lead with eight third-down catches, good for 152 yards (19.0 avg) and a touchdown. At 6-5, 241 pounds, Jackson possesses a rare blend of size and speed that often draws comparisons to the league’s best receivers. Despite the high praise, Jackson remains humble. He had to work for everything that he earned in life. As a high schooler, “Jax” worked several odd jobs, including cleaning rooms in a Super 8 Motel and selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. And despite oustanding grades, a solid prep football career and jobs Continued next page VINCENT JACKSON Wide Receiver Northern Colorado 6-5, 241 Draft 2 - ’05 4th NFL Season Widefield HS 4th with Chargers Colorado Springs, CO 83
  • 96 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Chambers (121 yards) teamed to give Bolts first pair of receivers to both go over 100 yards in playoff game since 1983…monster day included 32-yard catch on third-and-12 play in second quarter during drive that ended with missed field goal and 34-yard catch on third-and-nine play during third quarter which ended with made field goal…racked huge effort in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Indianapolis, leading team with career-high seven catches for 93 yards and touchdown…out-jumped two defenders in back of end zone on 14-yard touchdown catch to give Chargers their first points of game in second quarter…TD grab came on third-and-eight play to cap drive he helped sustain with nice nine-yard grab on earlier third-and- five play…helped Chargers take 14-10 lead on opening drive of third quarter with catches of 17 and 13 yards on consecutive plays…led team with 93 yards receiving on six catches in Jan. 20 AFC Championship Game at New England…helped set up second-quarter field goal that cut Chargers’ deficit to 7-6 with catches of 15, 17 and 21 yards on drive…added two more catches for 17 and six yards on Chargers’ field goal drive to open third quarter…led NFL with 300 yards receiving in play- offs…also led league in postseason third-down catch- es, with eight for 152 yards and touchdown…tied for fourth in NFL with 18 catches during playoffs. 2006: Led team with 16.8 yards per catch average...second on squad with six touchdown catches...caught first- career touchdown pass of 12 yards from Philip Rivers to give Chargers 33-0 lead over Tennessee in fourth quarter of Sept. 17 game at Qualcomm Stadium…caught 33-yard touchdown pass in second quarter to give Bolts 21-10 lead at San Francisco Oct. 15…lone catch against Cleveland Nov. 5 was key as hauled in 11-yard pass on third-and-eight play during fourth-quarter touchdown drive… two plays after catch, LT scored on seven-yard run to give Bolts’ 24-15 lead…on Bolts’ next drive, he helped extend lead to 32- 18 by catching two-point conversion on fade pat- tern…helped Chargers overcome 17-point deficit and take 28-27 lead in fourth quarter of 35-27 win at Den- ver Nov. 19 with acrobatic five-yard touchdown catch along back line of end zone at Invesco Field… caught TD pass with 6:45 remaining in fourth quarter…early in Denver game had 26-yard catch during Chargers’ first TD drive…had key 13-yard catch on fourth-and-two play during Bolts’ game-tying fourth-quarter touch- down drive in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26…three plays later, drew pass interference penalty on third- and-eight play and Bolts scored touchdown two plays later to tie game at 14-14…came up just five yards shy of his first career 100-yard game Dec. 10 against Den- ver…effort included career-long 55-yard catch on first play of fourth quarter that helped set up field goal by Nate Kaeding for 31-20 lead over Broncos…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after leading team with three catches and 66 yards against K.C. Dec. 17, including 46-yard catch to eight-yard line in fourth quarter that helped set up field goal for 20-9 lead…caught game- winning 37-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining in fourth quarter of Chargers’ Dec. 24 win at Qwest Field in Seattle…was his career-best second touchdown catch of day…also had nine-yard touch- down catch in second quarter… set season-highs with 97 yards and five catches against Seahawks…14-yard touchdown catch in Dec. 31 season finale against Ari- zona gave Chargers 17-7 lead in second quarter…31- yard catch to three-yard line set up fourth quarter touchdown to give Chargers 21-13 lead in AFC Divi- sional Playoff game against New England. 2005: Inac- tive Weeks 1-5, 7, 10 & 12…saw first action of career at Oakland Oct. 16 primarily on special teams…caught first-career pass good for 18 yards during second quar- ter touchdown drive in Chargers 31-26 win over New York Jets Nov. 6…set up second-quarter field goal at Indianapolis Dec. 18 with 21-yard catch to four-yard line…field goal gave Bolts 13-0 first-half lead…also caught 20-yard pass on third-and-eight play during opening drive of game. COLLEGE: Set school records with 177 catches, 3,548 receiving yards, 37 touchdown catches, 1,024 punt return yards and 5,810 all-purpose yards…had four 200-yard receiving games and 12 100-yard games during career…first-team All-America by NFL Draft Report and second-team by Sports Network in 2004…All-Great West Conference Offensive Player of Year in ‘04 and first-team all-conference pick…as senior, finalist for Walter Payton Award for nation’s best player in NCAA Division I-A…school-record 80 catches and 1,952 all-purpose yards in 2004…first- team All-America by Football Gazette and NFL Draft Report as junior after leading team to NCAA national semifinals…second-team All-America by Associated Press and Sports Network…set school records with 1,462 yards receiving and 21 touchdown catches in ‘03…honorable mention All-America by D2Football.com as freshman…Division I All-Independent selection dur- ing 2003-04 basketball season after leading team with 13.6 points and 3.1 assists per game and ranking sec- ond with 5.6 rebounds…scored career-high 25 points and tied career best with seven assists in Senior Night victory over Johnson & Wales Feb. 21, 2004…named UNC’s Student Athlete of Month in December 2003 after averaging 15.0 points, 7.0 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals…final hoops totals from 2002-03 and 2003- 04 seasons include 517 points (12.3 ppg), 203 rebounds (4.8 rpg), 100 assists, 18 blocks and 40 steals…played in 42 games with 23 starts while shoot- ing .490 from field, .313 from three-point range and .543 from free-throw line…played football for Bears from 2001-04…business major. PERSONAL: Born in Fort Polk, Louisiana…honorable mention all-state from Rocky Mountain News as senior on gridiron at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado…added first-team all-conference and all-area accolades…also lettered in basketball. Vincent Jackson, continued Vincent Jackson, continued
  • 97 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Receiving Rushing Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2005 San Diego 8-0 3-59 19.7 21 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 2006 San Diego 16-7 27-453 16.8 55 6 3-16 5.3 8 0 2007 San Diego 16-16 41-623 15.2 45 3 0-0 0.0 0 0 Totals 40-23 71-1,135 16.0 55 9 3-16 5.3 8 0 Postseason 4-4 20-343 17.2 34 2 0-0 0.0 0 0 Single-game Highs Receptions — 6, at Green Bay, Sept. 23, 2007 Receiving Yards — 98, at Green Bay, Sept. 23, 2007 Receiving Long — 55, vs. Denver, Dec. 10, 2006 Receiving TDs — 2, at Seattle, Dec. 24, 2006 Receiving Long TD — 38t, at Kansas City, Dec. 2, 2007 Postseason Single-game Highs Receptions — 7, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Receiving Yards — 114, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Receiving Long — 34, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Receiving TDs — 1, twice, Last: at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Receiving Long TD — 25t, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2005, 1; 2006, 1; Total, 2. 2007 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 Chicago* 3 28 9.3 10 0 09/16 at New England* 4 53 13.3 21 0 09/23 at Green Bay* 6 98 16.3 27t 1 09/30 Kansas City* 3 52 17.3 39 0 10/07 at Denver* 3 84 28.0 45 1 10/14 Oakland* 1 5 5.0 5 0 10/28 Houston* 0 0 0.0 -- 0 11/04 at Minnesota* 1 16 16.0 16 0 11/11 Indianapolis* 2 28 14.0 19 0 11/18 at Jacksonville* 1 20 20.0 20 0 11/25 Baltimore* 5 65 13.0 31 0 12/02 at Kansas City* 1 38 38.0 38t 1 12/09 at Tennessee* 3 47 15.7 29 0 12/16 Detroit* 2 30 15.0 19 0 12/24 Denver* 4 46 11.5 28 0 12/30 at Oakland* 2 13 6.5 9 0 Totals 41 623 15.2 45 3 01/06 Tennessee*+ 5 114 22.8 34 1 01/13 at Indianapolis*+ 7 93 13.3 21 1 01/20 at New England*+ 6 93 15.5 21 0 TOTALS 18 300 16.7 34 2 2006 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 at Oakland 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/17 Tennessee 2 15 7.5 12t 1 10/01 at Baltimore 1 6 6.0 6 0 10/08 Pittsburgh 1 13 13.0 13 0 10/15 at San Francisco* 1 33 33.0 33t 1 10/22 at Kansas City 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/29 St. Louis* 0 0 0.0 0 0 11/05 Cleveland 1 11 11.0 11 0 11/12 at Cincinnati 1 18 18.0 18 0 11/19 at Denver 3 39 13.0 26 1 11/26 Oakland* 3 32 10.7 13 0 12/03 at Buffalo 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/10 Denver* 3 95 31.7 55 0 12/17 Kansas City* 3 66 22.0 46 0 12/24 at Seattle* 5 97 19.4 37t 2 12/31 Arizona* 3 28 9.3 14t 1 Totals 27 453 16.8 55 6 01/14 New England*+ 2 43 21.5 31 0 2005 Game-By-Game Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 Dallas Inactive 09/18 at Denver Inactive 09/25 New York Giants Inactive 10/02 at New England Inactive 10/10 Pittsburgh Inactive 10/16 at Oakland 0 0 0.0 0 0 10/23 at Philadelphia Inactive 10/30 Kansas City 0 0 0.0 0 0 11/06 at New York Jets 1 18 18.0 18 0 11/20 Buffalo Inactive 11/27 at Washington 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/04 Oakland Inactive 12/11 Miami 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/18 at Indianapolis 2 41 20.5 21 0 12/24 at Kansas City 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/31 Denver 0 0 0.0 0 0 Totals 3 59 19.7 21 0 * Denotes starter + Denotes postseason game
  • 98 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S annual event. Last year’s inaugural event was held at the Crosby Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The Jammer Family Foundation’s goal is to provide support and activities that will allow San Pasqual students to grow, succeed and experience the joy of being a child by helping to form relationships between peers and the community. The Foundation already hosts annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for students of the Academy. In addition, Jammer has invited players from the Academy’s football team to be his special guests at Chargers training camp practices and he hosts 20 students from the school at each Chargers home game in partnership with the Chargers Community Corner. Quentin and Alicia have two sons. Their youngest, Kaleb, was born in February on Valentine’s Day and their oldest, Kaden Matthew, was born in March 2006. The Jammer family enjoys vacationing in Mexico and spending time with family and friends in both San Diego and their native Texas. They like to entertain and often host other members of the Chargers’ secondary at their home for barbecues. Quentin Jammer, the veteran leader of the Chargers’ secondary, has quietly become one of the NFL’s top all-around cornerbacks. While his play doesn’t always make the highlight reels, Jammer is as solid as they come and week-in and week-out he is called upon to go toe-to-toe with the NFL’s best receivers. With Jammer manning the left cornerback spot, the Chargers’ defense led the NFL in opponent passer rating (70.0) in 2007. It marked the first time the Chargers ever led the NFL in that category. The secondary’s stellar play continued in the playoffs, where the Chargers’ 76.7 opponent passer rating was fourth-best among the NFL’s 12 playoff teams. Quentin and his wife, Alicia, are very active in the community. They oversee the Jammer Family Foundation, which has partnered with the San Pasqual Academy, a first-of-its-kind residential educa- tion campus designed specifically for foster teens. Jammer officially announced this partnership with the Academy last year at the Foundation’s “Building Futures 2007” event. The Jammers intend on making “Building Futures” an TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round draft pick (5) by San Diego, April 20, 2002…signed six-year contract with Chargers Sept. 10, 2002...signed five- year contract extension through 2012, Aug. 8, 2006. 2007: Broke up slant pass in fourth quarter of Sept. 30 game vs. Kansas City and deflected pass was inter- cepted by Clinton Hart…helped end Broncos fourth- quarter drive on downs Week 5 at Denver when he and Eric Weddle combined for third-down tackle for loss (-3 yards) of Travis Henry…on ensuing drive, Michael Turner scored on 74-yard TD run to give Bolts 41-3 lead…finished Broncos game with team- leading eight tackles, all unassisted…turned in pivotal defensive play in Week 6 win over Oakland…late in first half, came off his man to force Raiders wide receiver Ronald Curry out of bounds at one-yard line in 14-7 game after 31-yard pass play…instead of potential touchdown, San Diego’s defense recorded sacks on back to back plays and forced fumble on second, which Bolts recovered to preserve seven- point lead…Bolts would go on to win game 28- 14…two pass breakups against Houston Oct. 28, including one on third down play of Texans’ opening drive of third quarter to force punt…inactive for Nov. 11 game vs. Indianapolis with hamstring injury…col- lected first interception of season late in fourth quar- ter of Dec. 24 ESPN Monday Night Football contest vs. Denver…helped set up Chargers’ first field goal of AFC Championship Game with first-quarter intercep- tion off Tom Brady at Patriots’ 40-yard line…Bolts drove to eight-yard line on following possession to kick field goal and take early 3-0 lead…also led team with three passes defensed vs. Patriots with all three coming on third down plays to force punts, including two while covering Randy Moss and third while cov- ering Wes Welker. 2006: Matched career high and led team with four interceptions...also paced defense with 17 passes defensed...ranked second on team with 89 tackles...started Weeks 1-16 at left corner- back…collected first interception of season Week 2 against Tennessee with 11-yard return…pick came on fourth-and-seven play late in third quarter and result- ed in Vincent Jackson touchdown catch on ensuing drive to give Bolts 33-0 lead over Titans…finished Tennessee game with five unassisted tackles and pass defensed…intercepted pass and led team with two passes defensed Week 3 at Baltimore…interception came on 42-yard pass intended for Derrick Mason at Chargers’ 29-yard line…Jammer returned pick 11 yards…made another outstanding play with pass breakup on out route intended for Mason on second QUENTIN JAMMER Cornerback Texas 6-0, 204 Draft 1 - ’02 7th NFL Season Angleton HS 7th with Chargers Angleton, Tex. 23
  • 99 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S play of third quarter…paced secondary with seven solo tackles while helping limit Pittsburgh to 220 yards passing in Sunday Night Football win Oct. 8…made key block against Torry Holt to allow Marlon McCree to go distance on 79-yard fumble return for touchdown in Chargers’ 38-24 win over St. Louis Oct. 29…was third-longest fumble return in team histo- ry…recorded nine tackles against Cleveland Nov. 5, tied with Terrence Kiel for most among secondary…led team with three passes defensed, including two outstanding plays in the fourth quarter of Chargers’ Nov. 12 win at Cincinnati…had first breakup on opening drive of third quarter on deep ball intended for Chris Henry to force three-and- out…then early in fourth quarter, he helped force punt by breaking up pass intended for T.J. Housh- mandzadeh in front of Bengals’ bench to prevent a first down…then at end of game as Cincinnati was driving for potential game-tying touchdown, Jammer broke up pass intended for Chris Henry in end zone…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after mak- ing one of bigger defensive plays of season with early fourth quarter interception against Oakland Nov. 26…pick came as Raiders were driving with 14-7 lead… offense converted INT into touchdown that tied game at 14-14…he also finished contest with team-high three of squad’s eight passes defensed… helped force second-quarter punt by breaking up passes on consecutive second and third-down plays, including deep pass to John Madsen and another to Randy Moss…intercepted pass on first series of game at Buffalo Dec. 3 and Bolts converted turnover into field goal for early 3-0 lead…was fourth pick of sea- son to match career high…Dec. 17 vs. Kansas City, led team with five passes defensed… part of season-high 10 PBU effort by defense…turned in perhaps one of biggest defensive plays of Dec. 31 game against Ari- zona…at end of first half with Chargers up 17-7, closed out half by tackling Anquan Boldin short of goal line and keeping him in bounds as Arizona was out of time outs…play would be key as Chargers would eventually win game by seven points, 27- 20…finished the game with eight tackles and two passes defensed, both of which led secondary…both of his passes defensed came on drives when Chargers defense forced Cardinals to go three-and-out…start- ed AFC Playoff game vs. New England and led sec- ondary with seven tackles, including one for loss…broke up pass on third down which was then tipped by Marlon McCree and nearly intercepted by Clinton Hart during Patriots’ opening drive to force three and out…ended second quarter drive with three-and-out by breaking up third down pass intended for Reche Caldwell…Bolts scored touch- down on ensuing drive to take lead in game at 7- 3…stopped Jabar Gaffney for two-yard loss on sec- ond play of third quarter to help force three-and-out. 2005: Set career highs with 72 tackles and 19 passes defensed…team’s third-leading tackler… highlight-reel interception in second quarter of season opener against Dallas negated because Chargers had 12 men on field…led team with two passes defensed against Pittsburgh in Oct. 10 Monday Night Football game…led secondary with solid outing in Oct. 16 win at Oakland with four tackles and two passes defensed while not allowing any touchdown pass- es…two passes defensed tied for team high…broke up pass on third-down play in third quarter with big hit on Raiders tight end Courtney Anderson to force punt…on next series, Bolts kicked field goal to extend lead to 27-7… team-high 10 tackles at Philadelphia Oct. 23…broke up fourth-down pass in end zone dur- ing late fourth quarter goal-line stand to preserve Chargers victory over New York Jets Nov. 6…led squad with two pass breakups on day…stripped foot- ball from Ricky Williams in Dec. 11 game against Miami and fumble was recovered by Randall Godfrey and returned 35 yards…in third quarter had pass breakup in end zone on ball intended for Wes Welker to force Dolphins to settle for field goal…sealed Dec. 18 win over Indianapolis with interception in end zone with 1:46 remaining in fourth quarter…recorded season-high five passes defensed, including third- quarter pass breakup in end zone on pass intended for Brandon Stokley…in fourth quarter, broke up third-down pass intended for Marvin Harrison on first drive after Colts had taken 17-16 lead…was big play as Bolts drove for 49-yard field goal on ensuing drive to take 19-17 lead…ended fourth-quarter series at Kansas City Dec. 24 with fourth-down pass breakup on ball intended for Tony Richardson. 2004: Snagged interception on final play of first half against Tampa Bay Dec. 12…finished Bucs game with season-high seven tackles, including one for loss, and two passes defensed…matched season high with seven stops against Indianapolis Dec. 26…tallied four tackles and one pass defensed in Wild Card Playoff game. 2003: Team leader with four interceptions and 13 passes defensed…ranked fifth on squad with 71 total tack- les…recorded first-career interception off Trent Green at Kansas City Sept. 7…led to Chargers first touch- down on ensuing drive…added four stops, including one for loss, against Chiefs…recovered fumble against Miami Oct. 27 which led to LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown on ensuing drive…racked up interception and season-high eight tackles, including one for loss, at Denver Nov. 16…ripped off career-high two inter- ceptions against Kansas City’s Trent Green Nov. 30…first interception came on first play of game and second was in end zone on first play of fourth quar- ter…also led squad with three passes defensed and added five tackles, including one for loss against Chiefs…counted tackle for loss among seven stops versus Green Bay Dec. 14. 2002: Named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie Team…did not play in preseason or Week 1 due to contract holdout… signed on Sept. 11 and was inactive versus Houston Sept. 15…made first-career start at Oakland Oct. 20…started and tied for team high with seven tackles at St. Louis Nov. 10…had season-high three passes
  • being waived by the Buccaneers. He re-signed with Tampa Bay in 2005 and spent the 2005-07 seasons there. Jones is a wide receiver, but his NFL experience has been almost exclusively as a punt returner. In June, the Chargers signed wide receiver and punt returner Mark Jones to a one-year deal. Originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the seventh round in 2004, Jones ended up spending his rookie season with the New York Giants after 100 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2002 San Diego 14-4 56-8 64 0-0 0-0 0 0 10 0-0 2003 San Diego 16-16 57-14 71 0-0 4-6 6 0 13 0-1 2004 San Diego 16-16 53-9 62 0-0 1-12 12 0 10 0-0 2005 San Diego 16-16 60-12 72 0-0 1-14 14 0 19 1-0 2006 San Diego 16-16 77-12 89 0-0 4-57 35 0 17 0-0 2007 San Diego 15-14 56-10 66 0-0 1-0 0 0 10 0-1 Totals 93-82 359-65 424 0-0 11-89 35 0 79 1-2 Postseason 5-5 18-2 20 0-0 1-0 0 0 6 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 10, twice, Last: vs. Kansas City, Dec. 17, 2006 Interceptions — 2, vs. Kansas City, Nov. 30, 2003 Interception Return Yards — 35, vs. Oakland, Nov. 26, 2006 Interception Return Long — 35, vs. Oakland, Nov. 26, 2006 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 7, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Interceptions — 1, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2004, 1; 2007, 1. Special Teams Tackles — 2002, 3; 2005, 2; 2006, 2; Total 7. Special Teams Fumble Recoveries — 2007, 1. Additional Postseason Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2006, 1. defensed against San Francisco Nov. 17…started Dec. 8 versus Oakland and had career-high 10 tackles. COLLEGE: Unanimous All-America and All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection as senior…first player in school history to be named finalist for Jim Thorpe Award, given to nation’s top defensive back…team co-Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Defensive Player of Year in 2001…first-team all-conference selection as junior…medical redshirt in 1999 while recovering from shoulder injury…intercepted seven passes during career and recorded 195 tackles… played at Texas from 1997-2001…majored in ethnic studies. PERSONAL: Born in Bay City, Texas…two-time all-district defensive back and quarterback at Angleton High School in Angleton, Texas…district’s defensive MVP as senior… lettered in track and field in 100 and 200 meters and long jump…cousin is New Orleans Saints defensive end Cedric Woodard. Quentin Jammer, continued TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by Tampa Bay in seventh round of 2004 NFL Draft (206th overall), April 25, 2004…signed with Buccaneers, July 30, 2004…waived Sept. 5, 2004…claimed by New York Giants, Sept. 6, 2004…waived Sept. 3, 2005… re-signed with Tampa Bay, Sept. 7, 2005…waived Nov. 13, 2006…re-signed with Buccaneers, Dec. 5, 2006…waived Sept. 1, 2007…re-signed with Tampa Bay, Sept. 12, 2007…signed one-year contract with Chargers, June 20, 2008. 2007: Signed with Tampa Bay prior to second game of season…had career-long 35-yard punt return against St. Louis, Sept. 23…injured knee in Detroit Quentin Jammer, continued MARK JONES Wide Receiver-Punt Returner Tennessee 5-9, 185 Free Agent - ’08 5th NFL Season Strath Haven HS 1st with Chargers Wallingford, Pa. 82
  • 101 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Kickoff Returns Punt Returns Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. FC Avg. Long TD 2004 New York Giants 14-0 2-37 18.5 20 0 34-227 11 6.7 29 0 2005 Tampa Bay 16-0 5-95 19.0 24 0 51-492 18 9.6 31 0 2006 Tampa Bay 7-0 1-29 29.0 29 0 20-155 4 7.8 18 0 2007 Tampa Bay 6-0 10-286 28.6 36 0 12-143 6 11.9 35 0 Totals 43-0 18-447 24.8 36 0 117-1,017 39 8.7 35 0 Postseason 1-0 0-0 0.0 0 0 4-37 1 9.3 24 0 Single-game Highs Punt Returns — 6, twice, Last: vs. Atlanta, Dec. 24, 2005 Punt Return Yards — 71, at Carolina, Sept. 30, 2007 Punt Return Long — 35, at St. Louis, Sept. 23, 2007 game on Oct. 21 and placed on “Reserve-Injured” list, Oct. 24. 2006: Returned career-high seven punts against Chicago, Dec. 17. 2005: Led NFL with 51 punt returns, good for 492 yards and 9.6 yards per return average…posted NFL’s seventh-highest yards per return average…averaged season-high 16.3 yards per return at Carolina, Dec. 11…season-long 31-yard return against Panthers helped set up field goal on final play of first half…28-yard punt return in overtime at Atlanta on Dec. 24 set up Matt Bryant’s game-winning 41-yard field goal…played in lone playoff game, returning four punts for 37 yards against Washington in Jan. 7 NFC Wild Card Playoff game. 2004: Season-long 29-yard punt return against Chicago Nov. 7 set up Giants’ fourth-quarter touchdown…missed last two games of season due to injury. COLLEGE: Caught school-record 90-yard touchdown pass against Georgia, Oct. 11, 2003…SEC Special Teams Player of Week after Nov. 22 game vs. Vanderbilt…recorded 216 all-purpose yards against Commodores, including 58-yard punt return for touchdown and 51-yard interception return to set up another score…as senior, ranked third in nation, averaging 15.7 yards per punt return…returned kickoff 82 yards for touchdown against Alabama, Oct. 26, 2002…finished career with 36 catches for 556 yards and five TDs…as safety tallied 116 tackles, four INTs, 10 passes defensed and two forced fumbles…returned 46 punts for 543 yards (11.8 avg) and one score, and four kickoffs for 138 yards and additional score…played at Tennessee from 2000-03…majored in psychology. PERSONAL: Born in Wallingford, Pennsylvania… Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and USA Today Pennsylvania Player of Year as senior WR and DB at Strath Haven HS in Wallingford in 1999…also named all-state and helped team post 15-0 record…lettered in track… married, Kati. is the NFL’s fifth-highest over the last five seasons. Just as impressive is his team-record streak of 175 consecutive made PATs that dates back to the ’04 season. Though he has not yet made 100 field goals, the criteria for the team’s all-time record, Kaeding’s field goal percentage (.867) is much higher than that of the top two kickers all-time in team history, John Carney (.816) and Rolf Benirschke (.702). Kaeding should make his 100th field goal early in the 2008 season. Kaeding is an avid golfer and frequently tees off with fellow special teamers David Binn and Mike Scifres. Several years ago, Kaeding transferred his golfing experience onto the football field, enlisting the services of a local golf professional to videotape and A Pro Bowler in 2006, Nate Kaeding has earned a reputation as one of the NFL’s best young kickers. He comes into 2008 off another outstanding season, one where his 24 of 27 (.889) success rate on field goals was fifth-best in the NFL. Kaeding turned in a courageous performance in the 2007 AFC Championship Game. Despite playing with a fractured left leg, he hit all four of his field goal tries against New England on a day when the game-time temperature was just 23 degrees and winds of 17-22 mph lowered the wind-chill to a bitter nine degrees. Since being drafted by the Chargers in 2004, Kaeding has hit on 91 of 105 field goal tries in the regular season, an 86.7% conversion percentage that NATE KAEDING Kicker Iowa 6-0, 187 Draft 3A - ’04 5th NFL Season West HS 5th with Chargers Iowa City, Iowa 10
  • 102 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S his prep career at West High School. Nate is married to the former Samantha Gervich. Their first child, Jack, was born in May. Samantha is a substitute teacher in San Diego. Nate too has a long-standing interest in education. He earned a teaching certificate in secondary studies from Iowa and completed the Character Education Certification Program at the University of San Diego. That program is designed for educators to enhance their knowledge and ability to assess character education in schools and communities. An admitted movie buff, Kaeding has his own internet blog where he reviews films for www.corridorbuzz.com, an online magazine that provides arts and entertainment news and reviews for the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor. analyze his leg swing. The golf pro attends offseason workouts with Nate to film him while he is kicking. After each session, the two review the tape to help Nate improve on his kicking mechanics. Kaeding is still renowned in his native Iowa City where one local restaurant, Bob’s Your Uncle Pizza and Cafe, named a pizza after the former Hawkeye standout. The Nate “Kato” Kaeding pizza is decked out with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and onions. Each year, Kaeding returns to Iowa City to host a football camp with several former Iowa Hawkeyes, including Chargers teammate Mike Goff and Oakland Raiders tackle Robert Gallery. Kids who attend the camp receive instruction in football, soccer and basketball, all sports in which Nate excelled during TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round draft pick (65) by San Diego, April 24, 2004 …signed three-year contract July 26, 2004...signed six-year contract extension through 2012, Sept. 25, 2006. 2007: Posted NFL’s fifth-highest field goal conver- sion rate (.889), making 24 of 27…hit first field goal of season from 44 yards late in fourth quarter of Week 3 game at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field…kick helped Chargers get within seven points with 20 sec- onds left, but Packers recovered onsides kick attempt to clinch victory…recorded first touchback of season against Kansas City Week 4…hit 51-yard field goal in second quarter against Chiefs, which was career-long at Qualcomm Stadium…also was first-career field goal of 50+ yards at Qualcomm…also added field goals from 24 and 38 yards for most field goals in game (three) since Oct. 8, 2006…recorded career- high four touchbacks in Mile High air of Denver’s Invesco Field Oct. 7…also connected on two field goals, 72nd and 73rd of his career as he took over sole possession of third place on team’s all-time made field goals list…Kaeding actually had to hit three field goals as his 35 yarder in second quarter was negated by holding penalty…undeterred, Kaeding calmly stepped up and stroked resulting 45 yarder on final play of first half to give his side 20-3 edge…hit all five PATs Week 7 vs. Houston, raising his career scor- ing total past 400 to 402…earned Game Ball from Head Coach Norv Turner after going 4-for-4 with three 40+ field goals against Baltimore Nov. 25…tied career-high with four FGs…hit from 27, 46 and 41 (twice)…was most 40+ FGs he’d ever hit in game and marked first time in his career he’d had more than two 40+ FGs at Qualcomm Stadium…injured left non- kicking leg on during opening kickoff of Dec. 24 ESPN Monday Night Football game against Denver, but remained in game and went three-for-three on field goal attempts, hitting from 40, 23 and 29 yards…did however relinquish kickoff duties to Mike Scifres…was perfect four-of-four on field goal attempts in AFC Championship Game, hitting from 26, 23, 40 and 24 yards on day not ideal for kicking as temperature at kickoff was 23 degrees with wind gusts of 17-22 mph that lowered wind chill factor to nine degrees. 2006: Selected to 2007 AFC Pro Bowl squad…named second-team All-Pro by Associated Press…named to All-AFC Team by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America…NFL’s second- leading kick scorer with team-record 136 points...finished year 26-of-29 (.867), for second-highest field goal conversion percentage in team history...set team sin- gle-season record with 58 PATs and closed out sea- son with team record 129 consecutive made PATs going into 2007...went 2 for 2 in season opener, hit- ting from 47 and 29 yards…actually missed kick from 42 yards in second quarter, but was run into by Oak- land’s Nnamdi Asomugha, giving Bolts first down and four plays later he hit from 29…tied career-high with 4-for-4 effort Week 2 against Tennessee, hitting in order from 28, 31, 35 and 44 yards…hit career-long 54-yard field goal to tie team-record Oct. 1 at Balti- more…was 15th-consecutive made field goal which gave him third-longest streak in team history…streak ended when next kick was wide right from 40 yards out…bounced back from tough miss at Baltimore to go 3-for-3 in NBC Sunday Night game against Pitts- burgh Oct. 8…all three makes (28, 33 and 22 yards) came in second half…also hit third touchback of sea- son against Steelers, tying career-high…tied Rolf Benirschke’s team record with 87th consecutive made PAT on Oct. 15 at San Francisco...hit from 24 and 44 yards against 49ers, running string of good kicks to six in row…broke Benirschke’s record by hit- ting 88th consecutive PAT following Chargers’ first touchdown at Kansas City Oct. 22…named Chargers Alumni Player of Week following Chiefs’ game… racked up career-high three touchbacks at Denver Nov. 19…hit 42-yard field goal in extremely windy conditions at Buffalo Dec. 3…at Seattle on Dec. 24 went 2-for-2 on field goals in second half on 47- degree, rainy day with 18 mile per hour winds at kick- Nate Kaeding, continued
  • 103 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S off…made both kicks in third quarter, including 46 yarder that gave Bolts 10-0 lead and 40 yarder that put them up 13-7…both would be huge as Chargers prevailed 20-17…scored nine points against Arizona in Dec. 31 season finale to raise season total to 136 and set new team kick-scoring record…slid past previ- ous mark of 135, set by John Carney in 1994…hit both field goal tries against Cardinals, from 47 and 35 yards out…kicked game-winning field goal from 21 yards out for AFC as time expired to give AFC 31-28 win over NFC in 2007 Pro Bowl. 2005: Hit lone field- goal attempt from 33 yards to break 21-21 tie late in third quarter of season opener against Dallas…also recorded first touchback of season against Cow- boys…made 42-yard field goal with 5:21 remaining in fourth quarter at Denver Sept. 18 that tied game 17- 17…Broncos won game short time later on last-sec- ond field goal…had one touchback against Broncos and several kickoffs traveled into end zone…hit lone field-goal attempt from 44 yards for final points in 45-23 win over New York Giants in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Sept. 25…recorded third touch- back of season against Giants…hit both field-goal attempts in 41-17 win at New England Oct. 2, con- necting from 42 and 21 yards…set new career high with three field goals in Oct. 10 Monday Night Foot- ball game against Pittsburgh, hitting all three attempts from 34, 32 and 41 yards…nailed both field-goal attempts from 32 and 33 yards in 27-14 win at Oakland Oct. 16…hit 34-yard field-goal to give Chargers 17-10 lead in fourth quarter at Philadelphia Oct. 23…later in fourth quarter had 40-yard field goal blocked and returned 65 yards for touchdown and game winning points in 20-17 Eagles victory…was first missed field goal of season…hit lone field-goal attempt from 18 yards in fourth quarter for final points in 31-26 victory over New York Jets Nov. 6…converted kicks from 28 and 38 yards against Buf- falo Nov. 20…also chalked up two special teams tack- les versus Bills…bounced back from misses of 42 and 46 yards to hit season-long 48-yarder to bring Bolts back to within 17-10 at Washington Nov. 27…began comeback in which Bolts went on to win 23-17 in overtime…hit field goals of 41 and 32 yards in 34-10 ESPN Sunday Night Football win over Oakland Dec. 4…named Very Special Teams Player of Week by FOXSports.com and the Chargers Alumni Player of Week after hitting game-winning and season-long 49-yard field goal with 6:41 remaining in fourth quar- ter to lead Bolts to 26-17 win over previously- unbeaten Indianapolis Colts Dec. 18 …set new career high with four field goals against Colts…49-yarder gave Chargers 19-17 lead after Colts had rallied from 16-0 deficit to take 17-16 lead…also hit 36, 20 and 48-yard field goals…48-yarder was then-season-long and had given Chargers 16-0 edge. 2004: Named to Pro Football Weekly and ESPN.com All-Rookie Teams …set team rookie record with 114 points…was leading scorer among all NFL rookies…finished season converting 20 of 25 field goals for impressive 80 per- cent…54 PATs for season were second-most in team history…hit first-career field goal from 48 yards in season opener at Houston…drilled 51-yard field goal in fourth quarter at Denver Sept. 26…nailed career- long 53-yard attempt at Atlanta Oct. 17…missed first-career field goal attempt from 29 yards in sec- ond quarter at Carolina Oct. 24 but bounced back with 44-yarder in fourth quarter to give Bolts 10-6 lead…missed first-career PAT on block at Oakland Nov. 21 following game’s opening touchdown… kicked game-winning 43-yard field goal with 2:24 remaining in fourth quarter at Kansas City Nov. 28…overcame difficult first half against Chiefs during which he missed field goals of 29 and 52 yards and had kickoff roll out of bounds…with 10 points against Chiefs, raised point total for season to 83, third-most by rookie in team history…40-yard field goal with 2:06 remaining in fourth quarter helped ice 31-24 victory over Tampa Bay Dec. 12… finished Buccaneers game with seven points, including four PATs, to raise season total to 98 points, good to move into second place on team’s all-time list for rookie scoring…drilled 50-yard field goal at Indianapolis Dec. 26…scored seven points against Colts to raise season total to 108, setting new rookie record, surpassing previous mark of 106 by Dennis Partee in 1968…hit 35-yard field goal in fourth quarter to bring Chargers within seven points in Wild Card Playoff game against New York Jets Jan 8. COLLEGE: Set school records for consecutive field goals (22), consecutive extra points (60), career field goals (67) and career extra points (166)…set school and conference kicking record with 373 career points…converted 24 of 29 career field goals beyond 40 yards…made 20 of 21 as senior…unanimous All- America choice as junior and senior including Associ- ated Press…Lou Groza Award winner as junior as nation’s top kicker…two-time Academic All-America… three-time All-Big Ten selection…five-time selection as Big Ten Special Teams Player of Week…two-time Academic All-Big Ten… two-time team captain and three-time Special Teams Player of Year…recipient of Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award as senior… National Honor Society student…served on school’s Leadership Council…played at Iowa from 2000-03… earned degree in history and secondary education. PERSONAL: Born in Iowa City, Iowa…all-state and all- conference kicker at West High School in Iowa City…set state records for kicking points (93), extra points (63) and touchbacks (53) as senior… teams won consecutive state championships junior and senior seasons posting perfect 26-0 record…lettered in bas- ketball and soccer…starting point guard on state championship basketball team as senior…clinched state championship for soccer team senior year by scoring game-winning goal in overtime shootout.
  • 104 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Year Team G-S FG-Att. Pct. PAT-Att. Pct. Pts. Long 2004 San Diego 16-0 20-25 .800 54-55 .982 114 53 2005 San Diego 16-0 21-24 .875 49-49 1.000 112 49 2006 San Diego 16-0 26-29 .897 58-58 1.000 136 54 2007 San Diego 16-0 24-27 .889 46-46 1.000 118 51 Totals 64-0 91-105 .867 207-208 .995 480 54 Postseason 5-0 6-10 .600 11-11 1.000 29 40 Single-game Highs Points — 16, vs. Tennessee, Sept. 17, 2006 Field Goals — 4, three times, Last: vs. Baltimore, Nov. 25, 2007 Field Goal Attempts — 4, four times, Last: vs. Baltimore, Nov. 25, 2007 Longest Field Goal — 54, at Baltimore, Oct. 1, 2006 Longest Attempt — 54, at Baltimore, Oct. 1, 2006 PATs — 7, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 PAT Attempts — 7, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Postseason Single-game Highs Points — 12, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Field Goals — 4, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Field Goal Attempts — 4, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Longest Field Goal — 40, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Longest Attempt — 54, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 PATs — 4, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 PAT Attempts — 4, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2004, 2; 2005, 3; 2006, 5; 2007, 1; Total, 11. Field Goal Accuracy (incl. playoffs) Year Team 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Total 2004 San Diego 1-1 9-11 3-3 5-7 3-5 21-27 2005 San Diego 1-1 3-3 9-9 8-11 0-0 21-24 2006 San Diego 0-0 7-7 11-12 7-9 1-2 26-30 2007 San Diego 0-0 15-15 5-6 8-11 1-2 29-34 Totals 2-2 34-36 28-30 28-38 5-9 97-115 Field Goal Accuracy (incl. playoffs) Surface 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Total Home 0-0 18-18 18-19 12-14 1-4 49-55 Away 3-3 15-17 10-11 16-24 4-5 48-60 Outdoors 3-3 30-32 26-28 25-34 3-7 87-104 Indoors 0-0 3-3 2-2 3-4 2-2 10-11 Grass 2-2 28-30 25-26 22-30 2-6 79-94 FieldTurf 1-1 5-5 3-4 6-8 2-2 17-20 AstroTurf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 1-1 Rain 0-0 3-3 2-2 2-4 0-0 7-9 Snow 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Indoor Games: 9/12/04 at Houston; 10/17/04 at Atlanta; 12/26/04 at Indianapolis; 12/18/05 at Indianapolis; 11/4/07 at Minnesota Field Turf Games: 10/17/04 at Atlanta; 11/6/05 at New York Jets; 12/18/05 at Indianapolis; 10/1/06 at Baltimore; 11/12/06 at Cincinnati; 12/3/06 at Buffalo; 12/24/06 at Seattle; 11/4/07 at Minnesota; 1/13/08 at Indianapolis; 1/20/08 at New England AstroTurf Games: 12/26/04 at Indianapolis Rain Games: 12/5/04 vs. Denver; 1/8/05 vs. New York Jets; 12/24/05 at Kansas City; 12/31/05 vs. Denver; 12/24/06 at Seat- tle; 11/11/07 vs. Indianapolis; 1/8/06 vs. Tennessee Titans Snow Games: 12/19/04 at Cleveland 2007 Game-By-Game Total PAT FG Date Opponent Pts. M A BK M A BK Yardages 09/09 Chicago 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 33B 09/16 at New England 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 09/23 at Green Bay 6 3 3 0 1 1 0 44G 09/30 Kansas City 10 1 1 0 3 3 0 24G, 51G, 38G 10/07 at Denver 11 5 5 0 2 2 0 26G, 45G 10/14 Oakland 4 4 4 0 0 1 0 50WL 10/28 Houston 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 11/04 at Minnesota 5 2 2 0 1 1 0 36G Nate Kaeding, continued
  • 105 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 11/11 Indianapolis 5 2 2 0 1 1 0 33G 11/18 at Jacksonville 5 2 2 0 1 1 0 23G 11/25 Baltimore 14 2 2 0 4 4 0 27G, 46G, 41G, 41G 12/02 at Kansas City 6 3 3 0 1 2 0 25G, 45WR 12/09 at Tennessee 5 2 2 0 1 1 0 20G 12/16 Detroit 15 6 6 0 3 3 0 22G, 22G, 45G 12/24 Denver 8 2 2 0 3 3 0 40G, 23G, 29G 12/30 at Oakland 12 3 3 0 3 3 0 36G, 31G, 24G Totals 115 46 46 0 24 27 1 01/06 Tennessee+ 5 2 2 0 1 2 0 45WR, 20G 01/13 at Indianapolis+ 4 4 4 0 0 1 0 48RU 01/20 at New England+ 12 0 0 0 4 4 0 26G, 23G, 40G, 24G Totals 21 6 6 0 5 7 0 2006 Game-By-Game Total PAT FG Date Opponent Pts. M A BK M A BK Yardages 09/11 at Oakland 9 3 3 0 2 2 0 47G, 29G 09/17 Tennessee 16 4 4 0 4 4 0 28G, 31G, 35G, 44G 10/01 at Baltimore 7 1 1 0 2 3 0 34G, 54G, 40WR 10/08 Pittsburgh 11 2 2 0 3 3 0 28G, 33G, 22G 10/15 at San Francisco 12 6 6 0 2 2 0 24G, 44G 10/22 at Kansas City 9 3 3 0 2 3 0 39G, 31G, 47RU 10/29 at St. Louis 8 5 5 0 1 1 0 31G 11/05 Cleveland 6 3 3 0 1 1 0 29G 11/12 at Cincinnati 7 7 7 0 0 0 0 11/19 at Denver 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 11/26 Oakland 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 12/03 at Buffalo 6 3 3 0 1 2 0 42G, 36WL 12/10 Denver 12 6 6 0 2 2 0 34G, 35G 12/17 Kansas City 8 2 2 0 2 2 0 30G, 22G 12/24 at Seattle 8 2 2 0 2 2 0 46G, 40G 12/31 Arizona 9 3 3 0 2 2 0 47G, 35G Totals 136 58 58 0 26 29 0 01/14 New England Patriots+ 3 3 3 0 1 2 0 54SH 2005 Game-By-Game Total PAT FG Date Opponent Pts. M A BK M A BK Yardages 09/11 Dallas 6 3 3 0 1 1 0 33G 09/18 at Denver 5 2 2 0 1 1 0 42G 09/25 New York Giants 9 6 6 0 1 1 0 44G 10/02 at New England 11 5 5 0 2 2 0 42G, 21G 10/10 Pittsburgh 10 1 1 0 3 3 0 34G, 32G, 41G 10/16 at Oakland 9 3 3 0 2 2 0 32G, 33G 10/23 at Philadelphia 5 2 2 0 1 2 1 34G, 40B 10/30 Kansas City 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 11/06 at New York Jets 7 4 4 0 1 1 0 18G 11/20 Buffalo 12 6 6 0 2 2 0 28G, 38G 11/27 at Washington 5 2 2 0 1 3 0 42WL, 46WL, 48G 12/04 Oakland 10 4 4 0 2 2 0 41G, 32G 12/11 Miami 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 12/18 at Indianapolis 14 2 2 0 4 4 0 36G, 20G, 48G, 49G 12/24 at Kansas City 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 12/31 Denver 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 Totals 112 49 49 0 21 24 0 2004 Game-By-Game Total PAT FG Date Opponent Pts. M A BK M A BK Yardages 09/12 at Houston 9 3 3 0 2 2 0 48G, 29G 09/19 New York Jets 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 09/26 at Denver 7 1 1 0 2 2 0 23G, 51G 10/03 Tennessee 8 5 5 0 1 1 0 31G 10/10 Jacksonville 10 4 4 0 2 2 0 21G, 28G 10/17 at Atlanta 8 2 2 0 2 2 0 53G, 28G 10/24 at Carolina 5 2 2 0 1 2 0 29WL, 44G 10/31 Oakland 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 11/07 New Orleans 11 5 5 0 2 2 0 40G, 27G 11/21 at Oakland 5 2 3 0 1 2 0 42WL, 19G 11/28 at Kansas City 10 4 4 0 2 4 0 29WL, 52SH, 25G, 43G
  • 106 Nate Kaeding, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 12/05 Denver 8 2 2 0 2 2 0 23G, 23G 12/12 Tampa Bay 7 4 4 0 1 2 0 51WR, 40G 12/19 at Cleveland 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 12/26 at Indianapolis 7 4 4 0 1 1 0 50G 01/02 Kansas City 6 3 3 0 1 1 0 34G Totals 114 54 55 0 20 25 0 01/08 New York Jets+ 5 2 2 0 1 2 0 35G, 40WR + Denotes postseason game has rushed for more than 2,000 yards. Manumaleuna joined the Chargers in 2006 after General Manager A.J. Smith pulled off one of the biggest steals of the draft, shipping a fourth-round pick to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for his services. Right away, Manumaleuna became a key cog in the Chargers’ offense, scoring touchdowns on three of his 14 catches, and helping to block for a running game that netted a team-record 2,578 yards and an NFL MVP award for LaDainian Tomlinson. Brandon’s off-the-field hobbies include playing basketball and spending time with family. Brandon is a second-generation NFL player. His father, Frank, played linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1979-1981. Frank also played at UCLA in the early 1970s. Brandon showed early signs of following in his father’s footsteps. As a 12-year-old, he won the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick Competition before a 1992 Los Angeles Raiders game at the Coliseum. It’s rare that an NFL team can boast about possessing the best blocking tight end in the game and the game’s best receiving tight end. The Chargers can make such a boast. Brandon Manumaleuna (MAH-noo-mah-lee-oon- ah) and Antonio Gates give the Chargers a great one-two punch at tight end. While the two differ in size and speed, both make a huge impact in Norv Turner’s high-powered offense. And it doesn’t hurt that Manumaleuna is an extremely versatile player who has lined up at tight end, fullback, H-back and wide receiver, in addition to playing special teams during his career. The 6-2, 288-pound Manumaleuna is as agile and shifty as he his big. And while he doesn’t catch as many passes as Gates, Manumaleuna is as sure- handed as any of the Chargers’ pass catchers. Having a tight end who is a dependable blocker and a good receiver is a key component of Turner’s offensive system. For the fifth-year in a row, Manumaleuna recorded double-digit reception totals and in each of his two years with the Chargers, San Diego’s offense TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round pick (128) by St. Louis, April 22, 2001…signed with Rams June 21, 2001…re-signed five-year contract with Rams March 16, 2004…traded to Chargers April 30, 2006 for fourth-round pick (113) in 2006 NFL Draft... signed one-year contract extension through 2009, June 22, 2007. 2007: Set up third-quarter touchdown Week 6 vs. Oakland with 12-yard catch on 3rd-and-7 play…on following play, LaDainian Tomlinson scored on 13- yard run to give Bolts 21-7 lead…40-yard catch Dec. 2 at Kansas City was longest catch since 2004… scored first TD of season on one-yard pass from Philip Rivers Dec. 16 vs. Detroit…clutch nine-yard catch-and-run on third-and six play in AFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. Tennessee Jan. 6 helped sustain touchdown drive that gave Bolts comfortable 17-6 lead in fourth quarter. 2006: Caught eight-yard pass that led to LT one-yard touchdown run on following play for 10-0 lead in season-opening win at Oakland…caught his first touchdown pass of season at Arrowhead Stadium Week 6…his one-yard touch- down catch on halfback option pass from LT on third- and-goal play from one-yard line tied game at 27-27 in fourth quarter… caught season-high four passes against Chiefs…had extensive role in blocking for 216-yard, three-touchdown rushing effort against former team, St. Louis, on Oct. 29…had huge hand in Chargers’ 49-41 win over Cincinnati Nov. 12 with career-high two touchdown catches…first came from nine yards out late in third quarter to get Chargers within three points at 31-28 after team had trailed 21-0 and 28-7…second came on third-and-five play late in fourth quarter to put Chargers ahead 49- 41…among two catches against Denver Dec. 10 was highlight-reel play in which he broke several tackles and lost his helmet en route to 19-yard pickup on Nate Kaeding, continued BRANDON MANUMALEUNA Tight End Arizona 6-2, 288 Trade (St. Louis) - ’06 8th NFL Season Narbonne HS 3rd with Chargers Torrance, Calif. 86
  • 107 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S third-and-seven play late in second quarter…catch came during touchdown drive that allowed Bolts to take 28-3 lead at half…blocking helped Chargers rush for 265 yards against Kansas City, 168 yards at Seat- tle and 169 yards against Arizona during final three weeks of season. 2005: Caught six-yard touchdown pass in season opener at San Francisco…inactive Weeks 4-5 due to knee injury…set season highs with three catches for 51 yards at Seattle Nov. 13…includ- ed season-long 33-yard catch against Seahawks… added 29-yard catch in season finale at Dallas. 2004: Season-high three catches for 33 yards and touch- down in 33-27 overtime win at Seattle Oct. 10… eight-yard touchdown catch sparked 17-point fourth-quarter comeback against Seahawks…also caught three passes for season-high 53 yards against New England Nov. 7…caught career-long 48-yard pass against Patriots. 2003: Set career highs with 29 catches, 238 yards and two touchdowns…season- long 39-yard catch against Atlanta Oct. 13…finished Falcons’ game with career-high 56 yards receiving… caught season-high four passes against Green Bay Oct. 19…four-yard touchdown catch at Chicago Nov. 16…eight-yard touchdown catch at Detroit Dec. 28. 2002: Tallied two catches each at San Francisco Oct. 6, against San Diego Nov. 10 and at Kansas City Dec. 8…season-high 38 yards receiving against Chargers…six-yard touchdown catch in season finale against 49ers. 2001: Only catch of season went for one-yard touchdown against Tampa Bay Nov. 26. COLLEGE: Second-team All-Pac-10 as junior… finished collegiate career with 40 catches for 544 yards and three scores… began career at Arizona as defensive lineman and made switch to tight end and H-back…played for Wildcats from 1997-2000... majored in political science. PERSONAL: Born in Torrance, California…second- team all-state defensive lineman at Narbonne High School in Torrance…also lettered in basketball and track. Receiving Rushing Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2001 St. Louis 16-0 1-1 1.0 1t 1 0-0 0.0 0 0 2002 St. Louis 16-10 8-106 13.3 27 1 0-0 0.0 0 0 2003 St. Louis 16-15 29-238 8.2 39 2 4-15 3.8 4 0 2004 St. Louis 16-16 15-174 11.6 48 1 0-0 0.0 0 0 2005 St. Louis 14-14 13-129 9.9 33 1 1-2 2.0 2 0 2006 San Diego 16-7 14-91 6.5 19 3 1-1 1.0 1 0 2007 San Diego 16-12 10-86 8.6 40 1 0-0 0.0 0 0 Totals 110-74 90-825 9.2 48 10 6-18 3.0 4 0 Postseason 10-6 5-58 11.6 19 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 Kickoff Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2002 3-30 10.0 15 0 2004 2-13 6.5 13 0 2006 1-14 14.0 14 0 2007 1-6 6.0 6 0 Totals 7-63 9.0 15 0 Single-game Highs Receptions — 4, twice, Last: at Kansas City, Oct. 22, 2006 Receiving Yards — 56, vs. Atlanta, Oct. 13, 2003 Receiving Long — 48, vs. New England, Nov. 7, 2004 Receiving TDs — 2, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Receiving Long TD — 9t, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Postseason Single-game Highs Receptions — 2, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Receiving Yards — 19, vs. Carolina, Jan. 10, 2004 Receiving Long — 19, vs. Carolina, Jan. 10, 2004 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2001, 2; 2002, 1; Total 3. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2001, 1.
  • 108 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Brandon McKinney’s size, strength and versatility make him a valuable part of the Chargers’ defensive line. The big man with the big heart will play with an angel by his side this year as Brandon has had to cope with the untimely death of his mother, Diane McKin- ney, earlier this year. A former social worker in his native Dayton, Ohio, Diane helped mold Brandon into as fine a young man as you will find inside of an NFL locker room. Last year in 2007, McKinney’s second professional season, he saw time at both nose tackle and defensive end. When Pro Bowl nose tackle Jamal Williams was bothered by injuries late in the season, McKinney stepped up his game. He posted a career-high six tackles in Dec. 9 win at Tennessee and had three stops in each of the Bolts’ last three regular- season contests. A former undrafted free agent, McKinney split time between the practice squad and the active roster as a rookie. The former Michigan State Spartan has benefited from working under veteran defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely and is expected to continue to provide valuable depth in 2008. McKinney lives in Chula Vista in the home of teammate Marcus McNeill. His hobbies include spending time with family, basketball and video games. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Brandon was a sociology major in college. He enjoys working with kids, and while a student at MSU, he helped run an on-campus summer day program for kids 12-18 years old. While his mother was a social worker, his father, Timothy, is the state director for Dayton’s Urban League. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 8, 2006... waived, Sept. 2, 2006...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 4...signed to active roster, Nov. 11, 2006... signed one-year contract, March 25, 2008. 2007: Inactive Weeks 1-2…saw extensive action at defensive tackle and collected season-high six tackles at Tennessee Dec. 9…started final two games against Denver and Oakland…recorded tackle for loss among three stops against Raiders…inactive for all three post- season contests. 2006: Spent Weeks 1-8 on practice squad…signed to active roster Nov. 11 and saw reserve action Weeks 9-12, 15-16 and in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England…inactive Weeks 13-14…saw extensive action in season finale against Arizona after Jacques Cesaire left game injured. COLLEGE: Started two-and-a-half seasons at defen- sive tackle for Michigan State Spartans…finished career with 93 tackles, 2.5 sacks and six tackles for loss… second-leading tackler on defensive line with career- high 42 stops as junior in 2004…received medical redshirt in 2003 while recovering from foot injury… played at Michigan State from 2002-05…earned degree in social science. PERSONAL: Born in Dayton, Ohio…PrepStar All- America and two-time Associated Press all-state selection at Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2006 San Diego 6-0 1-1 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 2007 San Diego 14-2 15-20 35 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Totals 20-2 16-21 37 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0-0 Postseason 1-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 6, at Tennessee, Dec. 9, 2007 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2007, 1. BRANDON McKINNEY Defensive Tackle Michigan State 6-2, 324 Free Agent - ’06 3rd NFL Season Chaminade-Julienne HS 3rd with Chargers Dayton, Ohio 91
  • 109 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S The only thing bigger than Marcus McNeill’s smile is his talent. Two years into his NFL career, the former Auburn Tiger has been to two Pro Bowls and is starting to hear his name mentioned among the best left tackles in football. McNeill earned his second trip to Hawaii in February following a strong sophomore campaign in which he helped running back LaDainian Tomlinson capture his second-consecutive NFL rushing title. McNeill’s long arms and quick feet help him keep pass rushers at bay as he is served with the crucial task of protecting Philip Rivers’ blindside. The Chargers stole McNeill in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. While McNeill undoubtedly possessed first-round talent, it was reported that he was slowed by a lumbar spinal injury in college that would most likely limit him in the NFL. The Chargers were confident in their medical research and their diligence has paid off. In his first two seasons, McNeill has yet to miss a start or practice during the regular season. McNeill’s rookie season in 2006 was one for the storybooks. He helped the Bolts rush for a team- record 2,578 yards and according to the coaches grading system, allowed only two quarterback sacks in 494 total pass plays during the season. More often than not, Tomlinson found running room behind the 336-pound McNeill. More honors came pouring in during and after the ’06 season for the Bolts’ behemoth tackle. In September, he was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month and at the end of the year, his Pro Bowl selection was accompanied by several All-Pro and All-Rookie honors. McNeill’s first trip to Hawaii was unique. He became just the third rookie offensive lineman in NFL history to earn Pro Bowl honors, joining Richmond Webb (1991 Pro Bowl) and Chris Hinton (1984 Pro Bowl). Off the field, McNeill enjoys spending time with his family in Decatur, Georgia. The easygoing McNeill particularly likes to spend time with his father, James, who was his high school coach at Cedar Grove High School and now teaches and coaches at Cedar Grove Middle School, and his mother, Leola, who is a nurse and a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia. He also likes to watch his nephew, Marquez, ride his four-wheeler. Marcus makes his home locally in Chula Vista where his house-mate is Chargers defensive tackle Brandon McKinney. Marcus’ hobbies include playing basketball, bowling and watching movies. This offsea- son, McNeill started his own charitable foundation called “Mac’s Miracles.” In April, he put his bowling ball to good use, hosting a bowling fundraiser in Decatur to benefit the foundation. Proceeds from the foundation will go toward youth fitness programs in and around Decatur. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round draft choice (50) by San Diego, April 29, 2006...signed four-year contract, July 25, 2006. 2007: Selected as second-alternate to AFC Pro Bowl roster and tabbed to play in place of Baltimore’s Jonathan Ogden… San Diego’s Offensive Line turned in one of its best performances of season Oct. 7 at Denver, not allow- ing sack in 18 pass plays, and more importantly, helping clear way for 214-yard rushing day, Bolts’ highest total since Oct. 29, 2006 against St. Louis…on Oct. 14 against Oakland, line was again at its best as they did not allow sack in 21 pass plays while anchoring 206-yard rushing performance… Bolts allowed only one sack in 11 pass plays Oct. 28 vs. Houston and third-quarter sack was Bolts’ first allowed since Sept. 30 vs. K.C….ended string of 57-straight pass plays without allowing sack…line 2008 Pro Bowl Photo: Mike Nowak MARCUS McNEILL Tackle Auburn 6-7, 336 Draft 2 - ’06 3rd NFL Season Cedar Grove HS 3rd with Chargers Ellenwood, Ga. 73
  • 110 Marcus McNeill, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Games Played-Started: 2006 (16-16, San Diego); 2007 (16-16, San Diego); Total (32-32). Postseason Games Played-Started: 2006 (1-1, San Diego); 2007 (3-3, San Diego); Total (4-4). powered way for 191-yard rushing attack in 24-10 win at Kansas City Dec. 2…Bolts broke 10-10 tie at half with rushing touchdowns of 31 and 28 yards in third and fourth quarters…line helped Chargers rush for 274 yards vs. Detroit on Dec. 16, second-highest total ever in team history…team record (287) was set against the New York Jets on Oct. 13, 1963…line also did not allow any sacks against Lions…line only allowed one sack in 26 pass plays and helped team rush for 147 yards in 23-3 win over Denver on ESPN Monday Night Football Dec. 24…allowed only one sack and blocked for 120 yard rush day at Oakland Dec. 30…only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee Jan. 6…did not allow any sacks in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis… line also had perfect blocks as Billy Volek scored game-winning touchdown on one- yard quarterback sneak. 2006: Selected as first- alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad and added to team after Cincinnati’s Willie Anderson pulled out due to injury…selected to USA Today Sports Weekly’s All-Pro Team… named to All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America… chosen to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…named Chargers co-Lineman of Year…named NFL Offen- sive Rookie of Month in September…started Weeks 1-16 and AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England…line did not allow any sacks and paved way for team to rush for 194 yards and two touchdowns in season opener at Oakland…quarterback Philip Rivers was only hit one time all night by Raiders defense, but on that play he completed 38-yard pass to Eric Parker that set up touchdown to give team 20-0 lead…line cleared way for 241-yard rushing day and three touchdowns, including two by LT, against Tennessee Sept. 17…for second-consecutive week, line did not allow any sacks…also for second week in row, Rivers was only hit one time in game by Ten- nessee’s defense and on that play, he still completed 12-yard pass to Michael Turner…line cleared way for 150-yard rushing game Week 3 against Baltimore, team which was ranked first in league against run and only surrendering 34.3 yards per game on ground coming into contest…only surrendered one sack to Ravens defense and it came on Hail Mary play on last snap of game…line helped Bolts rush for 119 yards against Pittsburgh in Sunday Night game Oct. 8…Steelers had come into contest ranked fourth in league vs. run and only allowing 78.3 yards per game…line didn’t allow any sacks in 39 pass attempts at San Francisco Oct. 15…marked third game of season group did not allow sack…line set tone for big day against St. Louis Oct. 29 as Bolts rushed for 216 yards against Rams, second 200-yard rushing game of season, and group only allowed one sack in 24 passing plays...line helped pave way for 190-yard rushing effort against Cleveland Nov. 5…helped clear way for LT to rush for 104 yards and four touch- downs in 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12…shared Chargers Alumni Player of Week honors with offen- sive line as starting five cleared way for 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while only allowing one sack in 26 pass attempts in 35-27 comeback win at Denver Nov. 19…line allowed only one sack for two yards in 33 pass plays and helped block for 110 yards and two TDs in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26…helped Bolts rush for 197 yards and two LT touchdowns in 24-21 win at Buffalo Dec. 3…came up big on fourth-quarter game-clinching touchdown drive which consumed season-long 8:06, covering 13 plays and 80 yards as Bolts ran on nine of 13 plays…group allowed Bolts to rush for 147 yards and four touchdowns Dec. 10 against Denver, allowing only two sacks, one of which was coverage sack, in 25 total pass plays…line key reason Bolts rushed for 265 yards, fifth-most in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17…helped Bolts rush for 168 yards, including 62-yard run by Tomlinson, and only allowed one sack in 31 pass plays in rainy conditions at Seattle Dec. 24…closed out season with 169-yard rushing effort in Dec. 31 win over Arizona…anchored 148-yard effort in AFC Playoffs vs. New England… starting right tackle for AFC in 2007 Pro Bowl…squad rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown, while allowing just one sack in 40 passing plays. COLLEGE: Consensus All-America selection as senior…first-team All-SEC as junior and senior… between 2002 and 2006 Capital One Bowl, played string of 43 consecutive games without allowing quarterback sack…during junior season, named SEC Lineman of Week following game against Kentucky and Auburn Player of Game following contest against Citadel…named to 2002 SEC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News and conference coaches…played at Auburn from 2002-05…majored in adult education. PERSONAL: Born in Chicago, Illinois…SuperPrep All-America at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia…selected to play in Georgia-Florida High School All-Star Game…played offensive and defen- sive line while also lettering in baseball, basketball and track…finished second in state in shot put.
  • 111 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S professional record of 16-1 and 11 wins by knockout. As part of Merriman’s offseason cardiovascular training, it is not uncommon to find him running the hills of the famed Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. The question Merriman is most often asked is where the nickname “Lights Out” originated. He was given that moniker during his sophomore season in high school after knocking out four players in the first half of a game. Merriman was such a ferocious hitter in high school that his coaches didn’t even allow him to participate in contact drills with his teammates. On his right forearm is a tattoo of a light switch in the off position and the words “Lights Out,” and his Mercedes G500 has the “Lights Out” logo emblazoned on its headrests and floor mats. Merriman still maintains close ties with his alma mater. He bought new uniforms, a whirlpool and other equipment for the Douglass HS football program after he signed with the Chargers. He also speaks regularly to Eagles’ Head Coach J.C. Pinkney, who was an assistant coach when Merriman played at the school. In 2006 during the Chargers’ bye week, Douglass High School retired Merriman’s No. 44 and he attended the ceremony. Despite all of the notoriety that comes with being a first-round draft choice and a Pro Bowler, Merriman has not let go of his past and the tough upbringing that he endured as a child. Several times when money was tight for the family, Merriman found himself living in one of the many homeless shelters in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He knows how important In just three seasons, Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman has become one of the NFL’s preeminent superstars. In 2007 he earned his third Pro Bowl invitation in as many professional seasons and he continued to strike fear in opponents as one of the game’s most lethal defenders. While Merriman takes pride in all facets of his game, getting to the quarterback is his specialty. Despite regularly facing multiple blockers, Merriman still managed to finish tied for sixth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks in ’07, and among linebackers, only Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware (14) had more. Merriman has recorded at least 10 sacks in each of his three NFL seasons and he’s already among the most prolific pass rushers in Chargers history. With 39.5 career sacks, including an NFL-leading and team record-tying 17 in 2006, Merriman enters the 2008 season with the eighth-most sacks in team annals. He needs just four more to move into a tie with Leroy Jones for seventh all time. It is said that sacks come in bunches and Merriman certainly likes to collect them that way. In 42 career games, the Maryland product has recorded two or more sacks 11 times and the Chargers have gone 10-1 when he does. Merriman is a workout fanatic who spends count- less hours in the gym. He has incorporated boxing into his exercise regimen and trains at the Boxing Club of La Jolla. Shawne’s uncle, Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan, boxes professionally and is one of the nation’s top up-and-coming super middleweight fighters with a In February, Merriman was asked to wave the green flag to signal the start of the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, California. Photo: Auto Club Speedway SHAWNE MERRIMAN Linebacker Maryland 6-4, 272 Draft 1A - ’05 4th NFL Season Frederick Douglas HS 4th with Chargers Upper Marlboro, Md. 56
  • 112 Shawne Merriman, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S he needed to know about what it’s like to lose everything. He remembers the helplessness and leaned on that experience as added motivation to help the Mellows. Aside from his work with Lights Out Development, Merriman is a part-owner of the Stingaree and Bar West nightclubs in San Diego, as well as the owner of the Lights Out clothing line. He also owns a Lights Out nightclub in Maryland and is planning to open a similar club in San Diego. Merriman is now one of the NFL’s most recogniz- able celebrities. In February, he was invited to wave the green flag to signal the start of NASCAR’s Auto Club 500 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. In March, ESPN invited him to Bristol, Connecticut to serve as a guest host on the network’s NFL Live show, while also making guest appearances on several other ESPN television and radio shows. In April, he was asked to be a judge for the Miss USA Pageant Finals in Las Vegas. And in May, he introduced pop music sensation Jessica Simpson and mingled backstage with superstar entertainers like Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Pamela Anderson and Kendra Wilkinson at the made-for-TV concert “America United: In Support of our Troops.” Spinning off his interest in NASCAR, Merriman hosted the Enduro Challenge go-kart race in the parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium in June. He partnered with the Richard Petty Driving Experience as team’s competed on the track and in the pits to raise money for Merriman’s Lights On Foundation. Several of NASCAR’s top drivers, and current and former NFL players participated in the Enduro Challenge. Shawne’s hobbies include riding Jet Skis, bowling, baseball and basketball. In April 2006, the San Diego Padres invited him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game at PETCO Park and in March ’06, ESPN asked him to be a celebrity judge during the McDonald’s High School All-America game’s slam dunk contest at San Diego State’s Cox Arena. Merriman played basketball in high school and one of his teammates was Eric Arrington, the younger brother of former Washington Redskins and New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington. those shelters can be and has contributed his own earnings to support homeless shelters in San Diego. His main devotion is toward the San Diego Salvation Army and the Alpha Project. Last summer, Merriman hosted a weekend of activities surrounding the Lights On Comedy Jam and in December he hosted the Lights On Bowl at the Poway Fun Bowl. The two events helped raise more than $200,000 for the Salvation Army and the Alpha Project. Both organizations paid tribute to Merriman in 2007 for his support of the homeless. Merriman’s work in helping the homeless extends his native Maryland and around the country. He continues to host a coat collection drive at his collegiate alma mater, the University of Maryland. It benefits the Community for Creative Non-Violence Shelter in Washington D.C. Piggybacking off the success of his coat drive, last year Burlington Coat Factory asked Merriman to be a national spokesperson for their “One Warm Coat Drive.” In recent years, Merriman has visited wounded U.S. soldiers at the Bethesda and Walter Reed Hospitals in Washington D.C., and in 2006 while serving a four- game suspension from the NFL, he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, helping to rebuild homes in and around New Orleans that were still in disrepair following Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005. More recently, Merriman had the privilege of help- ing a San Diego couple get back on its feet after they lost their Rancho Bernardo home in last October’s Witch Creek wildfire. Through Lights Out Develop- ment, a construction company of which Merriman is part-owner, he helped make sure that Josh and Kristy Mellow would be among the first residents to move into a new home. Lights Out Development completed the work in just 56 days and in January, Merriman joined the Mellows as they toured their new two-story home for the first time. Losing his own home twice to fires during his childhood years in Maryland taught Merriman all that TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (12) by San Diego, April 23, 2005…signed five-year contract, Aug. 2, 2005. 2007: Named second-team All-Pro by Associated Press…named All-NFL by USA Today Sports Weekly…selected to AFC Pro Bowl squad…tied for sixth in NFL and ranked third among linebackers with 12.5 sacks… totaled career-high 96 tackles and nine tackles for loss...led team with two tackles for loss in season opener against Chicago…turned in outstanding indi- vidual defensive effort Week 2 against New England on NBC’s Sunday Night Football that included two sacks, forced fumble, tackle for loss and pass break- up that helped stall first quarter drive resulting in missed field goal by Patriots…Merriman’s tackle for loss, minus one-yard stop on 3rd-and-2 play at Chargers’ five-yard line in second quarter, helped hold N.E. to field goal instead of potential touchdown…he also had 6-yard sack and forced fumble on same drive…Merriman’s other sack for minus 10 yards led to N.E. three-and-out…turned in solid all-around effort Week 4 vs. Kansas City with sack, two tackles for loss and 10 total tackles…sack was 30th of career, tying him with Derrick Thomas as second-fastest player (31 games) in NFL history to record 30 sacks…Reggie White (28 games) was fastest…became
  • 113 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S In March, Merriman joined hosts Trey Wingo (left) and Mark Schlereth (right) on the set of NFL Live at the ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut. Photo: John Atashian, ESPN. second-youngest player to reach 30-sack mark, behind only Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs…also helped cause second quarter interception against Chiefs as Damon Huard pass caromed off Merriman’s helmet and was intercepted by Marlon McCree…Sports Illustrated.com Defensive Player of Week after ripping off 2.5 sacks Week 6 against Oakland, his 10th-career multi-sack game…in second quarter, stalled Oakland drive with five-yard sack on third- and-five play at Raiders 45 yard line…then late in sec- ond quarter as Oakland was on doorstep (one yard line) of scoring potential touchdown to tie game at 14-14, sacked Daunte Culpepper for six-yard loss back to seven…on very next play, linebacker-mate Shaun Phillips sacked Culpepper again and forced fumble which Bolts recovered, allowing them to pre- serve their seven point lead at half…at end of game, Merriman and defensive end Igor Olshansky shared two-yard sack on Raiders’ final offensive play of game…matched season high with 10 stops and bat- ted down two passes Oct. 28 vs. Houston…Merri- man’s pressure on second quarter third-and-three play led to Antonio Cromartie’s team-record-tying third interception during Nov. 11 game vs. defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts…later added one-yard tackle for loss at end of quarter…huge all- around game that included sack and forced fumble, two tackles for loss and nine total stops vs. Baltimore Nov. 25…three plays after Bolts scored TD to go up 9- 7, sacked Ravens QB Kyle Boller and forced fumble that was recovered by Marques Harris…four plays later Nate Kaeding kicked 46-yard FG to extend lead to 12-7…AFC Defensive Player of Week and AP Player of Week after season-high three-sack perfor- mance in 24-10 win at K.C. Dec. 2…also recovered fumble and had tackle for loss…collected five-yard sack on second-and-seven play in second quarter and five and nine-yard sacks on second-down plays in fourth quarter…also had four-yard tackle for loss on another second quarter play…had fumble recovery on first play of fourth quarter after Shaun Phillips sack and forced fumble…biggest play of Chiefs game how- ever may have been quarterback pressure to force incompletion and three-and-out early in fourth quar- ter…Chargers drove 80 yards for touchdown on ensu- ing drive to extend lead to 24-10…had two sacks Dec. 9 at Tennessee before leaving game in second quarter with knee injury…first sack for five-yard loss raised season total to 10.5, making him only sixth player in NFL history to begin career with three straight sea- sons with 10 or more sacks…joined late Reggie White (1985-93), Dwight Freeney (2002-05), late Derrick Thomas (1989-92), Jevon Kearse (1999-2001) and Anthony Smith (1991-93) on list…joins Leslie O’Neal (1992-95) as only players in team history with three- or-more consecutive seasons with 10+ sacks…both sacks against Titans took place on third down plays to end drives…five-yard sack on third-and-two play forced Tennessee FG attempt…later had key hand in second-quarter Tennessee three-and-out as he sacked and nearly stripped Kerry Collins on third-and- three play for fourth multi-sack game of season…with two sacks, increased career total to 38.5 to move into ninth place on team’s career sacks list…inactive for Detroit game Dec. 16 while recovering from knee injury suffered on questionable hit by Tennessee week prior…was first career game missed due to injury…recovered first-quarter fumble after sack and forced fumble by Igor Olshansky in Monday Night Football game vs. Denver Dec. 24…recorded team- leading 12.5 sack of season at Oakland Dec. 30…was 39.5 sack of career, moving him past Louie Kelcher and into eighth place on team’s all-time sacks list…wreaked havoc in Jan. 6 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game against Tennessee…early in second quarter, blew up Titans’ Chris Brown to force a fumble which was recovered by Shaun Phillips after Titans had dri- ven to San Diego’s 11-yard line…turnover kept score 3-0, ending potential scoring drive…his four-yard sack in fourth quarter helped put the game on ice…collect-
  • 114 Shawne Merriman, continuedShawne Merriman, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S ed team-leading two tackles for loss and helped clinch victory with late fourth-quarter QB pressure in Jan. 13 AFC Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis...both tackles for loss came on opening series of game as he and Igor Olshansky teamed to stop Joseph Addai for one-yard loss on second play of game…two plays later, tackled Peyton Manning for six-yard loss on broken play…very late in fourth quar- ter, ended potential Colts’ game-winning drive by pressuring Manning into incompletion on fourth-and- goal play from Chargers’ seven-yard line with Bolts leading 28-24 and only 2:01 left in game…saw reserve action in Pro Bowl, finishing game with four tackles. 2006: Selected as starter in 2007 Pro Bowl… named first-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, USA Today Sports Weekly, Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America (also earning All-AFC honors from PFW & PFWA) and ESPN.com…voted by teammates to receive David Griggs Memorial Award as team’s 2006 Defensive Player of Year…named to NFL.com’s All-Interview Team...led NFL and team with 17 sacks, tied for second-most in season in team history…led squad with 21 quarterback hits…tied for team lead with four forced fumbles…started Weeks 1-7…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after leading team with three sacks and six tackles, including one for loss, in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland…tack- led LaMont Jordan for four-yard loss in first quarter and after defense held to force punt, offense drove five plays for touchdown and 10-0 lead on ensuing possession…started Oakland’s next series with eight- yard sack against Aaron Brooks on first play of drive…after forcing thee-and-out, Bolts offense drove for field goal and 13-0 edge on following drive… sacked Brooks again for another eight-yard loss on third-and-17 play right before two-minute warning in second quarter…logged final sack of night, this one for three yards, on first down play at end of third quarter…once again, defense forced three-and-out and offense answered with touchdown for 20-0 advantage on next possession…logged his first-career interception Week 2 against Tennessee…pick and 10- yard return led to field goal and 26-0 lead on ensuing drive…also tied for team lead with two passes defensed against Titans…collected five-yard sack and led team with two quarterback hits Week 3 at Balti- more…credited with sack against Ravens on final play of third quarter as Steve McNair fell while pulling away from center and Merriman was first to make contact…collected half-sack and tackle for loss in Sunday Night Football victory over Pittsburgh Oct. 8 despite facing barrage of double teams…shared eight-yard sack with Derrick Robinson in second quarter and tackled Willie Parker for three-yard loss in fourth quarter…delivered another big game with sack, tackle for loss and six stops at San Francisco Oct. 15…had six-yard sack on third-down play to force three-and-out on San Francisco’s first possession of third quarter…Bolts kicked field goal on next drive to stretch lead to 38-19…on first play of 49ers next drive, tackled running back Frank Gore for one-yard loss and he hit Gore so hard that his own helmet came off…of course he followed hit with his patented “Lights Out” celebration…collected tackle for loss among seven stops at Kansas City Oct. 22…named Defensive Player of Week by USA Today and SportsIllustrated.com after matching career high with three sacks Oct. 29 against St. Louis…first sack of day, seven-yard sack against Marc Bulger on Rams first offensive series of game, helped force three- and-out and Chargers scored touchdown on ensuing drive to go up 14-0 in first quarter…later ended St. Louis’ first drive of third quarter with five-yard sack on third down...also ended late third-quarter drive with pressure on Bulger to force incomple- tion…Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing drive to take 31-10 lead…suspended Weeks 8-11 after test- ing positive for banned substance in violation of NFL’s substance abuse policy…returned to starting lineup Weeks 12-16…in first game back Dec. 3 at Buffalo, racked up two sacks, two forced fumbles and pass broken up at line of scrimmage en route to earning honors as Defensive Player of Week by SportsIllustrated.com…also had quarterback pres- sure which led to interception by Quentin Jammer on first series of game…midway through second quarter, sacked JP Losman for seven-yard sack and forced fumble which Igor Olshansky recovered on third-and- 10 play…on last play of first half, stripped Roscoe Par- rish after catch and had fumble recovered by Clinton Hart…then in fourth quarter, sacked Losman again for 12-yard loss on first-and-10 play…recorded two 2008 Pro Bowl Photo: Mike Nowak
  • 115 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S sacks against Denver Dec. 10…was second straight game with two sacks and fourth multi-sack game of year…late in first quarter, sacked Jay Cutler and forced fumble on third-and-14 play at Denver’s 14- yard line…after Broncos recovered and punted, Chargers drove 54 yards for TD and 14-0 lead…had even bigger sack on his second go-around…late in fourth quarter, sacked Cutler again and forced anoth- er fumble which he recovered by himself at Broncos’ own seven-yard line…on very next play, LT scored his record-breaking 29th touchdown of season on seven-yard run…he also ended another early fourth- quarter drive by breaking up pass at line of scrimmage on fourth-and-two play…Chargers converted stop into field goal that allowed them to take 34-20 lead…AFC Defensive Player of Week after racking up career-high 3.5-sacks in 27-20 win at Seattle Dec. 24…was his fifth-multi sack and third three-sack game of season, moving him into league lead with 16 sacks on season…Chargers improved to 5-0 this sea- son and 8-0 in his career when Merriman has more than one sack in game…sacked Seattle’s Matt Hassel- beck for four-yard loss on first play of game, sacked him for five-yard loss during second series of game, shared six-yard sack with Jacques Cesaire on third- and-10 play in second quarter and added one for no yards on Seahawks’ last series of fourth quarter…his 16 sacks are second-most in season in team histo- ry…also comes up with two key passes defensed in Seattle game…closes out season Dec. 31 against Arizona with 17th sack of season to put away NFL sack title…10-yard sack on third-down play in third quarter forced three-and-out by Cardinals at time when Bolts led 24-7…on drive after Cards punted, Bolts added another field goal to stretch lead to 27- 7…later in the contest with Chargers up 27-17, Merri- man broke up pass on third-and-goal play at two- yard line to force field goal try instead of a potential touchdown…started AFC Playoff game vs. New Eng- land and ended their second offensive series with pressure and quarterback hit on third down play to force incompletion and three-and-out…later collected sack for no yards on third down play in fourth quar- ter…recorded four tackles and forced fumble in Pro Bowl. 2005: 2006 Pro Bowl starter…NFL Defensive Rookie of Year by Associated Press, SportsIllustrated.com, Pro Football Weekly, Professional Football Writers of America and San Diego Union-Tribune…NFL Rookie of Year and All-Pro by Sporting News… Sports Illustrated and SI.com All-Pro…All-Rookie Team selection by Pro Football Weekly, Profes- sional Football Writers of America and NFL.com… named to 2005 NFL Tough Guys Team by Fox Sports’ Howie Long...led team and all NFL rookies with 10 sacks…tied for second on squad with six tackles for loss and tied for fifth with 54 tackles…inactive for season opener against Dallas due to knee injury…collected special teams tackle on game’s opening kickoff of first-career game played at Denver Sept. 18…registered tackle for loss among two stops versus New York Giants Sept. 25…collected two special teams stops at New England Oct. 2…racked up sack and forced fumble which was recovered by Randall Godfrey in first quarter of Mon- day Night Football game against Pittsburgh Oct. 10…pressured Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins into first-quarter interception by Bhawoh Jue in Oct. 16 win at Oakland Coliseum…Chargers scored touch- down on ensuing drive to take 14-0 lead…moved into starting lineup and recorded 10-yard sack among five SHAWNE MERRIMAN’S ALL-PRO HONORS Three-time Pro Bowl selection (2006-08) Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2005), first-team All-Pro (2005-06) and second-team All-Pro (2007) Sports Illustrated NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2005) and All-Pro (2005-06) Sporting News’ NFL Rookie of the Year (2005) and All-Pro (2005-06) Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2005) and All-Pro (2006) USA Today Sports Weekly All-Pro (2006-07) ESPN.com All-Pro (2006)
  • 116 Shawne Merriman, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S stops at Philadelphia Oct. 23…huge outing with two sacks, forced fumble and five stops against Kansas City Oct. 30…in first quarter, pressure caused incom- plete pass on third down on Chiefs’ second offensive series…on ensuing drive, Bolts scored touchdown for 7-0 lead…came out of locker room strong in third quarter with pressure and four-yard sack on succes- sive plays to force Chiefs punt…sack resulted in four- yard loss on third-and-11 play… later in third quarter, sacked Green again for nine-yard loss on third-and- 12 play while also stripping ball that was recovered by Shaun Phillips…first Chargers rookie since Ben Leber in 2002 with at least two sacks in game…charted sack and led team with nine tackles in 31-26 win over New York Jets Nov. 6…sack went for eight-yard loss mid- way through fourth quarter on second-and-10 play…Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of Week after record- ing two sacks in 48-10 win over Buffalo Nov. 20…racked up four-yard sack on final play of first quarter…sacked Bills quarterback JP Losman for eight-yard loss on fourth-down-and-23 play in fourth quarter…Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing drive to cap victory… two-yard tackle for loss among six stops in 34-10 win over Oakland Dec. 4…shared three-yard tackle for loss with Luis Castillo in first quarter against Miami Dec. 11…helped force Dolphins punt two plays later and on ensuing drive, Chargers scored touch- down to take 7-0 lead…AFC Defensive Player of Week, recipient of ESPN NFL Prime Time Game Ball, Rookie of Week by FOXSports.com and Defensive Player of Week by SportsIllustrated.com following effort in 26-17 win Dec. 18 in Indianapolis that knocked 13-0 Colts from ranks of unbeaten…was involved in three sacks, recording one solo and two assists, and was also credited with three tackles for loss…on first play of Colts first three offensive series, all in first quarter, shared seven-yard sack with Igor Olshansky, shared three-yard tackle for loss with Jamal Williams and then shared another seven-yard sack with Olshansky…first and third drives ended in three-and-outs while second drive ended in interception…made two tackles for loss inside Charg- ers’ 12-yard line in second quarter...after two-yard tackle for loss against Edgerrin James at 10-yard line, made one of biggest plays of game on fourth-and- goal play at one-yard line, reading bootleg by Peyton Manning and tackling him at seven for a six-yard loss, turning ball back over to Bolts on downs as San Diego took 13-0 first half lead…on opening drive of third quarter, sacked Manning for five-yard loss on third- and-nine play to force punt…Chargers kicked field goal on ensuing possession to stretch lead to 16- 0…closed out season with three-yard sack against Denver’s Jake Plummer...was 10th sack of year. COLLEGE: First-team All-America by NFL Draft Report, second-team by Sporting News and first-team All-ACC following junior season…led team in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (17) in 2004…tied for second in ACC in sacks and ranked third in tackles for loss …named ACC Player of Week following Clemson game in ‘04…led team and ranked second in confer- ence with 8.5 sacks in 2003 …named ACC Rookie of Week following North Carolina game in 2002…fin- ished collegiate career with 189 tackles, 22 sacks, 32.5 tackles for loss, 27 pressures, 10 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries…played in total of 38 games with 17 starts…played at Maryland from 2002-04…majored in criminology and criminal justice. PERSONAL: Born in Washington, D.C.…all-time leader at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro with 443 career tackles…Associated Press Maryland Defensive Player of Year and first-team all-state as senior…SuperPrep All-America, first-team all-metro by Washington Post, and Defensive Player of Year by PG Journal in 2001…all-county as junior and senior and all-league as senior…also played tight end and started for three years on school’s basketball team. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2005 San Diego 15-10 41-13 54 10-61 0-0 0 0 5 2-0 2006 San Diego 12-12 46-20 66 17-93 1-10 10 0 8 4-1 2007 San Diego 15-15 63-33 96 12.5-81 0-0 0 0 5 1-2 Totals 42-37 150-66 216 39.5-235 1-10 10 0 18 7-3 Postseason 4-4 13-7 20 2-4 0-0 0 0 1 1-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 10, twice, Last: vs. Houston, Oct. 28, 2007 Sacks — 3.5, at Seattle, Dec. 24, 2006 Interceptions — 1, vs. Tennessee, Sept. 17, 2006 Interception Return Yards — 10, vs. Tennessee, Sept. 17, 2006 Interception Return Long — 10, vs. Tennessee, Sept. 17, 2006 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 6, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Sacks — 1, twice, Last: vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2005, 6; 2006, 4; 2007, 9. Special Teams Tackles — 2005, 3.
  • 117 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 2007 Game-By-Game Defensive Statistics Date Opponent Sacks Yards TFL FF 09/09 Chicago* 0 0 2 0 09/16 at New England* 2 16 1 1 09/23 at Green Bay* 0 0 0 0 09/30 Kansas City* 1 8 2 0 10/07 at Denver* 0 0 0 0 10/14 Oakland* 2.5 12 0 0 10/28 Houston* 0 0 0 0 11/04 at Minnesota* 0 0 0 0 11/11 Indianapolis* 0 0 1 0 11/18 at Jacksonville* 0 0 0 0 11/25 Baltimore* 1 14 2 0 12/02 at Kansas City* 3 19 1 0 12/09 at Tennessee* 2 10 0 0 12/16 Detroit Inactive 12/24 Denver* 0 0 0 0 12/30 at Oakland* 1 2 0 0 Totals 12.5 81 9 1 01/06 Tennessee*+ 1 4 0 1 01/13 at Indianapolis+ 0 0 2 0 01/20 at New England*+ 0 0 0 0 Totals 1 4 2 1 2006 Game-By-Game Defensive Statistics Date Opponent Sacks Yards TFL FF 09/11 at Oakland* 3 19 1 0 09/17 Tennessee* 0 0 0 0 10/01 at Baltimore* 1 5 0 0 10/08 Pittsburgh* .5 4 1 0 10/15 at San Francisco* 1 6 1 0 10/22 at Kansas City* 0 0 1 0 10/29 St. Louis* 3 16 0 0 11/05 Cleveland Suspended 11/12 at Cincinnati Suspended 11/19 at Denver Suspended 11/26 Oakland Suspended 12/03 at Buffalo* 2 15 0 2 12/10 Denver* 2 6 0 2 12/17 Kansas City* 0 0 0 0 12/24 at Seattle* 3.5 12 0 0 12/31 Arizona* 1 10 0 0 Totals 17 93 4 4 01/14 New England*+ 1 0 0 0 2005 Game-By-Game Defensive Statistics Date Opponent Sacks Yards TFL FF 09/11 Dallas Inactive 09/18 at Denver 0 0 0 0 09/25 New York Giants 0 0 1 0 10/02 at New England 0 0 0 0 10/10 Pittsburgh 1 3 0 1 10/16 at Oakland 0 0 0 0 10/23 at Philadelphia* 1 10 0 0 10/30 Kansas City* 2 13 0 1 11/06 at New York Jets* 1 8 0 0 11/20 Buffalo* 2 12 0 0 11/27 at Washington* 0 0 0 0 12/04 Oakland* 0 0 1 0 12/11 Miami* 0 0 1 0 12/18 at Indianapolis* 2 12 3 0 12/24 at Kansas City* 0 0 0 0 12/31 Denver* 1 3 0 0 Totals 10 61 6 2 Additional Postseason Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2007, 2. Date Opponent W-L Score Attendance Sun. Jan. 14, 2007 New England+ L 24-21 68,810 Mon. Oct. 10, 2005 Pittsburgh L 22-24 68,537 Sun. Oct. 24, 1999 Green Bay L 3-31 68,274 Sun. Dec. 8, 2002 Oakland L 7-27 67,968 Sun. Sept. 9, 2007 Chicago W 14-3 67,837 Sun. Oct. 8, 2006 Pittsburgh W 23-13 67,837 Sun. Nov. 11, 2007 Indianapolis W 23-21 67,726 Sun. Sept. 11, 2005 Dallas L 24-28 67,679 Sat. Jan. 8, 2005 New York Jets^ L 17-20 (OT) 67,536 Sun. Oct. 14, 2007 Oakland W 28-14 67,523 + AFC Divisional Playoff game ^ AFC Wild Card Playoff game Date Opponent W-L Score Attendance Sun. Nov. 27, 2005 at Washington W 23-13 (OT) 84,930 Sun. Nov. 1, 1970 at Cleveland W 27-10 80,047 Sun. Oct. 15, 1972 at Miami L 10-24 80,010 Mon. Oct. 9, 1995 at Kansas City L 23-29 79,288 Sun. Nov. 19, 1972 at Kansas City W 27-17 79,011 Mon. Sept. 7, 1981 at Cleveland W 44-14 78,904 Sun. Oct. 31, 1999 at Kansas City L 0-34 78,473 Sun. Sept. 7, 2003 at Kansas City L 14-27 78,048 Sun. Dec. 22, 2002 at Kansas City L 22-24 77,899 Sun. Nov. 22, 2006 at Kansas City L 27-30 77,752 TOP TEN ROAD ATTENDANCE FIGURES TOP TEN HOME ATTENDANCE FIGURES
  • 118 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S to Vincent Jackson. Scott is not the only NFL player in the family. His brother, Gene, has enjoyed an NFL career as an offensive lineman with the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. Since college, Scott has been an avid golfer and he tries to play at least twice a week. In 2004, he scored a hole in one on the par-three ninth hole at the Brandywine Country Club in Ohio while playing with Gene and a family friend. Scott also enjoys fishing. As a Cleveland-area native, Mruczkowski certainly doesn’t miss Ohio winters. He spends as much time as possible at San Diego’s beaches and loves the water. Scott’s uncle, Steve, has a boat and a cabin on Catawba Island in Ohio and taught Scott to fish when he was a child. The Chargers have high hopes for Scott Mruczkowski (Merch-COW-ski). With that in mind, the team awarded the four-year veteran with a new three-year contract in February. A former seventh- round draft choice, Mruczkowski was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this spring before signing his new deal. Mruczkowski has become a key reserve on the Chargers’ offensive line. He is a versatile player who can line up at either center or guard and also contributes on special teams. Mruczkowski’s value as a reserve was on full display last season as he was on the field for key touchdown plays in the regular season against Kansas City and in the playoffs against Tennessee. In the Titans’ game, Mruczkowski threw the key block that allowed Philip Rivers to buy some extra time and throw the go-ahead touchdown pass TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round choice (242) by San Diego, April 24, 2005…signed three-year contract June 16, 2005...signed three-year contract with Chargers thru 2010, Feb. 27, 2008. 2007: Came in for one snap at right guard Dec. 2 at Kansas City after Mike Goff was injured on screen play and buried Chiefs defender as LaDainian Tomlin- son scored on 31-yard TD run to give Bolts 17-10 lead in third quarter…saw extensive action at right guard late in blowout win over Detroit Dec. 16…reported as extra lineman for one play late in third quarter of AFC Wild Card Playoff game against Tennessee and threw key block to help give Philip Rivers extra time to throw 25-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson that gave Chargers’ their first lead of game. 2006: Saw action at left guard late in Week 1 after Kris Dielman came out of game with tight hamstring…saw late action in Sept. 17 game against Tennessee at left guard and helped deliver key blocks during 73-yard run by Michael Turner and 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Charlie Whitehurst two plays later…did not play Weeks 3-4 & 6-9…saw action on offensive line Week 5 at San Francisco and briefly at left guard Week 12 at Buffalo…played on special teams Week 10 at Denver…started Week 11 against Oakland for injured Kris Dielman (ankle) and had solid game against Warren Sapp and Raiders’ front line…Bolts only allowed one sack (-2 yards) in 33 pass plays and blocked for 110 rush yards and two touchdowns…injured knee in Week 13 game versus Denver during PAT and was inactive Weeks 14- 16…returned to action and played on special teams in AFC Playoffs vs. New England. 2005: Inactive Weeks 1-3 & 5…dressed but did not play Weeks 4, 8, 12-14 & 16…saw action on special teams Weeks 6-7 & 9- 11… played Week 15 on special teams. COLLEGE: Second-team All-Mid-American Confer- ence in 2004…selected to play in 2005 East-West Shrine Game…started school-record 49 consecutive games during career…anchored offensive line that allowed fewest sacks in MAC in ‘04…same ‘04 squad set school records for total offense and points per game…team captain as senior…first-team all-confer- ence in 2003… also named team’s Top Offensive Lineman…started every game at left guard in 2001- 02 and center in 2003-04…redshirted in 2000… played at Bowling Green from 2000-04…majored in productions and operations management. PERSONAL: Born in Cleveland, Ohio…second-team all-area choice in 1999 by Cleveland Plain Dealer at Benedictine High School in Cleveland…team won state title in 1996 and regional crown in 1997… lettered in track…student council president…earned dean’s list honors with 3.5 grade-point average. Games Played-Started: 2005 (6-0, San Diego); 2006 (7-1, San Diego); 2007 (15-0, San Diego); Total (28-1). SCOTT MRUCZKOWSKI Guard-Center Bowling Green 6-5, 318 Draft 7 - ’05 4th NFL Season Benedictine HS 4th with Chargers Garfield Heights, Ohio 63
  • 119 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S and his freshman year in 2003. The Broncos’ coaching staff moved him to wide receiver late in his sophomore season of 2004. By his junior season in ’05, Legedu started all 13 games for the Broncos at wide receiver. Legedu’s background as a quarterback paid dividends for the Chargers during his rookie season. Prior to playing the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 9 and in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, Naanee went under center and ran the scout team offense. His ath- leticism helped the Bolts prepare for Titans quarterback Vince Young, who is known for his ability to make plays with his legs. Apparently Naanee did a good acting job. The Chargers beat Tennessee in both con- tests and only allowed 23 points in the two victories. Pound-for-pound, Naanee is one of the strongest players ever to play for Boise State. As a freshman in 2003, he set several weight-lifting records for quarter- backs and as a sophomore in 2004 he set some of the same records for a wide receiver. Naanee was born in Portland, Oregon, but his father, Agbora, was born in Nigeria in a village outside of Lagos. His first name, Legedu, means “Good is coming” in Nigerian and Naanee is the family surname. Legedu has been to Nigeria twice to visit family members who still live there. Last summer after the Chargers drafted Legedu Naanee (LEG-a-doo Nah-NAY), the Boise State product spent time at wide receiver, tight end and fullback. The Bolts quickly learned that they had found a player who could make things happen when he had the ball in his hands. As a rookie, Naanee caught eight passes for 69 yards and contributed on special teams. Although they have a roster full of playmakers, the Chargers hope to get Naanee more involved in the offense this season and let him put his unique skills to use. This year, Naanee will focus strictly on playing wide receiver and he has changed his number, trading in last year’s No. 40 for his new number, No. 11. Naanee was part of the Boise State team that captured the nation’s attention and shocked the college football establishment by upsetting the Oklahoma Sooners with a stunning come-from- behind, overtime win in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Naanee had his hand in the famed “Statue of Liberty Play” on which the Broncos scored the game-winning touchdown. Naanee was the receiver whom Jared Zabransky faked a throw to before handing the ball to running back Ian Johnson. Naanee began his career at Boise State as a quarterback and was named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year following his redshirt year in 2002 TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fifth-round pick by Chargers (172) in NFL Draft, April 29, 2007...signed four-year contract thru 2010, July 25, 2007. 2007: Caught first two career passes, both during touchdown drive, in Bolts’ Nov. 4 game at Minnesota… included 17-yard catch on third-and-12 play…had big hand in second-quarter touchdown drive against Indianapolis Nov. 11 with three-yard catch on fourth- and-two play…later added nine-yarder on third-and- two play…made one of biggest catches of season, setting up game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown in Jan. 20 AFC Divisional Playoffs at Indianapolis on 27-yard screen play down to Colts’ 15-yard line…also had huge performance on special teams, leading unit with three unassisted tackles. COLLEGE: First-team All-Western Athletic Conference choice as senior after leading team in receptions and touchdown catches…caught career-high seven passes for 129 yards and touchdown, his first-career 100- yard game, in Broncos’ BCS bowl-clinching win over Nevada in season finale…also led squad in TD catches as junior…redshirted in 2002…played at Boise State from 2002-06…graduated in December 2006 with degree in business management. PERSONAL: Born in Portland, Oregon…league offen- sive player of year as junior and senior at Franklin High School in Portland…earned first-team all-league honors as quarterback and defensive back…team captain who led team to state playoffs as senior… outstanding basketball player earned all-league honors as junior. Continued next page LEGEDU NAANEE Wide Receiver Boise State 6-2, 226 Draft 5 - ’07 2nd NFL Season Franklin HS 2nd with Chargers Portland, Ore. 11
  • 120 Legedu Naanee, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Legedu Naanee, continued toughness was instilled in him at a young age by his father, a retired policeman, and his mother, Cheryll. When Jeremy was young, he actually didn’t like the contact of football, but that all changed when his parents began to reward him for big hits during games. It didn’t take long for that fear to subside. So tough did Jeremy become as a child that he once competed in a wrestling match with a broken arm that he didn’t even know he had. When Jeremy was a child, his parents ran a gym. That too rubbed off on Jeremy, who converted his garage at home into a full-service gym complete with a squat rack, three racks of dumb- bells, Nautilus machines and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Newberry has been a locker room and fan favorite everywhere that he’s played. Part of that reputation was fostered by his work in the community. A three-time state wrestling champion as a prep at Antioch High School, Newberry hosted a bowling fundraiser while with the 49ers to help support the school’s wrestling team after learning that the program was in jeopardy. His efforts helped keep the program alive. Aside from his work with the wrestling team, Newberry has also hosted several youth football camps at the school. And for the greater community, Newberry also co-hosted an annual Holiday Toy Drive in the Bay Area in conjunction with the Bay Point Family Service Center. One of Jeremy’s biggest fans however is his maternal grandfather, Bob Eyestone, who has been a fixture at games and practices for as long as he can remember. In tribute, Jeremy has a tattoo of Grandpa Bob on his left forearm. The Chargers strengthened their depth at center when they signed veteran offensive lineman and two-time Pro Bowler, Jeremy Newberry, in June. One of the toughest players you’ll find in the National Football League, Newberry is a two-time winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, given to a player on each team who best exemplifies courage and toughness. He also won three Bobb McKittrick Awards for dedication, commitment and excellence during his years with the 49ers. With Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick returning from offseason foot surgery, Newberry’s acquisition comes at the optimum time. A native of Antioch in Northern California, Newberry has been fortunate to spend his entire life in the Golden State. He played his college football at Cal-Berkeley and was drafted in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Newberry was a second-generation Golden Bear as his father, Dave, lettered at Cal in 1976. After spending the first nine seasons of his career wearing 49ers Red and Gold, Jeremy moved across the Bay to play for the Silver and Black of the Oakland Raiders in 2007, his 10th season in the league. The opportunity to remain in California was one of the biggest reasons Newberry signed with the Chargers. He and his wife, Mindy, have two young daughters, Mylah and Maysi, with whom he is very close and the prospect of playing in another state did not appeal to Newberry or his family. While he may be a teddy bear in his own home, Newberry plays with fire between the lines. That Receiving Year Team GP No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2007 San Diego 13-0 8-69 8.6 22 0 Postseason 3-0 1-27 27.0 27 0 Single-game Highs Receptions — 3, at Jacksonville, Nov. 18, 2007 Receiving Yards — 39, at Minnesota, Nov. 4, 2007 Receiving Long — 22, at Minnesota, Nov. 4, 2007 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 1. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 4. JEREMY NEWBERRY Center California 6-5, 315 Free Agent - ’08 11th NFL Season Antioch HS 1st with Chargers Antioch, Calif. 62
  • 121 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by San Francisco in second round (58th overall) of NFL Draft, April 18, 1998…signed with 49ers, July 18, 1998…re-signed with 49ers, March 12, 2002, Feb. 24, 2003, Feb. 11, 2004 and July 28, 2006…signed with Oakland, March 7, 2007…signed one-year contract with Chargers, June 3, 2008. 2007: Started 14 games at center for Raiders…inac- tive Week 2 at Denver and did not play Week 3 against Cleveland due to hamstring injury…anchored line for NFL’s sixth-ranked unit that rushed for 1,964 yards and had 1,009-yard rusher in Justin Fargas. 2006: Spent entire season on “Reserve-Injured” list while recovering from knee surgery. 2005: Recipient of Bobb McKittrick Award and Ed Block Courage Award…McKittrick Award is determined by team’s offensive linemen and given to lineman who portrays dedication, commitment and excellence…named for former 49ers’ offensive line coach who died in March 2000 from bile-duct cancer and liver disease…started first eight games of season…inactive Nov. 13 at Chicago due to knee injury…returned for two games before being placed on “Reserve-Injured” list because of knee, Nov. 29…made all 10 starts playing on right knee which had no cartilage and forced him to under- go microfracture surgery on Dec. 6 with five games remaining on schedule. 2004: Started season opener against Atlanta Sept. 12 but inactive Weeks 2-10 with knee injury and Weeks 11-13 with ailing back…went on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 9 and missed remainder of season. 2003: Won Bobb McKittrick Award and Ed Block Courage Award after starting all 16 games despite torn ligament in left ankle…anchor of offensive line that finished sea- son ranked third in NFC in rushing and total offense. 2002: Selected to NFC Pro Bowl squad…All-NFC by Pro Football Weekly…blocked on offensive line which allowed only 22 sacks, third-fewest in NFL…helped pave way for 252-yard rushing game against Washington, Sept. 22…started Wild Card Playoff game vs. New York Giants, Jan. 5 and Divisional Playoff game at Tampa Bay, Jan. 12. 2001: Selected to NFC Pro Bowl squad for first time in career…blocked for NFL’s second-leading rush offense with 2,244 yards…left Jets game Oct. 1 with ankle injury at halftime and inactive following week against Carolina because of ankle…started Oct. 14 at Atlanta but left game in first quarter after re-aggra- vating ankle injury…helped offense rush for 230 yards against Buffalo Dec. 2…started Jan. 13 Wild Card Playoff game at Green Bay. 2000: Won team’s Bob McKittrick Award…became 49ers center after Chris Dalman suffered career-ending injury during training camp…ended up starting all 16 games and missing only one snap during season…with 6,040 yards, 49ers ranked fourth in NFL in total offense…Niners allowed NFL’s third-fewest sacks (25) and line played five games without allowing any sacks…line helped Charlie Garner rush for team-record 201 yards at Dallas Sept. 24 and did not allow Jeff Garcia to be sacked while throwing career-high four touchdown passes. 1999: Started all 16 games for NFL’s top-ranked rushing team with 2,085 yards…started Weeks 1-2 at right tackle…moved to right guard for Week 3 game at Ari- zona and threw key block to spring Lawrence Phillips for game-clinching 68-yard TD run…finished out sea- son at right guard, including 250-yard rushing game against Washington Dec. 26. 1998: Spent first nine weeks of season on “Physically Unable to Perform” list after suffering torn left ACL in offseason Mini-Camp…taken off PUP list Nov. 7…did not play against Carolina Nov. 8 and inactive remainder of season, including playoff contests against Green Bay and Atlanta. COLLEGE: Entered NFL Draft following junior season at California…second-team All-Pac-10 selection as junior…93 percent blocking grade during 1997 junior season was highest by any Cal lineman during 1990s…honorable mention All-Pac-10 as sophomore, splitting time between center and guard…redshirted in 1994 and played at Cal from 1994-97…majored in social welfare. PERSONAL: Born in Martinez, California…first-team All-Bay Valley Athletic League, All-East Bay, All-Bay Area, All-NorCal and All-Far West at Antioch High School in Antioch, Calif….three-time state wrestling champion. Games Played-Started: 1998 (0-0, San Francisco); 1999 (16-16, San Francisco); 2000 (16-16, San Francisco); 2001 (15-15, San Francisco); 2002 (16-16, San Francisco); 2003 (16-16, San Francisco); 2004 (1-1, San Francisco); 2005 (10-10, San Francisco); 2006 (0-0, San Francisco); 2007 (14-14, Oakland); Total (104-104). Postseason Games Played-Started: 2001 (1-1); 2002 (2-2); Total (3-3).
  • 122 Roman Oben, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S since his rookie year in which Olshansky was healthy enough to start all 16 games. While the five-year vet- eran is known for his brute strength, he’s worked hard with defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely to develop better technique with his hands and body. The extra work paid dividends in 2007 as Olshansky demon- strated his ability to shed blockers in the run game and set a career high with nine quarterback hits. Olshansky is proud of his Jewish heritage. He has many tattoos, including two of the Star of David, and he is regularly featured in local and national Jewish news publications. Olshansky is the first player from the former Soviet Union to be drafted by and play for an NFL team. He One of the strongest players in the National Football League, Igor Olshansky (E-gor, ol-SHAN-ski) continues to hold down the right side of the Chargers’ defensive line. He has been a starter since the day he was drafted in the second round in 2004. In three of his four NFL seasons, the Bolts have ranked in the league’s top seven in rushing defense. The 2007 season was without a doubt Olshansky’s finest. He finished the year with career highs in tackles (69) and sacks (3.5) and he also recorded the first interception of his career when he picked off Oakland’s JaMarcus Russell on the first play from scrimmage in the regular season finale. It’s no coincidence that 2007 was the first season the Bolts would be facing in the coming week. Oliver played cornerback throughout his career at Georgia, but the Chargers like his versatility and are exploring different ways they can use him in the defensive backfield. Oliver became the first Charger selected in the supplemental draft since the team used a second- round pick in 1998 to take two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jamal Williams. Paul Oliver got a late start as a rookie in 2007 and spent most of the season watching and waiting, but the Chargers believe the second-year pro is ready to contribute to their secondary in 2008. Oliver joined the Chargers in July of 2007 when they selected him in the fourth round of the NFL’s Supplemental Draft. As a rookie, he was inactive for all 16 regular-season games, but drew praise from the Chargers’ coaching staff for his work on the scout team, mimicking in practice the best defensive back TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round draft choice by San Diego in the 2007 Supplemental Draft...signed four-year contract thru 2010, July 24, 2007. 2007: Inactive for all 16 games and all three playoff contests. COLLEGE: Set career high with nine tackles, including three for loss in final college game, Chick-fil-A Bowl win over 14th-ranked Virginia Tech...as junior, helped seal wins over Ole Miss and 16th-ranked Georgia Tech with late-game interceptions...finished career with 94 tackles, seven interceptions, three sacks and 8.5 tack- les for loss...named team’s Most Improved Defensive Player as sophomore…recipient of team’s Iron Man Award at end of 2002 redshirt freshman season for perfect attendance at practice and summer work- outs…entered NFL’s Supplemental Draft following junior season...redshirted in 2003...played at Georgia from 2003-06…majored in housing. PERSONAL: Born in Kennesaw, Georgia…Parade Magazine first-team All-America and USA Today second-team All-USA as a senior at Harrison High School in Kennesaw…intercepted 12 passes over final two prep seasons...chose Georgia over numerous schools including Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State. PAUL OLIVER Cornerback-Safety Georgia 5-10, 195 Draft 4 (Supplemental) – ’07 2nd NFL Season Harrison HS 2nd with Chargers Kennesaw, Ga. 27 IGOR OLSHANSKY Defensive End Oregon 6-6, 309 Draft 2 - ’04 5th NFL Season St. Ignatius HS 5th with Chargers San Francisco, Calif. 99
  • 123 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (35) by San Diego, April 24, 2004…signed six-year contract, Aug. 2, 2004. 2007: Named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…set new career highs with 69 tackles and 3.5 sacks…led Bolts’ defensive line in tackles…recorded three forced fumbles, tying Shaun Phillips for team high…shared five-yard sack of Brett Favre Week 3 at Green Bay with Shaun Phillips on 2nd-and-7 play that helped force Packers punt…shared two-yard sack with Shawne Merriman on Oakland’s final play of Oct. 14 win at Qualcomm Stadium…forced fourth-quarter fumble by Adrian Peterson at Chargers’ 12-yard line Week 8 at Minnesota…fumble was recovered by Drayton Florence…also tallied tackle for loss against Vikings…collected late third-quarter sack and forced fumble vs. Baltimore Nov. 25…Ravens recovered fum- ble, but drive would end on downs later in series… shared four-yard sack with Jacques Cesaire in fourth quarter of Dec. 2 game at K.C….season-high 10 stops Dec. 9 in overtime win at Tennessee…came up with huge play on first series of ESPN Monday Night Foot- ball game against Denver Dec. 24…sacked Jay Cutler on third-and-seven play and forced fumble after Broncos had driven to Chargers’ 18-yard line…fumble was recovered by Shawne Merriman and Bolts drove for field goal on ensuing possession…recorded first interception of career on first snap of game at Oakland Dec. 30…Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing possession to take 7-0 lead…was first official interception in game since playing in 2000 California- Texas Prep All-Star game following senior year at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco…had 37-yard interception return for touchdown as collegian at Oregon negated by teammates’ penalty…teamed with Shawne Merriman for one-yard tackle for loss of Joseph Addai on second play of game in AFC Divi- sional Playoffs at Indianapolis…shared eight-yard sack with Stephen Cooper midway through fourth quarter of AFC Championship Game at New England. 2006: Started Week 1 at Oakland but left game after first play of night with knee sprain and did not return…was inactive Week 2 with same knee injury…returned to starting lineup Weeks 3-5…tallied half-sack and tack- le for loss in Oct. 8 game against Pittsburgh…teamed with Shaun Phillips to stop Najeh Davenport for one- yard loss on third-and-one play in second quarter, forcing Steelers to kick 39-yard field goal…instead of potential 14-0 lead, they only went up 10-0 and the Chargers scored touchdown on their next possession to trim lead to 10-7…following that drive, Pittsburgh only scored three points rest of night… shared three- yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger with Luis Castillo in third quarter on drive after Bolts had scored touch- down to take 17-13 lead…helped force punt three plays later…inactive Weeks 6-7 while recovering from minor knee surgery during week leading up to Oct. 22 game at Kansas City…returned to starting lineup Weeks 8-16…collected eight-yard sack in second quarter of Chargers’ Nov. 12 game at Cincinnati… collected season-high seven tackles and recovered outstanding career for the Ducks, Igor left school fol- lowing his junior season. He was one of the strongest rookies in the league. At the 2004 NFL Combine, Igor bench-pressed 225 pounds an amazing 41 times. At Oregon, he set a team record with a 505-pound bench press and during his on-campus pre-draft workout, Igor increased his 225-pound bench press to 43 reps. Perhaps some of Olshansky’s strength rubbed off from his grandfather, Abraham Rubashevsky, who fought for the Red Army in World War II and was wounded 11 times, leaving his left hand disabled. Due in part to the influence of his grandfather, Igor still studies military history and martial arts. Igor’s passion for working out led him to develop his own line of nutritional products and active-wear, appropriately named Igor Super Human Strength (SHS). He enthusiastically promotes fitness training, weightlifting and proper nutrition. The company’s nutritional supplements are made from the finest organic ingredients and contain no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Olshansky has developed his own website at www.IgorSHS.com. was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine and his family immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine when he was seven years old, settling in San Francisco. The Olshansky family spoke virtually no English when they arrived in the States, but the Jewish community in San Francisco embraced them and they quickly assimilated in their new home. For several years Igor attended the Chabad-run Hebrew Academy, where he developed a strong Jewish identity. Igor also stayed true to his family’s Russian heritage and speaks fluent Russian. Olshansky is married to the former Liya Rubinshteyn. Like Igor, Liya is a native of the Ukraine. Both grew up in the San Francisco area and have known each other their entire lives. They began dating in junior high school and in January, Liya gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son named Lourence Lev. The Olshanskys also have two Schnauzers, Nika and Caesar. Initially, Igor played basketball in high school. His dad, Yury, played basketball in the Russian Army and Igor followed in his footsteps. He did not play football until his junior year of high school, yet he was good enough to earn a scholarship in the Pac-10 at the University of Oregon. After an
  • 124 Igor Olshansky, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S fumble in second quarter after Shawne Merriman sack and forced fumble Dec. 3 at Buffalo…helped Bolts hold Bills to just 63 yards rushing…collected tackle for loss among seven stops Dec. 24 at Seattle, stopping Shaun Alexander for four-yard loss early in second quarter…started AFC Playoffs vs. New Eng- land and collected five tackles. 2005: Started Week 1 at right defensive end…inactive Week 2 at Denver while recovering from knee and ankle injuries suf- fered in season opener against Dallas…saw action off bench Weeks 3-4…moved back into starting lineup against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10 and responded with seven tackles, including one for loss…racked up career-high two sacks in 27-14 win at Oakland Oct. 16…helped hold Philadelphia to season- low 24 yards rushing Oct. 23, just one week after holding Oakland to 39 rushing yards…counted tackle for loss among three stops in 31-26 win over New York Jets Nov. 6…combined with Randall Godfrey for one-yard tackle for loss against Washington Nov. 27…helped hold Oakland to 81 rushing yards in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Dec. 4 with 24 yards coming on final play of game…shared two seven-yard sacks with Shawne Merriman in 26-17 win at Indi- anapolis Dec. 18…sacks came on first play of first and third drives of game, both leading to punts after three-and-outs…inactive for Dec. 31 season finale against Denver with thigh injury. 2004: Tackle for loss among three stops versus Tennessee Oct. 3…first- career sack at Atlanta Oct. 17…career-high seven tackles, including one for loss, at Carolina Oct. 24…four tackles, including one for loss, against New Orleans Nov. 7…tallied tackle for loss at Indianapolis Dec. 26. COLLEGE: Second-team All-Pac-10 as junior…honor- able mention as sophomore…recipient of Joe Schaffeld Trophy as Ducks’ top defensive lineman after sophomore and junior seasons…finished career with 146 tackles and 11.5 sacks…honorable mention academic all-conference as freshman in 2001…red- shirted in 2000…played at Oregon from 2000-03… majored in psychology. PERSONAL: Born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine… first-team all-league at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, California…second-team all-metro by San Francisco Examiner and honorable mention all-area by San Jose Mercury News…scored touch- down on 17-yard interception return in California- Texas All-Star Game. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2004 San Diego 16-16 24-15 39 1-5 0-0 0 0 2 0-0 2005 San Diego 14-12 18-11 29 3-11 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2006 San Diego 13-13 23-27 50 1.5-9.5 0-0 0 0 1 0-1 2007 San Diego 16-16 32-37 69 3.5-10.5 1-0 0 0 3 3-0 Totals 59-57 97-90 187 9.0-36 1-0 0 0 6 3-1 Postseason 5-5 8-12 20 0.5-4 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 10, at Tennessee, Dec. 9, 2007 Sacks — 2, at Oakland, Oct. 16, 2005 Interceptions — 1, at Oakland, Dec. 30, 2007 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 7, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Sacks — 0.5, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2004, 4; 2005, 3; 2006, 2; 2007, 2. Additional Postseason Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2007, 1.
  • 125 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Kassim Osgood continues to make the most of his opportunities. Despite catching only two passes last season, he can call himself something that few others can: a two-time NFL Pro Bowler. That’s because the six-year veteran out of San Diego State has fashioned himself into one of the NFL’s top special teams players. Osgood recorded 14 special teams tackles last season, second most among Chargers, though his impact in the kicking game can hardly be measured by the box score. Osgood is so good at his trade that he routinely commands a double or triple team when covering kickoffs or punts. It’s the ultimate show of respect. If it weren’t for an unfortunate injury late in the 2005 season, Osgood would likely be a three-time Pro Bowler. Late in his third pro season, Kassim was the team’s leading special teams tackler and a player thought by many to be headed to his first all-star game until a freak injury in a game against Oakland turned out to be a season-ending torn pectoral mus- cle. Osgood was still recognized by his teammates as the squad’s Special Teams Player of the Year and shortly after the season ended, the team rewarded him with a new four-year contract that will run through 2009. Off the field, Osgood has taken full advantage of the platform that football has afforded him. He is jok- ingly referred to by his teammates as “The Mayor of San Diego” for his numerous contacts in the business and nonprofit commu- nities. Kassim oversees the Team K.O. Athletes for Education Foundation. He hosts an annual golf tournament at the Del Mar Country Club; a Battle of the Chefs event to raise money and awareness for the foundation, and several holiday parties for children and their families. In 2006, the San Diego Police Historic Association honored Kassim with its Jose Cota Man of the Year Award for community service. In April, Osgood was one of 12 NFL players selected by CBS’s James Brown and the NFL Players Association to receive a JB Award for his contributions to the community. As part of his commitment to local youth through Team K.O., Osgood donates 50 tickets to each Charg- ers home game for San Diego City School students to sit in the Chargers Community Corner. The students are selected by a committee of teachers based on out- standing academics and citizenship. Another passion of Osgood’s is acting. For most of his life, Osgood has been involved in acting but he real- ly became hooked after taking a class while a student at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He landed a role as an extra in the movie “We Were Soldiers” and has appeared in several television commercials. Last year, Osgood earned a coveted Screen Actors Guild card, as well as one from the American Film, TV and Radio Association, after earning the required amount of screen credits. In May 2006, he appeared in the season finale of the CBS drama, “Jericho” and made appearances on the MTV shows “Road Rules: Viewers Revenge” and “Short Circutz.” He is also scheduled to appear in the HBO series “Entourage.” Boxing and basketball are among Kassim’s hobbies. He is friends with former UFC Champion, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, and has attended several UFC bouts. Kassim also boxes at the Reyes Gym in Chula Vista and practices Capoeira, which is a Brazilian form of martial arts. He does both to stay in shape and prepare his body for the physical toll of professional football. He also plays basketball in the Aztec Recreation Center at San Diego State. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2003…signed four-year contract with Chargers, Jan. 27, 2006. 2007: Named All-NFL and All-AFC as special teams player by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America… selected to AFC Pro Bowl squad as special teamer… named Chargers Special Teams Player of Year…huge role in team’s kicking game Sept. 16 at New England on NBC’s Sunday Night Fooball, leading Bolts with three special teams tackles…also made big play by stripping Ellis Hobbs from behind on kickoff return after Bolts had scored touchdown early in fourth quarter to cut New England’s lead to KASSIM OSGOOD Wide Receiver San Diego State 6-5, 220 Free Agent - ’03 6th NFL Season North Salinas HS 6th with Chargers Salinas, Calif. 81
  • 126 Kassim Osgood, continued Kassim Osgood, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 2008 Pro Bowl Photo: Mike Nowak 31-14…just one week earlier, Hobbs tied NFL record with 108-yard kickoff return against the New York Jets…turned in outstanding performance on special teams Oct. 28 vs. Houston tying Brandon Siler for team high with three stops in kicking game…all three stops were made inside 20-yard line…made two huge special teams plays in Dec. 9 game at Tennessee… early in fourth quarter, downed punt at one-yard line…following three-and-out, Bolts drove for TD to cut deficit to 17-10…then when game went to over- time, correctly called heads on coin toss to give San Diego ball...when Bolts had to punt after first series of OT, he and Antonio Cromartie teamed to down ball at Titans’ two-yard line…after defense registered another three-and-out, Chargers offense drove for game-winning score…saw action on special teams and at wide receiver for AFC in Pro Bowl. 2006: Named to 2007 AFC Pro Bowl squad as special teams player…All-AFC selection by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America…Chargers Special Teams Player of Year…saw action Weeks 1-16, primarily on special teams…logged two ST tackles Week 5 at San Francisco…teamed with Antonio Cromartie to down punt at two-yard line in second quarter of Dec. 3 game at Buffalo…afterward, defense forced three- and-out and offense scored TD before end of half to take 17-0 lead to locker room…came up with big spe- cial teams play in Week 13 win over Denver…early in first quarter, raced down field on punt and caught Mike Scifres’ 39-yard punt on fly at six-yard line…after Bolts’ defense forced three-and-out and backed Broncos up to four, Bolts took ensuing pos- session and drove 44 yards for touchdown and 7-0 lead…made outstanding special teams play to down second-quarter punt at six-yard line in Dec. 17 win over Kansas City…racked up team-leading four special teams tackles, highest total of season, in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England… made great play in third quarter to keep punt from rolling into end zone, allowing David Binn to down it at two-yard line. 2005: Chargers Special Teams Player of Year… Chargers Alumni Player of Week after tying Hanik Milligan for team lead with two special teams tackles in season opener vs. Dallas…logged two special teams stops at New England Oct. 2…had one catch for six yards and first down on third-and-four play in second quarter against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10…racked up team-high three special teams tackles at Oakland Oct. 16…paced team with career- high four special teams tackles in 28-20 win over Kansas City Oct. 30…among stops versus Chiefs, tack- led Dante Hall for three-yard loss on punt return late in fourth quarter… two stops on special teams in 48- 10 win over Buffalo Nov. 20…suffered torn pectoral muscle Dec. 4 against Oakland on first-quarter kick- off…placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 7. 2004: Led team’s wide receivers with 20.5 yards per catch aver- age…third on squad with 13 tackles on special teams…saw extensive action at Atlanta Oct. 17 after Reche Caldwell was injured and set season high with three catches…first touchdown of season on 12-yard catch and run against New Orleans Nov. 7…broke several tackles and delivered highlight-reel stiff-arm to cornerback Mike McKenzie on way to end zone…turned in two biggest plays of season in 34-31 win at Kansas City Nov. 28…on opening kickoff of second half, Osgood ran down Chiefs returner Dante Hall from behind as Hall appeared headed toward end zone and 92-yard touchdown return…Osgood’s pursuit caused Hall to fumble ball while changing hands to avoid him and Jerrell Pippens recovered ball to keep score 17-14…in fourth quarter with Chargers facing second-and-22 from their own 19-yard line while trailing 31-24, Osgood caught career-long 65- yard pass from Brees…four plays later, Antonio Gates caught his second touchdown pass and Chargers tied game, 31-31 …Osgood finished Chiefs’ game with season-high 92 yards receiving…caught 19-yard touchdown pass late in second quarter against Tampa Bay Dec. 19…caught eight-yard pass on third- and-five on third play of same drive to keep chains moving and enable touchdown…started for injured Keenan McCardell Weeks 14-15…started against Kansas City Jan. 2…28-yard catch in second quarter against Chiefs set up touchdown two plays later to give Chargers 10-3 lead…led team with season-high three special teams tackles against Kansas City. 2003: Tied for third on squad with nine special teams tack- les…career day at Pittsburgh Dec. 21 with 102 yards, four catches and season-long 57-yard touchdown catch…first-career 100-yard game against Steelers… first-career touchdown on 19-yard pass from Doug
  • 127 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Receiving Rushing Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2003 San Diego 16-2 13-278 21.4 57t 2 0-0 0.0 0 0 2004 San Diego 16-7 15-308 20.5 65 2 0-0 0.0 0 0 2005 San Diego 12-3 2-21 10.5 15 0 1-4 4.0 4 0 2006 San Diego 16-0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 2007 San Diego 16-0 2-23 11.5 15 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 Totals 76-12 32-630 19.7 65 4 1-4 4.0 4 0 Postseason 5-0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 Single-game Highs Receptions — 4, at Pittsburgh, Dec. 21, 2003 Receiving Yards — 102, at Pittsburgh, Dec. 21, 2003 Receiving Long — 65, at Kansas City, Nov. 28, 2004 Receiving TDs — 1, four times, Last: vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 12, 2004 Receiving Long TD — 57t, at Pittsburgh, Dec. 21, 2003 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2003, 9; 2004, 13; 2005, 19; 2006, 9; 2007, 14; Total, 64. Special Teams Forced Fumbles — 2005, 1; 2007, 1; Total, 2. Special Teams Fumble Recoveries — 2007, 1. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2006, 4; 2007, 2; Total, 6. 100-Yard Receiving Games (1) Date Team W-L No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD Dec. 21, 2003 at Pittsburgh L 4-102 25.5 57t 1 Flutie in fourth quarter at Denver Nov. 16…caught first-career pass, good for 18 yards on Chargers’ lone touchdown drive against Baltimore Sept. 21. COLLEGE: First-team All-Mountain West Conference in 2002…ranked second in nation with 108 catches and fourth in nation with average of 119.4 yards per game for total of 1,552 yards…he and teammate J.R. Tolver (Dallas Cowboys) combined to set NCAA records for receiving yards in season by teammates with 3,337 yards and catches with 236…Division I-AA All-America at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo…led nation in receiving yards as sophomore while ranking second in receiving yards per game and sixth in catches per game…set NCAA I-AA record with 376 yards receiving against Northern Iowa…played at San Diego State from 2001-02 and Cal Poly from 1999-2000… earned sociology degree. PERSONAL: Born in Boston, Massachusetts…lettered in football, basketball and track at North Salinas High School in Salinas, California. Phillips prides himself on being a complete player and his 2007 highlight reel would attest to that. While he thrives on getting to the quarterback, Shaun is adept at stopping the run. He also has a keen eye for the football and last season recorded the first two interceptions of his career. Both picks came after Phillips got in the quarterback’s face and tipped the ball to himself. His first interception came against Peyton Manning and proved to be a crucial play in Chargers’ nationally televised Nov. 11 win over the Colts. His second was against Detroit’s Jon Kitna on a play in which after securing the ball, he raced 18 yards In four professional seasons, including two as a starter, Shaun Phillips has established his own identity as an elite pass rusher. Phillips finished the 2007 season with 8.5 sacks to run his career total to 31. His athleticism and explosive first step make it difficult for opposing linemen to get their hands on the 6-3, 262-pound linebacker. This season, Shaun will donate $1,000 to the After-School All-Stars for every sack that he records. After-School All-Stars is a sports program for inner city youth. SHAUN PHILLIPS Linebacker Purdue 6-3, 262 Draft 4 - ’04 5th NFL Season Willingboro HS 5th with Chargers Willingboro, N.J. 95
  • 128 Shaun Phillips, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S his mother, Sherri. Shaun resides in San Diego and used to share a home with teammate Luis Castillo. When Phillips earned a new contract last February, he purchased his own home, but he and Castillo remain close friends. Phillips earned a degree in management from Purdue. He is the first member of his family to graduate from college. In April 2006, he enrolled in the NFL’s Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The four-day program focused on developing and selling a brand and evaluating franchise opportunities. He attended the program with Castillo, who is a Northwestern grad. Shaun is one among many Chargers who are active in the community. Last December, he and teammate Quentin Jammer hosted a group of foster students from the San Pasqual Academy to a Christmas Dinner at Peohe’s Restaurant in Coronado. The Academy is a first-of-its-kind residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens. And each June, Shaun returns to his hometown of Willingboro, New Jersey to co-host a youth football camp with fellow NFL stars and Willingboro natives Wali Lundy of the Houston Texans and Kareem McKenzie of the New York Giants. This past Spring, Shaun tried his hand at acting, making a guest appearance on the CW Network’s TV show, “The Game.” In the past, he has also appeared on ABC’s hit show, “The Bachelor,” and E! Entertainment Television’s “The Girls Next Door.” for his first career touchdown. During his first two years in the NFL, Phillips thrived on special teams and had an impact as a situational pass rusher. Then prior to the 2006 season, he was thrust into the starting lineup after Steve Foley was lost for the season. Phillips excelled in his new starting role and racked up a career-high 11.5 sacks, earning himself a nod as a second-alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. The Chargers rewarded Phillips for his outstanding play with a new six-year contract in February 2007. Phillips and teammate Shawne Merriman have proven to be a potent combination. In 2006, they became the first pair of Bolts to record at least 11 sacks in the same season since Leslie O’Neal and Chris Mims did it in 1994. The Chargers and Baltimore Ravens were the only teams in the league to feature two players that recorded at least 11 sacks that season. Phillips and Merriman led the Chargers to 61 sacks in 2006, one shy of the team record and among all NFL linebackers, Merriman and Phillips ranked 1-2 in sacks. Shaun enjoys bowling, basketball, movies and traveling. He has a unique celebration following each of his sacks, rolling an imaginary bowling ball toward a set of pins. He does so as a tribute to his grandmother, Jackie, who used to be a professional bowler. As far as travels, his favorite cities to visit are New York, Miami and Las Vegas. Shaun also spends as much time as he can at home with his son, Jaylen. He understands the importance of spending time with Jaylen after having grown up in a single-parent home and being raised by TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round draft pick (98) by Chargers, April 25, 2004… signed three-year contract, July 22, 2004...re-signed to six-year contract with Chargers, Feb. 20, 2007. 2007: Named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…deliv- ered crushing sack and six-yard loss on Bears quarter- back Rex Grossman on first defensive play of sea- son…led team with 1.5 sacks and added tackle for loss at Lambeau Field in Week 3 game vs. Packers…shared five-yard sack with Igor Olshansky in third quarter on 2nd-and-7 play that helped force punt…turned in big series during late fourth quarter drive, sacking Brett Favre for one-yard loss at Charg- ers’ five-yard line on second down and then helping to stall drive that would end on downs two plays later at Bolts’ one-yard line with pass breakup at line of scrimmage on fourth down…collected 12-yard sack and forced fumble late in first quarter of Sept. 30 game vs. Kansas City…racked up two sacks and led team with 11 stops Week 6 vs. Oakland…late in sec- ond quarter as Oakland was on doorstep of scoring potential touchdown to tie game at 14-14, sacked Daunte Culpepper for four-yard loss while forcing fumble at same time…loose ball was recovered by Jamal Williams and Chargers held on to 14-7 lead at half…recorded second sack of game for 10-yard loss early in fourth quarter…Oct. 28 vs. Houston, brought end to Texans opening drive of game after they had driven to San Diego’s 42 in 11 plays with pass breakup at line of scrimmage on third-and-three play…after punt, Chargers drove 80 yards in four plays for touchdown and 7-0 lead…later in first quar- ter though, Phillips would injure groin…he returned briefly in second quarter but left game for good shortly thereafter…tipped first-quarter pass to self for interception and 18-yard return that helped set up field goal in 23-21 win over Indianapolis Nov. 11…double-digit tackles (10) Nov. 18 at Jack- sonville…shared fourth-quarter sack of Kyle Boller with Ryon Bingham and had tackle for loss among six stops vs. Baltimore Nov. 25…had 1.5 sacks in fourth quarter during 24-10 win at K.C. Dec. 2…had eight- yard sack and forced fumble, which was recovered by Shawne Merriman, on first play of fourth quarter and later shared eight-yard sack with Jyles Tucker…also in fourth quarter had huge pass breakup on third-and- 10 play to force K.C. punt…on ensuing possession, Bolts drove 80 yards in six plays for touchdown to extend lead to 24-10…scored first-ever NFL touch- down on 18-yard interception return Dec. 16 vs. Detroit…broke up pass in midair and tipped to self…play gave Bolts 27-0 lead in game they would eventually win 51-14…collected seven-yard sack on
  • 129 Veterans & Returning PlayersVETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Continued next page Shaun celebrates each of his sacks, including this one against the Raiders, with an imaginary roll of a bowling ball. It’s a tribue to his grandmother, Jackie, who is a former professional bowler. Photo: Mike Nowak second-down play against Denver Dec. 24 to help force second-quarter three-and-out…outstanding all- around performance in AFC Wild Card Playoffs Jan. 6 vs. Tennessee, racking up 11 tackles, including one for loss, and fumble recovery…on first series of game, pressured Vince Young into incomplete pass on third down play which forced field goal try after Titans had driven to Chargers’ 12-yard line…then second-quarter fumble recovery after massive open-field hit by Shawne Merriman at Chargers’ 11-yard line prevent- ed potential Titans score in game they already led, 3- 0…made even bigger play to prevent another poten- tial score late in game…on first play of fourth quarter, tackled LenDale White for three-yard loss after Titans had driven to Chargers’ 17-yard line…after two incomplete passes, Titans attempted field goal from 38 yards that barely missed wide left, helped in part to Phillips’ tackle for loss…after miss, Bolts drove for game-clinching touchdown that gave them 17-6 lead…tackled Kenton Keith for two-yard tackle for loss in first quarter of AFC Divisional Playoff game at Indianapolis…two plays later Colts fumbled at end of third-and-10 pass play and Bolts recovered to set up first touchdown of game to tie contest at 7-7…very late in game, helped seal win for Bolts by breaking up pass on third-and-goal play from Chargers’ seven- yard line during potential game-winning TD drive for Colts…shared one-yard tackle for loss with Marlon McCree in first quarter of AFC Championship Game at New England. 2006: Second-alternate for AFC Pro Bowl squad… selected to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…started Weeks 1-6, inactive Weeks 7-8 with calf injury and back in starting 11 Weeks 9-16 and AFC Playoff game…delivered in big way with 2.0 sacks, five tackles and pair of passes defensed in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland…teamed with Luis Castillo to sack Aaron Brooks for three-yard loss on third-and-nine play in second quarter…on ensuing drive, Bolts kicked field goal for 13-0 lead…later in second quarter, teamed with Donnie Edwards for seven-yard sack of Brooks…in fourth quarter, sacked Andrew Walter for five-yard loss on third-and-15 play to force Raiders punt…had solid all-around game Week 3 at Baltimore with seven stops, three-yard sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery…collected five-yard sack and forced fumble against Steve McNair on second-and-13 play in second quarter… ball was recovered by Ravens’ Jonathan Ogden and only netted three-yard sack for Phillips…in fourth quarter recovered fumble after Donnie Edwards was stripped while returning interception…had perhaps biggest game of his life on NBC’s Sunday Night Foot- ball against Pittsburgh Oct. 8, finishing game with sack, three tackles for loss and quarterback pressure which led to interception that helped seal victory… had three-yard tackle for loss and sack for no yards on second and third down during opening series of game to force punt…biggest stop may have been when he and Igor Olshansky teamed to stop Najeh Davenport for one-yard loss on a third-and-one play in second quarter…it was his second tackle for loss on that drive and forced Steelers to kick 39-yard field goal after they had begun to move ball at will and appeared headed toward end zone for 14-0 lead…instead, they only went up 10-0 and Chargers scored touchdown on their next possession to trim
  • 130 Shaun Phillips, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S lead to 10-7…following that drive, Steelers only scored three points rest of night…in fourth quarter with Chargers up 20-13, pressured Ben Roethlisberg- er into throwing errant pass which was intercepted by Marlon McCree…Bolts offense drove and kicked field goal with 1:05 left in fourth quarter to take 10 point lead and seal victory…recorded fifth and sixth sacks of season Oct. 15 at San Francisco… first sack of game came on third-and-four play with the Bolts up 21-10 in second quarter, sacking Alex Smith for eight-yard loss while forcing fumble at same time…Niners recovered and punted, but San Diego tacked on touchdown on next drive to take 28-10 lead…later in quarter on first play after safety had enabled S.F. to get back within nine points, Phillips tipped Smith pass at line of scrimmage that was then intercepted by Luis Castillo…nine plays later, Bolts tacked on their fifth touchdown of half to go up 35- 19…Phillips closed out his day with five-yard sack during San Francisco’s final offensive possession of game…left Kansas City game Oct. 22 with calf injury in second quarter and did not return…inactive Weeks 7-8 due to calf injury…turned in outstanding individ- ual defensive effort against Cincinnati in Chargers’ 49-41 win Nov. 12…in first game back after sitting out last two with calf injury, made biggest play of game early in fourth quarter when he sacked Carson Palmer and at same time stole ball from him for turnover on Bengals’ first play after Chargers had scored touchdown to get within 38-35…on very next play after turnover, LT scored touchdown on nine- yard run and Bolts took lead for first time, 42-38, helping erase 21-point first-half deficit…also finished game with two tackles for loss, tied with Carlos Polk for team high…in second quarter, his three-yard tack- le for loss against Rudi Johnson turned second-and- four into third-and-seven…after incomplete pass, Bengals attempted and missed 51-yard field goal try while leading 21-0…Chargers then scored their first touchdown of game on ensuing possession to cut Cincinnati’s lead to 21-7…in middle of fourth quarter, Phillips and Marques Harris teamed to stop Chris Perry for another three-yard loss on shovel pass on third-and-six play…it ended Cincinnati drive and forced another field goal that prevented Bengals from re-taking lead late in game, holding score at 42-41…Bolts then drove and scored on their next possession to help seal victory…came up with game-clinching sack in Chargers’ 35-27 win at Denver Nov. 19…after Chargers scored to go up 35-27, Broncos got ball back with 1:14 to play…aided by couple of passes and two penalties, Broncos moved to Chargers’ 32-yard line with 24 seconds left, but on first-and-five play, Phillips put victory on ice when he sacked Jake Plummer for 14-yard loss and stripped ball from Denver QB…Broncos recovered fumble but as they scrambled to line of scrimmage, time ran out on clock…racked up 1.5 sacks to take over team lead with 9.5 in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26…tallied 3.5 total sacks in two games against Raiders…sacked Aaron Brooks for five-yard loss late in second quar- ter…then had hand, literally, in one of biggest plays of game…with Oakland up 14-7 and driving early in fourth quarter, he and Ryon Bingham combined to sack Brooks for five-yard loss…then two plays later, with Raiders facing third-and-15 at San Diego’s 25- yard line, tipped pass at line of scrimmage that was intercepted by Quentin Jammer and returned 35 yards to Raiders’ 48…eight plays later, LT threw 19- yard TD pass to Antonio Gates and Bolts tied game at 14-14…tallied sack and tackle for loss among six-stop effort at Buffalo Dec. 3…combined with Jamal Williams to stop Willis McGahee for two-yard loss on second play of game and collected two-yard sack midway through second quarter…collected six-yard sack and pair of passes defensed in Dec. 17 win over K.C….sacked Trent Green for six-yard loss on first- down play in second quarter and then broke up pass on second down to help force punt…Chargers Alum- ni Player of Week after Dec. 31 regular-season finale vs. Arizona…sacked Tom Brady for seven-yard loss and forced fumble on third-and-13 play in third quarter of divisional playoff game against New Eng- land, however Patriots recovered ball to retain pos- session. 2005: Ranked second on squad with seven sacks and tied for third with 15 tackles on special teams...recorded 10-yard sack on third-down play against Cowboys…unfortunately Chargers were flagged for roughing passer on play and Dallas drive continued and ended with touchdown…inactive Week 3 due to calf strain…returned to action and had career-high three special teams tackles and forced fumble at New England Oct. 2… in fourth quarter of 31-17 game, pressured Tom Brady on key third-down play to force punt situation…Chargers scored field goal on ensuing possession to increase their lead to 34-17…tallied sack against Pittsburgh in Monday Night Football game Oct. 10…six-yard sack on third- down play at end of third quarter forced punt in game Steelers led 14-13…on ensuing drive, Bolts kicked field goal to take 16-14 lead for first lead of game… started for injured Steve Foley and credited with tackle for loss among two stops and fumble recovery against Kansas City Oct. 30…recovered fum- ble after Shawne Merriman sack and forced fumble in third quarter of Chiefs’ game…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after returning to hometown and responding with huge effort against New York Jets in 31-26 win Nov. 6…tallied two sacks and five tackles, including one for loss, against New York…tallied first sack for eight-yard loss on third down play in third quarter…on ensuing drive, Bolts scored touchdown to take 28-13 lead…added second sack for another eight yards early in fourth quarter…also had special teams tackle…outstanding all-around effort in Buffa- lo game Nov. 20 with sack, tackle for loss and forced fumble…four-yard tackle for loss on third-and-six play forced Bills punt…on ensuing drive Bolts scored touchdown for 21-3 lead…added six-yard sack and forced fumble in fourth quarter…sack for no yards on third-down play late in fourth quarter of 17-17 game at Washington Nov. 27 resulted in punt on following
  • 131 Veterans & Returning PlayersVETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2004 San Diego 16-0 14-4 18 4-23 1-0 0 0 3 0-2 2005 San Diego 15-3 18-2 20 7-49 0-0 0 0 2 3-1 2006 San Diego 14-14 48-15 63 11.5-67.5 0-0 0 0 8 4-2 2007 San Diego 15-15 62-25 87 8.5-56.5 2-36 18t 1 5 3-0 Totals 60-32 142-46 188 31.0-196 3-36 18t 1 18 10-5 Postseason 5-4 18-10 28 1.5-8.5 0-0 0 0 1 1-1 Single-game Highs Tackles — 11, vs. Oakland, Oct. 14, 2007 Sacks — 2, four times, Last: vs. Oakland, Oct. 14, 2007 Interceptions — 1, three times, Last: vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Interception Return Yards — 18, vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Interception Return Long — 18t, vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 11, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Sacks — 1, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2005, 3; 2006, 6; 2007, 2. Special Teams Tackles — 2004, 9; 2005, 15; Total, 24. Additional Postseason Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2007, 3. Special Teams Tackles — 2004, 1. play…sack occurred on series following Chargers’ game-tying touchdown and Bolts went on to win 23- 17 in overtime…tied Hanik Milligan for team lead with three special teams tackles at Indianapolis Dec. 18…paced squad with three special teams tackles at Kansas City Dec. 24…ended first-quarter series in Dec. 31 season finale with 11-yard sack and forced fum- ble on third down play against Jake Plummer…Bron- cos recovered fumble but were forced to punt on fol- lowing play. 2004: Tied for second on squad with four sacks…was second-most sacks among rookie linebackers…had key fourth-quarter sack on third- down play in season opener at Houston…12-yard sack on third-down play against Tennessee halted 11-play drive that had advanced as far as Chargers’ 43-yard line…Bolts kicked field goal on ensuing drive to take 24-7 lead over Titans…finished Tennessee game with season-high two tackles on special teams…racked up eight-yard sack and season-high four tackles at Carolina Oct. 24…recovered fumble to close out Oct. 31 win over Oakland…tied team and season high with two special teams tackles at Oakland Nov. 21…recorded highlight-reel interception after tipping pass at line of scrimmage and making fingertip catch late in second quarter against Denver Dec. 5…Chargers scored field goal on ensuing possession on last play of half to turn 14-7 lead into 17-7 advantage over Broncos…one of two passes defensed by Shaun in game…recovered fumble after Steve Foley sack and forced fumble with 3:10 remaining in fourth quarter against Tampa Bay Dec. 12…four plays later, Chargers kicked 40-yard field goal to stretch lead to 31-21 in game eventually won 31-24…recorded three-yard sack on last play of first half at Cleveland Dec. 19…shared nine-yard sack on third- down play in second quarter of Wild Card Playoff game against New York Jan. 8. COLLEGE: Finished career as Purdue’s all-time leader with 33.5 career sacks…also left campus with third- most tackles for loss (60.5) among 231 total tackles and added nine forced fumbles…started 49 straight games for Boilermakers…second-team All-America by Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, College Football News and NFL Draft Report as senior…Big Ten Defensive Player of Year by College Football News… unanimous first-team all-conference…honorable mention all-conference as frosh, sophomore and junior…Big Ten leader with 14.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss in 2003…earned back-to-back Big Ten Player of Week honors during senior campaign…caught two career touchdown passes as tight end, including one against Notre Dame in ‘03…Most Valuable Lineman in 2002 Sun Bowl win over Washington…recipient of Newcomer Award in 2000…redshirted in 1999… played at Purdue from 1999-2003…holds degree in restaurant, hotel and institutional management. PERSONAL: Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania… all-state, All-South Jersey and all-city at Willingboro High School in Willingboro, New Jersey…selected to play in Governor’s Bowl New Jersey-New York All-Star Game…lettered in basketball and track. Continued next page
  • 132 Shaun Phillips, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 2007 Game-By-Game Defensive Statistics Date Opponent Sacks Yards TFL FF 09/09 Chicago* 1 6 0 0 09/16 at New England* 0 0 0 0 09/23 at Green Bay* 1.5 3.5 1 0 09/30 Kansas City* 1 12 0 1 10/07 at Denver* 0 0 0 0 10/14 Oakland* 2 14 0 1 10/28 Houston* 0 0 0 0 11/04 at Minnesota Inactive 11/11 Indianapolis* 0 0 0 0 11/18 at Jacksonville* 0 0 0 0 11/25 Baltimore* 0.5 5 1 0 12/02 at Kansas City* 1.5 9 0 1 12/09 at Tennessee* 0 0 0 0 12/16 Detroit* 0 0 0 0 12/24 Denver* 1 7 0 0 12/30 at Oakland* Totals 8.5 56.5 2 3 01/06 Tennessee*+ 0 0 1 0 01/13 at Indianapolis+ 0 0 1 0 01/20 at New England*+ 0 0 1 0 Totals 0 0 3 0 2006 Game-By-Game Defensive Statistics Date Opponent Sacks Yards TFL FF 09/11 at Oakland* 2 10 0 0 09/17 Tennessee* 0 0 0 0 10/01 at Baltimore* 1 3 0 1 10/08 Pittsburgh* 1 0 3 0 10/15 at San Francisco* 2 14 0 1 10/22 at Kansas City* 0 0 0 0 10/29 St. Louis 0 0 0 0 11/05 Cleveland 0 0 0 0 11/12 at Cincinnati* 1 11 2 1 11/19 at Denver* 1 14 0 1 11/26 Oakland* 1.5 7.5 0 0 12/03 at Buffalo* 1 2 1 0 12/10 Denver* 0 0 0 0 12/17 Kansas City* 1 6 0 0 12/24 at Seattle* 0 0 0 0 12/31 Arizona* 0 0 0 0 Totals 11.5 67.5 6 4 01/14 New England*+ 1 4 0 1 Overtime Games (13-18, .419) Date Opponent W-L Score Toss Sun. Oct. 12, 1975 L.A. Rams L 10-13 W Sun. Nov. 30, 1975 at Denver L 10-13 L Sun. Dec. 5, 1976 San Francisco W 13-7 W Sun. Nov. 12, 1978 Kansas City W 29-23 L Sun. Sept. 14, 1980 Oakland W 30-24 L Thur. Nov. 20, 1980 at Miami W 27-24 W Sun. Oct. 25, 1981 at Chicago L 17-20 L Sat. Jan. 2, 1982 at Miami* W 41-38 W Sun. Sept. 25, 1983 Cleveland L 24-30 L Sun. Nov. 18, 1984 Miami W 34-28 W Sun. Nov. 10, 1985 L.A. Raiders W 40-34 W Sun. Nov. 17, 1985 at Denver L 24-30 W Thur. Nov. 20, 1986 L.A. Raiders L 31-37 L Sun. Nov. 1, 1987 Cleveland W 27-24 L Sun. Nov. 25, 1990 Seattle L 10-13 W Sun. Oct. 20, 1991 Cleveland L 24-30 W Sun. Dec. 8, 1991 at Kansas City L 17-20 L Mon. Oct. 9, 1995 at Kansas City L 23-29 L Sun. Nov. 21, 1999 Chicago L 20-23 L Sun. Oct. 15, 2000 at Buffalo L 24-27 L Sun. Nov. 27, 2005 at Washington W 23-17 W Sun. Oct. 14, 2001 at New England L 26-29 W Sun. Dec. 2, 2001 at Seattle L 10-13 L Sun. Oct. 20, 2002 at Oakland W 27-21 W Sun. Nov. 17, 2002 San Francisco W 20-17 W Sun. Dec. 1, 2002 Denver W 30-27 L Sun. Dec. 29, 2002 Seattle L 28-31 L Sun. Sept. 28, 2003 at Oakland L 31-34 W Sun. Dec. 26, 2004 at Indianapolis L 31-34 L Sat. Jan. 8, 2005 N.Y. Jets^ L 17-20 W Sun. Dec. 9, 2007 at Tennessee W 23-17 W ^ AFC Wild Card Playoff * AFC Divisional Playoff
  • 133 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 2005 Game-By-Game Defensive Statistics Date Opponent Sacks Yards TFL FF 09/11 Dallas 1 10 0 0 09/18 at Denver 0 0 0 0 09/25 New York Giants Inactive 10/02 at New England 0 0 0 1 10/10 Pittsburgh 1 6 0 0 10/16 at Oakland 0 0 0 0 10/23 at Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 10/30 Kansas City* 0 0 1 0 11/06 at New York Jets* 2 16 1 0 11/20 Buffalo* 1 6 1 1 11/27 at Washington 1 0 0 0 12/04 Oakland 0 0 0 0 12/11 Miami 0 0 0 0 12/18 at Indianapolis 0 0 0 0 12/24 at Kansas City 0 0 0 0 12/31 Denver 1 11 0 1 Totals 7 49 3 3 2004 Game-By-Game Defensive Statistics Date Opponent Sacks Yards TFL FF 09/12 at Houston 1 0 0 0 09/19 New York Jets 0 0 0 0 09/26 at Denver 0 0 0 0 10/03 Tennessee 1 12 0 0 10/10 Jacksonville 0 0 0 0 10/17 at Atlanta 0 0 0 0 10/24 at Carolina 1 8 0 0 10/31 Oakland 0 0 0 0 11/07 New Orleans 0 0 0 0 11/21 at Oakland 0 0 0 0 11/28 at Kansas City 0 0 0 0 12/05 Denver 0 0 0 0 12/12 Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 12/19 at Cleveland 1 3 0 0 12/26 at Indianapolis 0 0 0 0 01/02 Kansas City 0 0 0 0 Totals 4 23 0 0 01/08 New York Jets+ 0.5 4.5 0 0 TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round pick (229) by San Diego, April 27, 2003… signed with Chargers, June 19, 2003…re-signed to five-year contract with Chargers, Feb. 15, 2006. 2007: Threw key block to spring Darren Sproles loose for 89-yard touchdown return on opening kickoff of Nov. 11 game vs. Indianapolis…also had two-yard tackle for loss on Indy punt return late in second quarter…ensuing drive would conclude with Colts missing 42-yard field goal on final play of half as Chargers maintained 23-7 lead…started for Lorenzo Neal (leg) Dec. 16 against Detroit and was lead block- er for 274 yard rushing day, second-highest rushing performance in team history. 2006: Inactive Weeks 1- 10, 14-16 and for divisional playoff game…played Weeks 11-13 while Michael Turner recovered from hamstring injury. 2005: inactive Weeks 1-2, 4 & 9…had lone carry of season Nov. 20 against Buffalo… took opening kickoff of second half 24 yards and out of the most enjoyable of his career considering his new role, it turned out to be a difficult one for Pinnock. He had surgery on his right knee immedi- ately after the 2007 Playoffs and spent the last several months undergoing intense rehab in hopes of getting back on the field in time for the start of the 2008 season. Pinnock is confident that he won’t let his teammates down. When he’s not playing football, Pinnock enjoys spending time with his children, Andrell and Dior. His hobbies include collecting trading cards and playing basketball. His trading card collection features more than 5,000 pieces. He began collecting in the seventh grade and his collection includes baseball, football and basketball cards. His most prized cards are those of Nolan Ryan, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James. Andrew Pinnock’s time is now. For the first five years of his NFL career, Pinnock contributed on special teams and patiently waited his turn while learning from Lorenzo Neal, one of the game’s top fullbacks. When Neal went down with a leg injury in December, Pinnock became the Bolts’ starting fullback and impressed the coaching staff with his performance. He started the final three games of the regular season and two of the Chargers’ three playoff contests. Pinnock played so well that the Chargers decided to hand him the keys this offseason. The Chargers have long held Pinnock in high regard. In February 2006, he signed a new five-year contract to remain with the team through 2010. With his financial future secure, he purchased a new home for he and his family in his hometown of Bloomfield, Connecticut. While this past offseason should have been one ANDREW PINNOCK Fullback South Carolina 5-10, 250 Draft 7 - ’03 6th NFL Season Bloomfield HS 6th with Chargers Bloomfield, Conn. 34
  • 134 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Rushing Receiving Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2003 San Diego 16-0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 2004 San Diego 1-0 9-26 2.9 11 0 3-26 8.7 14 0 2005 San Diego 12-0 1-4 4.0 4 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 2006 San Diego 3-0 4-25 6.3 15 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 2007 San Diego 10-3 4-1 0.3 5 0 1-5 5.0 5 0 Totals 42-3 18-56 3.1 15 0 4-31 7.8 14 0 Postseason 3-2 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 Kickoff Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2003 2-50 25.0 41 0 2005 1-24 24.0 24 0 Totals 3-74 24.7 41 0 Single-game Highs Rushing Attempts — 9, vs. Kansas City, Jan. 2, 2005 Rushing Yards — 26, vs. Kansas City, Jan. 2, 2005 Rushing Long — 15, vs. Denver, Dec. 10, 2006 Receptions — 3, vs. Kansas City, Jan. 2, 2005 Receiving Yards — 26, vs. Kansas City, Jan. 2, 2005 Receiving Long — 14, vs. Kansas City, Jan. 2, 2005 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2003, 5; 2005, 3; 2007, 3; Total, 11. to 45-yard line against Oakland Raiders on Dec. 4. 2004: Inactive Weeks 1-9 and 15…suspended Weeks 10-13…roster-exempt Week 14…saw first significant playing time of career, rushing for 26 yards and adding 26 yards receiving against Kansas City Jan. 2…inactive for Wild Card Playoff game. 2003: Played every game on special teams… saw action at fullback against Baltimore Sept. 21 and Cleveland Oct. 19…had two special teams stops against Browns and Miami Oct. 27. COLLEGE: Led Gamecocks in rushing as junior… finished career with 422 carries for 1,852 yards and 27 touchdowns…played at South Carolina from 1999-2002…majored in African-American studies. PERSONAL: Born in Hartford, Connecticut…prepped at Bloomfield High School…named Mr. Football in Connecticut in 1998…selected to play in state’s high school all-star game…all-state and all-district selection following senior year. his career on both defense and special teams. Playing on a one-year contract, Polk set career highs with 32 tackles and two sacks on defense to go along with 19 stops on the specialty units. His special teams tackle total was second on the team to Clinton Hart’s 22. When it was all said and done, his teammates recognized this Herculean effort by selecting Carlos as the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Last fall, he started two games at inside linebacker in place of an injured Matt Wilhelm and was his usual self in the kicking game. In a Week 5 win at Denver, Polk laid a huge hit on Broncos return man Brian Clark that forced a fumble. Teammate Brandon Siler scooped up the loose ball and ran to the end zone to give the Bolts an early 14-0 lead in a game that allowed the Chargers to snap a three-game losing Carlos Polk was having another strong season in 2007 when misfortune struck again for a guy who just can’t catch a break. In a Week 11 win over the Baltimore Ravens, Polk injured his shoulder while doing what he does best: making a special teams tackle. At the time, he was the Bolts’ leader in special teams tackles with 12, but the injury ended his season and Polk finished the 2007 campaign on “Reserved- Injured” for the third time in four seasons. Polk is healthy and once again ready to make a run at it in 2008. Prior to last season’s injury, his play over the span of a two-year period was as inspirational as any player in the NFL. After missing the entire 2005 season and all but one game of the 2004 season due to Achilles and shoulder injuries, Polk played in all 16 games in 2006 and saw the most significant action of CARLOS POLK Linebacker Nebraska 6-2, 262 Draft 4 - ’01 8th NFL Season Guilford HS 8th with Chargers Rockford, Ill. 52 Andrew Pinnock, continued
  • 135 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round pick (112) by Chargers, April 22, 2001…signed with Chargers, June 20, 2001…re-signed with Chargers, April 23, 2004…re-signed with Chargers, March 17, 2005… signed one-year contract with Chargers, Jan. 30, 2006...signed new two-year contract with Chargers, March 22, 2007. 2007: Shared team’s Most Inspirational Player Award with Philip Rivers…paced team with two special teams tackles in Week 1 win vs. Chicago… started Week 3 game against Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and Week 4 game against Kansas City at inside linebacker for injured Matt Wilhelm…finished Packers game with five tackles, but made even bigger impact in kicking game with three stops on special teams, tying Antonio Cromartie for team high…led team with 11 tackles in Week 4 against Kansas City and for second-consecutive week, broke up pass on first defensive play of game…named Special Teams Player of Week by Sports Illustrated.com’s Peter King and earned Game Ball from Head Coach Norv Turner after delivering huge special teams tackle and forced fumble that resulted in touchdown midway through first quarter of Chargers’ 41-3 win at Denver, Oct. 7…on kickoff after Chargers had scored touch- down to take 7-0 lead, Polk belted Broncos return man Brian Clark, forcing fumble on hit…after ball bounced in and out of hands of Michael Turner, rook- ie linebacker Brandon Siler plucked it out of mid-air and returned it 23 yards for touchdown and 14-0 lead for Chargers…it was Polk’s first-career special teams forced fumble…combined with Marques Harris to record four-yard tackle for loss on botched fake punt Week 6 vs. Oakland…forced fumble by Minneso- ta’s Chester Taylor at Chargers’ three-yard line Nov. 4 which was recovered by Marlon McCree to prevent touchdown…collected four-yard sack and led team with two special teams tackles Nov. 11 on NBC Sun- day Night Football game vs. Indianapolis…placed on “Reserve-Injured” Nov. 21 with left shoulder injury sustained in Nov. 18 game at Jacksonville. 2006: Recipient of Ed Block Courage Award for display- ing commitment to principles of courage and sportsmanship while serving as inspiration inside locker room…came back after missing most of last two seasons with injury and played Weeks 1-16 and in AFC playoffs, primarily on special teams… racked up career-high four special teams stops to lead team in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland… racked up then- career-high five tackles as reserve linebacker against Tennessee Week 2…spelled injured Shaun Phillips Week 6 at Kansas City, collecting three tackles…start- ed first career game in place of Phillips Oct. 29 vs. St. Louis…tied for team high with two special teams tackles against Cleveland Nov. 5…started Nov. 12 at Cincinnati, collecting sack and tackle for loss among five stops…also tied team-high with two stops on special teams…dropped Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer for four-yard loss in second quarter…started Week 10 on Sunday Night Football at Denver and led linebacking corps with two QB pressures…also started Week 11 vs. Oakland and racked up season-high six tackles…collected one-yard sack against Trent Green late in second quarter and paced squad with two stops on special teams Dec. 17 vs. Kansas City…also made very good special teams play against Chiefs, downing Mike Scifres punt at four-yard line in first quarter…led team with three special teams stops at Seattle Dec. 24 and with two against Arizona Dec. 31. 2005: Spent entire season on “Reserve-Injured” list while recovering from torn Achilles’ tendon. 2004: Inactive Week 1 with shoulder injury…returned to action Sept. 19 against New York Jets and had special teams tackle…placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Sept. 22 due to shoulder injury. 2003: Chargers Co-Spe- cial Teams Player of Year…tied for team lead with 16 special teams tackles…tackle for loss among two stops against Denver Sept. 14…season-high three special teams stops at Jacksonville Oct. 5…lone tackle for loss against Kansas City Nov. 30. 2002: Chargers Special Teams Player of Year…led squad with 13 stops on specialty units…recorded first-career safety after blocking Scott Player punt out of end zone at Arizona Sept. 22…was first-career blocked kick… inactive for San Francisco game Nov. 17 with ankle injury…season-high three special teams tackles at Buffalo Dec. 15. 2001: Limited to action in six games due to shoulder injury…placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 14. COLLEGE: First-team All-America by Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and College Football News…first team All-Big 12 as junior…Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll as sophomore…played at Nebraska from 1996-2000 …holds degree in sociology. PERSONAL: Born Feb. 22, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee…USA Today All-America at Guilford High School in Rockford, Illinois… all-state and all-conference pick…Northern Illinois Conference-9 Defensive Player of Year…lettered in basketball…has son DeVonn and daughter Deja. 9 p.m. It is from his father that Polk inherited his tireless work ethic and family values. Carlos and his father enjoy working on classic cars. Carlos’ first car was a Pontiac Firebird that he and his dad spent weekends restoring before Carlos was old enough to drive. Over the years, the two have also restored a 1947 Ford Coupe and a 1949 Plymouth. streak. At the end of the season, Polk’s teammates voted him and Philip Rivers as co-recipients of the team’s Most Inspirational Player Award. Polk considers his father, John Moore, his biggest influence. A construction worker by trade, Moore commuted to and from Chicago for work, leaving the house at 4 a.m. and often times returning home after
  • 136 Carlos Polk, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2001 San Diego 6-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2002 San Diego 15-0 3-1 4 1-7 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2003 San Diego 16-0 5-1 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2004 San Diego 1-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2005 San Diego 0-0 Reserve-Injured (Achilles) 2006 San Diego 16-4 25-7 32 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2007 San Diego 10-2 14-11 25 1-4 0-0 0 0 1 1-0 Totals 64-6 47-20 67 4-16 0-0 0 0 1 1-0 Postseason 1-0 1-0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 11, vs. Kansas City, Sept. 30, 2007 Sacks — 1, four times, Last: vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2006, 1. Special Teams Tackles — 2001, 4; 2002, 13; 2003, 16; 2004, 1; 2006, 19; 2007, 12; Total, 65. Special Teams Forced Fumbles — 2007, 1. loss in New England it was revealed that Rivers had played the AFC Championship Game with a torn ACL in his right knee. He suffered the injury while throwing a touchdown pass in the third quarter of the win over the Colts and gutted it out to play in the most impor- tant game of his young career a week later. He’s spent the last few months aggressively rehabbing the knee and is confident he’ll be ready to go when the Bolts open the 2008 season. Rivers’ commitment to the game and his leadership skills endeared him to teammates and the organiza- tion. They love his confidence and fiery attitude on the field. Before last season’s playoffs began, the Chargers picked up the option on the final two years of his rookie contract to ensure the quarterback will be in lightning bolts through at least the 2009 season. When asked about the move, Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith simply said, “You know how I feel about Philip Rivers.” His words spoke volumes about his appreciation for the player and leader that Rivers has become. In 2007, Rivers was sensational down the stretch when the Chargers needed him the most. During the Chargers’ eight-game winning streak that led to the AFC Championship Game (including Wild Card and Divisional Playoff games), he completed 133 of 214 passes (62.1%) for 1,656 yards with 14 TDs and only five INTs for a rating of 98.2, nearly 16 points higher than his cumulative season rating (82.4). Rivers has always been a winner. Since his junior season at Athens High School in 1998, his first as a There are two things that Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has proven in his first two years as an NFL starter. One, he’s a winner. Two, he’s as tough as they come. Since he became the Bolts’ starting signal caller prior to the 2006 season, Rivers’ 25 regular-season wins are tied with Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning for the second-most in the NFL, behind only 28 by New England’s Tom Brady. Rivers has posted an impressive 25-7 record as a starter, including an astounding mark of 15-1 at home. He led the Chargers to the playoffs in each of his two seasons at the helm, and in 2007 his stellar play in January helped the Bolts pick up their first postseason victories in 13 seasons as they advanced all the way to the AFC Championship Game. Rivers’ toughness, both mental and physical, was on full display in the postseason and the final weeks of the regular season last fall. In a Dec. 9 victory over Ten- nessee, Rivers had to leave the game after spraining his knee. He returned in the second half and led the Chargers to a come-from-behind victory in overtime. Rivers continued to play and he fought through the final month of the season in severe pain. Another knee injury in the Bolts’ Divisional Playoff game also sent him to the sideline, but Rivers refused to let it end his season. He had an arthroscopic proce- dure done on the Monday following the Chargers’ playoff victory in Indianapolis. His status for the AFC Championship Game was in the balance throughout the entire week leading up to the game, but Rivers toughed it out and played the entire game. After the PHILIP RIVERS Quarterback North Carolina State 6-5, 228 Trade (NY Giants) - ’04 5th NFL Season Athens HS 5th with Chargers Athens, Ala. 17
  • 137 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S During another trip home this spring, Rivers took part in the grand opening of D1 Sports Training and Therapy, a new training and rehabilitation center in Huntsville, Alabama that he co-owns with University of Tennessee Assistant Athletic Director Condredge Holloway. Holloway is well-known in the south as the first black quarterback in SEC history. D1 is a specialized facility that provides its clients with training at a level expected by athletes in NCAA Division I sports. While in Alabama, Rivers regularly visited the D1 facility to rehab his own knee. Philip and his father have always been close. Steve was the best man in Philip’s wedding and he wears number 17 because it was the same number his dad wore in high school. In college, North Carolina State retired that number before Philip’s final home game. Nearly every day after practice, Rivers calls home to speak with his family. Most of his conversations with his dad include a rehash of certain plays the Chargers ran that day. Perhaps because of the special bond Philip shares with his dad, he has always had a special admiration for coaches. One of his favorites is former Texas Tech University basketball coach Bob Knight. During Philip’s junior season in 2002, the Wolfpack traveled to Lubbock, Texas to face the Red Raiders in an early season football game. While talking to reporters in the week leading up to the game, Rivers mentioned that he wanted to do two things that week, beat Texas Tech and meet Coach Knight. When Knight caught wind of the story, he made a special trip to greet Rivers and his teammates when they arrived in town for the game. The two spoke and Coach Knight gave Philip a Texas Tech basketball sweater that Rivers still wears to work. Rivers also won the game, leading the Wolfpack to a thrilling 51-48 overtime win over the Red Raiders. Coincidentally, Rivers and Coach Knight had a chance to reunite in April 2007 when Philip was invited to throw out the first pitch before a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park. Coach Knight happened to be at the game that night as a guest of the Padres and he and Philip spoke briefly before the game. Rivers and his wife, Tiffany, were married after Philip’s freshman season at N.C. State. They met as kids in Alabama and now live in Poway with their three daughters, Halle, Caroline and Grace, and son, Philip “Gunner,” who was born in February. Both Philips spell their names with one “l” after the biblical apostle, Philip. starting QB, Rivers has never had a losing record. He went 11-2 (1998) and 10-3 (1999) at Athens; 8-4 (2000), 7-5 (2001), 11-3 (2002) and 8-5 (2003) at North Carolina State, and with the Chargers he’s posted seasons of 14-2 (2006) and 11-5 (2007). Rivers’ collegiate totals at N.C. State included a 3-1 mark in bowl games. He was a five-time MVP in bowl games, including the 2004 Senior Bowl. Rivers patiently waited his turn through his first two seasons before finally getting his chance to play in 2006. When his turn came, Rivers lived up to expectations. He led the Chargers to a franchise- record 14 wins and earned a nod for the 2007 Pro Bowl. In spite of being in just his first season as a starter, Rivers played with the confidence and poise of a seasoned veteran. He completed nearly 62 percent of his passes, threw more than twice as many touchdowns as he did interceptions and posted a first-year passer rating that ranked right up there with some of the league’s greats. Only one other starting QB, St. Louis’ Marc Bulger, threw more TD passes and fewer interceptions in 2006. The Chargers closed out the 2006 season by win- ning their last 10 games and finished the regular sea- son undefeated at home for the first time in team his- tory. Rivers helped the Bolts score a team-record 492 points, including a stretch during the season in which the Chargers capped off 19 consecutive scoring drives with touchdowns. The stretch set a new team record and was the fifth-longest in NFL history. In just two seasons as a starter, Rivers already ranks fifth in team history in touchdown passes (44), passing yards (6,688) and completions (578). Rivers and his family now make their year-round home in San Diego. However, they frequently return to Decatur, Alabama, the city in which he grew up and worked as a water boy when his dad, Steve, was the head coach at Decatur High School. In February 2007 while Philip was back in Alabama to visit his folks, he picked up the local paper one day and read a Q&A with Lawrence County High School student Will Inman. One of the questions posed to Inman was about a famous person he’d like to meet. His answer was Rivers. After reading the story, Philip was so impressed that he decided to surprise the young man and he showed up unannounced on campus a couple of days later. It was a total surprise to all of the students on campus. Rivers spent time visiting with Inman and many of the school’s student athletes. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted in first-round (4) by New York Giants, April 24, 2004…traded to Chargers for Eli Manning, third-round choice in 2004, and first and fifth-round choices in 2005, April 24, 2004… signed six-year contract, Aug. 24, 2004. 2007: Shared team’s Most Inspirational Player Award with Carlos Polk…recorded first 300-yard game of season with 306 yards and three TDs Week 3 at Lambeau Field…completed 75 percent of his passes (27 of 36) with touchdown passes to Vincent Jackson (27 yards), Buster Davis (9 yards) and
  • 138 Philip Rivers, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S LaDainian Tomlinson (21 yards)…completed first 15 passes of game to tie Dan Fouts’ team record for con- secutive completions…16th pass was incompletion intentionally thrown away out of back of end zone…finished first half 16 of 17 for 159 yards and two touchdowns (144.9 rating)…helped rally Bolts from 17-7 deficit to take 21-17 in second half, lead but late fourth-quarter interception by Nick Barnett after Packers had taken 24-21 lead then led to touchdown two plays later that helped Packers seal victory…named AFC Offensive Player of Week and FedEx Air NFL Player of Week after posting career- best 151.4 passer rating Week 5 at Denver…Rivers was efficient, completing 13 of his 18 pass attempts (.722) for 270 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions…also helped beat Broncos with his legs, scoring San Diego’s first touchdown of game on two- yard run on naked bootleg, his first career rushing touchdown…three was magic number for Rivers in Broncos game…scored his rushing touchdown on third-and-one play…was four of five passing for 74 yards on third downs…and in third quarter, was per- fect eight of eight passing for 160 yards and two touchdowns, en route to recording perfect passer rating of 158.3 in quarter…during third quarter sec- ond-and-33 play, hooked up with Vincent Jackson for 45 yards on perfectly executed seam route…Oct. 28 against Houston, threw first-quarter touchdown pass to Antonio Gates covering 49 yards for his first touchdown pass of season at Qualcomm Stadium and his first in home game since Dec. 31, 2006 vs. Arizona…finished afternoon completing seven of 11 for 130 yards with three touchdowns and no inter- ceptions for passer rating of 143.9…touchdown passes covered 49 and 31 yards to Gates and 14 yards to Chris Chambers…at halftime, Rivers had com- pleted six of eight for 128 yards and three TDs for 156.2 passer rating…posted second 300-yard game of season with 309 yards at Jacksonville Nov. 18…surpassed 300-yard mark with fourth-quarter 24-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates…matched career high with three TD passes Nov. 25 against Bal- timore…threw strikes of 35 and 25 yards to Antonio Gates and five yards to Chris Chambers…received Game Ball in locker room from Head Coach Norv Turner following Ravens game…threw 38-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson in second quar- ter of Kansas City game Dec. 2…threw two fourth- quarter touchdown passes Dec. 9 at Tennessee to engineer 14-point fourth-quarter comeback while leading Bolts to overtime victory…first touchdown pass covered seven yards to Tomlinson midway through fourth quarter and second to Gates (two yards) tied and sent game to overtime as he scored with nine seconds remaining in fourth quarter…game- tying touchdown pass was 14th play of 80-yard drive…completed 19-yard pass to Chambers on fourth-and-five play during game-tying TD drive and two plays later hit Chambers again for 28-yard gain…also on drive completed nine-yard pass to Tomlinson on third-and-five play…2-for-2 on game- winning TD drive in overtime, hitting Gates for 11 yards on third-and-four play and Vincent Jackson for 12 yards to set up Tomlinson’s winning TD run…engi- neered comeback after having to leave game for most of third quarter with knee injury, but returned to open third quarter…lone touchdown pass Dec. 16 vs. Detroit covered one yard to Brandon Manumaleu- na…passed for 189 yards against Denver Dec. 24 on ESPN Monday Night Football to raise his season total past 3,000 yards (3,017) for second 3,000-yard sea- son in two years as starter…threw 14-yard touch- down pass to Chris Chambers on opening series of third quarter…came out of game following Chambers TD pass…threw touchdown passes of seven yards to Tomlinson and 19 yards to Chambers in 30-17 win at Oakland Dec. 30…opened game 4-of-4 for 33 yards and score on opening TD drive…went 5-for-6 for 71 yards on Chambers TD drive with lone incompletion being pass to Gates overturned by replay chal- lenge…earned Game Ball in Locker Room from Turner after passing for 292 yards in AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee Jan. 6…25-yard touch- down pass to Vincent Jackson in third quarter capped 78-yard drive to give Chargers’ first lead of game…went 4-of-4 for 55 yards and TD on drive and finished quarter 9-of-10 for 137 yards and touch- down (152.1 rating) to turn 6-0 deficit into 10-6 lead…opened third quarter with field goal drive, com- pleting 19 yard pass to Chris Chambers on third-and- six play and 34-yarder to Jackson on third-and-nine play…during early fourth quarter drive that helped ice victory, completed nine-yard pass to Brandon Manumaleuna on third-and-six play and 39-yarder to Chambers on third-and-10 play…completed 19 of 30 for 292 yards with one touchdown and one intercep- In 2007, the San Diego Padres invited Rivers to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the San Francisco Giants. Photo: San Diego Padres
  • 139 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S tion for 92.6 passer rating vs. Titans…second-quarter interception ended string of 104 pass attempts with- out throwing one…started Jan. 13 Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis but did not finish game, leaving contest on last play of third quarter after injuring knee while throwing screen pass to Darren Sproles that turned into 56-yard touchdown catch and run to put Bolts up 21-17…forced to give way to Billy Volek after completing 14 of 19 for 264 yards with three touchdowns in three quarters of work…still set career playoff highs for TD passes (three), completion per- centage (.737) and passer rating (133.2)…besides TD to Sproles, threw second quarter touchdown to Vin- cent Jackson (14 yards) and 30-yarder to Chris Cham- bers on first drive of third quarter…made several big third down throws during Colts game…completed touchdown pass to Jackson on third-and-eight play, while during same drive, completed nine-yarder to Jackson on third-and-five play and 18-yarder to Chambers on third-and-eight…he also got Chargers out of huge hole on third-down play late in third quarter, hitting Chambers again, this time for 22 yards on third-and-14 play that kept drive alive and led to Sproles’ TD on screen…turned in one of most heroic performances in NFL Playoff history, starting and playing entire AFC Championship Game Jan. 20 at New England with torn ACL in right knee…passed for 211 yards, but was unable to get Bolts into end zone as Patriots won, 21-12. 2006: Selected to play in 2007 Pro Bowl…recipient of Rodney Culver Memorial Award as Chargers Offensive Player of Year in voting by teammates...led NFL in fourth quarter passer rat- ing (116.6), going 58 of 88 for 798 yards with seven TDs and one INT…NFL’s second-highest-rated passer in second half of games (99.3), going 123 or 203 for 1,616 yards with 12 scores and three picks…made his first career start Sept. 11 at Oakland and earned first career victory in 27-0 win…completed 73 percent of passes (8 of 11) and finished game with 133.0 passer rating…threw four-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates for 20-0 lead in fourth quarter…two plays before Gates’ touchdown, completed game-long 38- yard pass to Eric Parker on third-and-seven play while being hit by Warren Sapp right as he released ball…since 1995, was second-highest completion per- centage and third-highest passer rating for NFL quar- terback making first career start in season opener….Chargers Alumni Player of Week after 40- 7 win over Tennessee Sept. 17…threw 12-yard touch- down pass to Vincent Jackson on third-and-eight play in fourth quarter…completed 71 percent of pass- es against Titans, going 25 of 35…during first-quarter touchdown drive that gave Bolts 10-0 lead, Rivers completed 25-yard pass to Eric Parker on third-and- nine play and later in drive set up touchdown with two-yard leap over pile on fourth-and-one play from six-yard line…threw 31-yard touchdown pass to Mal- com Floyd in first quarter at Baltimore Oct. 1…fea- tured on Sports Illustrated’s “Who’s Hot” list after leading Bolts to 23-13 win over defending Super Bowl Champion Steelers Oct. 8…threw nine-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd on third-and-two play to erase 10-0 deficit in second quarter and 22- yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates in third quar- ter to give Bolts lead at 17-13…during Floyd touch- down drive, completed 10-yard pass to Keenan McCardell on third-and-five play and 22-yard pass to Gates on third-and-11 play…during Gates touchdown drive, completed 16 and 25-yard passes to Eric Park- er on successive third-and-seven plays…helped seal victory over Steelers with 15-yard run on third-and- nine play late in fourth quarter as drive ended with field goal that gave Chargers 23-13 lead in final min- utes of game…finished Steelers game with career- high 37 pass attempts…AFC Offensive Player of Week and FedEx Air NFL Player of Week after record- ing first-career 300-yard game with 334 yards and pair of touchdowns at San Francisco Oct. 15…com- pleted 29-of-39 without any interceptions for passer rating of 116.8…had stretch of 13 straight comple- tions in first half, equaling third-longest stretch in team history… during completion streak, racked up 195 yards through air and two scores, including 57- yard catch-and-run by Antonio Gates and 33-yard bomb to end zone to Vincent Jackson…completed 14 of his first 15 passes of game, with lone incompletion being intentionally thrown away…led four scoring dri- ves in game during which he did not throw single incompletion, including three touchdown drives and one field goal drive…was even better on third downs against S.F., completing 9-of-10 for 142 yards and touchdown…he converted 7-of-10 for first downs and added two first downs rushing on third-and-one plays…after throwing interception that led to touch- down and losing fumble that led to another in theRivers was featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine in December 2006. Photo: ESPN Magazine
  • 140 first half, Rivers bounced back in second half and completed 8-of-12 for 104 yards and two touch- downs (133.3 second-half passer rating) Oct. 22 at Kansas City…rallied squad from a 20-6 halftime deficit with touchdown passes of one yard to Gates on third-and-goal from one in third quarter and 37 yards to Tomlinson on fourth-and-three early in fourth quarter...posted third game this season with passer rating over 100 in Oct. 29 win over St. Louis…was efficient 15-of-23 for 206 yards and touchdown for rating of 108.2…helped Bolts jump out to 14-7 lead in first half by completing 10-of-14 for 121 yards and 97.6 rating…of his four incomple- tions in first half, one was intentional throw- away…hit on his first four passes of game for 70 yards, including 3-of-3 for 54 yards during game- opening touchdown drive…sensational on third downs against Rams, completing 6-of-9 for 101 yards and a touchdown (141.1 rating)…threw lone touchdown pass, good for 25 yards to LT on third- and-eight play in fourth quarter, to give Bolts 38-17 lead to seal victory…did not throw touchdown pass for first time of season in 32-25 win over Cleveland Nov. 5…NBC Football Night in America’s Player of Day and SportsIllustrated.com Offensive Player of Week after passing for 337 yards and three touchdowns as he helped lead Chargers to improbable 49-41 come- from behind victory over Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 12…helped Chargers over- come first-half deficits of 21-0 and 28-7 as Bolts scored team-record 42 points in second half…threw all three of his touchdown passes in second half, including throws of 46 yards to Malcom Floyd and 9 and 5 yards to Brandon Manumaleuna…completed 19-of-25 for 291 yards and three scores after Bolts fell behind 21-0 and three of incompletions were intentional throwaways…completed passes to eight different receivers…led drives of 59, 69, 46, 80, 40, nine and 72 yards during comeback and team scored touchdowns on all six possessions inside 20-yard line...his last touchdown drive of game was possibly his most impressive as he engineered 12-play, 72- drive that ate up 5:19 on clock as Chargers held slight 42-41 lead and he capped it with five-yard touch- down pass to Manumaleuna on third-and-goal to stretch Bolts’ lead to 49-41…completed 4-of-7 for 52 yards on that drive, including 12-yard pass to Mal- com Floyd on third-and-nine, 27-yard pass to Anto- nio Gates on third-and-eight, and touchdown pass on third down…finished Cincinnati game with passer rat- ing of 124.4, second-highest of season (Oakland, 133.9)…went 9-or-11 for 113 yards and touchdown on third-down plays against Bengals, including 8-of-8 for 93 yards and touchdown (154.7 rating) in second half…seven of those eight second-half third-down passes went for first downs…was second 300-yard game of season…did not throw any interceptions in 36 pass attempts against Cincinnati, extending streak to three straight games (15 quarters) and 122 con- secutive passes without throwing interception, longest active streak in NFL…completed 73 percent of his passes (19-of-26) in 35-27 come-from-behind win in Denver Nov. 19…led Chargers from 17-point deficit (24-7) becoming first ever QB to lead team from at least 17 point deficit in consecutive weeks…showed a lot of resiliency against Broncos, battling back after throwing interception that was returned 31 yards for touchdown to give Denver 24- 7 lead…on very next series after INT, led seven-play, 60-yard touchdown drive during which he completed all four of his pass attempts for 54 yards…completed comeback by throwing 51-yard touchdown pass to Tomlinson on third-and-three play and then gave Chargers lead when he completed 4 of 4 for 37 yards, including five-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jack- son…completed 11 of 13 for 148 yards and two touchdowns on three scoring drives after intercep- tion…early in game, Chargers jumped out to 7-0 lead on 99-yard drive in which Rivers completed 5-of-5 for 59 yards…was Bolts’ longest drive since Nov. 25, 2001…Rivers fourth pass of game was intercepted by Broncos Nick Ferguson, ending streak of 125 consec- utive passes thrown without interception…at time, was longest active streak in NFL…was first intercep- tion since Oct. 22 game at Kansas City…led Chargers on three touchdown drives against Oakland Nov. 26, marking 19-straight scoring drives that ended in touchdowns to set new team record…previous mark was 17 in 1981…threw 11-yard touchdown pass to Gates in Dec. 3 win at Buffalo…engineered season- long 8:06 drive late in fourth quarter to seal victory as team traveled 80 yards in 13 plays for touchdown AFC WEST SUPERIORITY In two seasons as the Chargers’ starting quarterback, Rivers has led the team to 10 wins and just two losses in AFC West games (.833 winning %). His cumulative passer rating against AFC West opponents is 80.8. Below is a look at how Rivers has fared against all three of the Chargers’ AFC West opponents. Opponent Att.-Comp. Pct. Yards TD INT Rating W-L Record Denver 92-64 .696 960 7 2 119.8 4-0 Kansas City 129-64 .496 731 3 6 55.4 2-2 Oakland 86-49 .570 532 3 2 77.3 4-0 Totals 307-177 .577 2,223 13 10 80.8 10-2 Philip Rivers, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S
  • 141 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S and 24-14 lead over Bills…completed 4-of-4 for 47 yards on drive…racked up season-high 136.0 passer rating against Denver Dec. 10 after completing 15- of-23 for 279 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions…posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in first half after going 11-of-13 for 180 yards and two touchdowns…after throwing incompletion on second pass attempt of game, he proceeded to complete his next eight passes for 133 yards and touchdown…threw 12-yard TD pass to Gates in first quarter and seven yarder to Gates in second quarter…Rivers didn’t have many completions in Dec. 24 game at Seattle (10-of-30), but he made them count…lone completion in first half was good for nine-yard touchdown to Vincent Jackson…late in fourth quarter, he delivered picture-perfect 37-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Jackson with 29 seconds left…closed out season by completing career-high 79.2 percent (19-of-24) vs. Arizona Dec. 31…posted 117.2 passer rating against Cardinals, fourth-highest of season and second-highest at home…Rivers was at his best during two second- quarter touchdown drives when he went 9-for-10 for 135 yards and two scores for perfect 158.3 passer rating…threw TD passes of 33 yards to Antonio Gates and 14 yards to Vincent Jackson…despite playing with foot sprain, finished first half against Arizona 17-of-20 for 196 yards and two TDs for 120.0 rat- ing…connected with LT for 58-yard screen pass to set up second quarter touchdown in Jan. 14 playoff game against New England…did not play in 2007 Pro Bowl while recovering from foot injury. 2005: Did not play Weeks 1-9 & 11-15…took knee on final snap of game versus Buffalo Nov. 20…took over for injured Drew Brees in second quarter of Dec. 31 season finale against Denver…led team on 10-play, 69-yard touchdown drive on first series, completing three of six for 39 yards. 2004: Inactive as third quarterback Weeks 1-3 and 14-15…did not play Weeks 4-8 and 10-13 as number two quarterback…saw action at end of New Orleans game Nov. 7 but did not attempt any passes…played second half against Kansas City Jan. 2 and threw first-career touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd…inactive as third quarterback for Wild Card Playoff game against New York. COLLEGE: NCAA’s second all-time leading passer with 13,484 yards…MVP of five bowl games, including 2004 Senior Bowl…holds every major school passing record at N.C. State…seventh in Heisman Trophy vot- ing as senior…34-17 record as starter among NCAA- record 51 career starts…second in NCAA history with 13,582 total yards…tied for fifth in NCAA history with 95 touchdown passes…set school and Atlantic Coast Conference career records for passing attempts (1,710), completions (1,147), touchdowns responsible for (112), 300-yard passing games (18) and 400-yard passing games (7) …seventh quarterback in NCAA his- tory and first in ACC history with three 3,000-yard seasons…second-team All-America by NFL Draft Report as senior…2003 ACC Player of Year and first- team All-ACC after leading NCAA in completion percentage (.720) and passer rating (170.5)…ranked second nationally in passing yards (4,491) and total offense per game (353.9)…MVP of 2003 Tangerine Bowl after career-high 475 yards and school-record- tying five touchdowns in 56-26 win over Kansas… second-team All-ACC as junior…received “Award of Distinction” from Columbus Touchdown Club… co-recipient of Governor’s Award as team MVP… MVP of 2002 Gator Bowl win over Notre Dame… CNN/Sports Illustrated National Player of Week after five-touchdown game against Navy in junior year… honorable mention all-conference as sophomore and MVP of Citrus Bowl…ACC Rookie of Year and Academic All-ACC choice in 2000…Newcomer of Year by ABC Sports and Freshman of Year by Football News and Columbus Touchdown Club…MVP of 2000 Micron PC Bowl…ACC Player of Week once, ACC Offensive Back of Week twice and league-record ACC Rookie of Week eight times during career… played at N.C. State from 2000-03…graduated with degree in business. PERSONAL: Born in Decatur, Alabama…Alabama Player of Year as senior at Athens High School…father Steve was his high school head coach. Passing Sacks- Pass Year Team G-S Att.-Comp. Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Lost Rating 2004 San Diego 2-0 8-5 33 .625 1 0 13t 0-0 110.9 2005 San Diego 2-0 22-12 115 .545 0 1 22 3-16 50.4 2006 San Diego 16-16 460-284 3,388 .617 22 9 57t 27-144 92.0 2007 San Diego 16-16 460-277 3,152 .602 21 15 49t 22-163 82.4 Totals 36-32 950-578 6,688 .608 44 25 57t 52-323 86.6 Postseason 4-4 118-66 997 .559 4 5 58 5-40 77.5 Rushing Year Att.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2004 4-(-5) -1.0 0 0 2005 1-(-1) -1.0 -1 0 2006 48-49 1.0 15 0 2007 29-33 1.1 10 1 Totals 82-76 0.9 15 1 Postseason 7-1 0.1 2 0
  • 142 Philip Rivers, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Single-game Highs Attempts — 43, at Kansas City, Oct. 22, 2006 Completions — 29, at San Francisco, Oct. 15, 2006 Yards — 338, at Cincinnati, Nov. 12, 2006 Passing Touchdowns — 3, four times, Last: vs. Baltimore, Nov. 25, 2007 Interceptions — 2, seven times, Last: at Tennessee, Dec. 9, 2007 Long — 57t, at San Francisco, Oct. 15, 2006 Completion Percentage — .792, vs. Arizona, Dec. 31, 2006 Passer Rating — 151.4, at Denver, Oct. 7, 2007 Postseason Single-game Highs Attempts — 37, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Completions — 19, twice, Last: at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Yards — 292, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Passing Touchdowns — 3, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Interceptions — 2, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Long — 58, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Longest Touchdown Pass — 56t, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Completion Percentage — .737, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Passer Rating — 133.2, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 2007 Game-By-Game Passing Date Opponent Att.-Comp. Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Sacks-Lost Rating 09/09 Chicago* 31-22 190 .710 0 1 20 3-21 73.3 09/16 at New England* 30-19 179 .633 2 2 22 3-30 74.2 09/23 at Green Bay* 36-27 306 .750 3 1 27t 2-15 116.2 09/30 Kansas City* 42-21 211 .500 0 2 39 1-11 44.8 10/07 at Denver* 18-13 270 .722 2 0 45 0-0 151.4 10/14 Oakland* 21-14 156 .667 0 1 28 0-0 68.8 10/28 Houston* 11-7 130 .636 3 0 49t 1-2 143.9 11/04 at Minnesota* 42-19 197 .452 0 1 22 1-10 49.4 11/11 Indianapolis* 24-13 104 .542 0 2 19 2-18 30.6 11/18 at Jacksonville* 40-22 309 .550 1 2 44 0-0 67.6 11/25 Baltimore* 35-25 249 .714 3 0 35t 0-0 119.8 12/02 at Kansas City* 21-10 157 .476 1 1 40 3-18 68.9 12/09 at Tennessee* 40-21 228 .525 2 2 29 4-28 65.4 12/16 Detroit* 21-14 142 .667 1 0 28 0-0 101.7 12/24 Denver* 25-17 189 .680 1 0 30 1-3 103.6 12/30 at Oakland* 23-13 135 .565 2 0 21 1-7 102.6 Totals 460-277 3152 .602 21 15 49t 22-163 82.4 01/06 Tennessee*+ 30-19 292 .633 1 1 39 1-10 92.6 01/13 at Indianapolis*+ 19-14 264 .737 3 1 56t 0-0 133.2 01/20 at New England*+ 37-19 211 .514 0 2 21 1-4 46.1 Totals 86-52 767 .605 4 4 56t 2-14 85.8 2006 Game-By-Game Passing Date Opponent Att.-Comp. Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Sacks-Lost Rating 09/11 at Oakland* 11-8 108 .727 1 0 38 0-0 133.9 09/17 Tennessee* 35-25 235 .714 1 0 28 0-0 99.1 10/01 at Baltimore* 22-13 145 .591 1 1 31t 1-11 75.0 10/08 Pittsburgh* 37-24 242 .649 2 1 25 4-20 90.1 10/15 at San Francisco* 39-29 334 .744 2 0 57t 0-0 116.8 10/22 at Kansas City* 43-25 266 .581 2 1 37t 4-15 82.1 10/29 St. Louis* 23-15 206 .652 1 0 27 1-3 108.2 11/05 Cleveland* 28-19 211 .679 0 0 28 3-20 90.0 11/12 at Cincinnati* 36-24 338 .667 3 0 46t 3-14 124.5 11/19 at Denver* 26-19 222 .731 2 2 51t 1-5 92.1 11/26 Oakland* 31-14 133 .452 0 1 27 1-2 44.2 12/03 at Buffalo* 29-17 160 .586 1 0 26 3-22 85.4 12/10 Denver* 23-15 279 .652 2 0 55 1-3 136.0 12/17 Kansas City* 23-8 97 .348 0 2 46 2-9 12.4 12/24 at Seattle* 30-10 181 .333 2 0 38 1-9 77.2 12/31 Arizona* 24-19 231 .792 2 1 33t 2-11 117.2 Totals 460-284 3388 .617 22 9 57t 27-144 92.0 01/14 New England*+ 32-14 230 .438 0 1 58 3-26 55.5 * Denotes starter + Denotes postseason game
  • 143 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Detroit (0) and Denver (0). The success carried into the postseason where Scifres had a monster playoff game against Indianapolis in the Divisional Round that saw him set a new team postseason record by averaging 59.0 yards per punt. It shattered the previous mark of 54.5 yards set by Bennett against the Colts in a 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoff game. Scifres saved his best for last, hit- ting a postseason team-record 66-yarder with the Bolts backed up at their own 14-yard line and only 1:42 left in the fourth quarter. Kicking from his own goal line, Scifres punt was fielded back at the Colts’ 20. It fired up the entire sideline and the defense promptly went out and ended the Colts’ season on downs four plays later, sending the Chargers to the AFC Championship Game. Scifres lived in Bakersfield, California from ages 5-13 while his father worked for Shell Oil. He was born in New Orleans and returned there to attend high school. He went to college at Western Illinois upon referral from a close family friend, Dan Neal, who once coached at the school. At the time, Neal was an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints and recently coached the tight ends for the Buffalo Bills. Mike is an avid golfer and one of the team’s best players. He plays golf frequently in San Diego with his special teams mates, David Binn and Nate Kaeding. He also likes to play golf in exotic locales like Hawaii and Mexico. Scifres currently plays to a 15 handicap. Mike Scifres (SIGH-furs) is among the top punters in the NFL today. He’s earned a reputation for pinpoint accuracy and high punts that are rarely returned by the opposition. Mike is coming off yet another banner season, one in which he was named a first-alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl squad for the second-consecutive season. After posting a career-high average of 46.1 yards per punt in 2007, Scifres is now tied with his mentor and good friend Darren Bennett for the highest career average in team history (43.8 yards per punt). Scifres’ 46.1-yard average was the second-highest for a single-season, trailing only Bennett’s 46.2-yard season in 2000. Since taking over the punting duties in 2004, Scifres has backed that up with a 38.7-yard net punting average. Throughout the 2007 season, Scifres pinned opponents deep in their own territory, landing 36 of his punts inside the 20, second-most in the NFL. Scifres finished the regular season as the NFL’s third-leading punter in terms of net average (39.6), narrowly missing out on becoming only the second punter in team history to post a season net average of 40.0+. Dennis Partee (40.6 in 1971) is the only punter in team history to finish a season with a net average of 40.0+. Scifres had only 29 punts returned last season, fourth-fewest among the league’s Top 25 punters. Six times in ‘07, opponents had either zero or negative punt return yards against the Chargers – Chicago (0), Kansas City (0), Oakland (0), Indy (-5), Baltimore (0), TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fifth-round pick (149) by San Diego, April 27, 2003…signed with Chargers, July 19, 2003…signed four-year contract extension through 2011, Nov. 3, 2005. 2007: Named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team… selected as first-alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad… ranked third in NFL with 39.6 net punting average and sixth with 46.1 gross average…blasted six high punts in season-opening win over Chicago (averaging 40.7 yards per punt) and did not allow Bears single return yard…three times, forced Bears Pro Bowl return man Devin Hester to call for fair catches and had fourth downed by long snapper David Binn at Chicago’s 12-yard line…late in third quarter, hit 22- yard punt that actually deflected off cable supporting FOX’s Cable-Cam, but fortunately punt took great bounce and hit Bears’ safety Brandon McGowan on shoulder…errant ball was recovered by heads up cover man Matt Wilhelm and four plays later, Tomlin- son threw TD pass to Gates and Bolts took 7-3 lead…had first punt of his career blocked in Denver Oct. 7…punt was blocked by Tony Scheffler and Den- ver recovered at San Diego’s 22-yard line, but defense held and forced Broncos to turn ball back over on downs…landed all four of his punts against Oakland Week 6 inside 20-yard line, his first punts I- 20 since Sept. 23 at Green Bay…AFC Special Teams Player of Week after career performance against Houston Oct. 28, posting career-best 50.2 net aver- age…landed all five of his punts against Texans inside 20-yard line…ran streak of consecutive punts inside 20 to nine…combined with Chargers’ outstanding coverage play, Houston started drives at 16, 6, 14, 4 and 1-yard lines following punts…first punt of day was season-long 63-yarder…upped season-long to 65 yards and landed five of eight inside 20 in Bolts’ Nov. 4 game at Minnesota…forced Vikings to start MIKE SCIFRES Punter Western Illinois 6-2, 236 Draft 5 - ’03 6th NFL Season Destrehan HS 6th with Chargers Destrehan, La. 5
  • 144 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S drives at 8, 4, 10, 16 and 19-yard lines following punts…two other Vikings drive following punts start- ed at 20 and 21 yard lines…landed three of five punts against Indianapolis on NBC’s Sunday Night Football Nov. 11 inside 20-yard line and for third week in row hit punt over 60 yards with game-long 61-yarder…hit season-long 70-yard punt vs. Baltimore in first quar- ter Nov. 25…landed two of four punts vs. Ravens inside 20 and did not allow any returns or yards…70 yarder was longest punt since 71-yarder against Ravens last season in Baltimore on Oct. 1, 2006…stuck two huge punts late in Tennessee game Dec. 9…hit first for 39 yards early in fourth quarter, which was downed at one-yard line…it led to three- and-out by Bolts’ defense and touchdown on ensuing offensive possession…then in overtime, had 51-yard punt downed at two-yard line…it too was followed by three-and-out before offense responded with game- winning touchdown drive…solid night against Denver Dec. 24 on ESPN Monday Night Football, landing four-of-five punts inside 20-yard line and not allow- ing any returns to post 44.0 net average…also filled in to handle kickoffs for Nate Kaeding, who injured left non-kicking leg during game’s opening kickoff…had monster playoff game against Indianapolis in Jan. 13 Divisional Playoffs, setting new team postseason record by averaging 59.0 yards per punt…shattered previous mark of 54.5 yards set by Darren Bennett against Colts in 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoff game…Scifres saved his best for last, hitting postsea- son team-record 66-yarder with Bolts backed up at their own 14-yard line and only 1:42 left in fourth quarter…kicking from his own goal line, Scifres punt was fielded back at Colts’ 20…it fired up entire side- line and defense promptly went out and ended Indy’s season on downs four plays later, sending Chargers to AFC Championship Game…landed two of five punts inside 20-yard line in AFC Championship Game at New England and did not allow any punts to be returned, having three fair caught, one downed and one roll into end zone for touchback. 2006: Named first-alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad…had banner night in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland, punting five times for 43.8-yard average with two inside 20- yard line and two punts fair caught…Raiders returned other three punts for total of one yard…only called upon to punt two times against Tennessee Week 2, landing both punts inside 20-yard line and now allow- ing any returns as both were downed by Chargers… punted five times for 53.8-yard average and tied his career long with 71-yard effort Oct. 1 at Baltimore…landed two inside 20, but also had first touchback of season…did not allow any returns on three punts Oct. 22 at Kansas City, having two downed and one fair caught…against St. Louis Oct. 29, landed all three punts inside 20-yard line with long of 55 and allowed only one return for 0 yards…hit 66-yard punt in second quarter against Cleveland Nov. 5…late in third quarter of Browns game, hit 35-yard punt which was downed at two-yard line by Antonio Cromartie…proved to be big play as San Diego’s defense forced three-and-out and on first play after Browns’ punt, LT took run 41 yards for touchdown and 17-12 lead…allowed only 10 yards two punt returns Week 9 at Cincinnati… landed two of five punts inside 20-yard line…landed all three punts at Denver Nov. 19 inside 20-yard line, with all three resulting in fair catches at nine, 16 and 14-yard lines…dropped first three punts inside 20- yard line without allowing any returns on Dec. 3 at Buffalo… punts forced Bills to start first-half drives at their own 12, 17 and two-yard lines as Chargers jumped out to 17-0 first-half lead…last punt of day, 50-yarder in fourth quarter, rolled into end zone for touchback… only second TB of season (Oct. 1 at Baltimore), ending streak of 38 consecutive punts without one…netted 45.3 yards per punt against Denver Dec. 10…was third-highest of season and highest since Oct. 15 at San Francisco (47.0)…of three punts against Broncos, two landed inside 20-yard line and Denver managed only one return for -3 yards… landed three punts inside 20-yard line without any touchbacks against Kansas City Dec. 17, placing punts at four, six and 16-yard lines…only allowed two punts to be returned for total of six yards…punted career-high 10 times with three landing inside 20- yard line with no touchbacks in rainy Dec. 24 game at Seattle…hit long of 59 yards against Seahawks…land- ed all three of his punts in Dec. 31 season finale against Arizona inside 20-yard line without any touchbacks…tied team playoff record with seven punts in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New Eng- land…John Kidd also had seven on Jan. 10, 1993 at Miami...landed five punts inside 20-yard line, tied with Kidd for most in playoff game in team history…Kidd had five in AFC Wild Card Playoffs against Kansas City on Jan. 2, 1993. 2005: Second-alternate to Pro Bowl…averaged 50.3 yards on three punts at New England Oct. 2 and had only one returned for eight yards…averaged solid 48.3 yards on four punts with long of 52 yards and two inside 20-yard line in Oct. 10 Monday Night Football game… Steelers only had one return for no yards and fair caught two other punts…another solid effort with seven punts for 42.6-yard average and landed four of seven inside 20-yard line in 27-14 win at Oakland Oct. 16… allowed only three of seven punts to be returned for total of 15 yards…mishandled fourth-quarter snap in end zone, but recovered and still managed to get off 33-yard punt…averaged solid 49.2 yards per punt against Kansas City Oct. 30…averaged season-high 57.5 yards per punt on two attempts against New York Jets Nov. 6…attempted only one punt against Buffalo Nov. 20, which traveled 53 yards and was fair caught…allowed only one of six punts to be returned for total of three yards in 23-17 overtime win at Washington Nov. 27…landed three punts inside 20- yard line and had four fair caught by Redskins…bailed Chargers out of own 10-yard line with career-long 71-yard punt in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Mike Scifres, continued
  • 145 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S against Oakland Dec. 4…tied for third-longest punt in team history…was second-longest punt in team his- tory at sea level…Paul Maguire, who was in broadcast booth as color analyst for ESPN, hit longest punt in team history at sea level with 82-yard effort against Dallas Nov. 19, 1961…71-yarder was downed at Raiders’ 19-yard line…three of four punts on night landed inside 20-yard line…Raiders had only one return for no yards…had first punt of game against Miami on Dec. 11 go for touchback…was first touch- back since Nov. 6 at New York Jets, ending string of 13 straight quarters and 11 consecutive punts with- out touchback…during stretch, landed 7 of 11 inside 20-yard line…allowed only one punt return for six yards in win over Indianapolis Dec. 18…landed two of four punts inside 20-yard line and forced two fair catches…landed three of seven punts inside 20-yard line with long of 56 in season finale versus Denver. 2004: First-alternate to Pro Bowl… first-team All-Pro by Sports Illustrated and SportsIllustrated.com…Chargers Special Teams Player of Year…ranked third in NFL with 38.4-yard net punting average…hit four punts against New York Jets Sept. 19 and had only one returned for two yards…averaged 49.2 yards per punt on six attempts at Denver Sept. 26…hit 59-yarder against Broncos and did not allow any returns…drilled 57-yard punt at sea level at home against Tennessee Oct. 3 and landed three punts inside 20-yard line…two of four punts were returned for no yards against Titans…landed all four punts inside 20-yard line against Jacksonville Oct. 10 with only one returned for one yard… landed two of five punts inside 20-yard line at Atlanta Oct. 17 and allowed only one to be returned…had two punts downed and two fair caught against Falcons… punted five times at Carolina Oct. 24, allowing only one return for no yards while landing three punts inside 20-yard line and forcing other four punts to be fair caught…averaged 48.7 yards per punt, including season-long 60-yard bomb against Oakland Oct. 31…landed one punt inside 20-yard line and had only one returned by Raiders…lone punt against New Orleans Nov. 7 traveled 31 yards and was fair caught at 10-yard line…averaged 43.3 yards and hit long of 57 on four punts at Oakland Nov. 21…landed three of four inside 20-yard line…had only two returned for nine yards by Raiders, while one was fair caught and other was downed…landed all three punts inside 20- yard line at Kansas City Nov. 28…two of the punts traveled 51 and 55 yards…allowed only one return for one yard and two others were fair caught by Chiefs return man Dante Hall…set career highs with eight punts and 372 yards against Denver Dec. 5…landed three inside 20-yard line…hit timely 60-yard punt to tie career long and later added 52-yarder in fourth quarter against Broncos to help preserve victory…had first punt go for touchback since Sept. 26 at Denver ending string of 36 consecutive punts without touch- back…23 of 36 punts during stretch landed inside 20- yard line…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after averaging 46.8 yards on four punts with long of 50 and three inside 20-yard line against Tampa Bay Dec. 12…allowed only three returns for five yards against Bucs…tied season long with 60-yard punt at Indi- anapolis Dec. 26…season-high 49.8 yards per punt against Colts, landing one inside 20-yard line with two touchbacks on artificial turf…landed one of four punts inside 20-yard line and allowed only one return against Kansas City Jan. 2…had pass intercepted by Chiefs on botched field-goal attempt and injured thumb on play…averaged 36.4 yards per punt on five attempts against Jets in Wild Card Playoff game… landed one punt inside 20-yard line with no touch- backs. 2003: Handled kickoffs Weeks 4, 7, 12-14 and 16…inactive Weeks 1-3, 5-6, 8-11 and 15. COLLEGE: First-team Division I-AA All-America selection by Football Gazette as sophomore and senior…three-time first-team all-conference choice… second-team All-America by Sports Network as sophomore…only Division 1-AA punter to be named finalist to Ray Guy Award list in 2002…second in nation with 48.0-yard gross average as senior… National Player of Week four times by Football Gazette and Special Teams Player of Week for Gate- way Conference twice during senior campaign…con- ference Player of Week three times and Sports Net- work National Player of Week three times as sophomore…Division I-AA National Special Teams Player of Week after kicking school and conference record 89-yard punt against SW Missouri in 2000… school record 56-yard field goal against Northern Iowa as time expired in 44-41 win for 2000 conference title for Western Illinois on first-career field-goal attempt…Gateway Conference All-New- comer selection as redshirt freshman in 1999…played at Western Illinois from 1998-2002…earned degree in communications and broadcasting. PERSONAL: Born in Metairie, Louisiana…all-district selection at Destrehan High School in Destrehan, Louisiana…lettered in football, soccer and baseball. Opp. Year Team G-S No.-Yards Avg. Net Avg. TB In-20 Long Blk. Ret.-Yds. 2003 San Diego 6-0 0-0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0-0 2004 San Diego 16-0 69-2,974 43.1 38.4 8 29 60 0 23-164 2005 San Diego 16-0 71-3,104 43.7 38.0 8 25 71 0 26-244 2006 San Diego 16-0 69-2,893 41.9 38.2 2 35 71 0 27-216 2007 San Diego 16-0 81-3,735 46.1 39.6 9 36 70 1 29-311 Totals 70-0 290-12,706 43.8 38.6 27 125 71 1 105-935 Postseason 5-0 24-968 40.3 37.0 1 10 66 0 6-61
  • 146 Mike Scifres, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Passing Sacks- Pass Att.-Comp. Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Lost Rating Totals 2-0 0 .000 0 1 0 0-0 0.0 Rushing No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD Totals 1-(-7) -7.0 -7 0 Single-game Highs Punts — 10, at Seattle, Dec. 24, 2006 Punt Yards — 439, at Minnesota, Nov. 4, 2007 Punt Long — 71, twice, Last: at Baltimore, Oct. 1, 2006 Punt Average — 57.5, at New York Jets, Nov. 6, 2005 Inside 20 — 5, twice, Last: at Minnesota, Nov. 4, 2007 Postseason Single-game Highs Punts — 7, vs. New England Patriots, Jan. 14, 2007 Punt Yards — 256, vs. New England Patriots, Jan. 14, 2007 Punt Long — 66, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Punt Average — 59.0, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Inside 20 — 5, vs. New England Patriots, Jan. 14, 2007 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2003, 1; 2004, 1; 2005, 2; Total, 4. 2007 Game-By-Game Punting Opp. Date Opponent No.-Yards Avg. Net Avg. TB In-20 Long Blk. Ret.-Yds. 09/09 Chicago 6-244 40.7 40.7 0 1 54 0 1-0 09/16 at New England 5-248 49.6 39.0 2 1 61 0 2-13 09/23 at Green Bay 5-230 46.0 37.8 0 1 61 0 4-41 09/30 Kansas City 4-155 38.8 33.8 1 0 42 0 0-0 10/07 at Denver 2-111 55.5 24.3 1 0 60 1 1-18 10/14 Oakland 4-142 35.5 35.5 0 4 41 0 0-0 10/28 Houston 5-264 52.8 50.2 0 5 63 0 3-13 11/04 at Minnesota 8-439 54.9 45.0 1 5 65 0 4-59 11/11 Indianapolis 5-225 45.0 46.0 0 3 61 0 2-(-5) 11/18 at Jacksonville 4-179 44.8 35.3 0 2 63 0 2-38 11/25 Baltimore 4-192 48.0 43.0 1 2 70 0 0-0 12/02 at Kansas City 7-296 42.3 33.6 1 2 63 0 3-41 12/09 at Tennessee 8-382 47.8 41.0 1 2 60 0 3-34 12/16 Detroit 2-103 51.5 41.5 1 1 56 0 0-0 12/24 Denver 5-220 44.0 44.0 0 4 59 0 0-0 12/30 at Oakland 7-305 43.6 35.1 0 3 54 0 4-59 Totals 81-3,735 46.1 39.6 9 36 70 1 29-311 01/06 Tennessee+ 4-163 40.8 37.0 0 2 54 0 2-15 01/13 at Indianapolis+ 3-177 59.0 43.7 0 0 66 0 3-46 01/20 at New England+ 5-190 38.0 34.0 1 2 49 0 0-0 Totals 12-530 44.2 37.4 1 4 66 0 5-61 2006 Game-By-Game Punting Opp. Date Opponent No.-Yards Avg. Net Avg. TB In-20 Long Blk. Ret.-Yds. 09/11 at Oakland 5-219 43.8 43.6 0 2 56 0 3-1 09/17 Tennessee 2-77 38.5 38.5 0 2 39 0 0-0 10/01 at Baltimore 5-269 53.8 46.4 1 2 71 0 1-17 10/08 Pittsburgh 3-134 44.7 40.7 0 2 55 0 2-12 10/15 at San Francisco 1-53 53.0 47.0 0 0 53 0 1-6 10/22 at Kansas City 3-121 40.3 40.3 0 1 47 0 0-0 10/29 St. Louis 3-130 43.3 43.3 0 3 55 0 1-0 11/05 Cleveland 6-291 48.5 31.2 0 2 66 0 3-104 11/12 at Cincinnati 5-186 37.2 35.2 0 2 53 0 2-10 11/19 at Denver 3-110 36.7 36.7 0 3 41 0 0-0 11/26 Oakland 5-194 38.8 37.6 0 2 45 0 3-6 12/03 at Buffalo 6-250 41.7 32.0 1 3 50 0 2-38 12/10 Denver 3-133 44.3 45.3 0 2 48 0 1-(-3) 12/17 Kansas City 6-173 28.8 27.8 0 3 40 0 2-6 12/24 at Seattle 10-425 42.5 40.6 0 3 59 0 5-19 12/31 Arizona 3-128 42.7 42.7 0 3 55 0 1-0 Totals 69-2893 41.9 38.2 2 35 71 0 27-216
  • 147 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 01/14 New England+ 7-256 36.6 36.6 0 5 51 0 1-0 2005 Game-By-Game Punting Opp. Date Opponent No.-Yards Avg. Net Avg. TB In-20 Long Blk. Ret.-Yds. 09/11 Dallas 2-63 31.5 30.5 0 0 45 0 1-2 09/18 at Denver 6-275 45.8 34.8 0 0 54 0 4-66 09/25 at New York Giants 2-85 42.5 43.5 0 0 50 0 1-(-2) 10/02 at New England 3-151 50.3 34.3 2 0 53 0 1-8 10/10 Pittsburgh 4-193 48.3 48.3 0 2 52 0 1-0 10/16 at Oakland 7-298 42.6 40.4 0 4 51 0 3-15 10/23 at Philadelphia 7-312 44.6 41.6 1 2 50 0 1-1 10/30 Kansas City 6-295 49.2 36.8 1 1 55 0 3-54 11/06 at New York Jets 2-115 57.5 40.0 1 0 60 0 1-15 11/20 Buffalo 1-53 53.0 53.0 0 1 53 0 0-0 11/27 at Washington 6-230 38.3 37.8 0 3 54 0 1-3 12/04 Oakland 4-172 43.0 43.0 0 3 71 0 1-0 12/11 Miami 4-139 34.8 29.8 1 3 55 0 0-0 12/18 at Indianapolis 4-167 41.8 35.3 1 2 54 0 1-6 12/24 at Kansas City 6-245 40.8 31.0 0 1 49 0 4-59 12/31 Denver 7-311 44.4 39.1 1 3 56 0 3-17 Totals 71-3,104 43.7 38.0 8 25 71 0 26-244 2004 Game-By-Game Punting Opp. Date Opponent No.-Yards Avg. Net Avg. TB In-20 Long Blk. Ret.-Yds. 09/12 at Houston 4-156 39.0 32.8 0 0 41 0 2-25 09/19 New York Jets 4-157 39.3 33.8 1 0 51 0 1-2 09/26 at Denver 6-295 49.2 39.2 3 1 59 0 0-0 10/03 Tennessee 4-176 44.0 44.0 0 3 57 0 2-0 10/10 Jacksonville 4-166 41.5 41.3 0 4 48 0 1-1 10/17 at Atlanta 5-217 43.4 40.0 0 2 51 0 1-17 10/24 at Carolina 5-175 35.0 35.0 0 3 40 0 1-0 10/31 Oakland 3-146 48.7 42.7 0 1 60 0 1-18 11/07 New Orleans 1-31 31.0 31.0 0 1 31 0 0-0 11/21 at Oakland 4-173 43.3 41.0 0 3 57 0 2-9 11/28 at Kansas City 3-135 45.0 44.7 0 3 55 0 1-1 12/05 Denver 8-372 46.5 39.9 1 3 60 0 4-33 12/12 Tampa Bay 4-187 46.8 45.5 0 3 50 0 3-5 12/19 at Cleveland 6-233 38.8 28.0 1 0 50 0 2-45 12/26 at Indianapolis 4-199 49.8 38.0 2 1 60 0 1-7 01/02 Kansas City 4-156 39.0 38.8 0 1 41 0 1-1 Totals 69-2,974 43.1 38.4 8 29 60 0 23-164 01/08 New York Jets+ 5-182 36.4 36.4 0 1 42 0 0-0 + Denotes postseason game immediate Shelton clan to make his mark on the gridiron, as his father, Lonnie, and all three of his brothers, Marlon, Titus and Tim, made their mark on the basketball hardwood. Lonnie played collegiately at Oregon State and then went on to have a standout 10-year career in the NBA, starring for the New York Knicks, Seattle Supersonics and Cleveland Cavaliers. Lonnie won an NBA Championship with the Sonics in 1978-79 and gave his championship ring to L.J. Marlon played at the In May, the Chargers signed former Miami Dolphin L.J. Shelton to a two-year contract. He provides the Chargers with valuable NFL experience on the offensive line as Shelton has started at both tackle spots during his career, while also seeing spot duty as a right guard. He will figure prominently in the Chargers’ offensive tackle rotation along with returning starters Marcus McNeill and Jeromey Clary. L.J. is kind of the odd man out in his family. He’s the only member of the L.J. SHELTON Tackle Eastern Michigan 6-6, 345 Free Agent - ’08 10th NFL Season Rochester HS 1st with Chargers Rochester, Mich. 70
  • 148 L.J. Shelton, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S production and distribution of music. He also works closely with brother, Marlon, who runs Shelstar Sports another company the family owns in Phoenix that operates youth basketball camps and clinics. L.J.’s hobbies include spending time with his three sons – Stephen, Christian and Ajani – and listening to his vast LP collection. Shelton estimates that he owns close to 2,500 original LPs, mainly soul, R&B and jazz. In 2007, Shelton created the L.J. Shelton Foundation for Kids. He enjoys reaching out to kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as kids from women’s shelters. For the last several years, Shelton has donated tickets to home games wherever he’s played to kids who have earned good grades. He has a website were fans can learn more about his foundation at www.LJShelton.com. University of Washington from 1998-03. Titus will be a senior this season at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. The starting power forward for the Mustangs, he was the Big West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore (2006-07) and averaged nearly eight points and five rebounds a game last season as a junior. Titus currently ranks No. 2 in school history for career blocks. Youngest brother Tim will be a sophomore at San Diego State. As a freshman he was limited due to a knee injury but still averaged 10 points a game for the Aztecs. Their cousin, Damian Shelton, did play in the NFL however, enjoying a nine-year career from 1997-06 as a fullback with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills. L.J. is the part-owner of a production company, LJS Entertainment, in Phoenix, Arizona. It specializes in TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by Arizona in first round (21st overall) of 1999 NFL Draft, April 19, 1999…signed with Cardinals, Sept. 25, 1999… released by Arizona, May 18, 2005…signed one-year contract with Cleveland Browns, June 4, 2005… signed four-year contract with Miami, March 13, 2006…released by Dolphins, Feb. 11, 2008…signed two-year deal with Chargers, May 1, 2008. 2007: Started all 16 games at right tackle. 2006: Started first five games of season at left tackle… played in 100th career game Sept. 17 vs. Buffalo…moved to starting right guard for Green Bay game Oct. 22 and then started remaining nine games there…Packers game was his 100th career start…only Dolphins lineman to play every offensive snap during season. 2005: Started all 16 games at left tackle for Browns…anchored line that blocked for Cleveland’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 1985. 2004: In final sea- son with Arizona, played in 12 games with nine starts at right tackle…Inactive for Sept. 12 season opener at St. Louis…placed on “Reserve-Injured” list with knee injury Dec. 14, missing final three games of season. 2003: Started first 15 games of season, playing in all 921 offensive snaps…injured ankle Dec. 21 at Seattle, resulting in him being inactive for Dec. 29 season finale against Minnesota. 2002: Started all 16 games at left tackle…only Cardinals lineman to start every game…missed only nine offensive snaps during sea- son…Cardinals averaged 113.9 rush yards per game during ’02 season. 2001: Started all 16 games at left tackle and played all 955 offensive snaps…key cog on line that allowed only 29 sacks on season, second- fewest in team history since league went to 16-game schedule. 2000: Started season opener at left tackle against New York Giants Sept. 3, but suffered sprained right knee during game…inactive next two games against Dallas and Green Bay…returned to starting lineup Week 4 and started final 13 games at left tackle. 1999: Did not sign rookie contract until third week of regular season…placed on “Roster- Exempt” list for next two games…made NFL debut as reserve against Giants, Oct. 10…started first-career game against New England Oct. 31 and then started next six games…injured ankle in second half of Dec. 12 game at Washington and did not play rest of year. COLLEGE: First-team All-Mid-American Conference as junior and senior…second-team All-America pick by Sports Network following senior season…three-year starter as left tackle…as junior, protected blind side of current Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch…red- shirted in 1994…played at Eastern Michigan from 1994-98…majored in telecommunications and film. PERSONAL: Born in Corvallis, Oregon…lettered in football and basketball at Rochester High School in Rochester, Michigan…did not play football as senior in order to concentrate on basketball. Games Played-Started: 1999 (9-7, Arizona); 2000 (14-14, Arizona); 2001 (16-16, Arizona); 2002 (16-16, Arizona); 2003 (15- 15, Arizona); 2004 (12-9, Arizona); 2005 (16-16, Cleveland); 2006 (16-16, Miami); 2007 (16-16, Miami); Total (130-125).
  • 149 Veterans & Returning PlayersVETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S A three-time All-Southeastern Conference selec- tion at Florida, the Chargers may have made the steal of the 2007 NFL Draft with their selection of Siler in the seventh round. A member of the Gators’ 2007 BCS national championship team, Siler elected to leave school early and make himself available for the NFL Draft following his junior season. An academic honoree as well for his work in the classroom, Siler studied criminology in Gainesville. To get himself ready for the draft, Siler spent several weeks training with Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis. And when draft day rolled around and Brandon slipped to the seventh round, it was Lewis who called him during the draft to offer words of encourage- ment. Lewis is a native of Lakeland, Florida who attended the University of Miami, while Siler is from Orlando, less than an hour drive from Lakeland. He and Lewis maintain a close friendship. It’s not rare to see a late-round NFL draft pick find a way to contribute on special teams, but as a rookie, Brandon Siler did much more than that. He excelled in the kicking game. After making the squad as a seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft, Siler led the Chargers with 21 special teams tackles, seven more than the team’s second-leading special teams tackler. For his efforts, the former Florida Gator earned All-Rookie honors from Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America. Siler saw more action on defense as the season moved on and could see his role increase in 2008. The unquestioned highlight of Siler’s rookie year came in a Week 5 win at Denver. After the Chargers took a 7-0 lead on their opening drive, teammate Carlos Polk knocked the ball loose on the ensuing kickoff. Siler scooped up the loose ball and raced 23 yards for his first career NFL TD that gave the Bolts a 14-0 advantage. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round choice (240) by Chargers in NFL Draft, April 29, 2007... signed four-year contract with Chargers, July 25, 2007. 2007: Earned All-Rookie honors for special teams play from Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America…combined with Shawne Merriman for tackle for loss in Week 4 game vs. Kansas City…two-yard tackle for loss on third-and- goal play from Bolts’ one-yard line helped force K.C. field goal…scored first career NFL TD Week 5 at Denver’s Invesco Field, returning special teams fumble 23 yards for score…fumble had been caused by teammate Carlos Polk on Denver kickoff return and score gave Bolts 14-0 lead…showed outstanding performance in kicking game Oct. 28 vs. Houston, tying Kassim Osgood with team-high three special teams tackles, including two inside Texans’ 20-yard line…helped set up Darren Sproles’ 45-yard punt return for touchdown Nov. 11 against Indy by forcing Colts to start previous drive inside own 20-yard line with special teams tackle on kickoff return at their own 15-yard line…made big play to recover second- quarter muffed punt return Dec. 2 at Kansas City…led team with four special teams tackles Dec. 9 vs. Tennessee…had two special teams stops vs. Detroit Dec. 16, including crushing open-field tackle of Aveion Cason on game’s opening kickoff…tied Steve Gregory with team-high two special teams tackles against Denver Dec. 24…led squad with three special teams tackles at Oakland Dec. 30…paced squad with pair of special teams stops in Jan. 6 AFC Wild Card Playoff win over Tennessee. COLLEGE: Second-team All-SEC by league’s coaches and Associated Press as junior…earned third-team honors from coaches as sophomore…Academic All- District III choice in 2005…named SEC Freshman of Year by coaches in 2004 after leading Gators with 77 tackles…was only second true freshman to lead squad in tackles…also named to Scripps/Football Writers of America and Sporting News’ Freshman All-America first team…also named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll…only second true…played at Florida from 2004-06…criminology major. PERSONAL: Born in Daytona Beach, Florida…one of top prep outside linebackers in nation at Evans High School in Orlando, Fla….second-team all-state selection by Florida Sports Writers Association…also saw action as tight end…named MVP of 2003 California-Florida All-Star Game after recording two interceptions… graduated from Evans with 4.2 GPA. BRANDON SILER Linebacker Florida 6-2, 239 Draft 7 - ’07 2nd NFL Season Evans HS 2nd with Chargers Orlando, Fla. 59 Continued next page
  • 150 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2007 San Diego 15-0 2-4 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Postseason 3-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2007, 1. Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 21. Special Teams Fumble Recoveries — 2007, 2. Special Teams Fumble Recovery Touchdowns — 2007, 1, Oct. 7 at Denver. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 6. Wilhelm be injured again. A workout fanatic, Smith trains in San Diego with a personal trainer along with the team’s strength and conditioning staff. While playing in San Francisco, Smith had the 49ers’ strength coach help him design a replica of the 49ers weight room in the garage of his home. A true outdoorsman from rugged American Fork, Utah, Smith’s favorite pastimes include hunting and fishing. He recently purchased a kayak so that he can fish off the San Diego coastline. Smith’s biggest-ever catch is a 76-pound sailfish that he caught during a trip to Mazatlan, Mexico. Smith’s wife, Taryn, is a San Diego native and for the last few years, the couple made their offseason home in the San Diego coastal suburb of Encinitas. The Chargers made a key signing in February when General Manager A.J. Smith inked former 49ers and Redskins linebacker Derek Smith to a two-year contract. That move proved to be even more shrewd in April when it was learned that starting inside linebacker Stephen Cooper, the team’s leading tackler in 2007, would be suspended for the 2008 season’s first four games. Smith is the man expected to fill Cooper’s shoes. Smith will be playing his 12th NFL season in 2008. He has nine 100-tackle seasons under his belt. When Cooper returns, Smith likely will back up him and Matt Wilhelm in the Bolts’ 3-4 defense. Last year when Wilhelm injured his calf in the Sept. 16 New England game and missed the following two contests, the Chargers went 0-3 in his absence. Smith will help shore up any holes should either Cooper or TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round choice of Washington Redskins (80th overall) in 1997 NFL Draft, April 19, 1997…signed three-year contract with Redskins, July 12, 1997...re-signed one-year contract with Washington April 11, 2000…signed contract with San Francisco 49ers, March 23, 2001...re-signed renegotiated contracts with 49ers Feb. 18, 2002 and March 2, 2004…signed three-year contract with San Francisco, March 5, 2006…released by 49ers Feb. 19, 2008…signed two-year contract with Chargers, Feb. 28, 2008. 2007: Finished year with 98 tackles…tallied 10 stops against Arizona Sept. 10 and Seattle Sept. 30… season-high 12 tackles against Baltimore Oct. 7…intercepted lone pass of season against New York Giants Oct. 21, leading to 49ers touchdown on ensu- ing possession…did not start Dec. 15 at Cincinnati as team opened in nickel package…inactive Dec. 30 with shoulder injury originally suffered in Bengals game. 2006: Finished year with 93 tackles, first season of career under 100 stops…forced fumble by Lions’ Roy Williams at Detroit Nov. 12…season-high nine stops against St. Louis Sept. 17, Chargers Oct. 15 and at Rams Nov. 26…left New Orleans’ game Dec. 3 with hamstring injury and inactive for following games against Green Bay Dec. 10 and Seattle Dec. 14… played but did not start Week 15 vs. Arizona…inactive for season finale at Denver Dec. 31 with foot and hamstring injuries. 2005: Co-recipient of team’s Bill Walsh Award as Most Valuable Player…shared award, which is voted by coaches, with kicker Joe Nedney…led team with 160 stops…recovered fumble in end zone for touchdown against Arizona in game played in Mexico City Oct. 2…also tied for team high with 11 stops vs. Cardinals…intercepted pass against Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning Oct. 9 and tied for team-best with 10 stops…racked up season-high 17 DEREK SMITH Linebacker Arizona State 6-2, 240 Free Agent - ’08 12th NFL Season American Fork HS 1st with Chargers American Fork, UT 58 Brandon Siler, continued
  • 151 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 1997 Washington 16-16 86-40 126 2-17 0-0 0 0 1 1-2 1998 Washington 16-16 102-43 145 0.5-2 0-0 0 0 1 1-1 1999 Washington 16-16 84-39 123 1-7 1-0 0 0 5 0-1 2000 Washington 16-14 88-40 128 1-5 0-0 0 0 2 1-1 2001 San Francisco 14-14 75-51 126 3-13.5 1-0 0 0 5 0-2 2002 San Francisco 16-16 88-50 138 1-9 0-0 0 0 5 1-1 2003 San Francisco 16-16 105-84 189 3.5-30.5 0-0 0 0 6 0-1 2004 San Francisco 14-14 97-70 167 1.5-8.5 0-0 0 0 1 0-2 2005 San Francisco 16-16 106-54 160 0-0 1-13 13 0 7 1-1 2006 San Francisco 13-12 52-41 93 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1-0 2007 San Francisco 15-14 54-44 98 0-0 1-4 4 0 0 0-1 Totals 168-164 937-556 1,493 13.5-92.5 4-17 13 0 33 6-13 Postseason 5-5 25-14 39 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1-0 tackles Dec. 4 against Arizona to go over 100-tackle mark for ninth-straight season…led team with 14 stops at Jacksonville Dec. 18…counted tackle for loss among 11 stops at St. Louis on Christmas Eve, stop- ping Steven Jackson for one-yard loss on fourth-and- one play in fourth quarter of 24-20 win over Rams. 2004: Led 49ers with 167 stops…inactive for games against Arizona Oct. 10 and at New York Jets Oct. 17 with shin injury…led team with 15 stops and added half-sack against Seattle Nov. 7…scored first-career touchdown on 46-yard fumble return in fourth quar- ter against Miami Nov. 28…also added eight-yard sack against Dolphins and led team with 12 stops…led team with back-to-back season-high 16- tackle games against Washington Dec. 19 and Buffa- lo Dec. 26. 2003: Logged career-high and team- record 189 tackles…tallied half-sack to go along with 13 stops against Chicago Sept. 7…added seven-yard sacks in consecutive weeks at St. Louis Sept. 14 and against Cleveland Sept. 21…paced squad with 15 stops against Detroit Oct. 5…led team with consecu- tive 15-tackle games at Green Bay (Nov. 23) and Bal- timore (Nov. 30)…collected half-sack for 7.5 yard loss Dec. 7 against Arizona…matched career-best with 18 tackles and added half-sack for -6.5 yards Dec. 14 at Cincinnati. 2002: Paced squad with 138 total tack- les…counted tackle for loss among team-high 11 stops against Rams Oct. 6…another tackle for loss among game-high 12 stops vs. Chargers Nov. 17…posted season-high 17 tackles, including one for loss, Dec. 15 vs. Green Bay…followed up with 15- tackle effort to lead team and one stop for loss at Ari- zona Dec. 21…closed out season with sack at St. Louis Dec. 30…led team with 10 stops against New York Giants in Jan. 5 NFC Wild Card Playoff game…forced fumble and led all players with 11 stops week later in Jan. 12 Divisional Playoff game at Tampa Bay. 2001: Led team with 126 tackles during first season with 49ers…opened year with season- high 15-tackle game Sept. 9 against Atlanta…shared sack with Jason Webster and led squad with 11 tack- les at New York Jets Oct. 1…sprained knee during week in practice and missed Carolina (Oct. 7) and Atlanta (Oct. 14) contests…recorded solo sack against Detroit Nov. 4…solid all-around game at St. Louis Dec. 9 with team-high 10 stops, pass defensed, fumble recovery and half-sack…spearheaded remarkable goal line stand against Philadelphia Dec. 22, intercepting pass in end zone on sixth play run from inside two- yard line…also recorded sack and 10 stops vs. Eagles. 2000: Finished second on Redskins’ defense with 128 stops…opened season with sack against Carolina Sept. 3…posted season-high 12-tackle games at Giants Sept. 24 and against Tennessee Oct. 30…forced fumble in second game vs. Giants Dec. 3…recovered fumble in Dec. 24 season finale vs. Ari- zona. 1999: Switched from MLB to OLB and led Red- skins with 11 tackles for loss and finished third on team with 123 total stops…racked up season-high 18 stops Nov. 7 against Buffalo…led squad with 11 stops in NFC Divisional Playoff game at Tampa Bay Jan. 15. 1998: Second-leading tackler in Washington with 145 stops…tallied half-sack among 14 stops at Philadelphia Oct. 11…recorded season-high 19 stops at Arizona Nov. 8. 1997: Became first Redskins rook- ie since Andre Collins (1990) to start all 16 games…finished fourth on squad with 126 stops…collected first sack of career for nine-yard loss at Pittsburgh Sept. 7…had breakout game Sept. 14 against Arizona, recovering fumble in overtime to set up win over Cardinals and collecting first double-fig- ure tackle game with 10 stops…posted season-high 15 tackles at Giants Dec. 13. COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 as senior while also earning academic all-conference honors with 3.5 GPA in finance…spent first two years at Snow (UT) Junior College, earning honorable mention All-America honors, along with all-region and All- WSFL accolades…played at Snow from 1993-94 and Arizona State from 1995-96…majored in finance. PERSONAL: Born in American Fork, Utah…lettered in football, baseball and wrestling at American Fork High School…football team captain and all-state and all-region pick as senior…married, Taryn…couple has son, Carson, and daughter, Cassidy.
  • 152 Derek Smith, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Single-game Highs Tackles — 18, three times, Last: at Cincinnati, Dec. 14, 2003 Sacks — 1, 12 times, Last: vs. Miami, Nov. 28, 2004 Interceptions — 1, four times, Last: at New York Giants, Oct. 21, 2007 Interception Return Yards — 13, vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 9, 2005 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 11, twice, Last: at Tampa Bay, Jan. 12, 2003 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 1997, 5; 1998, 6; 1999, 4; 2002, 1; 2003, 3; 2007, 2; Total, 21. Special Teams Forced Fumbles — 2003, 1. in San Diego, Sproles electrified a national-television audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football by returning a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns to help lead the Bolts to a 23-21 win over the defending Super Bowl Champions. He became just the ninth player in NFL history to return a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game. Coming out of Kansas State, Sproles was one of the most prolific runners and all-purpose performers in college football history. He set nearly every school record imaginable - 23 in all - and he is regarded by many as the best player in the 110-year history of Kansas State football. Darren plays the game with a heavy heart and an angel on his shoulder. On April 25, 2004, he lost one of his greatest supporters when his mom, Annette, died at the age of 41 after a five-year battle with can- cer. To honor their late mother, Darren and his brother, Terence, wear charms that read “RIP Mom.” The loss of his mother is one reason that Sproles is an active participant in the San Diego community. Last November he hosted a “Thanksgiving with Darren Sproles” dinner for patients and their families at San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital. Darren further honored his mother when he bypassed potential NFL riches following his junior season and returned to Kansas State to complete his degree in speech pathology. In college, school officials arranged for him to work with a speech pathologist because he was uncomfortable and stuttered during interviews. Darren also spoke with basketball great and San Diego native Bill Walton, who had a stuttering problem many years ago and is now an NBA analyst. Darren lends his name and support to the Stuttering On a personal level, there weren’t many better stories in the NFL in 2007 than Darren Sproles. After a stellar rookie year in 2005, the Kansas State product broke his ankle in the first preseason game of 2006 and the injury caused him to miss the entire sea- son. Sproles fought his way back, regained his job as the Chargers’ top return man in 2007 and performed so well that he was named as a second alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. Sproles finished the season ranked fifth in the NFL in kickoff return average (27.2 yards per return) and seventh in punt return average (9.5 yards per return). At the end of the year, his teammates honored him with the Ed Block Courage Award in recognition of the way Sproles battled back from injury. In addition to rehabbing the ankle, Sproles devoted himself to improving his game during his year-long absence from the field. Following a rookie season in which he occasionally had problems fielding punts cleanly, Sproles spent the offseason with a member of the Chargers’ equipment staff feeding him punts through the team’s JUGS machine. Sproles would spend as many as four days a week on the field and estimates that he fielded close to 2,000 punts last spring. The work paid off as he didn’t bobble a single kick in 2007. Late in the season, Sproles saw his opportunities increase on offense. He posted the first 100-yard rushing game of his career on Dec. 16 against the Detroit Lions (122 yards and two touchdowns), and in the postseason he scored a 56-yard touchdown on a screen play that gave the Chargers a 21-17 lead in their Divisional Playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts. His breakout game, however, came in an earlier meeting against the Colts. On a rainy November night DARREN SPROLES Running Back-Kick Returner Kansas State 5-6, 181 Draft 4 - ’05 4th NFL Season Olathe North HS 4th with Chargers Olathe, Kan. 43
  • 153 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round choice (130) by San Diego, April 24, 2005…signed four-year contract, July 26, 2005. 2007: Named second-alternate to AFC Pro Bowl squad…team’s recipient of Ed Block Courage Award after returning from broken ankle to play entire 2007 season…NFL’s fifth-leading kickoff returner (27.2 avg) and seventh-leading punt returner (9.5)…helped ignite Chargers’ first touchdown drive at Denver Week 5 with season-long 23-yard punt return…season-long 43-yard kickoff return Week 8 at Minnesota…Special Teams Player of Week for AFC and USA Today.com, and Pro Football Weekly’s NFL Player of Week after returning kickoff and punt for touchdown Nov. 11 vs. Indianapolis on NBC Sun- day Night Football…89-yard kickoff return for touch- down on the opening play Colts game was Chargers’ first KOR TD since Tim Dwight had 87-yard return for touchdown on Sept. 19, 2004 against New York Jets…was Sproles’ first career kickoff return for TD…scored again later in first quarter on 45-yard punt return…Chargers’ first PR TD since Dwight’s 84- yarder Sept. 9, 2001 against Washington…it too was first career punt return for touchdown…became ninth player in NFL history to score on kickoff and punt return for touchdown in same game…former Cleve- land Brown Bobby Mitchell is only other player to score both return TDs in first quarter, doing so against Philadelphia on Nov. 23, 1958…took over for Tomlinson in second half of Dec. 16 game vs. Detroit and rushed for team-high 122 yards and two touch- downs…were first two career rush TDs, scoring on runs of one and 11 yards…combined with Tomlinson (116 yards) marked first time in team history two run- ning backs had 100 yards in same game…broke off career-long 34-yard run during first touchdown drive…he and LT (116 yards, two touchdowns) became first pair of running backs to rush for at least 116 yards and two scores in same game since Tank Younger and Dan Towler of Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 24, 1954 vs. Chicago…was first time two Chargers running backs had two rush TDs each in same game since James Brooks and Chuck Muncie at Cleveland on Dec. 5, 1982…also had 56-yard TD catch-and-run on screen pass in middle of fourth quarter negated by penalty…averaged career-best 46.7 yards per kickoff return on three returns at Oakland Dec. 30…helped set up two second-half FGs with returns of 61 and 54 yards…gave Chargers 21-17 lead over Indianapolis on final play of third quarter of AFC Divisional Playoff game at RCA Dome with 56-yard touchdown catch and run on screen play…helped set up late second- quarter field goal in AFC Championship Game at New England with consecutive runs of eight and 26 yards on draw plays…40-yard Nate Kaeding field goal at end of drive helped Bolts get within 14-9 at halftime. 2006: Spent entire season on “Reserve-Injured” list after suffering broken ankle on punt return during Chargers Aug. 12 preseason opener vs. Green Bay. 2005: Averaged 36.5 yards on four kickoff returns with long of 49 yards in season opener against Dal- las…49-yard return on opening kickoff of third quar- ter helped set table for Keenan McCardell touchdown catch to give San Diego 21-14 lead…46-yard return later in third quarter set up Nate Kaeding 33-yard field goal that gave Chargers 24-21 lead…season- long 58-yard kickoff return in fourth quarter against New York Giants Sept. 25 led to LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown six plays later and 42-23 lead… 21-yard run on third-and-two play in third quarter on lone carry of night kept drive alive and helped set up Drew Brees to Antonio Gates touchdown that gave Bolts 35-20 lead…averaged 33.5 yards on four kickoff returns against Giants…injured ankle at end of New England game Oct. 2…averaged impressive 31.4 yards per return on five kickoffs against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10…48-yard return in second quarter ignited drive that set up Gates touchdown to help Chargers overcome 14-0 deficit… inactive Week 6 at Oakland nursing ankle injury… 31-yard kickoff return in fourth quarter of 28-20 win over Kansas City Oct. 30 helped set up touchdown to give Bolts 28-13 lead after Chiefs had climbed to within 21-13…50-yard kickoff return helped set up field goal to give Chargers final points in 31-26 win over New York Jets on Nov. 6…posted 47-yard kickoff return against Washington Nov. 27. COLLEGE: Holds virtually every school record for career, single-season and single-game rushing and all-purpose yards…set school marks with 48 total touchdowns and 45 rushing scores…racked up five 200-yard rushing games and 24 100-yard games… offensive MVP of North team in 2005 Senior Bowl…named Wildcats Offensive MVP 2003-04 and co-MVP in 2002…first-team All-Big 12 by Associated Press in 2004…second-team all-conference by league coaches, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and San Antonio Express News in 2004…Big 12 Player of Year by College Football News in 2003 after former high school coach at Olathe North High School. During the summers while he was in college, Darren would return to his alma mater to volunteer at football camps and lift weights with the players. Darren has said that he would like to coach high school football after his playing career comes to an end. Foundation of America. Darren’s nickname is “Tank,” which came from his family because he weighed 10 pounds at birth. The first time Tank picked up a football in a game at the age of 9, he ran 80 yards for a touchdown in a Pop Warner game. Darren still maintains close ties to Gene Wier, his
  • 154 Darren Sproles, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S leading nation with school-record 1,986 rushing yards and 2,735 all-purpose yards… fifth in voting for Heisman Trophy, third for Associated Press Player of Year and runner up for Doak Walker Award as nation’s top running back in 2003…first-team All- America by Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and NFL Draft Report in 2003…first running back and 10th player in KSU history named first-team All- America by AP…first-team all-conference in ‘03 by league coaches, AP, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Austin American- Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, ESPN.com and College Football News…Big 12 Special Teams Player of Week after 63-yard punt return for score against Kansas Oct. 25, 2003…Big 12 Offensive Player of Week after 273-yard rushing game against Missouri Nov. 22, 2003…racked up 235 yards rushing and 88 yards receiving, including 60-yard touchdown catch in 2003 Big 12 Championship Game against top-ranked Oklahoma…second-team All-Big 12 in 2002 by league’s coaches, AP, Austin American Statesman, Dallas Morning News and Kansas City Star…finished career at KSU with 4,979 rushing yards, 80 rushing touchdowns, 609 yards receiving, two touchdown catches, 846 kickoff return yards, 378 punt return yards, one punt return touchdown and 6,812 all-purpose yards…played at Kansas State from 2001-04…earned degree in speech pathology. PERSONAL: Born in Waterloo, Iowa…named Kansas Player of Year by USA Today and Kansas Hall of Fame Player of Year as senior at Olathe North High School in Olathe, Kansas in 2000…winner of Thomas A. Simone Trophy given to top big-class football player in Kansas City metro area…named All-America by Student Sports Magazine…named to All-Class Kansas Top-11 Team…Kansas City Star Player of Year in 1999 and 2000…two-time all-state, all-metro and All- Sunflower League selection…as senior, led Olathe North to fourth Kansas 6A state title in five years… rushed for 5,230 yards and 79 touchdowns during prep career. DARREN’S BIG NIGHT ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Last November 11, Darren Sproles electrified a national-television audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football when he returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns to help the Chargers beat the Indianapolis Colts, 23-21. At the time, Sproles became only the ninth player in NFL history to return a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game. The other eight are listed below. Incidentally, just two weeks after Sproles achieved this remarkable feat, Chicago Bears return man Devin Hester became the 10th player in league history to record the feat with a punt and a kickoff return for touchdown against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 25. Date Player Team Oct. 31, 1995 Jimmy Patton New York Giants Nov. 23, 1958 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns Dec. 3, 1961 Al Frazier Denver Broncos Dec. 3, 1967 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears Nov. 2, 1969 Travis Williams Green Bay Packers Dec. 17, 1977 Eddie Payton Detroit Lions Oct. 13, 2002 Michael Lewis New Orleans Saints Dec. 8, 2002 Dante Hall Kansas City Chiefs Nov. 11, 2007 Darren Sproles San Diego Chargers Rushing Receiving Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2005 San Diego 15-0 8-50 6.3 21 0 3-10 3.3 6 0 2006 San Diego 0-0 Reserve-Injured (ankle) 2007 San Diego 15-0 37-164 4.4 34 2 10-31 3.1 14 0 Totals 30-0 45-214 4.8 21 2 13-41 3.2 14 0 Postseason 3-0 4-35 8.8 26 0 3-61 20.3 56t 1 Kickoff Returns Punt Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. FC Avg. Long TD 2005 63-1,528 24.3 58 0 18-108 5 6.0 23 0 2007 37-1,008 27.2 89t 1 24-229 2 9.5 45t 1 Postseason 10-223 22.3 30 0 5-28 2 5.6 13 0
  • 155 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Single-game Highs Rushing Attempts — 25, vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Rushing Yards — 122, vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Rushing Long — 34, vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Rushing Touchdowns — 2, vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Rushing Long Touchdown — 11t, vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Receptions — 4, vs. Denver, Dec. 24, 2007 Receiving Yards — 14, vs. Kansas City, Sept. 30, 2007 Receiving Long — 14, vs. Kansas City, Sept. 30, 2007 Kickoff Returns — 6, three times, Last: vs. Kansas City, Sept. 30, 2007 Kickoff Return Yards — 161, vs. Kansas City, Sept. 30, 2007 Kickoff Return Long — 89t, vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Kickoff Return Touchdowns — 1, vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Punt Returns — 3, six times, Last: vs. Baltimore, Nov. 25, 2007 Punt Return Yards — 45, vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Punt Return Long — 45t, vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Punt Return Touchdowns — 1, vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 Fair Catches — 2, twice, Last: vs. Kansas City, Oct. 30, 2005 Postseason Single-game Highs Rushing Attempts — 3, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Rushing Yards — 34, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Rushing Long — 26, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Receptions — 2, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Receiving Yards — 56, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Receiving Long — 56t, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Receiving Touchdowns — 1, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Kickoff Returns — 4, twice, Last: at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Kickoff Return Yards — 99, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Kickoff Return Long — 30, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Punt Returns — 3, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Punt Return Yards — 16, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Punt Return Long — 13, at New England, Jan. 20, 2008 Fair Catches — 2, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 2007 Game-By-Game Kickoff Returns Punt Returns Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards FC Avg. Long TD 09/09 Chicago 1 22 22.0 22 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/16 at New England 1 20 20.0 20 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/23 at Green Bay 3 76 25.3 39 0 1 3 0 3.0 3 0 09/30 Kansas City 6 161 26.8 42 0 3 28 0 9.3 20 0 10/07 at Denver 2 49 24.5 27 0 2 27 0 13.5 23 0 10/14 Oakland 1 18 18.0 18 0 3 29 0 9.7 21 0 10/28 Houston 2 54 27.0 31 0 2 17 0 8.5 10 0 11/04 at Minnesota 4 122 30.5 43 0 2 29 0 14.5 19 0 11/11 Indianapolis 3 125 41.7 89t 1 1 45 1 45.0 45t 1 11/18 at Jacksonville 2 15 7.5 15 0 3 17 0 5.7 7 0 11/25 Baltimore 2 59 29.5 32 0 3 17 1 5.7 7 0 12/02 at Kansas City 2 40 20.0 24 0 2 3 0 1.5 3 0 12/09 at Tennessee Inactive 12/16 Detroit 3 63 21.0 29 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/24 Denver 2 44 22.0 24 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/30 at Oakland 3 140 46.7 61 0 1 14 0 14.0 14 0 Totals 37 1008 27.2 89t 1 24 229 2 9.5 45t 1 01/06 Tennessee+ 2 40 20.0 22 0 2 12 2 6.0 10 0 01/13 at Indianapolis+ 4 99 24.8 30 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 01/20 at New England+ 4 84 21.0 23 0 3 16 0 5.3 13 0 Totals 10 223 22.3 30 0 5 28 2 5.6 13 0 2005 Game-By-Game Kickoff Returns Punt Returns Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards FC Avg. Long TD 09/11 Dallas 4 146 36.5 49 0 2 25 0 12.5 14 0 09/18 at Denver 3 71 23.7 27 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/25 at New York Giants 4 134 33.5 58 0 2 10 0 5.0 6 0 10/02 at New England 4 80 20.0 29 0 3 24 0 8.0 14 0 10/10 Pittsburgh 5 157 31.4 48 0 2 11 2 5.5 8 0 10/16 at Oakland Inactive 10/23 at Philadelphia 5 81 16.2 20 0 1 8 0 8.0 8 0
  • 156 Darren Sproles, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Darren Sproles, continued 10/30 Kansas City 4 84 21.0 31 0 3 29 2 9.7 23 0 11/06 at New York Jets 6 145 24.2 50 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 11/20 Buffalo 3 51 17.0 17 0 2 0 1 0.0 2 0 11/27 at Washington 5 128 25.6 47 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/04 Oakland 2 63 31.5 35 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/11 Miami 6 145 24.2 31 0 2 1 0 0.5 1 0 12/18 at Indianapolis 4 71 17.8 22 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/24 at Kansas City 4 85 21.3 26 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 12/31 Denver 4 87 21.8 26 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 Totals 63 1,528 24.3 58 0 18 108 5 6.0 23 0 + Denotes postseason game career scrimmage yards, Tomlinson ranks 18th and 21st, respectively, on the NFL’s all-time lists and will likely pass several big names in 2008. When LT passed the 1,000-yard mark in 2007, he joined Eric Dickerson (1983-89), Barry Sanders (1989-98) and Curtis Martin (1995-04) as the only players in NFL history to begin careers with seven-or-more-consecutive 1,000- yard seasons. In surpassing 1,200 yards, he also joined Dickerson as only the second player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,200 yards in each of their first seven seasons in league. Passing along values that were instilled at an early age by his mom, Loreane, Tomlinson and his wife, LaTorsha, have teamed up to become community leaders in both San Diego and their native Texas. Together, they oversee the Tomlinson Touching Lives Foundation. The foundation hosts events throughout the year, including youth football camps in San Diego and Texas, a golf tournament, a fishing trip for kids from The Monarch School for homeless and at-risk teens in San Diego, a Thanksgiving program in which they provide more than 2,100 San Diego families with complete holiday dinners and a Christmas program in which they give away more than 1,500 holiday gifts to the patients at San Diego’s Children’s Hospital and Health Center. At each Chargers’ home game, LT hosts “The 21 Club,” where he invites 21 kids from San Diego youth groups and nonprofit organizations to attend a game. After the game, LT invites the children down to the field where they get a one-on- one visit with their football hero. Another important branch of the Touching Lives Foundation is the “School is Cool Scholarship LaDainian Tomlinson is the National Football League’s preeminent superstar and represents all that is good about football players and professional athletes, both on and off the field. In 2006, Tomlinson won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and Man of the Year Awards. He became only the second player to win both awards in the same season, joining Walter Payton, for whom the Man of the Year Award is named. Payton won both awards in 1977. “LT,” as he is known by his legion of fans around the world, had yet another stellar season on the field in 2007. Tomlinson became the first player to lead the NFL in rushing in back-to-back years since Edgerrin James in 1999 and 2000. While his 1,474 yards were good enough to claim the second rushing title of his career, it was only LT’s fourth-highest single-season total. Tomlinson’s 15 rushing touchdowns were also a league best. As the season drew to a close, the awards and recognition poured in for LT as usual. In addition to earning Pro Bowl honors for the fourth-consecutive season and fifth time in his career, Tomlinson was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and Sporting News, All-NFL by Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America and his teammates unanimously voted him Chargers Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year. Tomlinson has a deep appreciation for the history of the NFL and over the last couple years, he’s seen his name join many of his childhood heroes in the record books. In 2007, he surpassed the likes of Walter Payton and Jim Brown on the NFL’s all-time rushing touchdowns list. LT enters 2008 ranked third in the category and needs only eight scores to tie Marcus Allen for second all-time. With 10,650 career rushing yards and 14,025 LaDAINIAN TOMLINSON Running Back Texas Christian 5-10, 221 Draft 1 - ’01 8th NFL Season University HS 8th with Chargers Waco, Tex. 21
  • 157 Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Fund,” which awards 30 annual scholarships to college-bound students based on academics, community involvement and volunteerism. Of the 30 students selected by Tomlinson each year, 15 are selected from San Diego and 15 are chosen from LT’s alma mater, University High School in Waco, Texas. Proceeds from his annual golf tournament help support the scholarship fund. The Foundation has also sponsored students from Morse High School in San Diego to participate in a summer business program at Columbia University, where the students received entrepreneurial training. Another cause which is close to Tomlinson’s heart is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Several times over the last few years, Tomlinson has spent time with children facing life-threatening illnesses whose wish is to spend a day with the Chargers’ superstar rusher. In April, Tomlinson was honored at the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night XIV in Phoenix, a nationally- renowned charity event that raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and numerous other charities. Tomlinson was honored along with actor Kevin Costner, recording artist Reba McEntire and longtime recording industry executive Clive Davis. Just seven seasons into what appears to be a sure Hall of Fame career, Tomlinson has already left an indelible mark on the game. En route to his selection as the Chargers’ first-ever Associated Press MVP in 2006, LT became the first player in team history to win the league’s rushing title with 1,815 yards. He racked up 2,323 total yards from scrimmage, the sixth-highest single-season total in league history. He set a total of 13 new NFL records and added six new team records to his resume. He went to his third-straight and fourth-career Pro Bowl, and led the Chargers to a fran- chise-record 14 wins and their second AFC West title in three years. Along the way, Tomlinson helped the Bolts set a new team scoring record and he complete- ly obliterated the NFL’s single-season scoring record of 186 points, which had stood in place since the leg- endary Paul Hornung established it way back in 1960. Tomlinson also helped the Bolts shatter the team’s rushing record as the 2006 unit racked up 2,578 yards, easily surpassing the previous team mark of 2,257 yards in 1990. It marked the fifth year in a row that the Bolts had rushed for more than 2,000 yards, tied with Denver for the NFL’s longest active streak. That streak ended in 2007 for the Broncos, but the Chargers amassed 2,039 yards to extend the league’s longest streak to six seasons (2002-07). In 2005, Tomlinson tied Lenny Moore’s NFL record by scoring a touchdown in 18 straight games and he set a new NFL record by scoring a rushing touchdown in 14 straight games during that stretch. After setting the rushing touchdowns mark on Sept. 18 in Denver, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio requested LT’s game-worn jersey. Also during the ’05 season, LT had a chance to stand alongside two of the greats in Chargers history. In the season finale against Denver, LT scored his 20th touchdown of the season, breaking Chuck Muncie’s then 24-year-old team record for the most touchdowns in a season, a mark which Muncie established way back in 1981. Coincidentally, Muncie was at the game that day and afterward greeted LT on the sidelines to congratulate the team’s new touchdown king. Tomlinson also shared the spotlight that day with another Charger great as he moved past Lance Alworth to become the team’s all-time leader in career yards from scrimmage. Though Alworth wasn’t at the game to congratulate LT, the two met earlier in the season when Alworth had his No. 19 jersey retired by the club. Jersey retirement is a subject LT was familiar with as he also had a jersey retired in 2005. During the team’s November bye week, Tomlinson returned to his alma mater, TCU, where he was honored with “LT Day” at the school’s Amon Carter Stadium. At halftime of the Horned Frogs’ game against UNLV, a ceremony was held at midfield during which LT was joined by nearly 50 former teammates. His No. 5 Horned Frogs jersey was honored so that no other player will ever be allowed to wear that number without Tomlinson’s approval. During the ceremony, a highlight video was shown and Tomlinson was serenaded by the capacity crowd with an “LT” chant. While 2006 was filled with career highlights for LT, 2007 began with disappointment for the Chargers superstar. On a Friday afternoon in late February, a life-changing incident took place when LT’s father, Oliver, and his older stepbrother, Ronald McClain, were tragically killed in a single-car accident near Waco, Texas. Away from football, Tomlinson enjoys quiet time at home. He and LaTorsha own a home in the San Diego suburb of Poway where they live with their three dogs: Coco, Fendi and Sweetness. Coco is a teacup poodle; Fendi is a miniature Yorkshire terrier, and Sweetness is a pit bull named after Walter Payton. A superstar’s house wouldn’t be complete without a sports memorabilia room and LT’s includes autographed helmets from some of his favorite NFL players, including Payton, Jim Brown and Barry Sanders. When wildfires ravaged San Diego in October 2007 for the second time in five years, many of the Chargers’ players and staff were affected, but none perhaps as perilously close as Tomlinson. He and LaTorsha were forced to flee their home in the middle of the night with little more than the clothes on their backs as flames roared toward their home. Thankfully though, firefighters waged a heroic battle,
  • 158 LaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S stopping the fire at the Tomlinson’s back fence, preserving the home and all of its contents, including LT’s memorabilia collection. In December, long after the fires were put out, Tomlinson hosted an event to support the first responders and volunteers who helped fight the fires. He also donated 300 flat-screen televisions to families that lost their homes in the fires. Tomlinson enjoys traveling and going to the movies for his weekly date nights with LaTorsha. Past travels have included trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, Mexico Costa Rica and the Bahamas, and he is planning to attend the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York. LT’s individual hobbies include playing basketball and golf. Like many of his teammates, Tomlinson also has an interest in classic cars and owns a restored 1964 cherry-red Chevy Impala, complete with a hydraulic lift kit. TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (5) by Chargers, April 21, 2001…signed with Chargers, Aug. 23, 2001…signed eight-year contract with Chargers, Aug. 14, 2004. 2007: Named first-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Sporting News and ESPN.com…All-NFL by USA Today Sports Weekly, and All-NFL and All- AFC by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writers of America…selected as starter for AFC Pro Bowl squad…named Chargers Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of Year…won NFL rushing title with 1,474 yards and led NFL with 15 rushing touch- downs…scored 18 total touchdowns to rank second in NFL behind New England’s Randy Moss…ranked second in league with 1,949 total yards from scrim- mage behind Philadelphia’s Brian Westbrook (2,104 yards)…also had second-most first downs (96) in NFL to Westbrook’s 104…threw 17-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates to give Chargers 7-0 lead late in the third quarter of season opening win vs. Chicago…was seventh-career TD pass, second-most all-time by non-quarterback…one series later, scored first TD of season on seven-yard run for final points in 14-3 win…21-yard touchdown catch at Green Bay Sept. 23 gave Bolts 21-17 lead midway through third quar- ter….scored Chargers’ first touchdown of day on Sept. 30 vs. Kansas City on five-yard run…was 114th career TD, good for sole possession of 11th place on League’s all-time TDs list…finished first half with 116 yards and game with 132 yards for first 100-yard game of season and 40th of career, including play- offs…was first 100-yard half since first half of Dec. 24, 2006 game at Seattle…he went over 100 yards on 37-yard run in second quarter that helped set up field goal on final play of first half…was Tomlinson’s longest run of the season…raised career rushing total at end of game to 9,438 and moved past Earl Camp- bell (9,407) and into 23rd place on NFL’s all-time rushing yardage list….tallied season-high 73 yards receiving Week 5 at Denver…included 36-yard catch- and-run on first-quarter screen play that helped set up touchdown and was ninth-longest receiving play of his career…also added 29-yard catch-and-run on another screen play that ultimately led to Nate Kaed- ing field goal…Sports Illustrated.com Offensive Player of Week and Stud of Week by USA Today.com after tying career high with four rushing touchdowns against Oakland Oct. 14…were 103rd- 106th of his career…scored from 3, 27, 13 and 41 yards…salted away game with 41-yard TD run to give Bolts 28-14 lead with 2:43 left in fourth quarter…car- ried four times for 73 yards on game-deciding drive…in Raiders’ game, moved past John Riggins (fifth all-time, 104 TDs, 1971-85) and into tie with Jim Brown (106 TDs, 1957-65) for fourth place on league’s all-time rushing TDs list…also raised his career TD total (rushing and receiving) to 118, again moving past Riggins (116) on list and into 10th place…finished afternoon with 198 yards rushing, eighth-career 100-yard game vs. Oakland…went over 100-yard mark during 13-yard TD run in third quar- ter…was sixth-best rushing performance of his career and second-best against Oakland…added 16 yards as receiver to finish afternoon with 214 total yards from scrimmage for 12th career 200-yard game…scored touchdown on one-yard run Nov. 4 at Minnesota for 107th career rushing touchdown to move into sole possession of fourth place on NFL’s all-time list, breaking tie with Jim Brown…gave Chargers 23-0 lead over defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 11 with four-yard touchdown run…scored touchdown on six-yard run on opening series of third quarter at Jacksonville Nov. 18…helped set up score with 34-yard catch-and-run on screen during drive…finished game with season-high 93 yards receiving, tying Chris Chambers for team high…rushed for 77 yards Nov. 25 against Baltimore to raise career total to 10,048…tied Emmitt Smith as fourth fastest player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards (106 games)…surpassed 10,000-yard mark during 36-yard run in third quarter…became 23rd player to reach 10K milestone…named FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week and Stud of Week by USA Today.com after surpassing 1,000-yard mark with 177 rushing yards in 24-10 win at Kansas City Dec. 2…scored two touchdowns against Chiefs (31 and 28 yards), 110th and 111th of his career to move past boyhood hero Walter Payton (110) and into third place on NFL’s all-time rushing touchdowns list…they were his 10th and 11th rushing touchdowns of season…marked seventh consecutive
  • 159 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S season with 10-or-more rushing TDs…he’s only player in NFL history to begin career with more than four straight 10+ touchdown seasons…both touchdowns against Chiefs came in second half to break 10-10 tie at half…were only scores by either team in final two quarters…helped set up final touchdown with 34- yard run, going over 1,000 yards on that carry…in doing so, joined Eric Dickerson (1983-89), Barry Sanders (1989-98) and Curtis Martin (1995-04) as only players in NFL history to begin careers with seven or more 1,000-yard seasons...went over 100 yards for day on 12-yard run in third quarter…marked sixth-career 100-yard game vs. Chiefs and second of 2007 season…scored game-winning touchdown on 16-yard run in overtime at Tennessee on Dec. 9…became first player in NFL history with three game-winning TDs in OT…game winner was second touchdown of game, having scored on seven-yard catch midway through fourth quarter to bring Bolts to within seven points at 17-10…finished game with 146 yards rushing for fourth 100-yard game of sea- son and second in as many weeks…146 yards rushing was most allowed by Titans in 2007…rushed for 119 of 146 yards in second half and overtime…added 27 yards receiving, including key nine-yard catch to two yard line on late fourth-quarter game-tying touch- down drive…opened third quarter with game-long 32-yard run to kick start field goal drive for Bolts’ first points of game…scored two touchdowns against Detroit Dec. 16, 126th and 127th of career to move past Hall of Famers, Walter Payton (125) and Jim Brown (126) and into seventh place on NFL’s all-time touchdowns list…TDs were runs of six and two yards…rushed for 116 yards against Lions, all in first half, and finished day with 1,311 yards for season…in surpassing 1,200 yards on 11-yard run in first quar- ter, he joined another Hall of Famer, Eric Dickerson, as only two players in NFL history to rush for more than 1,200 yards in each of their first seven seasons in league…also raised career rushing total to 10,487 yards to move into 19th place on NFL’s all-time rush- ing list…started day ranked 21st, but during game, made his way past Eddie George, who had been 20th with 10,441 yards and Tiki Barber, who had been 19th with 10,449 yards…was third-straight 100-yard game…late in second quarter, had season-long 49- yard run to nine on third-and-one play to help set up Bolts’ final touchdown of first half…was 25th straight game with run of at least 10 yards and fourth straight with run of at least 30 yards…combined with Darren Sproles (122 yards, two touchdowns) to become first pair of running backs to rush for at least 116 yards and two scores in same game since Tank Younger and Dan Towler of Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 24, 1954 vs. Chicago…was first time two Chargers running backs had two rush TDs each in same game since James Brooks and Chuck Muncie at Cleveland on Dec. 5, 1982…scored 15th rushing TD of season against Denver Dec. 24 on ESPN Monday Night Football on 17-yard run in first quarter to extend streak of 15-TD seasons to four…rushed for 107 yards against Bron- cos in just over one half of game for fourth-straight 100-yard game…was fifth-career 100-yard game vs. the Broncos…had 16-yard run on first offensive series of night to stretch streak of games with rush of 10 yards or longer to 26…rushed for 56 yards at Oakland Dec. 30 to move past Ricky Watters (10,643) and into 18th place on NFL’s all-time rushing list…finished Raiders game with 63 scrimmage yards to surpass 14,000 scrimmage yards for career…scored touch- down on opening drive of game, catching seven-yard TD pass from Rivers…scored game-clinching fourth- quarter touchdown on one-yard run on fourth-and- goal play from one-yard line in Jan. 6 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game vs. Tennessee…scored on patented leap over pile and was given touchdown after second- effort to stretch out ball beyond goal line…he helped ignite that touchdown drive with 12-yard run on sec- ond-and-10 play on second play of drive…his TD gave Bolts 17-6 lead midway through final quarter…start- ed AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Indianapolis but was forced to sideline after suffering left knee injury in second quarter…fumbled on play during which he was injured, ending streak of 708 consecutive carries without fumble…it had been longest streak in NFL by running back…longest run against Colts was just eight yards, ending NFL-long streak of 29 consecutive games with run of 10 yards or longer…started AFC Championship Game at New England, but came out of game after two series after re-aggravating knee injury…did not play in Feb. 10 Pro Bowl due to knee injury. 2006: NFL Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of Year and first-team All-Pro by Associat- ed Press...received 44 of possible 50 MVP votes, 38 of possible 50 OPOY votes and was unanimous All-Pro choice...runner up to Tiger Woods for AP Male Athlete of Year Award...shared Walter Payton NFL Man of Year Award with Drew Brees...starter in 2007 Pro Bowl…named Best Player in NFL by Sports Illus- trated and Sportsman of Year by Sporting News…also named NFL Player of Year and All-Pro by TSN…48th Annual Bert Bell Award winner as Professional Player of Year by Maxwell Football Club…named Running Back of Year by NFL Alumni Association…MVP, Offensive Player of Year, first-team All-NFL and first-team All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly and Professional Football Writ- ers of America…FedEx Ground NFL Player of Year as voted by fans on NFL.com…MVP and Offen- sive Player of Year by CBS Sportsline.com…MVP and Offensive Player of Year by Dallas Morning News…also named All-Pro by USA Today Sports Weekly, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated.com…won four ESPY Awards in July 2007 for 2006 Male Athlete of Year, Best NFL Player, Record-Breaking Performance and Like Nothing Else Award... selected as Chargers’ Most Valuable Player by teammates…named to NFL.com’s All-Interview
  • 160 LaDainian Tomlinson, continuedLaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Team and selected as PFWA’s “Good Guy” for dealings with media…set NFL records with 31 total touchdowns, 28 rushing touchdowns and 186 total points…rushed for 1,815 yards to win league’s rush- ing title…became first Charger to win NFL rushing crown…racked up 2,323 total yards from scrimmage, sixth-most in NFL history…averaged 11.6 points per game, fifth-highest average in NFL history and most since Paul Hornung averaged 12.2 ppg for Green Bay in 1961…with 31 touchdowns in 404 total touches, recorded NFL’s second-highest ratio of touchdowns per times handling ball in league history (13.0)…only St. Louis’ Marshall Faulk had better ratio (12.85), scoring 26 TDs in 334 touches in 2000…scored more rushing touchdowns (28) than any other team in the league, with Jacksonville (23) being closest…became fifth player in NFL history to score more rushing touchdowns than any other team…also set NFL records for touchdowns in five (15) and six-game stretch (19); games with two or more touchdowns (8); games with four touchdowns (3), and games with three rushing touchdowns (5)...FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week after rushing for 131 yards and touchdown on 31 carries in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland…58-yard run late in first quarter set up one-yard touchdown run four plays later…tied fifth- longest run of his career on 58 yarder…was sixth career 100-yard game against Raiders…became 63rd player in NFL history to surpass 10,000 career yards from scrimmage in Sept. 17 win over Tennessee… crossed 10,000-yard threshold with five-yard run on second-and-four play with 2:11 remaining in second quarter…tied Jim Brown (81 games) as third-fastest players in NFL history to reach 10,000 career yards (Edgerrin James, 78 games & Eric Dickerson, 80 games)…rushed for two touchdowns against Titans, 82nd and 83rd of career, on four and eight-yard runs in second quarter to tie Lance Alworth’s team record for career touchdowns…was 17th career game with two or more rushing TDs…also led team with seven catches against Titans…FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week and Chargers Alumni Player of Week after tying team record and scoring career-high four rush- ing touchdowns in 48-19 win at San Francisco Oct. 15…marked 19th team record he either owns or shares…scored two times each from one and five yards out…became third player in team history to rush for four scores in game, matching feat achieved first by Clarence Williams against Buffalo in 1979 and later by Chuck Muncie against Denver in 1981…his first touchdown run of game, five-yard run in first quarter, was 84th of his career, giving him sole pos- session of team’s all-time touchdowns record which he had shared with HOF wide receiver Lance Alworth…overcame early fumble and was responsible for two touchdowns in Oct. 22 game at Kansas City…his 37-yard touchdown catch-and-run on fourth-and-three play in fourth quarter allowed Bolts to get within seven points of Chiefs at 27-20…then after takeaway by Bolts’ defense, Tomlinson threw one-yard TD pass to Brandon Manumaleuna on third- and-goal play from one-yard line, fifth TD pass of his career, to tie game at 27-27…against St. Louis Oct. 29, LT scored three times, including twice on ground and once through air…they were 89th, 90th and 91st touchdowns of his career…Rams game was 86th of career, tying him with Emmitt Smith as second- fastest player in NFL history to 90 TDs…scored 90th TD on 38-yard run in first quarter, longest TD run of season…after being held for five games without 100 yards on ground, Tomlinson erupted for 183 against St. Louis, eighth-highest single-game total of his career…included in effort was 51-yard run during third-quarter field goal drive, which was 11th run of 50+ yards during his career and second of season… early in fourth quarter, he went over 8,000 rushing yards for his career, becoming eighth player in NFL history to do so in fewer than 90 games…had three catches for 57 yards against Rams, including 25-yard touchdown catch on third-and-eight play to give Chargers 38-17 lead late in fourth quarter…started drive by recovering onsides kick and also had 14-yard run on second-and-nine play during drive…earlier in final quarter, set up Michael Turner touchdown run with 26-yard catch to St. Louis 14-yard line on third- and-nine play…finished Rams game with 240 total yards from scrimmage, most by any player in league at that point of season…AFC Offensive Player of Month for November…AFC Offensive Player of Week, FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week and CBS Radio-Westwood One Amtrak Player of Week after rushing for 172 yards and three touchdowns against Cleveland Nov. 5…was ninth-highest single- game rushing total of career…after being limited to 43 yards and no touchdowns on seven carries in first Tomlinson has been featured on the cover of virtually every sports magazine in the U.S. Earlier this year he added ESPN the Magazine to his portfoloio when he was profiled on the cover of their special 10th anniversary issue. Photo: K.C. Alfred
  • 161 Veterans & Returning PlayersVETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S half, Tomlinson exploded for 129 yards and three touchdowns in second…scores came from 41, 7 and 8 yards…his 41-yard TD in late third quarter turned 12-10 deficit into 17-12 lead, which Chargers would not relinquish…was his 14th-career carry of 40+ yards…later added 32-yard carry on Bolts’ final TD drive…averaged 9.6 yards per carry against Browns (18 for 172), second-highest single-game average of career…became first player since 2003 and the fifth player since 2000 to rush for 170+ yards and two touchdowns in consecutive games…FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week, SportsIllustrated.com Offensive Player of Week and USA Today Stud of Week after scoring four touchdowns Nov. 12 in Cincinnati to set NFL record with 15 touchdowns in last five games…helped lead Chargers to improbable 49-41 come-from-behind victory over Bengals… scored three of his four touchdowns in second half, including his fourth with 14:40 left in fourth quarter to give Chargers their first lead of game at 42-38 and help erase 21-point first-half deficit…the touchdown came one play after Shaun Phillips recorded a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery and was LT’s second touchdown in 15 seconds…he had just scored from two yards out with 14:55 left to make score 38- 35…touchdowns for game were scored from 9, 4, 2 and 9 yards…finished game with 104 yards rushing, marking third-straight 100-yard game, tying longest stretch of his career…had perhaps biggest run of game on third-and-two late in fourth quarter taking toss-pitch 14 yards to sustain drive that would end in touchdown and give Chargers 49-41 edge…four- touchdown effort against Bengals was his second of season, tying NFL record for single-season four- touchdown games shared by Shaun Alexander (2005) and Jim Taylor (1962)…Tomlinson now has 18 touch- downs on the season, joining Alexander (2005) as the only players in NFL history to score 15 or more touch- downs in five consecutive seasons…AFC Offensive Player of Week, FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week, SportsIllustrated.com Offensive Player of Week and USA Today Stud of Week after scoring four touchdowns in 35-27 win at Denver Nov. 19…were 99th, 100th, 101st and 102nd touch- downs of career…three of touchdowns were on rush- es (3, 3 and 1 yard) and one on reception (51 yards)…touchdown catch was sixth-longest reception of career…catch was third touchdown of night and 21st of season, setting new team record…combined with his 20 touchdowns in 2005, Tomlinson becomes fifth player in NFL history to score 20 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons…became fastest player in NFL history to score 100 touchdowns (89 games), easily surpassing Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith (93 games)…became 20th player in NFL history to score 100 touchdowns…scored NFL-record 19 touch- downs in last six games, including back-to-back four- touchdown games...was third time of season he scored four touchdowns in game (NFL record) and became third player in league history to score four touchdowns in back-to-back games, joining Jim Tay- lor (1962) and Marshall Faulk (2000)…four touch- downs against Broncos raised season total to 22, set- ting new Chargers’ single-season mark and breaking old mark (20), which he had set in 2005…they are also most touchdowns ever scored by NFL player in first 10 games of season…scored three times on ground at Invesco Field, raising his season rushing TD total to 19, tying team’s single-season mark held by Chuck Muncie (1981)…his three rushing touchdowns against Broncos were 89th, 90th and 91st of career, making him NFL’s second-fastest player to score 90 rushing touchdowns (89 games)…Emmitt Smith was fastest (88 games)…Tomlinson became 13th player in NFL history to score 90 rushing TDs…scored 10 rush- ing touchdowns in last three games alone, including three against Cleveland, four at Cincinnati and three at Denver to become first player in league history to score three or more rushing TDs in three straight games…including touchdown catch against St. Louis Oct. 29, Tomlinson scored three or more touchdowns in four consecutive games, becoming first NFL player to do so…rushed for 105 yards against Broncos, first- career 100-yard game in Mile High City…it was his Top 10 Rushing Performances 243 vs. Oakland, Dec. 28, 2003 220 vs. Denver, Dec. 1, 2002 217 vs. New England, Sept. 29, 2002 200 at Cleveland, Oct. 19, 2003 199 vs. Kansas City, Dec. 17, 2006 198 vs. Oakland, Oct. 14, 2007 192 vs. New York Giants, Sept. 25, 2005 187 at Oakland, Sept. 28, 2003 184 at Washington, Oct. 30, 2005 183 vs. St. Louis, Oct. 29, 2006 2007 Pro Bowl Photo: Mike Nowak Continued next page
  • 162 LaDainian Tomlinson, continued fourth game in row with over 100 yards, marking first such stretch in his career…on Chargers’ fourth-quar- ter drive in which they scored touchdown to take lead at 28-27, Tomlinson started drive with 15-yard run that put him over 1,000 yards for season…he’s rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first six NFL seasons and is one of only five players to do so, join- ing Barry Sanders (first 10 seasons, 1989-1998), Cur- tis Martin (10, 1995-2004), Eric Dickerson (7, 1983- 89) and Corey Dillon (6, 1997-2002)…scored two rushing touchdowns, including 10-yard game-winner late in fourth quarter, and threw 19-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates in 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26…was sixth career touchdown pass, tied for second-most all-time by non-quarterback with Keith Byars, Greg Pruitt and Marcus Allen…racked up 109 rushing yards against Raiders…scored Chargers’ first touchdown on four-yard run in second quarter…was 20th rushing TD of season, setting new team single- season record (19, Chuck Muncie, 1981)…that touch- down raised his season point total to 138, which also set new team record for single-season scoring (135, John Carney, 1994)…scored game-winner late in fourth quarter on 10-yard run…went over 100 yards rushing for day on touchdown, marking career-best fifth-straight 100 yard game…set up touchdown run with 44-yard carry on first play of drive…after running to his left most of day, ran cutback to right and took off down sidelines untouched…five plays later he took it to house and delivered Bolts 21-14 lead…FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week, SportsIl- lustrated.com Offensive Player of Week and USA Today Stud of Week after scoring two touchdowns Dec. 3 in Buffalo while rushing for 178 yards… extending longest streak of 100-yard games during career to six…increased season TD total to 26, most- ever in NFL through first 12 games of season…first touchdown run covered 51 yards in first quarter and put him over 1,200 yards rushing for season…joined Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson as only two players in NFL history to rush for more than 1,200 yards in each of their first six NFL seasons…51-yard run was his longest touchdown run since 2003…was his 12th- career run of 50+ yards and tied for 11th-longest of career…went over 100-yard mark on 22-yard run in second quarter…his second touchdown of day, two- yarder late in fourth quarter, gave Bolts seemingly insurmountable 24-14 lead and capped off 8:06 drive that was Chargers’ longest of season…Bills game was LT’s sixth-consecutive multi-touchdown game, tying Emmitt Smith (1994) for league’s second- longest streak…was seventh 100-yard rushing game of season, tying team’s single-season record (Don Woods, 1974 and LT, 2002)…averaged lofty 6.4 yards per carry against Bills (28 for 178), third-highest aver- age of season and second-highest in game with at least 25 carries…AFC Offensive Player of Week, FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week, CBS Radio- Westwood One Amtrak Player of Week and SportsIllustrated.com Offensive Player of Week after scoring 27th, 28th and 29th touchdowns of year Dec. 10 against Denver to set new NFL single- season touchdown record…broke previous mark of 28 set by Seattle’s Shaun Alexander in 2005…scored from one, six and seven yards out…set NFL record for fifth game of season with at least three rushing touchdowns...previous mark (four games) was held by New York Giants’ Joe Morris (1985) and Kansas City’s Priest Holmes (2003)…raised career touchdown total to 109 and moved into tie with Barry Sanders (1989- 1998) for 12th place on NFL’s all-time list…was seventh-consecutive multi-touchdown game, tying NFL record set by former Washington Redskin John Riggins in 1983…finished Broncos game with 103 yards rushing, going over 100-yard mark on record- LaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S In December 2006, LT graced the cover of Sports Illustrated for the first time in his career after he was named “The Best Player in the NFL.” Tomlinson was the first Chargers running back featured on the cover of SI since Natrone Means in 1994. Photo: Sports Illustrated LT’s Long Runs - 50+ 85t vs. Kansas City, Dec. 17, 2006 76 vs. Denver, Dec. 1, 2002 73t vs. Minnesota, Nov. 9, 2003 70t at Cleveland, Oct. 19, 2003 62 at Seattle, Dec. 24, 2006 vs. New York Giants, Sept. 25, 2005 58 at Oakland, Sept. 11, 2006 58t vs. New England, Sept. 29, 2002 55 vs. Kansas City, Nov. 30, 2003 55 vs. Minnesota, Nov. 9, 2003 55t at Oakland, Sept. 28, 2003 54 at Cleveland, Oct. 7, 2001 51t at Buffalo, Dec. 3, 2006 51 vs. St. Louis, Oct. 29, 2006
  • 163 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S breaking touchdown run in fourth quarter…was his career-best seventh-consecutive 100-yard rushing game…was eighth 100-yard game of season, setting new franchise record…AFC Offensive Player of Week, FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week and USA Today Stud of Week after rushing for season-high 199 yards on NBC’s Sunday Night Football Dec. 17 against Kansas City…eighth consecutive 100-yard game and ninth of season…fifth-highest single-game rushing total in NFL this season and sixth-highest team history…scored two rushing touchdowns in Chiefs game, 99th and 100th of his career…became fastest player in NFL history to score 100 rush TDs (93 games), beating Emmitt Smith (99 games)… became seventh player in NFL history with 100, join- ing Smith (164), Marcus Allen (123), Walter Payton (110), Jim Brown (106), John Riggins (104) and Mar- shall Faulk (100)…on first TD of game, 15-yard run in first quarter, broke Paul Hornung’s NFL single-season scoring record (176 points), set in 1960…finished K.C. game with two TDs, increasing season scoring total to 186 points…scored second TD of game on career- long 85-yard run…on that play, he set new NFL sin- gle-season record for rushing touchdowns (28), breaking previous mark (27) shared by Shaun Alexan- der (2005) and Priest Holmes (2003)…85-yard run was third-longest in team history and Bolts’ longest since 1962…Paul Lowe had 87-yard TD run at Dallas on 9/10/61 and Keith Lincoln had 86-yard run at Oakland 9/30/62…Chiefs game was eighth-consecu- tive multi-touchdown game, also setting new NFL record…previous mark (seven) was set by former Washington Redskin John Riggins in 1983…on 85- yard TD run, he went over 2,000 scrimmage yards for season, marking third time during his career and first time since 2003 that he’s gone over 2,000 yards in season…finished K.C. game with 204 total yards from scrimmage (199 rushing and 5 receiving) for his sec- ond 200-yard game of season…rushed for 123 yards in Seattle on Christmas Eve, his ninth-straight 100- yard game…tied for third most consecutive 100-yard games in NFL history with Walter Payton, Fred Taylor, Deuce McAllister and Larry Johnson…finished game with new team single-season rushing record of 1,749 yards…went over 9,000 rushing yards for his career during Seahawks game to join Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders as fourth-fastest players in NFL history to do so (94 games)…set up first touchdown of game with 62-yard run in second quarter…later had 48- yard run on opening drive of third quarter negated by personal foul penalty…rushed for 66 yards against Arizona Dec. 31 to finish season with 1,815 yards and claim NFL rushing title…officially won title on eight- yard run in second quarter…became first Charger in NFL history to win league’s rushing crown…finished Cardinals game with 80 total yards from scrimmage to go over 12,000-yard mark for career (12,076)…fin- ished second in NFL with 2,323 yards from scrim- mage…was the second-most in season in team histo- ry and the sixth-most in a season in NFL history…had 16 carries against Cardinals to finish season with 348, second-most for season in team history…rushed for 123 yards in Jan. 14 AFC playoff game against Patri- ots…58-yard catch-and-run on screen pass in second quarter was longest postseason pass play in team his- tory and fifth-longest reception of his career…fin- ished game with 187 total yards from scrimmage, most by Charger in postseason game since Keith Lin- coln’s team-record 329-yard performance in 1963 AFL Championship Game against Boston Patriots Jan. 5, 1964…scored two touchdowns on rushes of two and three yards to become first player in team history to score two rushing touchdowns in playoff game…also only fifth time in team history player scored two touchdowns in playoff game…started and LT THE QUARTERBACK In the 2007 season opener against Chicago, Tomlinson threw his seventh-career touchdown pass, hitting Antonio Gates on a 17-yard halfback-option pass for a touchdown in the third quarter. LT now has thrown the second-most touchdown passes by a non-quarterback in NFL history. Walter Payton holds the NFL record with eight. Below is an updated look at each of his seven career TD passes. Photo: Mike Nowak 09/28/03 — 21 yards to Drew Brees at Oakland 09/25/05 — 26 yards to Keenan McCardell vs. N.Y. Giants 10/16/05 — 4 yards to Justin Peelle at Oakland 10/30/05 — 17 yards to Eric Parker vs. K.C. 10/22/06 — 1 yard to Brandon Manumaleuna at K.C. 11/26/06 — 19 yards to Antonio Gates vs. Oakland 09/09/07 — 17 yards to Antonio Gates vs. Chicago LT’s 10 Longest Receiving Plays 74t at Indianapolis, Dec. 26, 2004 73t at Detroit, Dec. 7, 2003 68t vs. Green Bay, Dec. 14, 2003 59 vs. New York Jets, Sept. 19, 2004 54 vs. Jacksonville, Oct. 10, 2004 51t at Denver, Nov. 19, 2006 41 vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 10, 2005 37t at Kansas City, Oct. 22, 2006 36 at Denver, Oct. 7, 2007 35 at Jacksonville, Nov. 18, 2007 35t at Oakland, Oct. 16, 2005
  • 164 LaDainian Tomlinson, continued rushed for game-high 51 yards on 10 carries in 2007 Pro Bowl…scored touchdown on three-yard run early in third quarter to give AFC 21-14 advantage. 2005: Pro Bowl selection...Sporting News first-team All-Pro…Chargers Most Valuable Player and co-Offensive Player of Year… selected to NFL.com’s All-Inter- view Team...scored team-record 20 touchdowns to rank third in NFL…NFL’s sixth-leading rusher with 1,462 yards…third-highest single- season total in team history...added 370 yards receiv- ing for 1,832 total scrimmage yards to rank fifth in league and third-best in team annals…carried 339 times, tied for third-most in team history…threw three touchdown passes, tied for second-most in season by running back or fullback since 1970 joining Green Bay’s Willard Harrell (1975), Cleveland’s Greg Pruitt (1977), Los Angeles Raiders Marcus Allen (1983) and Chicago’s Walter Payton (1983)…became fourth player in NFL history with at least two rushing touchdowns, two touchdown catches and two touchdown passes in same season joining Allen (1983), Payton (1983) and Craig James (1985)…two- yard touchdown run in season opener against Dallas marked 13th consecutive game with rushing touch- down, tying NFL record shared by John Riggins (1982-83) and George Rogers (1985-86)…held with- out catch against Dallas for first time in career, ending streak of 63 consecutive games with at least one reception…16-yard touchdown run in second quarter at Denver Sept. 18 marked NFL-record 14th consec- utive game with rushing touchdown…added four- yard touchdown run later in quarter to give Bolts 14- 3 halftime lead over Broncos…AFC Offensive Player of Week, FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week, CBS/Westwood One Radio Amtrak Player of the Week and Chargers Alumni Player of Week after racking up 192 yards rushing and three touchdowns against New York Giants Sept. 25 on ESPN Sunday Night Football…tied career high with three touch- downs…192 yards was fifth-highest output of career, seventh-highest in team history and seventh-best performance of season in NFL…first 100-yard rushing game of season and 24th of career…marked 15th consecutive game with rushing touchdown to extend personal NFL record streak…also marked second- longest streak in league history for touchdowns either rushing or receiving breaking tie with O.J. Simp- son (14 games)…logged 62-yard run in fourth quarter to set up Nate Kaeding field goal for final points in 45-23 victory…was fourth-longest run of career and seventh-longest play from scrimmage…early in sec- ond quarter had 28-yard run that led to 15-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Keenan McCardell on following play…later threw 26-yard touchdown pass to McCardell on halfback option play in third quarter…on touchdown reception, McCar dell went over 10,000 career receiving yards …was Tomlinson’s second career touchdown pass… added 28 yards receiving against Giants for 220 total yards from scrimmage…marked eighth career game with 200-plus yards and Chargers improved to 8-0 in said games…sixth-highest total yardage effort of career… on first touchdown against Giants, moved past Dennis Partee (380 points) and into fourth place on team’s all-time scoring list…Tomlinson came into game with 378 points and finished night with 394 points…FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week after logging 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 41-17 win at New England Oct. 2 that ended Patri- ots’ NFL-record 21-game home winning streak…on first touchdown run in second quarter from eight- yard line, broke three tackles on way to end zone and dragged one defender with him across goal line…scored again in third quarter from one yard out after breaking free from open-field tackle to give Bolts 24-17 lead…added 34 yards as receiver for 168 total yards from scrimmage…second 100-yard rush- ing game of season and 25th of career…extended NFL record streak of consecutive games with rushing touchdown to 16…scored touchdown on two-yard In December 2006, LT appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno the week before he broke the NFL single-season touchdown record against Denver. Photo: NBCU Photos LaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S
  • 165 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S run with 4:42 remaining in fourth quarter to give Bolts brief 22-21 lead over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10…stopped short of goal line on two-point conversion attempt…touchdown run extended NFL-record streak to 17 consecutive games with rushing touchdown…converted two third downs during drive, including 14-yard carry on third-and- four and four-yard carry on third-and-one on play before touchdown run…earlier in quarter helped set up Nate Kaeding field goal with season-long 41-yard catch and run on screen pass…was sixth-longest reception of career…play came on second-and-17 from own eight-yard line…led team with seven catch- es, good for 68 yards…finished MNF contest with 130 total yards, including 62 yards rushing…named AFC Offensive Player of Week, FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week and earned Game Ball from ESPN NFL Prime-Time host Chris Berman after 27-14 win at Oakland Oct. 16...caught 35-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees, scored another touchdown on seven-yard run, and threw four-yard touchdown pass to Justin Peelle…accounted for all three touchdowns in first half…was only fifth time in Super Bowl era (since 1966), and first time since New England’s David Patten in 2001, that player scored rushing touchdown, caught touchdown pass and threw touchdown pass in same game…joined Patten, Walter Payton (1979), Harmon Wages (1969) and Dan Reeves (1967) as others to achieve this rare feat…fin- ished Raiders contest with 183 yards of total offense, including 140 yards rushing, four yards passing and 39 yards receiving…was third 100-yard rushing game of season…during Raiders’ game, Tomlinson reached several milestones…tied Lenny Moore’s (1963-65) NFL record by scoring touchdown in 18th consecu- tive game… touchdown that he tied record on was 35-yard catch, first touchdown catch of season, sev- enth-longest catch of career and fourth-longest touchdown catch…when he scored on Chargers’ next series on seven-yard run, it was his 10th rushing touchdown of season, making him first player in NFL history to rush for 10 or more touchdowns in each of his first five NFL seasons…touchdown run also extended NFL-record streak to 18 consecutive games with rushing touchdown… two scores against Raiders raised career touchdown total to 70…reached mark in 69th career game, tying Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown as second-fastest player to reach total…held to career-low seven yards rushing and no touchdowns in 20-17 loss to Philadelphia Eagles Oct. 23…ended NFL record streak of 18 consecutive games with rushing touchdown…also left him tied with Lenny Moore for longest total touchdown streak (rushing or receiving) in NFL history at 18 games…threw 17-yard touchdown pass to Eric Parker on halfback option play in 28-20 win over Kansas City Oct. 30… marked third-consecutive pass attempt that went for touchdown…became first player to throw three consecutive passes for touchdowns since Min- nesota’s Daunte Culpepper did it against Green Bay Dec. 24, 2004… Fed Ex Ground NFL Player of Week and CBS/Westwood One Radio Amtrak Player of the Week after four-touchdown performance in 31- 26 win over New York Jets on Nov. 6…helped give Bolts 21-10 lead at half with scoring runs of four and one-yard and catch of 25 yards…added one-yard run in third quarter to stretch lead to 28-13…kept first touchdown dive of game alive with 15-yard catch on third-and-seven play…added eight-yard run on third- and-four play during second quarter scoring drive… named Midseason Most Valuable Player by ESPN.com and Offensive MVP by NFL.com, SportsIllustrated.com and CBS SportsLine.com… In December 2006, LT was featured on the cover of Sporting News after being named the magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year.” Photo: Sporting News LT’s Team Records Career Touchdowns – 129 Career Rushing Touchdowns – 115 Career 100-Yard Rushing Games (regular season) – 44 Career 200-Net-Yard Games – 12 Career Rushing Yards – 10,650 Career Rushing Attempts – 2,365 Career Total Yards from Scrimmage – 14,025 Single Season Points - 186 Single Season Touchdowns – 31 Single-Season 100-Yard Rushing Games – 10 Single-Season 200-Net-Yard Games – 5 Single-Season Rushing Yards – 1,815 Single-Season Rushing Attempts – 372 Single-Season Total Yards from Scrimmage – 2,370 Single-Season Receptions – 100 Single-Game Rushing Touchdowns – 4* Single-Game Rushing Yards – 243 Single-Game Rushing Attempts – 39 Career Postseason Rushing Touchdowns – 3+ Single-Game Postseason Rushing Touchdowns – 2 Single-Game Postseason Rushing Attempts – 26 Consecutive Games with a Touchdown – 18 *Tied with Clarence Williams and Chuck Muncie +Tied with Muncie
  • 166 LaDainian Tomlinson, continuedLaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S named to Pro Football Weekly’s Midseason All-Pro Team… scored Chargers first touchdown of game on one-yard run against Buffalo Nov. 20… scored touch- down on fourth-and-one play… also converted third- and-one play with five-yard run during drive…Bolts went on to beat Bills 48-10…beat Washington Red- skins with 41-yard touchdown run on second play of overtime at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on Nov. 27…capped off 184-yard, three-touchdown performance against Redskins…was 10th-best rush- ing performance in team history and NFL’s eighth- best rushing game of season…scored Chargers first touchdown of game on one-yard run in second quar- ter and tied game at 17-17 in fourth quarter with 3:29 left on 32-yard run…threw first incomplete pass of season on halfback option play to Brees in first quarter…ended streak of three-straight touchdown passes… in fourth quarter of Redskins game, moved past Charlie Joiner and into second place on team’s all-time scrimmage yards list…also went over 1,000 rushing yards for season in fourth quarter to become seventh player in NFL history with 1,000 rushing yards in each of first five NFL seasons…briefly left Raiders game Dec. 4 in second quarter with apparent rib injury but returned to finish game… held out of end zone by Raiders…only third game of season with- out touchdown… rushed for 75 yards against Miami Dec. 11 to raise season total to 1,247…became only third player in NFL history with 1,200 rushing yards in each of first five NFL seasons, joining Erick Dickerson (1983-89) and Eddie George (1996-2000)…pulled himself out of Indianapolis game Dec. 18 in fourth quarter due to chest injury suffered in Dec. 4 game against Oakland…rushed for 76 yards on 24 carries before exiting game…scored touchdown on six-yard run on fourth-and-one play late in second quarter of Dec. 31 season finale against Denver…was 20th touchdown of season, breaking Chuck Muncie’s 24-year-old team record of 19 touchdowns in 1981...was 80th career touchdown…tied Emmitt Smith as second-fastest player (79 games) to score 80 touchdowns…on 28-yard run during touchdown drive, passed Lance Alworth (9,721 yards) to become team’s all-time leader in total scrimmage yards…took Alworth nine seasons to set record while LT did so in fifth pro season. 2004: Pro Bowl selection…first-team All-Pro by Associated Press and College & Pro Football Newsweekly...All- Interview Team by NFL.com…led NFL with 17 rushing touchdowns… ranked second in league with 18 total scores…ranked fifth in NFL with 1,776 scrimmage yards…rushed for 1,335 yards to rank seventh in league…rushed 26 times for 121 yards and touchdown in season opener at Houston for 18th career 100-yard game…scored against Texans on one-yard run in second quarter… set team record against Texans for most career car- ries, raising total to 1,050 and passing Marion Butts who carried 1,031 times from 1989-1993… scored touchdown on four-yard run against New York Jets Sept. 19…was 39th career rushing touchdown, giving him sole possession of second place on team’s all- time list, breaking deadlock with Paul Lowe…also had 59-yard catch and run against Jets, fourth-longest reception of career…finished game with 163 total yards from scrimmage, including 87 rushing and 76 receiving…was limited against New York due to jammed big toe…completed 38-yard pass to Drew Brees at Denver Sept. 26…pass helped set up Nate Kaeding field goal…became Chargers all-time leading rusher with 147-yard effort against Tennessee Oct. 3…finished Titans’ game with 4,979 career yards, passing Lowe, who had rushed for 4,972 yards from 1960-68…carried 17 times against Tennessee to average season-high 8.6 yards per carry…scored first- quarter touchdown on 15-yard run to move into tie with Chuck Muncie and Kellen Winslow for ninth- Since 2001, including playoffs, the Chargers record when LT… Rushes for more than 100 yards: 35-10 Rushes for less than 100 yards: 29-42 Carries 20 or more times in a game: 44-22 Carries less than 20 times in a game: 20-30 Scores a touchdown: 49-30 Scores no touchdowns: 15-22 Throws a touchdown pass: 5-2 Scores two or more touchdowns: 31-5 Makes a play of 70 yards or longer: 5-1 Rushes for more than 200 yards: 4-0 Records 200 combined yards: 11-1 Tomlinson, one of the NFL’s preeminent superstars, is a pitchman for several national companies, including FOX Sports.com, which featured him in this 2008 ad to promote Fantasy Football. Tomlinson also has national endorsement deals with Nike, Campbell’s Soup, Gatorade and VIZIO Televi- sions, and local deals with Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH), Oggi’s Pizza, ESPN Radio and Easy Turf. Later this year, Nike will introduce a new lineup of LT signature shoes, including a limited edition LT Air Force One. Photo: Fox Sports.com
  • 167 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S place all-time on team’s career scoring list with 270 points…was 19th career 100-yard rushing game…also against Tennessee had 42-yard run in third quarter that was ninth-longest of career and set up Kaeding field goal…one-yard touchdown run in first quarter against Jacksonville Oct. 10…was 46th career touch- down, giving him 276 career points and vaulting him into tie for seventh place with Lowe on team’s all-time scoring list…54-yard catch on screen pass during touchdown drive was fifth-longest of his career…finished Jaguars’ game with 134 total yards from scrimmage to raise career total to 6,789 and move past Winslow for fourth place on team’s all- time list…touchdown on one-yard run in second quar- ter at Atlanta Oct. 17…was 47th career touchdown, tying him for third place with Charlie Joiner on team’s all-time touchdowns list…also tied Joiner for sixth place on career scoring list with 282 points…scored touchdown on eight-yard run in third quarter at Car- olina Oct. 24 to turn 6-0 deficit into 7-6 Chargers lead…touchdown against Panthers was 43rd rushing score of career and moved him into tie with Muncie for most rushing scores in team history…also gave him sole possession of third place on team’s all-time total touchdowns list with 48 and sole possession of sixth place on all-time scoring list with 288 points…scored team-record 44th career rushing touchdown on one-yard run in second quarter against Oakland Oct. 31…scored 50th career touch- down on one-yard run in first quarter against New Orleans Nov. 7…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after rushing for season-high 164 yards and touch- down on season-high 37 carries at Oakland Nov. 21…scored deciding points against Raiders on six- yard touchdown run in fourth quarter…marked sev- enth-straight game with touchdown, tied for third- longest stretch in team history…attempted pass to Keenan McCardell on halfback option play, which was dropped near goal line at Oakland…scored two rush- ing touchdowns from one- and three- yards at Kansas City Nov. 28…were first two career scores at Arrowhead Stadium… became third player in NFL his- tory to rush for 10 or more touchdowns in each of first four NFL seasons, joining Eric Dickerson and Earl Campbell…was 12th career multi-touchdown game… marked eighth-straight game with touchdown tying Paul Lowe for second-longest streak in team histo- ry…led team with season-high 10 catches against Chiefs…rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries versus Denver Dec. 5…five-yard touch- down run on team’s opening drive tied team record of nine-consecutive games with touchdown shared by Natrone Means and Lance Alworth…added one- yard touchdown run in second quarter for 50th career rushing touchdown…was 13th career and sec- ond-consecutive multi-touchdown game…was 21st career and fourth 100-yard game of season…raised season total to 1,012 rushing yards to become ninth player in NFL history with over 1,000 rushing yards in first four league seasons…also led squad with five catches against Broncos…selected FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week by fans voting on NFL.com after rushing for 131 yards and touchdown against Tampa Bay Dec. 12…touchdown was seven-yard run in third quarter…was fifth 100-yard game of season and 22nd of career…10th consecutive game with touchdown set new team record and tied Greg Bell and Terry Allen for third-most consecutive games in NFL history with rushing touchdown…was 14th rush- ing touchdown of season, tying his own team mark for second-most in season…finished day with 150 total yards, including 19 receiving, to raise career total to 7,638 and move past Gary Garrison (7,562) for third place on team’s all-time total yards list…rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in snowstorm at Cleveland Dec. 19…both touchdowns were one-yard runs…scored touchdowns against Browns in 11th-consecutive game, setting new team record and tying NFL mark for second-most consecu- tive games with rushing touchdown…joined Lenny Moore, Emmitt Smith and Priest Holmes as only play- ers to rush for touchdowns in 11 consecutive games…scores against Browns were 15th and 16th of season, marking second-most in season in team history…career-long 74-yard touchdown catch at Indianapolis Dec. 26…also scored touchdown against Colts on 16-yard run to extend streak of games with rushing touchdown to 12, second-longest in NFL his- tory…moved into eighth place on team’s career recep- tions list with touchdown catch…was first touch- down catch since Dec. 14, 2003 vs. Green Bay…finished Colts’ game with season-high 176 total yards from scrimmage, including 81 rushing and 95 receiving …inactive versus Kansas City Jan. 2…carried team-record 26 times for 80 yards in Wild Card Play- off Game against New York Jets Jan. 8…tied Eric Park- er for team high with nine catches for 53 yards, tied for third-most receptions in playoff game in team his- tory…sealed AFC’s 38-27 victory in Pro Bowl Feb. 13 at Honolulu with four-yard touchdown run late in fourth quarter…started and tallied seven carries for 28 yards and score in Pro Bowl. 2003: First-alter- nate for AFC Pro Bowl squad…second-team All- Pro by Associated Press…named to USA Today’s “All Joe Team”…Offensive Player of Year and All- Pro by Sports-Illustrated.com…Chargers’ Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of Year and co- Most Inspirational Player…recipient of JB Award for community service from James Brown, host of FOX NFL Sunday… led NFL with 2,370 total yards from scrimmage…second-most in NFL history behind only Marshall Faulk who had 2,429 yards for St. Louis in 1999…first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 100 passes in same season…league’s fourth-leading receiver with 100 catches…accounted for 45.9 percent of team’s offensive yards, second- ALL-TIME RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS 1. Emmitt Smith (1990-2004) 164 2. Marcus Allen (1982-1997) 123 3. LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-07) 115
  • 168 LaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S highest in NFL behind Baltimore’s Jamal Lewis (46.1 percent)…finished season with 1,645 rushing yards, second-most in team history and 38 yards shy of his own team record of 1,683 set in 2002…ranked third in NFL in rushing…scored 13 rushing touchdowns… caught team-record 100 passes, good for career-high 725 yards and four touchdowns…became eighth player in NFL history with consecutive seasons with more than 2,000 scrimmage yards…tied for third in league with 17 total TDs…third in league with 107 first downs…led team with five catches at Kansas City Sept. 7…led team with 93 yards against Denver Sept. 14 …had first 100-yard game of season, rushing for 105 yards on 23 carries against Baltimore Sept. 21…scored first touchdown of season on two-yard run and led team with eight catches for 51 yards against Ravens…accounted for 232 yards of total offense at Oakland Sept. 28…rushed for 187 yards and touchdown against Raiders, his second-consecu- tive game with more than 100 yards rushing and touchdown…touchdown was 55-yarder in second quarter… added 24 yards receiving on team-high seven catches…threw 21-yard touchdown pass to Drew Brees…was first-ever pass thrown during his NFL career…also against Raiders, Tomlinson climbed into fourth place on team’s all-time rushing list for career yards and carries, moving past Chuck Muncie...AFC Offensive Player of Week, Pro Foot- ball Weekly Offensive Player of Week and Sport- sIllustrated.com Offensive Player of Week after racking up 200 rushing yards at Cleveland Oct. 19…scored on 70-yard run against Browns, second- longest touchdown run of career…also led team with three catches for 21 yards, giving him total of 221 yards from scrimmage for game…was third career 200-yard rushing game and became fastest player in NFL history to record three 200-yard games (38 games)…combined for 142 yards and one touchdown against Miami Oct. 27…had 11 catches and 80 yards receiving against Dolphins, while carrying 24 times for 62 yards and one-yard touchdown run in fourth quarter…scored touchdown on three-yard run at Chicago Nov. 2…FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week for effort against Minnesota Nov. 9…rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns against Vikings and added 45 yards receiving for 207 total yards from scrimmage…first touchdown was 73-yard career-long scoring run in first quarter…added one-yard touch- down in third quarter…averaged career-high 10.1 yards per carry against Minnesota rushing for 162 yards on 16 carries…also had 55-yard run on opening possession of third quarter…scored touchdown on six-yard run in fourth quarter against Cincinnati Nov. 23…rushed for 106 yards and touchdown on 19 car- ries against Kansas City Nov. 30…55-yard run in third quarter pushed him over 100-yard ledger… marked 16th career 100-yard game to set new team record for regular season…touchdown was six-yard run in second quarter… caught career-high two touchdown passes for both Chargers scores in 14-7 win at Detroit Dec. 7…caught 16- and career-long 73-yard scoring passes…set career high with 148 yards receiv- ing on nine catches against Lions…rushed for 88 yards on 25 carries for 236 combined net yards against Detroit…matched season high with 11 catch- es for 144 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay Dec. 14…touchdowns covered seven and 68 yards…68-yard scoring catch and run was second- longest of career…became first running back in team history to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games…became first player on team to record con- secutive 100-yard receiving games since Jeff Graham in 1999… added 51 rushing yards for 195 total yards from scrimmage and raised season total to 2,011 yards becoming first player in team history and eighth player in NFL history with consecutive 2,000-yard seasons…with 11 catches against Packers, set new single-season team record for receptions by running back, increasing total to 86…previous mark was 79, which he shared with Ronnie Harmon…rushed for two touchdowns at Pittsburgh Dec. 21…were 10th and 11th touchdowns of season…scored first touch- down on five-yard run in second quarter and became first player in team history and fifth player in NFL his- tory to rush for 10 or more touchdowns in first three NFL seasons… second touchdown was two-yard run in fourth quarter…caught six passes to raise season total to 92, breaking team’s single-season record of 90, set by Tony Martin in 1995…became only second player in NFL history (Roger Craig, San Francisco, 1985) to rush for 1,000 yards and catch at least 90 passes…Pro Football Weekly Offensive Player of Week after rushing for team-record 243 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in 21-14 win over Oakland Dec. 28… touchdowns were both two-yard runs, including game-winner with 11:42 remaining in game…243 rushing yards was second-best single- game effort in NFL in 2003… added 17 yards receiv- ing on eight catches against Raiders for 260 total yards from scrimmage…set new team record with seventh career game with more than 200 combined net yards…set new team record with fifth game this season with more than 200 combined net yards…was fourth 200-yard rushing game of career, tied for second-most in NFL history with Jim Brown, Earl Campbell and Barry Sanders, two shy of O.J. Simpson’s NFL record of six…raised season total to 100 receptions to become only player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 100 passes…two touchdowns against Raiders raised season total to 17, second-most in team history…fourth-consecutive multi-touchdown game…included eight touchdowns in final four games, tying Wes Chandler (1982) and ALL-TIME TOUCHDOWNS 1. Jerry Rice (1985-04) 208 2. Emmitt Smith (1990-04) 175 3. Marcus Allen (1982-97) 145 4. Marshall Faulk (1994-05) 136 5. Terrell Owens (1996-07) 131 Cris Carter (1987-02) 131 7. LT (2001-07) 129
  • 169 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Chuck Muncie (1981) for most touchdowns by Charger in four-game stretch. 2002: Named to AFC Pro Bowl squad… team’s Most Valuable Player and recipient of Rodney Culver Memo- rial Award as Offensive Player of Year… second team All-Pro from Associated Press and Football Digest…finished season with team- record 1,683 rushing yards and 2,172 total yards from scrimmage… ranked second in NFL in rushing yards, third in scrimmage yards and sixth in touch- downs …scored 15 touchdowns, 14 rushing and one receiving…tied team record for running backs with 79 catches, good for 489 yards… ranked second in NFL with 110 first downs …recorded fifth career 100-yard game with 114 yards and one touchdown on 21 car- ries in season opener at Cincinnati Sept. 8…had 45 receiving yards on three catches for combined 159 yards against Bengals…scored two touchdowns from four and two yards against Arizona Sept. 22…carried 26 times for 91 yards and caught five passes for 25 more yards for total of 116 against Cardinals…AFC Co-Offensive Player of Week after tying Gary Anderson’s then-team record with 217 yards rushing against New England Sept. 29…added 20 receiving yards for 237 total yards from scrimmage…carried 27 times against New England while Anderson needed 34 carries for his share of record…had 37- and 58- yard touchdown runs against Patriots…had one-yard touchdown run versus Chiefs…led team with seven catches for 49 yards at Denver Oct. 6…racked up combined 156 yards against Kansas City Oct. 13, including 78 yards rushing and 78 receiving…scored game-winning touchdown on 19-yard run in over- time at Oakland Oct. 20…carried career-high 39 times for 153 yards against Raiders …scored first career receiving touch down on four-yard pass from Drew Brees against Oakland…added 28 receiving yards on five catches to finish Raiders’ game with 181 com- bined yards…39 carries tied Marion Butts’ team record set at Kansas City, Dec. 17, 1989…scored eighth rushing touchdown of season against New York Nov. 3…rushed for 120 yards and one touch- down on 24 carries at St. Louis Nov. 10…became first running back to rush for more than 100 yards against Rams in St. Louis since New England’s Robert Edwards rushed for 196 yards on Dec. 13, 1998…was span of 32 games… surpassed 1,000-yard mark for season with 88-yard rushing performance against San Francisco Nov. 17…led team with eight catches for 57 yards for combined 145 yards against 49ers…AFC and Pro Football Weekly Offensive Player of Week after rushing for team record and career-high 220 yards against Denver Dec. 1…tied career high with three touchdowns against Bron- cos…became first player in team history to rush for 10 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons and only 11th player in NFL history… had career-long 76-yard run in first quarter of Denver game that tied for fourth-longest run from scrimmage in team history…caught season-high 11 passes for 51 yards against Broncos for 271 total yards from scrim- mage…tied for seventh-most combined yards in sin- gle game in team history…37 carries was second- highest tally of career and season and tied for second-most in game in team history…broke team’s single-season rushing mark with 57-yard effort against Oakland Dec. 8 to raise season figure to 1,375 yards…eclipsed Natrone Means’ total of 1,350 yards set in 1994… scored 13th rushing touchdown of season against Raiders…racked up 110 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries at Buffalo Dec. 15…tied Don Woods’ 1974 team record with seventh 100- yard game of season at Kansas City Dec. 22…rushed 24 times for 131 yards against Chiefs…caught game-high nine passes for additional 26 yards. 2001: Associated Press Offensive Rookie of Year runner-up…team’s Offensive Player of Year… third-alternate to Pro Bowl… named to Pro Foot- ball Weekly’s All-Rookie Team…set then-team record with 1,603 total yards from scrimmage…bet- tered Lance Alworth’s total of 1,590 yards set in 1965, though Alworth posted his total in 14 games …became first player in team history to eclipse 1,600 total yards…ranked ninth in league in scrimmage yards…finished season with 1,236 rushing yards, 367 receiving yards and 10 rushing touchdowns…his 1,236 rushing yards was second-highest single-sea- son total in team history and highest ever for rook- ie…ranked ninth in rushing …became team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Natrone Means posted 1,350 yards in 1994…was only 10th 1,000-yard sea- son in team history…10 rushing touchdowns were most-ever by rookie and most since Means’ 12 in 1994…tied for 11th in NFL and seventh in AFC in touchdowns…recorded 339 carries, second-most in team history…Tomlinson and Chicago’s Thomas fin- ished season tied for second among NFL rookies with four 100-yard rushing games, behind Indianapolis’ Dominic Rhodes who led all rookies with five 100-yard games…AFC Rookie of Month for September…racked up 113 yards and two touch- downs on rookie record 36 carries Week 1 vs. Wash- ington…became 20th player in NFL history since 1970 to rush for more than 100 yards in first career game …rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns versus Cincinnati Sept. 30…rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries at Cleveland, Oct. 7…season-long 54-yard run against Browns…scored one touchdown at New England Oct. 14…recorded eighth touchdown of season against Kansas City Nov. 4…scored ninth touchdown of season at Oakland Nov. 18…career-high 13 receptions against Arizona Nov. 25…tied for third-most receptions in game in team history and was most-ever by running back… recorded team-rookie record 10th touchdown of season at Seattle Dec. 2…had fourth 100-yard game of season with 145 yards at Kansas City Dec. 23 to pass Don Woods for team rookie rushing record… Woods racked up 1,162 yards in 1974 and is only other rookie in team history to eclipse 1,000 yards.
  • 170 LaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S COLLEGE: Second player in college football history to rush for 2,000 yards in season and 5,000 yards in career…5,263 rushing yards during career at TCU ranked sixth in Division I-A history…ninth player in I-A history to rush for more than 5,000 career yards…in final two seasons, combined for 4,008 yards and led nation both years…third player to lead the nation in rushing back-to-back years…2,158 yards as senior were fourth-best in NCAA history…rushed for Division I-A single-game record 406 yards against Texas-El Paso as junior…scored school-record 54 touchdowns, eighth-most in NCAA history…set school records for 100-yard rushing games (21), all purpose yards (6,337) and longest run from scrimmage (89t)…Doak Walker Award winner in 2000 and Football News’ National Offensive Player of Year…All-America by Associated Press as senior and second team as junior…two-time WAC Offensive Player of Year and three-time all-con- ference…WAC Player of Week 11 times…All-America from Football News, Sporting News, Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association and Football Writers Association…played at TCU from 1997- 2000…holds degree in general studies. PERSONAL: Born June 23, 1979 in Rosebud, Texas… district 25-4A Most Valuable Player and Super Centex Offensive Player of Year as senior at Waco University High in Waco, Texas…second-team all-state. LT’s HONORS AND AWARDS Pro Bowl choice after 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons Pro Bowl first-alternate in 2003 and third-alternate in 2001 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 Associated Press runner-up for Male Athlete of the Year in 2006 Associated Press first-team All-Pro in 2004, 2006 and 2007 Associated Press second-team All-Pro in 2002 and 2003 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2001 Walter Payton co-NFL Man of the Year in 2006 Maxwell Football Club’s Bert Bell Award winner as Professional Player of the Year in 2006 NFL Alumni Association Running Back of the Year in 2006 Sports Illustrated’s “Best Player in the NFL” in 2006 Sporting News “Sportsman of the Year” in 2006 Sporting News NFL Player of the Year in 2006 Sporting News first-team All-Pro in 2005, 2006 and 2007 College & Pro Football Newsweekly first-team All-Pro in 2004 USA Today Sports Weekly first-team All-Pro in 2006 and 2007 USA Today's All-Joe Team in 2003 Dallas Morning News Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 Football Digest second-team All-Pro in 2002 CBS Sportsline.com Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 ESPN.com first-team All-Pro in 2006 and 2007 SportsIllustrated.com Offensive Player of the Year in 2003 SportsIllustrated.com first-team All-Pro in 2003 and 2006 Male Athlete of the Year, Best NFL Player, Record-Breaking Performance, Like Nothing Else Award — 2007 ESPYs
  • Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S LT’s HONORS AND AWARDS Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America first-team All-NFL and All-AFC in 2006 and 2007 Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team in 2001 Professional Football Writers of America “Good Guy” Award winner in 2006 Chargers Most Valuable Player in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Chargers co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 Chargers Offensive Player of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007 Chargers co-Most Inspirational Player in 2003. AFC Offensive Player of the Month — November 2006 AFC Rookie of the Month — September 2001 NFL.com All-Interview Team in 2005 and 2006 Chargers Alumni Player of the Week • Nov. 21, 2004 - at Oakland Raiders • Sept. 25, 2005 - vs. New York Giants • Oct. 15, 2006 - at San Francisco 49ers AFC Offensive Player of the Week • Sept. 29, 2002 - vs. New England (co-Offensive Player of the Week) • Dec. 1, 2002 - vs. Denver Broncos • Oct. 19, 2003 - at Cleveland Browns • Nov. 5, 2006 - vs. Cleveland Browns • Nov. 19, 2006 - at Denver Broncos • Dec. 10, 2006 - vs. Denver Broncos • Dec. 17, 2006 - vs. Kansas City Chiefs FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year in 2006 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week Awards • Nov. 9, 2003 - vs. Minnesota Vikings • Dec. 12, 2004 - vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers • Sept. 25, 2005 - vs. New York Giants • Oct. 2, 2005 - at New England Patriots • Oct. 16, 2005 - at Oakland Raiders • Nov. 6, 2005 - at New York Jets • Nov. 27, 2005 - at Washington Redskins • Sept. 11, 2006 - at Oakland Raiders • Oct. 15, 2006 - at San Francisco 49ers • Nov. 5, 2006 - vs. Cleveland Browns • Nov. 12, 2006 - at Cincinnati Bengals • Nov. 19, 2006 - at Denver Broncos • Dec. 3, 2006 - at Buffalo Bills • Dec. 10, 2006 - vs. Denver Broncos • Dec. 17, 2006 - vs. Kansas City Chiefs • Dec. 2, 2007 - at Kansas City Chiefs ESPN NFL Prime Time Game Balls • Oct. 16, 2005 - at Oakland Raiders • Nov. 6, 2005 - at New York Jets • Nov. 27, 2005 - at Washington Redskins CBS Radio-Westwood One Amtrak Player of the Week Awards • Sept. 25, 2005 - vs. New York Giants • Nov. 5, 2006 - vs. Cleveland Browns • Dec. 10, 2006 - vs. Denver Broncos Pro Football Weekly Offensive Player of the Week Awards • Dec. 1, 2002 - vs. Denver Broncos • Oct. 19, 2003 - at Cleveland Browns • Dec. 28, 2003 - vs. Oakland Raiders 171
  • LaDainian Tomlinson, continued LT’s HONORS AND AWARDS 172 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S SportsIllustrated.com Offensive Player of the Week Awards • Oct. 19, 2003 - at Cleveland Browns • Nov. 12, 2006 - at Cincinnati Bengals • Nov. 19, 2006 - at Denver Broncos • Dec. 3, 2006 - at Buffalo Bills • Dec. 10, 2006 - vs. Denver Broncos • Oct. 14, 2007 - vs. Oakland Raiders USA Today Stud of the Week Awards • Nov. 12, 2006 - at Cincinnati Bengals • Nov. 19, 2006 - at Denver Broncos • Dec. 3, 2006 - at Buffalo Bills • Dec. 17, 2006 - vs. Kansas City Chiefs • Oct. 14, 2007 - vs. Oakland Raiders • Dec. 2, 2007 - at Kansas City Rushing Receiving Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2001 San Diego 16-16 339-1,236 3.6 54 10 59-367 6.2 27 0 2002 San Diego 16-16 372-1,683 4.5 76 14 79-489 6.2 30 1 2003 San Diego 16-16 313-1,645 5.3 73t 13 100-725 7.3 73t 4 2004 San Diego 15-15 339-1,335 3.9 42 17 53-441 8.3 74t 1 2005 San Diego 16-16 339-1,462 4.3 62 18 51-370 7.3 41 2 2006 San Diego 16-16 348-1,815 5.2 85t 28 56-508 9.1 51t 3 2007 San Diego 16-16 315-1,474 4.7 49 15 60-475 7.9 36 3 Totals 111-111 2,365-10,650 4.5 85t 115 458-3,375 7.4 74t 14 Postseason 5-5 79-278 3.5 15 3 16-157 9.8 58 0 Passing Sacks- Pass Year Att.-Comp. Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Lost Rating 2003 1-1 21 1.000 1 0 21t 0-0 158.3 2004 2-1 38 .500 0 0 38 1-1 95.8 2005 4-3 47 .750 3 0 26t 0-0 153.1 2006 3-2 20 .667 2 0 19t 0-0 125.0 2007 1-1 17 1.000 1 0 17t 0-0 158.3 Totals 11-8 143 .727 7 0 38 1-1 154.4 Single-game Highs Rushing Attempts — 39, at Oakland, Oct. 20, 2002 Rushing Yards — 243, vs. Oakland, Dec. 28, 2003 Rushing Long — 85t, vs. Kansas City, Dec. 17, 2006 Rushing TDs — 4, three times, Last: vs. Oakland, Oct. 14, 2007 Rushing Long TD — 85t, vs. Kansas City, Dec. 17, 2006 Receptions — 13, vs. Arizona, Nov. 25, 2001 Receiving Yards — 148, at Detroit, Dec. 7, 2003 Receiving Long — 74t, at Indianapolis, Dec. 26, 2004 Receiving TDs — 2, twice, Last: vs. Green Bay, Dec. 14, 2003 Receiving Long TD — 74t, at Indianapolis, Dec. 26, 2004 Postseason Single-game Highs Rushing Attempts — 26, vs. New York Jets, Jan. 8, 2005 Rushing Yards — 123, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Rushing Long — 15, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Rushing TDs — 2, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Rushing Long TD — 3t, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Receptions — 9, vs. New York Jets, Jan. 8, 2005 Receiving Yards — 64, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 Receiving Long — 58, vs. New England, Jan. 14, 2007 100-Yard Rushing Games (45 - 44 regular season, 1 postseason) Date Opponent W-L No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 09/09/01 Washington W 36-113 3.1 9 2 09/30/01 Cincinnati W 21-107 5.1 23 3
  • 173 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 10/07/01 at Cleveland L 19-102 5.4 54 1 12/23/01 at Kansas City L 27-145 5.4 34 0 09/08/02 at Cincinnati W 21-114 5.4 17 1 09/29/02 New England W 27-217 8.0 58t 2 10/20/02 at Oakland W 39-153 3.9 19t 1 11/10/02 at St. Louis L 24-120 5.0 30 1 12/01/02 Denver W 37-220 5.9 76 3 12/15/02 at Buffalo L 28-110 3.9 31 1 12/22/02 at Kansas City L 24-131 5.5 34 0 09/21/03 Baltimore L 23-105 4.6 17 1 09/28/03 at Oakland L 28-187 6.7 55t 1 10/19/03 at Cleveland W 26-200 7.7 70t 1 11/09/03 Minnesota W 16-162 10.1 73t 2 11/30/03 Kansas City L 19-106 5.6 55 1 12/28/03 Oakland W 31-243 7.8 35 2 09/12/04 at Houston W 26-121 4.7 32 1 10/03/04 Tennessee W 17-147 8.6 42 1 11/21/04 at Oakland W 37-164 4.4 16 1 12/05/04 Denver W 30-113 3.8 15 2 12/12/04 Tampa Bay W 25-131 5.2 35 1 12/19/04 at Cleveland W 26-111 4.3 20 2 09/25/05 New York Giants W 21-192 9.1 62 3 10/02/05 at New England W 25-134 5.4 11 2 10/16/05 at Oakland W 31-140 4.5 29 1 11/06/05 at New York Jets W 25-107 4.3 16 3 11/27/05 at Washington W 25-184 7.4 41t 3 09/11/06 at Oakland W 31-131 4.2 58 1 10/29/06 St. Louis W 25-183 7.3 51 2 11/05/06 Cleveland W 18-172 9.6 41t 3 11/12/06 at Cincinnati W 22-104 4.7 17 4 11/19/06 at Denver W 20-105 5.3 24 3 11/26/06 Oakland W 19-109 5.7 44 2 12/03/06 at Buffalo W 28-178 6.4 51t 2 12/10/06 Denver W 28-103 3.7 17 3 12/17/06 Kansas City W 25-199 8.0 85t 2 12/24/06 at Seattle W 22-123 5.6 62 0 01/14/07 New England+ L 23-123 5.3 15 2 09/30/07 Kansas City L 20-132 6.6 37 1 10/14/07 Oakland W 24-198 8.3 41t 4 12/02/07 at Kansas City W 23-177 7.7 34 2 12/09/07 at Tennessee W 26-146 5.6 32 1 12/16/07 Detroit W 15-116 7.7 49 2 12/24/07 Denver W 19-107 5.6 17t 1 + Denotes postseason game 100-Yard Receiving Games Games (2) Date Opponent W-L No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 12/07/03 at Detroit* W 9-148 16.4 73t 2 12/14/03 Green Bay* L 11-144 13.1 68t 2 Multi-Touchdown Games (36) Touchdowns Date Opponent W-L Total Rushing Receiving 09/09/01 Washington W 2 2 0 09/30/01 Cincinnati W 3 3 0 09/22/02 at Arizona W 2 2 0 09/29/02 New England W 2 2 0 10/20/02 at Oakland W 2 1 1 12/01/02 Denver W 3 3 0 11/09/03 Minnesota W 2 2 0 12/07/03 at Detroit W 2 0 2 12/14/03 Green Bay L 2 0 2 12/21/03 at Pittsburgh L 2 2 0 12/28/03 Oakland W 2 2 0 11/28/04 at Kansas City W 2 2 0 12/05/04 Denver W 2 2 0 12/19/04 at Cleveland W 2 2 0 12/26/04 at Indianapolis L 2 1 1 09/18/05 at Denver L 2 2 0
  • 174 Item, continuedLaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 09/25/05 New York Giants W 3 3 0 10/02/05 at New England W 2 2 0 10/16/05 at Oakland W 2 1 1 11/06/05 at New York Jets W 4 3 1 11/27/05 at Washington W 3 3 0 09/17/06 Tennessee W 2 2 0 10/15/06 at San Francisco W 4 4 0 10/29/06 St. Louis W 3 2 1 11/05/06 Cleveland W 3 3 0 11/12/06 at Cincinnati W 4 4 0 11/19/06 at Denver W 4 3 1 11/26/06 Oakland W 2 2 0 12/03/06 at Buffalo W 2 2 0 12/10/06 Denver W 3 3 0 12/17/06 Kansas City W 2 2 0 01/14/07 New England+ L 2 2 0 10/14/07 Oakland W 4 4 0 12/02/07 at Kansas City W 2 2 0 12/09/07 at Tennessee W 2 1 1 12/16/07 Detroit W 2 2 0 + Denotes postseason game By Opponent (incl. playoffs) Rushing Receiving Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards Avg. Long TD Atlanta (1) 23 64 2.8 10 1 4 16 4.0 8 0 Arizona (3) 63 232 3.7 17 2 20 111 5.6 12 0 Baltimore (3) 73 280 3.8 36 1 15 103 6.9 15 0 Buffalo (4) 91 431 4.7 51t 4 10 58 5.8 12 0 Carolina (1) 17 47 2.8 16 1 3 13 4.3 7 0 Chicago (2) 33 86 2.6 14 2 11 72 6.5 20 0 Cincinnati (4) 80 420 5.3 38 9 14 163 11.6 30 0 Cleveland (4) 89 585 6.6 70t 7 9 48 5.3 11 0 Dallas (2) 46 162 3.5 16 1 2 27 13.5 27 0 Denver (14) 292 1,222 4.2 76 15 49 369 7.5 51t 1 Detroit (2) 40 204 5.1 49 2 11 155 14.1 73t 2 Green Bay (2) 42 113 2.7 12 0 14 177 12.6 68t 3 Houston (3) 70 295 4.2 32 1 5 3 0.6 6 0 Indianapolis (2) 45 157 3.5 16t 1 9 104 11.6 74t 1 Jacksonville (5) 73 260 3.6 22 3 18 242 13.4 54 0 Kansas City (13) 251 1,261 5.0 85t 10 64 396 6.2 37t 1 Miami (3) 59 182 3.1 16 1 14 94 6.7 18 0 Minnesota (2) 32 202 6.3 73t 3 7 55 7.9 23 0 at New York Giants (1) 21 192 9.1 62 3 6 28 4.7 9 0 New York Jets (4) 82 334 4.1 19 5 17 188 11.1 59 1 New England (6) 119 596 5.0 58t 7 17 147 8.6 58 0 New Orleans (1) 17 36 2.1 8 1 4 40 10.0 13 0 Oakland (14) 357 1,709 4.8 58 16 55 350 6.4 35t 3 Philadelphia (2) 36 58 1.6 13 0 8 39 4.9 11 0 Pittsburgh (3) 53 189 3.6 20 3 21 110 5.2 41 0 St. Louis (2) 49 303 6.2 51 3 6 81 13.5 26 1 San Francisco (2) 45 159 3.5 27 4 15 121 8.1 16 0 Seattle (4) 77 315 4.1 62 1 18 122 6.8 15 0 Tampa Bay (1) 25 131 5.2 35 1 4 19 4.8 10 0 Tennessee (4) 83 406 4.9 42 5 17 110 6.5 14 1 Washington (2) 61 297 4.7 41t 5 7 41 5.9 14 0 Totals (116) 2,444 10,928 4.5 85t 118 474 3,532 7.5 74t 14 2007 Game-By-Game Rushing Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 Chicago* 17 25 1.5 10 1 7 51 7.3 20 0 09/16 at New England* 18 43 2.4 11 0 4 15 3.8 6 0 09/23 at Green Bay* 22 62 2.8 11 0 3 33 11.0 21t 1 09/30 Kansas City* 20 132 6.6 37 1 5 22 4.4 10 0 10/07 at Denver* 21 67 3.2 11 0 3 73 24.3 36 0 10/14 Oakland* 24 198 8.3 41t 4 3 16 5.3 12 0 10/28 Houston* 17 90 5.3 20 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 11/04 at Minnesota* 16 40 2.5 11 1 6 37 6.2 10 0 11/11 Indianapolis* 21 76 3.6 16 1 4 21 5.3 12 0
  • 175 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 11/18 at Jacksonville* 16 62 3.9 19 1 5 93 18.6 35 0 11/25 Baltimore* 24 77 3.2 36 0 6 45 7.5 15 0 12/02 at Kansas City* 23 177 7.7 34 2 3 20 6.7 15 0 12/09 at Tennessee* 26 146 5.6 32 1 5 27 5.4 9 1 12/16 Detroit* 15 116 7.7 49 2 2 7 3.5 7 0 12/24 Denver* 19 107 5.6 17t 1 2 7 3.5 5 0 12/30 at Oakland* 16 56 3.5 12 0 1 7 7.0 7t 1 Totals 315 1474 4.7 49 15 60 475 7.9 36 3 01/06 Tennessee*+ 21 42 2.0 12 1 3 19 6.3 9 0 01/13 at Indianapolis*+ 7 28 4.0 8 0 1 20 20.0 20 0 01/20 at New England*+ 2 5 2.5 3 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 Totals 30 75 2.5 12 1 5 40 8.0 20 0 2006 Game-By-Game Rushing Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 at Oakland* 31 131 4.2 58 1 3 18 6.0 10 0 09/17 Tennessee* 19 71 3.7 15 2 7 51 7.3 14 0 10/01 at Baltimore* 26 98 3.8 29 0 1 7 7.0 7 0 10/08 Pittsburgh* 13 36 2.8 12 0 8 34 4.3 19 0 10/15 at San Francisco* 21 71 3.4 9 4 7 64 9.1 16 0 10/22 at Kansas City* 15 66 4.4 19 0 6 72 12.0 37t 1 10/29 St. Louis* 25 183 7.3 51 2 3 57 19.0 26 1 11/05 Cleveland* 18 172 9.6 41t 3 3 20 6.7 7 0 11/12 at Cincinnati* 22 104 4.7 17 4 6 54 9.0 19 0 11/19 at Denver* 20 105 5.3 24 3 3 74 24.7 51t 1 11/26 Oakland* 19 109 5.7 44 2 1 5 5.0 5 0 12/03 at Buffalo* 28 178 6.4 51t 2 3 14 4.7 7 0 12/10 Denver* 28 103 3.7 17 3 1 9 9.0 9 0 12/17 Kansas City* 25 199 8.0 85t 2 1 5 5.0 5 0 12/24 at Seattle* 22 123 5.6 62 0 1 10 10.0 10 0 12/31 Arizona* 16 66 4.1 11 0 2 14 7.0 12 0 Totals 348 1815 5.2 85t 28 56 508 9.1 51t 3 01/14 New England*+ 23 123 5.3 15 2 2 64 32.0 58 0 2005 Game-By-Game Rushing Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/11 Dallas* 19 72 3.8 10 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/18 at Denver* 19 52 2.7 16t 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 09/25 New York Giants* 21 192 9.1 62 3 6 28 4.7 9 0 10/02 at New England* 25 134 5.4 11 2 3 34 11.3 21 0 10/10 Pittsburgh* 18 62 3.4 14 1 7 68 9.7 41 0 10/16 at Oakland* 31 140 4.5 29 1 2 39 19.5 35t 1 10/23 at Philadelphia* 17 7 0.4 7 0 4 26 6.5 11 0 10/30 Kansas City* 17 69 4.1 15 0 3 23 7.7 16 0 11/06 at New York Jets* 25 107 4.3 16 3 3 46 15.3 25t 1 11/20 Buffalo* 19 67 3.5 19 1 3 22 7.3 12 0 11/27 at Washington* 25 184 7.4 41t 3 6 29 4.8 14 0 12/04 Oakland* 25 86 3.4 13 0 5 24 4.8 16 0 12/11 Miami* 21 75 3.6 16 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 12/18 at Indianapolis* 24 76 3.2 12 0 4 9 2.3 6 0 12/24 at Kansas City* 14 47 3.4 20 0 3 18 6.0 9 0 12/31 Denver* 19 92 4.8 28 1 1 4 4.0 4 0 Totals 339 1,462 4.3 62 18 51 370 7.3 41 2 2004 Game-By-Game Rushing Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/12 at Houston* 26 121 4.7 32 1 3 -4 -1.3 0 0 09/19 New York Jets* 19 87 4.6 19 1 3 76 25.3 59 0 09/26 at Denver* 22 60 2.7 16 0 3 10 3.3 7 0 10/03 Tennessee* 17 147 8.6 42 1 2 13 6.5 7 0 10/10 Jacksonville* 19 56 2.9 22 1 4 78 19.5 54 0 10/17 at Atlanta* 23 64 2.8 10 1 4 16 4.0 8 0 10/24 at Carolina* 17 47 2.8 16 1 3 13 4.3 7 0 10/31 Oakland* 19 71 3.7 15 1 1 7 7.0 7 0 11/07 New Orleans* 17 36 2.1 8 1 4 40 10.0 13 0 11/21 at Oakland* 37 164 4.4 16 1 1 9 9.0 9 0 11/28 at Kansas City* 21 46 2.2 14 2 10 57 5.7 10 0 12/05 Denver* 30 113 3.8 15 2 5 17 3.4 7 0
  • 176 LaDainian Tomlinson, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 12/12 Tampa Bay* 25 131 5.2 35 1 4 19 4.8 10 0 12/19 at Cleveland* 26 111 4.3 20 2 1 -5 -5.0 -5 0 12/26 at Indianapolis* 21 81 3.9 16t 1 5 95 19.0 74t 1 01/02 Kansas City Inactive Totals 339 1,335 3.9 42 17 53 441 8.3 74t 1 01/08 New York Jets*+ 26 80 3.1 12 0 9 53 5.9 10 0 2003 Game-By-Game Rushing Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/07 at Kansas City* 13 34 2.6 8 0 5 27 5.4 10 0 09/14 Denver* 16 93 5.8 23 0 5 27 5.4 11 0 09/21 Baltimore* 23 105 4.6 17 1 8 51 6.4 14 0 09/28 at Oakland* 28 187 6.7 55t 1 7 24 3.4 10 0 10/05 at Jacksonville* 10 38 3.8 12 0 4 30 7.5 20 0 10/19 at Cleveland* 26 200 7.7 70t 1 3 21 7.0 11 0 10/27 Miami* 24 62 2.6 8 1 11 80 7.3 18 0 11/02 at Chicago* 16 61 3.8 14 1 4 21 5.3 10 0 11/09 Minnesota* 16 162 10.1 73t 2 6 45 7.5 23 0 11/16 at Denver* 8 29 3.6 16 0 4 16 4.0 9 0 11/23 Cincinnati* 16 95 5.9 38 1 4 49 12.3 15 0 11/30 Kansas City* 19 106 5.6 55 1 5 17 3.4 9 0 12/07 at Detroit* 25 88 3.5 14 0 9 148 16.4 73t 2 12/14 Green Bay* 20 51 2.6 12 0 11 144 13.1 68t 2 12/21 at Pittsburgh* 22 91 4.1 20 2 6 8 1.3 10 0 12/28 Oakland* 31 243 7.8 35 2 8 17 2.1 8 0 Totals 313 1,645 5.3 73t 13 100 725 7.3 73t 4 2002 Game-By-Game Rushing Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/08 at Cincinnati* 21 114 5.4 17 1 3 45 15.0 30 0 09/15 Houston* 27 84 3.1 10 0 1 6 6.0 6 0 09/22 at Arizona* 26 91 3.5 17 2 5 25 5.0 9 0 09/29 New England* 27 217 8.0 58t 2 4 20 5.0 8 0 10/06 at Denver* 14 48 3.4 17 0 7 49 7.0 10 0 10/13 Kansas City* 20 78 3.9 11 1 9 78 8.7 22 0 10/20 at Oakland* 39 153 3.9 19t 1 5 28 5.6 11 1 11/03 New York Jets* 12 60 5.0 15 1 2 13 6.5 10 0 11/10 at St. Louis* 24 120 5.0 30 1 3 24 8.0 11 0 11/17 San Francisco* 24 88 3.6 27 0 8 57 7.1 16 0 11/24 at Miami* 14 45 3.2 9 0 2 14 7.0 12 0 12/01 Denver* 37 220 5.9 76 3 11 51 4.6 14 0 12/08 Oakland* 18 57 3.2 15 1 4 22 5.5 8 0 12/15 at Buffalo* 28 110 3.9 31 1 3 13 4.3 7 0 12/22 at Kansas City* 24 131 5.5 34 0 9 26 2.8 13 0 12/29 Seattle* 17 67 3.9 21 0 3 18 6.0 12 0 Totals 372 1,683 4.5 76 14 79 489 6.2 30 1 2001 Game-By-Game Rushing Receiving Date Opponent No. Yards Avg. Long TD No. Yards Avg. Long TD 09/09 Washington* 36 113 3.1 9 2 1 12 12.0 12 0 09/23 at Dallas* 27 90 3.3 16 0 2 27 13.5 27 0 09/30 Cincinnati* 21 107 5.1 23 3 1 15 15.0 15 0 10/07 at Cleveland* 19 102 5.7 54 1 2 12 6.0 6 0 10/14 at New England* 24 74 3.1 14 1 3 13 4.3 7 0 10/21 Denver* 25 58 2.3 20 0 1 11 11.0 11 0 10/28 Buffalo* 16 76 4.8 20 0 1 9 9.0 9 0 11/04 Kansas City* 13 31 2.4 8t 1 2 20 10.0 14 0 11/11 at Denver* 14 75 5.4 22 0 3 21 7.0 9 0 11/18 at Oakland* 22 68 3.1 10 1 3 14 4.7 7 0 11/25 Arizona* 21 75 3.6 13 0 13 72 5.5 9 0 12/02 at Seattle* 24 87 3.6 19 1 4 26 6.5 15 0 12/09 at Philadelphia* 19 51 2.7 13 0 4 13 3.3 9 0 12/15 Oakland* 17 46 2.7 9 0 6 23 3.8 7 0 12/23 at Kansas City* 27 145 5.4 34 0 3 11 3.7 6 0 12/30 Seattle* 14 38 2.7 9 0 10 68 6.8 13 0 Totals 339 1,236 3.6 54 10 59 367 6.2 27 0 * Denotes starter + Denotes postseason game
  • 177 Veterans & Returning PlayersVETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 4, 2007...waived Sept. 1, 2007...signed to practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007...signed to active roster, Nov. 21, 2007. 2007: Played first career game on special teams Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore after being signed from practice squad… shared fourth-quarter sack eight-yard sack with Shaun Phillips Dec. 2 at K.C….tied Tim Dobbins team high with three special teams tackles against Detroit Dec. 16…named AFC Defensive Player of Week and GMC Defensive Player of Week following coming out party at Oakland Dec. 30 with three sacks and first-career NFL touchdown…started series in third quarter with nine- yard sack on first-down…then on third-and-13 play, sacked Russell and forced fumble, and loose ball rolled into end zone where Tucker recovered…was first touch- down since freshman year at Wake Forest when he sacked and stripped current Charger teammate and for- mer Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and returned ball 12 yards for touchdown…later sealed 30- 17 win over Raiders with late fourth-quarter sack and forced fumble on fourth-and-two play with under one minute remaining in game. COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-ACC as senior… named ACC Rookie of Week after first career start vs. Clemson during which he stripped QB Charlie White- hurst of ball and returned it 12 yards for touch- down…finished career with 85 tackles, nine sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss…played at Wake Forest from 2003-07…majored in religion. PERSONAL: Born in Morristown, New Jersey… attended Hargrave Military Academy after graduating from Morristown Beard High School…four year starter at Morristown as defensive end and quarter- back…named to New Jersey’s All-Prep School Team… started four years at small forward on school’s basketball team and competed in track, winning conference championship in shot put. bench on defense. He recorded a half sack in his first professional game at Kansas City Dec. 2 and four weeks later he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after a career performance in the Bolts’ regular-season finale against their arch-rivals, the Oakland Raiders. Tucker sacked Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell three times and during his second sack, he forced a fumble and recovered the loose ball in the end zone for his first-ever NFL touchdown. Tucker is a New Jersey native and wisely took every opportunity to learn from another Garden State native, linebacker Shaun Phillips. Tucker could regularly be seen during and after practice chatting with Phillips and fellow OLB Shawne Merriman, who willingly helped their young pupil along the way. As Jyles Tucker enters his second professional sea- son, he appears to be the next in a long line of talent- ed undrafted free agents that includes Kassim Osgood, Antonio Gates, Kris Dielman, Jacques Cesaire and Stephen Cooper. A standout defensive end at Wake Forest, Tucker was not selected in last April’s draft, but instead signed a free agent contract with the Chargers. He transi- tioned to outside linebacker in the Bolts’ 3-4 scheme and was impressive enough in the preseason to earn a spot on the Chargers’ practice squad. When a shoul- der injury ended linebacker Carlos Polk’s season in November, Tucker was elevated to the 53-man roster and he made the most of his opportunity. In five regular-season contests, Tucker recorded six special teams tackles and provided a spark off the Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2007 San Diego 6-0 5-2 7 3.5-32 0-0 0 0 0 2-1 Postseason 3-0 3-1 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 3, at Oakland, Dec. 30, 2007 Sacks — 3, at Oakland, Dec. 30, 2007 Additional Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 6. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 3. JYLES TUCKER Linebacker Wake Forest 6-3, 258 Free Agent - ’07 2nd NFL Season Morristown Beard HS 2nd with Chargers Dover, N.J. 94
  • 178 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Titans’ teammate Peter Sirmon and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe were raised. Volek, who is the same age as Sirmon and four years younger than Bledsoe, became friends with both future NFL players at an early age. Billy’s older brother, Joe, was best friends with Sirmon’s older brother, John. Billy’s dad, John Volek, is a former head football coach at Sacramento State and Fresno (Calif.) City College and is now the athletic director at Sierra College in Rocklin, California. Billy played collegiately at Fresno State and is one of several quarterbacks from the school who have gone on to have successful NFL careers, including Trent Dilfer, David Carr and Kevin Sweeney. Carr, the first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, was Volek’s backup during his junior and senior seasons. Since 1970, Billy leads all NFL quarterbacks in passing yards (2,789) in his first 10 starts. During a two-game stretch in 2004, Volek passed for 426 yards against Kansas City and 492 yards at Oakland, becoming only the fourth player in NFL history to record back-to-back 400-yard passing games and just the second player in NFL history to record 900 or more passing yards over a two-game span. Billy Volek had an opportunity to leave San Diego this spring when he became an unrestricted free agent, but the nine-year veteran and California native quickly decided that the grass doesn’t get greener than playing for one of the NFL’s most successful franchises while living in America’s Finest City. In February, Volek signed a new three-year contract that will keep him as the primary backup to Philip Rivers through the 2010 season. Volek gives the Chargers an experienced backup who is extremely well respected in the locker room. In eight NFL seasons, Volek has played in 30 games and started 10. All 10 starts came with the Tennessee Titans. Since joining the Chargers via trade in October of 2006, Volek has appeared in six games. His most significant action as a Charger came in January’s Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis when Rivers was forced to the sideline at the end of the third quarter with a knee injury. Volek came off the bench and led the Bolts on an eight-play, 78-yard touchdown drive. His one-yard quarterback sneak for the go-ahead touchdown with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter proved to be the game- winning score. Volek spent 10 years of his childhood in the small town of Walla Walla, Wash., where former TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Tennessee as undrafted rookie, April 20, 2000…signed four-year contract with Titans, March 25, 2004…traded to Chargers for sixth-round draft choice in 2007, Sept. 19, 2006...signed new three-year contract with Chargers, March 1, 2008. 2007: Saw first significant action of season, replacing injured Philip Rivers in second quarter at Tennessee Dec. 9…played most of second quarter before Rivers returned to start second half…played entire second half in relief of Rivers Dec. 16 vs. Detroit, only attempting one pass…again played most of second half Dec. 24 vs. Denver and in fourth quarter Dec. 30 at Oakland…came into AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Indianapolis in fourth quarter in relief of injured Rivers (knee) and led game-winning touchdown drive…entered game with Bolts up 21-17, but Colts scored after Chargers went three-and-out to retake lead, 24-21…Volek drove team 78 yards in eight plays on ensuing drive, capped by one-yard touchdown run on QB sneak for final points in 28-24 win…went three-for-three passing for 48 yards on game-win- ning drive. 2006: Spent Weeks 1-2 as third quarter- back for Tennessee Titans…was inactive as third quar- terback for Chargers Weeks 3-5…did not play as backup quarterback Weeks 6-15…saw limited action Week 16 against Arizona while Philip Rivers was out with foot injury…took one snap at end of first quarter and took over at end of third quarter…did not play in playoff game vs. New England. 2005: Made lone start of season at Arizona Oct. 23…connected with rookie wide receiver Brandon Jones for 38-yard touchdown pass on opening drive…left game late in fourth quar- ter due to concussion and did not return...replaced injured Steve McNair at Miami Dec. 24 in second quarter and threw career-long 55-yard touchdown pass to Drew Bennett…threw four-yard touchdown pass to Ben Troupe in fourth quarter at Jacksonville Jan. 1…later threw pass that was tipped and caught by Bo Scaife for 10-yard touchdown. 2004: Started eight games while McNair was out with sternum injury… passed for 426 yards against Kansas City Dec. 13 and 492 yards at Oakland Dec. 19 to become BILLY VOLEK Quarterback Fresno State 6-2, 214 Trade (Tennessee) - '06 9th NFL Season Clovis West HS 3rd with Chargers Fresno, Calif. 7
  • 179 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S fourth player in NFL history with back to back 400- yard passing games…others were former Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts (1982), Dan Marino (1984) and Phil Simms (1985)…with 918 passing yards in two weeks, became second player in NFL history to record 900 or more passing yards over two-game span…Simms passed for 945 yards in 1985 in consec- utive games against Dallas and at Cincinnati…made second-career start at San Diego Oct. 3 and complet- ed 39 passes, second-most in Titans’ history…threw two touchdown passes at Cincinnati in Halloween day 27-20 win…threw one-yard touchdown pass to Shad Meier on final play of first half of Bengals game…recorded first-career 300-yard game with 334 yards and touchdown passes of 29 yards to Derrick Mason in first quarter and 47 yards to Drew Bennett in fourth quarter at Chicago Nov. 14…threw three first-quarter touchdown passes to Drew Bennett of 48, 28 and 48 yards at Indianapolis Dec. 5 while lead- ing team to franchise-record 24 first-quarter points…went six of nine for 180 yards and three touchdowns in quarter… completed 29 of 43 for 426 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for career-high 130.6 passer rating against K.C. Dec. 13... threw touchdown passes of 42, 22 and seven yards to Drew Bennett and four yards to Derrick Mason…yardage total (426) was fifth-highest in fran- chise history…completed passes to 10 different receivers in Chiefs game…went 40 of 60 for 492 yards and four touchdowns for second consecutive week at Oakland Dec. 19…threw touchdown passes of 17 and 23 yards to Drew Bennett, seven yards to Ben Troupe and three yards to Derrick Mason…also scored touchdown on one-yard quarterback sneak…60 passing attempts tied George Blanda (Nov. 7, 1965) for second-most in franchise history…also was second-most single-game completions and yards in team history…left Jan. 2 game against Detroit in fourth quarter with shoulder injury. 2003: Played in first-career game, filling in for injured McNair at Indi- anapolis Sept. 14…threw first-career touchdown pass covering 50 yards to Eddie Berlin on fake punt in first quarter of 37-17 win at Carolina Oct. 19…replaced injured McNair again at Atlanta Nov. 23 with team trailing 21-14 and led three scoring drives, including one that ended with 14-yard touchdown pass to Justin McCareins in fourth quarter of 38-31 win over Falcons…made first-career start at Buffalo Dec. 14 for injured McNair and led squad to 28-26 victory…threw for 295 yards and two scores against Bills…found Derrick Mason nine times for 137 yards, including passes of 32 and 37 yards in fourth quarter…scored first career touchdown on one-yard quarterback sneak to give team 28-20 lead…suffered lacerated spleen during game and was put on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 18 due to injury. 2002: Spent entire season as emergency third-string quarterback behind Steve McNair and Neil O’Donnell…. declared inactive for all 16 regular season and two postseason games. 2001: Inactive for 14 games and played in one contest…. served as O’Donnell’s backup but did not play at Jacksonville Sept. 23…played in first-career game at Minnesota Dec. 9. 2000: Served as McNair’s backup vs. Baltimore Nov. 12 and was the third-string emergency quarterback for remaining 15 games and Jan. 7 playoff game against Baltimore. COLLEGE: Three-year starter at Fresno State, who threw 57 touchdown passes and only 12 intercep- tions during career…team MVP as senior and first- team All-Western Athletic Conference after passing for 2,559 yards, 30 touchdowns and only three inter- ceptions on 235 of 355 passing for 153.0 quarter- back rating…led Bulldogs to Las Vegas Bowl as senior…in final regular-season game for Bulldogs, threw career-high five touchdown passes against San Jose State…ranked second in WAC as junior with pass efficiency rating of 131.7…redshirted in 1995…played at Fresno State from 1995-99…majored in sociology. PERSONAL: Born in Hemet, California…named Northwest Yosemite League Offensive Player of Year after his senior season at Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif….participated in numerous charitable activities in Tennessee, including visits to schools, hospitals and soldiers of 101st Airborne Division stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky…also participated in Special Olympics events with former teammate Frank Wycheck and performed public service announcements for Tennessee Humane Society… married, Kerri, and couple has daughter, Morgan, and sons, Carter and Benett. Passing Sacks- Pass Year Team G-S Att.-Comp. Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Lost Rating 2000 Tennessee 0-0 0-0 0 .000 0 0 0 0-0 0.0 2001 Tennessee 1-0 3-0 0 .000 0 0 0 0-0 39.6 2002 Tennessee 0-0 0-0 0 .000 0 0 0 0-0 0.0 2003 Tennessee 7-1 69-44 545 .638 4 1 50t 6-45 101.4 2004 Tennessee 10-8 357-218 2,486 .611 18 10 48t 30-216 87.1 2005 Tennessee 6-1 88-50 474 .568 4 2 55t 9-45 77.6 2006 Tennessee 0-0 0-0 0 .000 0 0 0 0-0 0.0 2006 San Diego 1-0 2-1 4 .500 0 0 4 1-6 56.3 2007 San Diego 5-0 10-3 6 .300 0 1 4 2-7 0.0 Totals 30-10 529-316 3,515 .597 26 14 55t 48-319 84.9 Postseason 1-0 4-3 48 .750 0 0 27 0-0 114.6
  • 180 Billy Volek, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S was complete a 400-hour internship in the Tigers’ sports information department. While he was sidelined during his senior season, Waters was still considered one of the team’s leaders. The coaching staff allowed him to travel with the team and his teammates voted him a team captain. The coaching staff also allowed him to dress out for the team’s final home game of the season against in-state rival South Carolina so that Waters could touch Howard’s Rock one last time and then make a final walk down “The Hill” and into Clemson’s Memorial Stadium with his teammates. Waters now shares his success story with others. He spends time counseling local youth and helping them work to achieve the same goals that he set for himself. Anthony regularly returns to his hometown of Lake View, South Carolina (pop. 800) where he speaks to children of all ages in the town’s elementary, middle and high schools. He also helped give back to the community that gave to him, handing out Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas toys to families and children in need during last holiday season. The former senior class president at Lake View High credits several of his former coaches for helping him steer clear of trouble. They include his former football coach and Clemson alum, Jewell McLaurin; the school’s baseball coach, Kip Herlong, as well as assistant football coaches Kenny Rogers and Daryl King. And while he was at Clemson, Anthony also helped a family member in need, bringing his younger brother, Henri, to live with him at When the Chargers drafted linebacker Anthony Waters in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, they knew they’d have to be patient. During the first game of his senior season at Clemson, Waters suffered a potentially career-ending knee injury and was still working his way back when the Chargers selected him. Waters was inactive for all 16 games during his rookie season, but now that he’s returned to full strength, the Chargers believe he’s ready to contribute. Waters enters his second NFL season carrying high expectations for himself and from his teammates. Overcoming the odds is nothing new for Waters. He fought through a tough upbringing, one in which he was raised in a house with eight brothers and sis- ters by a single-parent, his mother Lynette, and one that also saw two of his older brothers spend time in jail. His oldest brother is still incarcerated and facing a potential life sentence. Lynette works at Anthony’s alma mater, Lake View High School, and even with nine children, still finds time to volunteer at a local nursing home. Yet none of these factors prevented Anthony from reaching his goals of becoming the first member of the Waters family to graduate from college and to play in the NFL. He achieved both. In December of 2006, he walked across the stage at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum to accept his degree in sports management and four months later he was drafted by the Chargers. To earn his degree, one of the last things Waters had to do Rushing Year Att.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2003 11-4 0.4 5 1 2004 11-50 4.5 14 1 2005 1-3 3.0 3 0 2006 3-(-3) -1.0 -1 0 2007 11-(-7) -0.6 0 0 Totals 37-47 1.3 14 2 Postseason 3-(-1) -0.3 1t 1 Single-game Highs Attempts — 60, at Oakland, Dec. 19, 2004 Completions — 40, at Oakland, Dec. 19, 2004 Yards — 492, at Oakland, Dec. 19, 2004 Passing Touchdowns — 4, vs. Kansas City, Dec. 13, 2004 Interceptions — 3, at Minnesota, Oct. 24, 2004 Long — 55t, vs. Miami, Dec. 24, 2005 Completion Percentage (min. 10 att.) — .674, vs. Kansas City, Dec. 13, 2004 Passer Rating (min. 10 att.) — 130.6, vs. Kansas City, Dec. 13, 2004 ANTHONY WATERS Linebacker Clemson 6-3, 238 Draft 3 - ’07 2nd NFL Season Lake View HS 2nd with Chargers Lake View, S.C. 53
  • 181 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S a Tigers fan who suffers from Downs Syndrome and presented the man with one of his old Clemson game jerseys. school at a time when he was beginning to slip into trouble back home. Waters is also very close with the Clemson fans. Before his senior season was set to begin, Waters made a surprise visit to the home of TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round choice (96) in NFL Draft, April 28, 2007...signed four-year contract with Chargers, July 24, 2007. 2007: Inactive for all 16 games plus all three of team’s postseason contests. COLLEGE: Sat out almost entire senior season after injuring knee in third quarter of season opener against Florida Atlantic…honorable mention All- Atlantic Coast Conference selection as junior after leading team with 109 tackles and leading ACC with 74 solo stops…recipient of team’s Solid Rock Award in 2005, given by coaches to squad’s outstanding linebacker…during junior season, named team’s player of game following outings vs. Maryland, N.C. State and Duke…redshirted in 2002…played at Clemson from 2002-06…graduated in December 2006 with degree in sports management. PERSONAL: Born in Dillon, South Carolina…Offen- sive Player of Year and all-state selection as senior at Lake View High School…saw time as prep at LB, RB, DE, WR and punter…as senior, scored 27 total touch- downs and led team in rushing, receiving and tackles. first child, a daughter named Brooklyn Marie. Eric and Chanel were married in July 2005 in La Jolla, California, just before Eric’s junior season at Utah. That year, Eric and Chanel lived near the Utah State campus in Ogden, Utah and Eric commuted nearly an hour each way. Chanel, Eric’s high school sweetheart, played soccer at Utah State. Growing up about an hour north of San Diego in Alta Loma, California, members of the Weddle family have been Charger fans for some time, particularly Eric’s mother, Debbie, and father, Steve. Eric’s mom is an elementary school teacher who has logged more than 30 years in the classroom. Weddle is an avid golfer who plays to a seven or eight handicap and he bowls once or twice a week, averaging in the 170 range. His other hobbies include baseball, basketball and watching movies with Chanel. The Weddles have a Golden Retriever named Chloe. A special education major at Utah, Weddle tutored students with learning disabilities while he was in school. He also visited Utah’s Primary Children’s Hospital, spoke to children at schools and at the youth correctional facility in Salt Lake City and volunteered for the Food Bank. General Manager A.J. Smith knew he was giving up a lot last April when he brokered a trade with Chicago to move up 25 spots in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft to select safety Eric Weddle from Utah. Smith also knew he was getting a lot, and that’s exactly what Weddle proved during his rookie season. While he didn’t start in 2007, Weddle saw plenty of action. He started the season as the team’s “Dime” safety and utilized his unique talents to rush the quar- terback, cover receivers downfield and provide a phys- ical presence in the secondary. Weddle finished his first professional season with 48 tackles, a sack, an interception, six passes defensed and three tackles for loss. He also added a timely interception of Peyton Manning in the Bolts’ Divisional Playoff win over the Colts. The pick came at the goal line and ended an Indi- anapolis scoring threat. Entering year two of his NFL career, Weddle is pen- ciled in as the Bolts’ starting free safety. He’ll join strong safety Clinton Hart and cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer to form one of the most talented secondaries in the NFL. In 2007, the group led the NFL with 30 interceptions. Family is a very important part of Weddle’s life. Last January, his wife Chanel gave birth to the couple’s ERIC WEDDLE Safety Utah 5-11, 200 Draft 2 - ’07 2nd NFL Season Alta Loma HS 2nd with Chargers Alta Loma, Calif. 32 TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by Chargers in second round (37) of NFL Draft, April 28, 2007...signed four-year contract, July 24, 2007. 2007: Turned in series of big plays in first half of first career NFL regular season game vs. Chicago…all four were third-down plays that helped stall Chicago dri- ves…on consecutive series in first half, recorded one-
  • 182 Eric Weddle, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S yard tackle for loss on 3rd and 14 play, helped stall next two drives with quarterback pressures on third down plays and lastly, ended fourth Bears drive with five-yard sack of Rex Grossman on a 3rd-and-9 play…helped end Broncos fourth-quarter drive on downs Week 5 at Denver when he and Eric Quentin Jammer combined for third-down tackle for loss (-3 yards) of Travis Henry…on ensuing drive, Michael Turner scored on 74-yard TD run to give Bolts 41-3 lead…recorded first interception of career deep in Chargers’ territory to put final seal on 35-10 victory over Houston Oct. 28…two-yard tackle for loss on second-and-23 play in first quarter vs. Indianapolis Nov. 11 led to Antonio Cromartie interception on fol- lowing play…in scoreless game Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore, broke up pass on third-down play to force punt…Bolts kicked field goal on ensuing possession for 3-0 lead…logged huge third-quarter interception on third-and-three play from Chargers’ four-yard line in AFC Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis…after Chargers had scored on opening possession of third quarter to take 14-10 lead, intercepted pass on Indy’s next drive at Chargers’ two-yard line with one-hand- ed catch to prevent Colts from scoring go-ahead touchdown…Chargers would go on to win playoff game by four points, 28-24. COLLEGE: Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of Year in 2005 and 2006…second-team All- America choice as junior and consensus first-team choice as senior…first Ute since Luther Elliss in 1994 to earn consensus All-America honors…first-team All- MWC as junior and senior…Defensive MVP of 2005 Emerald Bowl…second-team all-conference, honor roll, Dean’s List student and elected to school’s Foot- ball Leadership Committee as sophomore in 2004… Freshman All America, All-MWC honorable mention and Academic All-MWC pick as frosh in 2003…set school record by forcing nine career fumbles…MWC record and second in school annals with 18 career interceptions…also second on Utah list with three INT returns for touchdowns…ranked eighth in country with seven interceptions as senior, tying conference record and ranking second on school’s single-season list…only player in school and conference history to score touchdowns passing, rushing, on interception return and fumble return in season (2006) and career…Walter Camp National Player of Week after 2006 game against San Diego State in which he intercepted three passes, returning two for touch- downs, and ran for another score…also in ’06, was on field for 90 plays in game against Air Force, scoring two rushing touchdowns and held winning field goal in 17-14 Utah victory…interception late in fourth quarter against Tulsa in 2006 Armed Forces Bowl sealed victory in final collegiate game…played at Utah from 2003-06…majored in special education. PERSONAL: Born in Fontana, California…two-time Mt. Baldy League Offensive and Defensive MVP, three-time all-league choice, two-time All-CIF selec- tion and league Rookie of Year at Alta Loma High School in Alta Loma, California…intercepted five pass- es, forced five fumbles, rushed for 22 scores and threw five touchdown passes as senior…helped lead Braves to 2000 Mt. Baldy League championship… lettered in basketball and baseball. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2007 San Diego 15-0 41-7 48 1-5 1-0 0 0 6 0-0 Totals 3-0 6-2 8 0-0 1-0 0 0 1 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 6, vs. Oakland, Oct. 14, 2007 Sacks — 1, vs. Chicago, Sept. 9, 2007 Interceptions — 1, vs. Houston, Oct. 28, 2007 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 5, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Interceptions — 1, at Indianapolis, Jan. 13, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2007, 3. Special Teams Tackles — 2007, 6.
  • 183 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Conference’s third all-time leading passer. One of the players who ranked ahead of him was Rivers, who spent his collegiate career at North Carolina State. Charlie’s dad, David, was also an NFL quarterback. He played for the Green Bay Packers from 1976-83. When the Chargers played at Lambeau Field last September, the Packers were hosting the team’s annual alumni weekend. Whitehurst’s entire family made the trip to Northern Wisconsin to take part in the festivities and watch the Bolts. Charlie is not the only former Clemson Tiger in the family. His sister, Carrie also attended Clemson on an athletic scholarship. She played forward on the Lady Tigers basketball team. Charlie Whitehurst, a third-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, enters his third professional season in 2008. The Chargers pride themselves on having one of the deepest rosters in the NFL, and they believe the quarterback position is particularly strong. On gameday, Whitehurst enjoys an important role. When the Chargers are on offense, he stands next to Head Coach Norv Turner, who calls the offensive plays for the Bolts. Turner gives the play to Whitehurst, who then radios it in to Philip Rivers through the communi- cation system in Rivers’ helmet. An honor roll student throughout his college career at Clemson, Charlie earned his degree in marketing in December 2004, a full year before his eligibility expired. Charlie left the Clemson, South Carolina campus as the Atlantic Coast TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round draft choice (81) by San Diego, April 29, 2006...signed four-year contract, July 25, 2006. 2007: Inactive for all 16 regular season games and all three playoff contests as team’s third quarterback. 2006: Did not play Weeks 1, 3-4…took over for Philip Rivers late in fourth quarter of Tennessee game Sept. 17 and scored first-career NFL touchdown on 14-yard run…played one series against Titans and did not attempt any passes…closed out S.F. game Oct. 15 with kneel down on final play of game…inactive as third quarterback Weeks 6-16 and for playoff game vs. New England. COLLEGE: Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Confer- ence as senior in 2005 after posting nation’s fifth- highest completion percentage…finished career with 25 wins as starter, second-most in school history behind Rodney Williams’ 32 from 1985-88…eight fourth-quarter comeback wins during career... seven career wins over top-25 teams, tying school career record with Williams...included three wins over top-10 teams…only second quarterback in school history to beat two top-10 teams in single season…only quarterback in 103-game history of series to post 4-0 record as starter against South Carolina…only quarter- back in ACC history with multiple starts and winning record against Florida State…went 2-1 against Semi- noles, including 16-point win in 2003 and 21-point Senior Day win in 2005…FSU was ranked No. 3 prior to 2003 meeting, giving Tigers win against highest ranked team in school history…led fourth-quarter comeback win at Miami in 2004…was only ‘Canes third loss in 176 games since 1985 when entering fourth quarter with lead…graduated from Clemson with 46 school records, including career passing yardage, completions, touchdowns passes, comple- tion percentage and 300-yard passing games…in win over No. 6 ranked Tennessee at 2003 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl he was named ESPN/Capital One Player of Game… passed for school-record 420 yards and four touchdowns in first-career start at Duke… played at Clemson from 2001-05…redshirted in 2001… graduated with degree in marketing. PERSONAL: Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin…highly decorated quarterback at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Georgia…also lettered in baseball as outfielder and first baseman. Passing Sacks- Pass Year Team G-S Att.-Comp. Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Lost Rating 2006 San Diego 2-0 0-0 0 .000 0 0 0 0-0 0.0 Rushing Year Att.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2006 2-13 6.5 14t 1 CHARLIE WHITEHURST Quarterback Clemson 6-4, 227 Draft 3 - ’06 3rd NFL Season Chattahoochee HS 3rd with Chargers Alpharetta, Ga. 6
  • 184 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Golf Classic in Columbus, Ohio in June. Matt and his wife, Vanessa, have started a non- profit foundation and are working closely with the San Diego County Office of Education. Among its endeavors, the “Wilhelm’s Tackle It Now Foundation” plans to donate 157 backpacks filled with school sup- plies to children this fall. The foundation will also be awarding scholarships in San Diego and in Matt’s hometown of Lorain, Ohio. This summer, he hosted a football camp at his former high school, Elyria Catholic in Ohio, for middle-school aged kids. Away from the field, Matt enjoys playing golf and basketball, spending time with his teammates and his family. In March, Matt and Vanessa celebrated the birth of their first child, son Mason. The Wilhelms were married in April 2007 and vacationed shortly there- after in the Bahamas. Last summer they took a more formal honeymoon, traveling to Paris, Monte Carlo and St. Tropez. In college, Matt had a couple of interesting super- stitions. He wore the same game shoes for his final three seasons and on the night before each game, he would sleep in the bed closest to the window. Chargers linebacker Matt Wilhelm patiently waited five years for his opportunity to start in the National Football League, and when the time finally came last fall, Wilhelm made the most of it. He started 14 games in 2007 and finished second on the squad with 144 tackles. He also recorded three interceptions, a sack and four tackles for loss. Wilhelm was a key cog in the Bolts’ defense. A calf injury caused him to miss two starts and most of a third game in September and the Chargers dropped all three of those decisions. Wilhelm serves as the signal caller for the Chargers’ defense and plays a key role in getting the group lined up. Prior to his ascension into a starting role, the Chargers saw enough promise in Wilhelm that they inked the former Ohio State Buckeye to a five-year contract extension in December 2006. The Chargers have him locked up through the 2011 season. Wilhelm still maintains close ties to his alma mater. He attends a host of Buckeye Alumni events in San Diego and was named the honorary chairman for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Woody Hayes TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round choice (112) by San Diego, April 27, 2003…signed with Chargers, July 19, 2003…re-signed one-year contract, April 19, 2006...signed five-year contract extension through 2011, Dec. 23, 2006. 2007: Starting first career game in season opener vs. Chicago, racked up 10 tackles, second-most on team…also made heads up special teams play late in third quarter to recover punt after it hit Bears player in shoulder…four plays later, Chargers scored TD on 17-yard pass to Antonio Gates for 7-3 lead…inactive Week 3 while nursing calf injury and replaced in start- ing lineup by Carlos Polk…part of three-way tie for team lead with 12 stops vs. Houston Oct. 28…racked up career-high 18 tackles, including one for loss, Week 8 at Minnesota…collected interception off Indi- anapolis’ Peyton Manning on opening series of sec- ond half in Nov. 11 NBC Sunday Night Football game vs. Colts…finished night with 14 tackles, second-most on team…injured ankle on opening series of third quarter of Nov. 4 game at Minnesota and had surgery following day…was inactive Week 9 vs. Indianapolis… led squad with 14 tackles, including one for loss Nov. 18 at Jacksonville…tackle for loss (-1 yards) took place late in fourth quarter and helped force punt to give Bolts one last drive to attempt to tie game…cred- ited with sack for no yards Dec. 9 at Kansas City…led team with 15 total tackles and had huge interception and pass breakup in Dec. 9 overtime win at Ten- nessee…intercepted pass off Vince Young on third- and-two play on opening drive of third quarter…Bolts then kicked field goal following interception for first points of game…then in fourth quarter of 17-10 game, broke up huge third-down pass to force punt and set up San Diego’s game-tying TD drive…inter- ception and seven-yard return on first play of second quarter Dec. 16 vs. Detroit led to field goal and 20-0 lead for Bolts…was second pick in as many games and third of season…led team with 12 tackles against Denver on Dec. 24 ESPN Monday Night Football and helped end fourth-quarter drive on downs with one- yard tackle for loss after Broncos had driven to San Diego’s two-yard line. 2006: Played Weeks 1-16 & divisional playoff game on defense and special teams…tied for team high with two special teams tackles Sept. 17 against Tennessee…second on squad with two special teams tackles against Pittsburgh Oct. 8 and he and Clinton Hart combined to tackle Bryant McFadden for two-yard loss on fake punt MATT WILHELM Linebacker Ohio State 6-4, 245 Draft 4 - ’03 6th NFL Season Elyria Catholic HS 6th with Chargers Lorain, Ohio 57
  • 185 VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2003 San Diego 2-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2004 San Diego 7-0 5-0 5 0-0 1-0 0 0 2 0-0 2005 San Diego 16-0 13-3 16 1-7 1-10 10 0 1 0-0 2006 San Diego 16-0 6-8 14 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 0-0 2007 San Diego 14-14 78-66 144 1-0 3-11 7 0 4 0-0 Totals 55-14 102-77 179 2-7 5-21 17 0 10 0-0 Postseason 5-2 6-7 13 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 18, at Minnesota, Nov. 4, 2007 Sacks — 1, twice, Last: at Kansas City, Dec. 2, 200 Interceptions — 1, five times, Last: vs. Detroit, Dec. 16, 2007 Interception Return Yards — 10, vs. Buffalo, Nov. 20, 2005 Interception Return Long — 10, vs. Buffalo, Nov. 20, 2005 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 10, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2006, 1; 2007, 4. Special Teams Tackles — 2003, 2; 2004, 8; 2005, 15; 2006, 15; Total, 40. Special Teams Forced Fumbles — 2005, 1. Special Teams Fumble Recoveries — 2007, 1. Additional Postseason Statistics Special Teams Tackles — 2006, 1. attempt in first quarter…had big hand in Bolts’ 21-14 win over Oakland Nov. 26 by tipping pass at line of scrimmage that was intercepted by Drayton Florence on first play after two-minute warning in fourth quar- ter…interception came on fourth-and-13 play and Chargers ran out clock for win…also tied for team high with two special teams stops against Raiders… collected pair of special teams tackles in Dec. 24 game at Seattle. 2005: Tied for third on team with 15 special teams tackles…credited with two special teams tackles at New England Oct. 2…second on squad with two special teams stops at Oakland Oct. 16…tallied three tackles as reserve linebacker against Kansas City Oct. 30…led team with three special teams tackles at New York Jets Nov. 6…inter- cepted pass off JP Losman in third quarter of 48-10 win over Buffalo Nov. 20…his pick ended team’s streak of 10 consecutive quarters without intercep- tion…Bolts kicked field goal after interception to take 41-10 lead…outstanding all-around effort in ESPN Sunday Night Football game against Oakland Dec. 4 with sack, three tackles on defense and team-high three tackles on special teams…seven-yard sack came on third-and-eight play late in fourth quarter to force Raiders punt…in 26-17 win at Indianapolis Dec. 18, collected two special teams tackles and forced fumble on kickoff following field goal that gave Bolts 19-17 lead in fourth quarter. 2004: Inactive Weeks 1-9…played in first game of season Week 10 at Oakland and had one tackle on special teams…tied for team-high with two special teams stops against Tampa Bay Dec. 12…led squad with two tackles on special teams at Indianapolis Dec. 26…first-career interception along with five tackles and two passes defensed against Kansas City Jan. 2…saw action on special teams during Wild Card Playoff game vs. New York Jan. 8. 2003: Lone two tackles on special teams against Minnesota Nov. 9…played in first-career game on special teams against Baltimore Sept. 21…inactive Weeks 1-2, 4-8 and 10-16. COLLEGE: First-team All-Big Ten Conference selection as senior…recipient of Randy Gradishar Award as team’s top linebacker as junior…led team with career-high 121 tackles senior season…led team with 10 tackles in 2003 Fiesta Bowl victory against Miami for National Championship… finished career with 266 tackles, eight sacks, 44 stops for loss, three interceptions and four forced fumbles…ranked sixth on the school’s career-record list for tackles for loss…played at Ohio State from 1999-2002…majored in communications. PERSONAL: Born in Oberlin, Ohio…first team all- state selection at Elyria Catholic High School in Lorain, Ohio.
  • 186 Matt Wilhelm, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S in the mix helping the Chargers advance to the AFC Championship Game. In seven of Williams’ 11 seasons in San Diego, the Chargers have ranked in the league’s Top 10 in rushing defense, including league-leading seasons in 1998 and 2005. Only twice during his Chargers’ tenure has the unit ranked below 11th in the league’s final rankings. Williams is widely regarded as one of the most physically imposing defensive tackles in the NFL. It’s natural, considering he comes from a family in which he was the second oldest of seven boys all raised by his mother, Harriet, a single parent. She is now retired, but spent years working as a correctional officer at a juvenile facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Jamal’s younger brother, Kwesi, played cornerback at Morehead State and had a free agent tryout with the Chargers in 2006. The consensus among coaches of the 3-4 defense is that the key component of the scheme is the nose tackle. The Chargers have a great one, and Jamal Williams is a big reason why the Bolts’ defense has had so much success in recent years. In 2007, Williams was named to the Pro Bowl for a third-consecutive season after anchoring a defense that helped the Chargers win their third AFC West title in the last four years. Williams has been a warrior throughout his career. Last fall, he had an arthroscopic procedure done on both of his knees during the team’s bye week. He missed just one game following the operations and was back on the field. Williams also battled through a high ankle sprain during the playoffs that would have kept most players out of action. Instead, he was right TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round choice in Supplemental Draft, July 9, 1998…signed with Chargers, Aug. 6, 1998…re-signed, April 11, 2000 and May 11, 2001…signed five-year contract extension through 2010, May 26, 2005. 2007: Selected to AFC Pro Bowl squad…earned Game Ball from Head Coach Norv Turner after anchoring Oct. 7 defensive effort that limited Denver to 72 rushing yards at Invesco Field…in two 2006 games versus Denver, Broncos rushed for 320 yards against San Diego’s defense…inactive Oct. 28 vs. Houston while recover- ing from knee scope…returned to action and had sea- son-high nine tackles, including tackle for loss on game’s opening defensive play, in Nov. 11 NBC Sun- day Night Football game vs. Indianapolis…led team with two passes defensed at line of scrimmage Nov. 18 at Jacksonville…first occurred on third-down play to force Jaguars’ field goal try…tabbed tackle for loss among six stops Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore…inactive for Denver game Dec. 24 and Oakland game Dec. 30 with hip flexor…did not play in Feb. 10 Pro Bowl due to ankle injury. 2006: Starter in 2007 Pro Bowl…first-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Sporting News, USA Today Sports Weekly, Pro Football Weekly & The Professional Football Writers of America…also earned first- team All-AFC honors from PFW and PFWA… Chargers co-Lineman of Year...started Weeks 1-16…collected sack and pair of tackles in Sept. 11 season opener at Oakland while helping hold Raiders to 87 yards rushing…sacked Aaron Brooks for seven- yard loss on first down play in third quarter…logged four stops and helped hold Tennessee to 55 yards rushing Week 2…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after leading defensive line with seven stops at Baltimore Oct. 1…AFC Defensive Player of Week and USA Today’s Unsung Hero of Week after dominating 2007 Pro Bowl Photo: Mike Nowak JAMAL WILLIAMS Defensive Tackle Oklahoma State 6-3, 348 Draft 2 (Supplemental) - ’98 11th NFL Season Archbishop Carroll HS 11th with Chargers Washington, D.C. 76
  • 187 Veterans & Returning Players Continued next page VETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S Pittsburgh’s Pro Bowl center Jeff Hartings and guard Alan Faneca in 23-13 NBC Sunday Night Football victory over defending Super Bowl Champions Oct. 8…finished game with sack and team-leading eight tackles, including one for loss…helped Bolts hold Pittsburgh to 68 yards on ground…four-yard sack came on second-and-13 play during Steelers’ first series after Chargers had taken 17-13 lead in fourth quarter…it helped force punt and Bolts drove for field goal on ensuing drive to increase their lead to 20- 13…also stopped Willie Parker for one-yard loss in first quarter…delivered highlight-reel bruising hit against Kansas City’s Samie Parker on reverse in fourth quarter of game at Arrowhead Stadium Oct. 22…racked up career-high 12 tackles against Cleve- land Nov. 5 and helped hold Browns to 89 yards rush- ing… anchored run defense that held Oakland to 84 total yards and average of just 3.2 yards per carry in 21-14 win Nov. 26…collected tackle for loss among six stops and helped hold Buffalo to 63 yards rushing in Dec. 3 game at Ralph Wilson Stadium…he and Shaun Phillips combined to tackle Bills’ Willis McGa- hee for two-yard loss on second play of game…led defensive line with six tackles and helped hold Kansas City to 90 yards and 0 TDs rushing on Dec. 17 at Qualcomm stadium after Chiefs had rushed for 134 yards and two scores in first game at Arrowhead Sta- dium…led defensive line and tied for team high with 11 tackles at Seattle Dec. 24…started AFC Playoff game vs. New England… collected sack and tackle for loss among four stops in AFC-NFC Pro Bowl…stopped Steven Jackson for one-yard loss on NFC’s first play of third quarter…sacked Tony Romo for three-yard loss on third-and-10 play early in fourth quarter. 2005: Named starter for 2006 Pro Bowl…All-Pro by Associated Press, Sporting News and ESPN.com… All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly and Profes- sional Football Writers of Ameri- ca…Chargers Defensive Player of Year and Lineman of Year…led team with eight tackles for loss…tied career high with 53 tackles…lone tackle was for loss in season opener against Dallas…recovered fumble on opening drive of game at Denver Sept. 18 after Randall Godfrey popped ball loose from Mike Anderson at Chargers’ two-yard line…tallied two stops, both for loss, in Oct. 2 win at New England…second tackle for loss was for -2 yards against Corey Dillon and forced punt three plays later…on ensuing possession Chargers scored touchdown to take 10-7 lead…racked up two tackles for loss among six stops versus Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football Oct. 10…helped hold Philadelphia to season-low 24 yards rushing Oct. 23, just one week after holding Oakland to 39 yards rushing…batted down key third-down pass during late fourth-quarter goal-line stand in 31-26 win over New York Jets Nov. 6…helped hold Oakland to 81 rushing yards in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Dec. 4 with 24 yards coming on final play of game…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after logging tackle for loss among six stops in game against Miami Dec. 11…tackle was against Ricky Williams for one-yard loss on third-and- two play in fourth quarter, however was called for tripping penalty on play resulting in first down…four plays later, Dolphins kicked field goal to take 23-14 lead…shared three-yard tackle for loss with Shawne Merriman in first quarter of 26-17 win over Indi- anapolis Dec. 18…took place on first play of Colts’ second drive of game and led to interception by Drayton Florence on following play…closed out cam- paign with season-high eight tackles, including one for loss, in Dec. 31 game versus Denver. 2004: First- alternate to Pro Bowl…first-team All-Pro by SportsIllustrated.com…second-team All-Pro by Associated Press and Football Digest…named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team…Chargers Defensive Player of Year and Lineman of Year…anchored NFL’s No. 3 ranked run defense…unit held opponents to 81.7 rush yards per game while only allowing two rushes of more than 20 yards…held opponents to 3.7 yards per carry…Chargers Alumni Player of Week after collecting sack and season-high four tackles at Denver Sept. 26…set career high with two sacks against Jacksonville Oct. 10 …turned in another four- tackle game at Atlanta Oct. 17…had tackle for loss among two stops against Oakland Oct. 31…recorded nine-yard sack and pass defensed on back-to-back plays against Denver Dec. 5… did not play against Kansas City Jan. 2…tallied two tackles in Wild Card Playoff game against Jets Jan. 8. 2003: Tallied sack and forced fumble against Oakland Dec. 28… returned to starting lineup against Green Bay and responded with season-high four tackles…inactive Week 13 after having minor knee procedure Dec. 1…had tackle for loss against Kansas City Nov. 30…tallied one tackle for loss against Miami Oct. 27… had tackle for loss at Oakland Sept. 28. 2002: Recip- ient of Ed Block Courage Award…placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 4 after suffering dislocated ankle in game against Denver Dec. 1 when he was hit from behind…finished season with 24 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fum- ble…had sack against Broncos before suffering injury…sack and forced fumble at Miami Nov. 24…tied season high with four stops against New York Nov. 3… one-half sack at Oakland Oct. 20…also tallied four tackles against New England Sept. 29 and Arizona Sept. 22. 2001: Started first three games at defen- sive tackle before being placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Oct. 3 with left knee injury…had two tackles and one fumble recovery. 2000: Set career high with 53 tackles…one of six players on defense to start all 16 games…had at least one tackle in every game…had career-high six tackles in four games, including versus New Orleans Sept. 10, versus Denver Oct. 8, at Seattle Nov. 5 and versus Kansas City Nov. 26…lone sack of season came at Denver Nov. 19. 1999: Finished season with 26 tackles, one sack and two passes defensed …played in all 16 contests with two
  • 188 Jamal Williams, continued V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S starts at defensive tackle…started at Minnesota Nov. 28 and versus Cleveland Dec. 5…had lone sack in season finale at Denver Jan. 2, 2000. 1998: Scored touchdown on 14-yard interception return at Seattle Dec. 13. COLLEGE: First team All-Big 12 conference selec- tion…finished career with 117 tackles and 9.5 sacks… attended Kemper Military Academy in Missouri in 1996…played at Oklahoma State in 1995 and 1997… majored in sociology. PERSONAL: Born in Washington, D.C…SuperPrep All-America at Arch Bishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C….daughters Joy Danielle and Jasmine. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 1998 San Diego 9-0 5-1 6 0-0 1-14 14t 1 1 0-0 1999 San Diego 16-2 22-4 26 1-3 0-0 0 0 2 0-0 2000 San Diego 16-16 46-7 53 1-6 0-0 0 0 1 1-0 2001 San Diego 3-3 2-0 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-1 2002 San Diego 12-10 20-3 23 2.5-14 0-0 0 0 2 1-0 2003 San Diego 15-15 24-9 33 1-0 0-0 0 0 1 1-0 2004 San Diego 15-15 25-7 32 4-16 0-0 0 0 4 0-0 2005 San Diego 16-16 40-13 53 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 0-1 2006 San Diego 16-16 44-40 84 2-11 0-0 0 0 2 0-0 2007 San Diego 13-13 34-19 53 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 1-1 Totals 131-106 262-103 365 11.5-50 1-14 14t 1 19 4-3 Postseason 5-5 9-8 17 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Single-game Highs Tackles — 12, vs. Cleveland, Nov. 5, 2006 Sacks — 2, vs. Jacksonville, Oct. 10, 2004 Interceptions — 1, at Seattle, Dec. 13, 1998 Interception Return Yards — 14t, at Seattle, Dec. 13, 1998 Interception Return Long — 14t, at Seattle, Dec. 13, 1998 Interception Return for Touchdown — 1, at Seattle, Dec. 13, 1998 Postseason Single-game Highs Tackles — 5, vs. Tennessee, Jan. 6, 2008 Additional Statistics Tackles for Loss — 2004, 1; 2005, 8; 2006, 2; 2007, 3. of the Chargers’ young linemen. Away from football, Cory enjoys basketball, golf, riding roller coasters and spending time with his family. In March, Cory took a break from all of the above to attend the NFL’s Business Management and Entrepre- neurial Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. The three-day program teaches NFLers how to evaluate business opportunities in general and in the sports industry specifically. Withrow attended the program with teammate Marques Harris. Throughout his career, Cory has enjoyed being involved in community service projects where he is able to work with children and the elderly. In Minnesota in 2003, he started a program called “Cory’s Kids” in conjunction with the Fairview-University Children’s Hospital in Minnesota. Prior to the 2007 season, the Chargers signed center Cory Withrow to a new three-year contract because they knew the veteran could provide good depth and step in to help in a pinch. It took just a few months for the move to payoff. When Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick went down with a foot injury against Oakland in Week 6 of the ’07 season, Withrow stepped in and helped pave the way for a four-touchdown day by LaDainian Tomlinson. Withrow started a total of four games while Hardwick was sidelined and provided the Chargers with what they’d hoped for when they resigned him. Withrow joined the Chargers during training camp in 2006. In his first year with the Bolts, he saw spot duty on offense and also played on special teams. His witty sense of humor was welcomed in the Bolts locker room, and his veteran presence benefited many CORY WITHROW Center-Guard Washington State 6-2, 287 Free Agent - '06 9th NFL Season Mead HS 3rd with Chargers Spokane, Wash. 65
  • 189 Veterans & Returning PlayersVETERANS & RETURNING PLAYERS V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Minnesota as undrafted rookie, May 4, 1998…waived by Vikings, Aug. 30, 1998…signed to Cincinnati's practice squad, Dec. 18, 1998…re-signed with Bengals, Jan. 5, 1999… waived April 15, 1999…re-signed with Minnesota, April 30, 1999…waived by Vikings, Sept. 5, 1999…re- signed to Vikings’ practice squad, Sept. 7, 1999… signed to Minnesota's active roster, Oct. 27, 1999… waived Nov. 30, 1999…signed back to Vikings' prac- tice squad Dec. 2, 1999…re-signed with Minnesota, March 14, 2000…re-signed with Vikings, April 3, 2002…re-signed with Vikings, April 28, 2004…re- signed with Vikings, March 29, 2005…signed one year contract with Chargers, Aug. 9, 2006…re-signed to three-year deal with Chargers, March 9, 2007. 2007: Replaced Nick Hardwick at center in first quar- ter of Oakland game Oct. 14 after he suffered foot injury…started and played Weeks 7-10 at center for Hardwick…line played most of Oct. 14 Raiders game with Withrow at center after Hardwick left game early in first quarter with foot injury…Bolts allowed only one sack in 11 pass plays Oct. 28 vs. Hous- ton…with Withrow again at center for Hardwick, group was solid…third-quarter sack was Bolts’ first allowed since Sept. 30 vs. K.C….ended string of 57- straight pass plays without allowing sack. 2006: Did not play Week 1…saw late action in Week 2 game against Tennessee at center and helped deliver key blocks during 73-yard run by Michael Turner and 14- yard touchdown run by quarterback Charlie White- hurst two plays later…did not play Weeks 3-4 & 6- 7…saw late action Week 5 at S.F. and on special teams Weeks 8-16 and in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. New England…briefly filled in at center for injured Nick Hardwick (ankle) in Nov. 12 contest at Cincinnati…offense did not miss beat as he entered game with Bolts at Cincinnati's eight-yard line…three plays later, Chargers scored touchdown on two-yard run by LT to climb back within 38-35…saw brief action at center in third quarter of Denver game Dec. 10 and at Seattle Dec. 24. 2005: Started Weeks 1-4, 10 & 15-16 at center for injured Marvin Fowler. 2004: Filled in for injured Matt Birk vs. Chicago Sept. 26...Started second career game and first at center in overtime win at Houston Oct. 10...started vs. Jack- sonville Nov. 28, at Chicago Dec. 5 and vs. Seattle Dec. 12 while Birk was sidelined with his second sports hernia of season...also started Dec. 19 at Detroit and helped protect Daunte Culpepper, who completed 25 of 35 for 404 yards and 3 TDs in 28- 27 comeback win...played as reserve vs. Green Bay Dec. 24 and at Washington Jan. 2...played in both postseason games at Green Bay Jan. 9 and at Philadelphia Jan. 16. 2003: Saw time on offense vs. Chicago Sept. 14...returned squib kickoff eight yards at Atlanta Oct. 5. 2002: Saw time at left and right guard as part of Vikings offensive line rotation in Sept. 8 opener against Chicago...lined up in backfield as blocking back at Seattle Sept. 29...Saw extensive time at left guard for injured Corbin Lacina at Tampa Bay Nov. 3...lined up at fullback and as tackle-eligible in Dec. 29 season finale at Detroit. 2001: Saw time at right guard vs. Chicago Nov. 25 when David Dixon left game early with calf injury...made first career start when he opened at right guard for Dixon at Pittsburgh Dec. 2...played right and left guard vs. Tennessee Dec. 9. 2000: Played special teams in Sept. 3 season opener vs. Chicago for first-career NFL game action…saw first action from scrimmage in fourth quarter as reserve tackle at Detroit Oct. 1...saw first playing time of season at center vs. Arizona Nov. 12...saw time in NFC Divisional Playoffs vs. New Orleans Jan. 6 and NFC Championship game at N.Y. Giants Jan. 14. 1999: Spent Weeks 1-7 on Minnesota's practice squad…Dressed for at Denver Oct. 31 and vs. Dallas Nov. 8 but did not play...spent last five weeks of season and both playoff games on Vikings' practice squad. 1998: Spent Weeks 15-16 on Cincinnati’s practice squad. COLLEGE: Started 34 straight games to close out college career...second-team All-Pac-10 and offen- sive team captain as senior...also as senior, Offensive Lineman of Game vs. USC, Illinois and Arizona...earned scholarship in 1994 after walking on as freshman... Redshirted in 1993…played at Washington State from 1993-97…earned degree in biology education. PERSONAL: Born in Spokane, Washington...three- sport letterman at Mead High School in Spokane... all-state offensive and defensive tackle as senior... lettered in baseball and basketball...married, Kiersten… has twins, Makenzie and Maguire, and daughter Mara. Games Played-Started: 1999 (0-0, Minnesota); 2000 (12-0, Minnesota); 2001 (16-1, Minnesota); 2002 (16-0, Minnesota); 2003 (8-0, Minnesota); 2004 (12-5, Minnesota); 2005 (16-7, Minnesota); 2006 (11-0, San Diego); 2007 (13-4, San Diego); Total (104-17). Postseason Games Played-Started: 2000 (2-0, Minnesota); 2004 (2-0, Minnesota); 2006 (1-0, San Diego); 2007 (1-0, San Diego); Total (6-0).
  • 190 V E T E R A N S & R E T U R N IN G P LA Y E R S 2 0 0 8 - 0 9 N F L I M P O R T A N T D A T E S Aug. 8 – If a Drafted Rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he may not be traded to any other club in 2008. Aug. 26 – Rosters cut down to maximum of 75 players on Active List by 1 p.m. (PDT). Aug. 30 – Rosters cut down to maximum of 53 players on Active/Inactive List by 3 p.m. (PDT). Aug. 31 – At 9 a.m. (PDT), clubs may establish a Practice Squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free-agency credit or who were on the Active/ Inactive List for less than nine regular-season games during their only Accrued Season(s). A player cannot participate on the Practice Squad for more than three seasons. Sept. 4-8 – NFL Kickoff Weekend. Sept. 23 – Priority on multiple waiver claims is now based on 2008 standings. Oct. 14 – All trading ends at 1 p.m. (PDT). Oct. 15 – Players with at least four previous pension credits are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of regular season and postseason. Nov. 11 – Deadline for clubs to sign by 1 p.m. (PST) their Draft Choices and any Unrestricted and Restricted Free Agents to whom June 1 tender was made. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2008. Dec. 29 – Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2009 season. Jan. 3-4 – Wild Card Playoffs Jan. 4 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games. Jan. 10-11 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games. Jan. 10-11 – Divisional Playoffs Jan. 18 – AFC and NFC Championship Games Jan. 24 – Senior Bowl, Mobile Alabama Jan. 25 – An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl. Feb. 1 – Super Bowl XLIII, Raymond James Stadium (72,500), Tampa, Florida Feb. 8 – AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii Feb. 18-24 – NFL Scouting Combine, RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana Feb. 27 – Free Agency Period Begins March 16 – First day teams may conduct off-season workouts. April 25-26 – 2009 NFL Draft
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  • earlier in his career. Last season, Antoine was in the stands at Qualcomm Stadium watching his new team beat Aveion’s Lions, 51-14. All told, more than a dozen of Cason’s family members have Division I college football experience. Cason was a four-year starter for the Wildcats. He intercepted 15 passes during his career and shattered the school’s record by racking up 349 yards in returns. He earned a host of postseason honors and accolades along the way, including the 2007 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. As one of the fastest players on campus, he also starred on the Arizona outdoor track team for two years, competing in sprints and relays. During his four seasons in Tucson, Cason also became a leader in the community. On behalf of the University, he donated time to community service pro- jects and even filmed a public service announcement for the school. His largest endeavor was joining forces with former Wildcats teammate, Matt Brooks, to create a campaign known as “Cason Cares.” It’s a project that Antoine decided to take on after losing his grandfather, Royce Rambo, to can- cer in February 2006, while Brooks had several of his own family members affected by the disease. The goal of Cason Cares was to raise money for cancer research. Cason and Brooks sold rubber wristbands for $3 apiece and the pair made a generous donation to the American Cancer Society before an Arizona men’s bas- ketball game at the McKale Center in December 2007. With their first pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Chargers tabbed Jim Thorpe Award winner cornerback Antoine Cason from the University of Arizona with the 27th overall choice. A shutdown corner in the mold of former Arizona standout and current Baltimore Raven, Chris McAlister, Cason became the first Arizona player to earn All-Pac- 10 Conference defense and special teams accolades in the same season. A likely first-round choice had he elected to come out following his junior season, Cason decided to return to the University of Arizona for his senior season so that he could stay on track to graduate with his class. He’s now just one three-unit elective shy of earning a degree in political science from the U of A and will very soon receive his diploma Cason comes from a family rich in sports tradition. His father, Wendell, was a defensive back at the University of Oregon (1981-84) and went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons (1985-87). He now runs a trucking business in Southern California. Antoine’s brother, Dione, ran track at Washington State. His cousin, Ken-yon Rambo, was a receiver at Ohio State (1997-00) before playing for the Dallas Cowboys (2001-02) and New York Jets (2003). And another cousin, Aveion Cason, was an All-America tailback at Illinois State (1997-00) and currently plays for the Detroit Lions (2001-02, 2006-present) after previously seeing stints with the St. Louis Rams (2001, 04-05) and Cowboys (2003) 192 D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted by Chargers in first round (27th overall), April 26, 2008. COLLEGE: Winner of 2007 Jim Thorpe Award as nation’s top defensive back…finished career at Ari- zona with 15 interceptions and set school record with 349 return yards…also set record by averaging 23.3 yards per INT return…ranks fourth in school annals for career picks…first-team All-America by Walter Camp Football Foundation…oldest existing All- America team made Cason part of its 118th class in 2007…first-team All-Pac-10 choice in 2007 as defen- sive back and return specialist…intercepted five pass- es as senior, returning two for touchdowns…scored two more touchdowns on punt returns…Pac-10 Play- er of Week after Oregon game Nov. 15, 2007 when he returned interception 42 yards for touchdown and scored again on 56-yard punt return…his interception return came against quarterback Brady Leaf, brother of former Chargers QB Ryan Leaf…Cason also broke up five passes against Ducks…first-team All-Pac-10 as junior in 2006, becoming only fifth U of A corner to earn first-team honors…earned back-to-back Pac- 10 Defensive Player of Week Awards following games against Washington State Nov. 4, 2006 and California Nov. 11, 2006…broke up four passes and forced fum- ble against Cougars…returned interception 39 yards for touchdown in 24-20 win over Golden Bears…hon- orable mention All-Pac-10 as freshman and sopho- more…earned Freshman All-America honors from Football Writers Association and Sporting News…also earned freshman all-conference honors from Sport- ing News…named Pac-10 Player of Week following first-career game against Northern Arizona Sept. 4, 2004…tallied career-high 13 tackles, including one for loss, forced fumble and interception against Lumber- ANTOINE CASON Cornerback Arizona 6-0, 190 Draft 1 – ’08 Rookie Los Alamitos HS Long Beach, Calif. 20
  • 193 Draft Picks, Undrafted Rookies & First-Year NFL Europe Free AgentsDRAFT PICKS, UNDRAFTED ROOKIES, FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS & ROSTERS D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S his career as a senior against rival Florida. In front of the largest-ever crowd at Tiger Stadium, which approached 93,000, Hester scored on a two-yard run on a fourth-and-goal play with just over a minute remaining in the game to help the top-ranked Tigers erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and top the ninth-ranked Gators, 28-24. Hester finished the night with 106 yards rushing, his first-career 100-yard game, and he converted two fourth-downs, including the game-winning score, on the Tigers’ final drive. That performance against Florida earned him College Football Player of the Week honors from the Sporting News and Player of the Week honors from the SEC. Mature beyond his years, Hester married the former Katie Tilley on July 28, 2007, proposing to her outside War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas, moments after LSU beat the Razorbacks, 31- 26, in 2006. Hester kept his nerves that day by sticking to his traditional pregame ritual of listening to his Elvis Presley CD. Katie is the niece of former Miami Dolphins standout wide receiver Pat Tilley and Hester is a distant cousin of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw. The Chargers opened Day 2 of the 2008 NFL Draft by trading up to the third round, to the 69th overall selection, to acquire running back Jacob Hester from LSU. The Chargers swapped picks with the New England Patriots, sending a fifth-round choice (160th overall) in the ’08 draft and the Bolts’ second-round pick in 2009 to pick up the former Tiger. Hester will play both running back and fullback for the Chargers. He also played both positions at LSU, where he helped lead the Tigers to the 2007 BCS National Championship in his final colle- giate game. As a senior, Hester rushed for 1,103 yards and 12 touchdowns, and as an adept receiver, he caught 14 passes for 106 yards and another score during his senior campaign. A starter his final two seasons at LSU, Hester finished his career with 20 touchdowns on the ground. He’s a sure- handed ball-carrier, fumbling just once during his col- legiate career while rushing for 1,780 yards on 364 carries and averaging nearly five yards per carry in the very tough Southeastern Conference. A fan-favorite in Baton Rouge because of his “do it all” attitude, Hester had one of the biggest games of TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted by Chargers in third round (69th overall), April 27, 2008. COLLEGE: Second-team All-SEC by league’s coaches as senior…College Football Player of Week by Sporting News and Player of Week by SEC after Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2004 Arizona 11-11 54-16 70 0-0 4-88 40 0 6 2-0 2005 Arizona 11-11 38-12 50 0-0 3-40 27 0 5 0-0 2006 Arizona 12-12 48-14 62 0-0 3-57 39t 1 7 1-1 2007 Arizona 12-12 56-15 71 1-6 5-164 60t 2 14 2-0 Totals 46-46 196-57 253 1-6 15-349 60t 3 32 5-1 Punt Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2007 27-271 10.0 70t 2 Continued next page jacks…played football from 2004-07…competed in track from 2006-07, running 200 meters and 4x100 meter relay…only one class shy of earning degree in political science…co-president of University of Arizona’s Student Athlete Advisory Board from 2006-07. PERSONAL: Born in Long Beach, California…second- team All-CIF Southern Section and Division I All-CIF as senior defensive back at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, Calif….Sunset League Defensive Back of Year as senior and first-team all-league choice as junior and senior…also earned first-team all-county honors from Orange County Register as senior…also lettered in track. JACOB HESTER Running Back-Fullback Louisiana State 5-11, 225 Draft 3 – ’08 Rookie Evangel Christian HS Shreveport, La. 22
  • 194 Jacob Hester, continued D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S Florida game Oct. 6, 2007…played at LSU from 2004-07…majored in sports studies. PERSONAL: Born in Shreveport, Louisiana… Louisiana Class 5A Offensive MVP as junior fullback at Evangel Christian High School in Shreveport…helped lead team to back-to-back state titles in 2002-03…scored 26 touchdowns each during junior and senior seasons. Rushing Receiving Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2004 Louisiana State 11-1 20-123 6.2 18 0 2-21 10.5 11 0 2005 Louisiana State 13-1 25-114 4.6 21 2 11-63 5.7 15 0 2006 Louisiana State 13-13 94-440 4.7 28 6 35-269 7.7 38 3 2007 Louisiana State 14-14 225-1,103 4.9 87t 12 14-106 7.6 28 1 Totals 51-29 364-1,780 4.9 87t 20 62-459 7.4 38 4 MARCUS THOMAS Running Back Texas-El Paso 6-0, 215 Draft 5 – ’08 Rookie Tolleson HS Phoenix, Ariz. 25 100-yard games (11) and seventh in all-purpose yards (3,660). As a senior, Thomas rushed for 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging over five yards per carry (5.1). He racked up a school-record seven 100-yard games and became only the fourth player in school history to score more than 100 points in a season and only the seventh to rush for more than 1,000 yards. The Chargers made Thomas the 166th overall selection in this year’s draft. In the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, the Chargers added another big and powerful running back, landing Marcus Thomas from the University of Texas-El Paso. The draft selections of Thomas and Jacob Hester will help the Chargers fill the void left by Michael Turner, who signed with the Atlanta Falcons in March 2008 as an unrestricted free agent. Thomas finished his career as the Miners’ fifth all-time leading rusher (2,615 yards) and third-leading scorer (26 rushing touchdowns). He also ranked fourth in Rushing Receiving Year Team G-S No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2004 Texas-El Paso 10-0 37-145 3.9 18 0 3-7 2.3 13 0 2005 Texas-El Paso 11-6 149-791 5.3 47 5 32-440 13.8 75 3 2006 Texas-El Paso 11-10 156-513 3.3 33 5 39-242 6.2 25 1 2007 Texas-El Paso 11-11 227-1,166 5.1 59 16 20-268 13.4 42 2 Totals 43-27 596-2,615 4.4 59 26 94-957 10.2 75 6 TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted by Chargers in fifth round (166th overall), April 27, 2008. COLLEGE: Led Miners in rushing as sophomore, junior and senior…completed 27-yard touchdown pass on option play to give Miners 24-21 win over SMU Oct. 7, 2006…began sophomore year in 2005 as redshirt and came off bench to lead team in rushing with 791 yards and five scores…also became team’s third-leading receiver with 32 catches for 440 yards and five more scores…ended up ranking seventh in Conference USA with 1,296 all-purpose yards…closed out season with four-straight 100-yard games, becoming first in school history to put together such streak…played at Texas-El Paso from 2004-07… majored in multidisciplinary studies. PERSONAL: Born in Phoenix, Arizona…rushed for 3,573 yards and 47 touchdowns as senior at Tolleson High School in Phoenix…rushed for 426 yards and seven scores in one game vs. Moon Valley HS…all- state choice as junior and senior…led team to 12-win season and state semifinals as senior…also lettered in track and field and basketball…won state title with track team as sophomore and runners up junior year.
  • 195 DRAFT PICKS, UNDRAFTED ROOKIES, FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS & ROSTERS D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S DeJUAN TRIBBLE Cornerback Boston College 5-9, 190 Draft 6 – ’08 Rookie North College Hill HS Cincinnati, Ohio 29 hadn’t returned three picks for touchdowns in a career since the early 1960s. Twice Tribble had three interceptions in a game, performing the feat against Miami as a junior and against Wake Forest as a senior. Antoine Cason, the Chargers’ first-round pick, and Tribble, their sixth-rounder, combined to pick off 30 passes as collegians while playing in two of the NCAA’s top conferences, the Pac-10 and the ACC. In the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the 192nd choice, San Diego added another ball-hawking cornerback in DeJuan Tribble, a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick from Boston College. A speedster at 5-9 and 190 pounds, Tribble tied a Boston College record with three interception returns for touchdowns, while his 15 career picks were the third-most in Eagles’ history. A Boston College player TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted by Chargers in sixth round (192nd overall), April 27, 2008. COLLEGE: Second-team All-ACC as senior after fin- ishing season with four interceptions…named Nation- al Defensive Player of Week by Walter Camp Football Foundation after opening senior campaign with three picks against Wake Forest Sept. 1, 2007…intercepted one of three passes in end zone to prevent Demon Deacons score in 38-28 win…was second three-inter- ception game of career, becoming only second player in school history to intercept three passes in two sep- arate games…second-team All-ACC as junior after interception seven passes with three returns for touchdowns…named ACC Defensive Back of Week after intercepting three passes against Miami, includ- ing 22-yard return for touchdown…also scored on interception returns against Florida State (36 yards) and Maryland (42 yards)…returned punt 41 yards for touchdown as freshman against West Virginia, Nov. 13, 2004…scored touchdown after recovering blocked punt vs. Syracuse, Nov. 27, 2004…redshirted in 2003…played at Boston College from 2003- 07…earned degree in general management. PERSONAL: Born in Cincinnati, Ohio…lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track at North Col- lege Hill High School in Cincinnati…earned All-Ohio Division IV honors as senior defensive back. Pass Fumbles Year Team G-S Tack.-Asst. Total Sacks-Yds. Int.-Yds. Long TD Def. For.-Rec. 2004 Boston College 11-4 23-6 29 0-0 2-(-5) 0 0 3 1-0 2005 Boston College 11-10 48-9 57 0-0 2-0 0 0 6 1-0 2006 Boston College 13-12 41-8 49 0-0 7-108 42 3 5 0-1 2007 Boston College 11-11 31-4 35 0-0 4-42 29 0 8 1-0 Totals 46-37 143-27 170 0-0 15-145 42 3 22 3-1 Kickoff Returns Punt Returns Year No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD No.-Yds. Avg. Long TD 2004 0-0 0.0 0 0 8-110 13.8 41 2 2005 8-150 18.8 37 0 12-132 11.0 26 0 2006 8-185 23.1 50 0 27-236 8.7 69 0 2007 0-0 0.0 0 0 8-43 5.4 19 0 Totals 16-335 20.9 50 0 55-521 9.5 69 2
  • 196 D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S Clark, who already earned his degree in agricultural leadership and development, started 37 career games for the Aggies, including the 2007 Alamo Bowl, his final college game. The Chargers made their final selection in the 2008 NFL Draft in the seventh round, selecting offensive tackle Corey Clark from Texas A&M with the 234th overall selection. Clark was a three-year starter for the Aggies and an honorable mention All-Big 12 choice in 2007. Games Played-Started: 2004 (4-0, Texas A&M); 2005 (11-11, Texas A&M); 2006 (13-13, Texas A&M); 2007 (13-13, Texas A&M); Total (41-37). TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted by Chargers in seventh round (234th overall), April 27, 2008. COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Big 12 as senior…three-year starter at tackle…helped 2006 squad rush for Big 12-best 206.8 yards per game…in first year as starter in 2005, Aggies rushed for 234.9 yards per game, school’s most since 1991…in terms of total offense, ’05 squad’s average of 442.3 yards per game was second-best in school history… redshirted in 2003…played at Texas A&M from 2003- 07…earned degree in agricultural leadership and development. PERSONAL: Born in San Antonio, Texas…helped lead Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas to Class 5A state championship game…earned all- state, all-area and all-district honors for Rangers… selected to play in 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 4, 2007... waived Sept. 1, 2007...signed to practice squad, Nov. 21, 2007...re-signed to one-year contract, Jan. 23, 2008. 2007: Spent Weeks 8-16 and postseason on Chargers’ prac- tice squad. COLLEGE: First-team All-Mountain West Conference as junior after leading league with seven sacks…honorable mention all-conference as sophomore…had biggest game of career as redshirt freshman in 2004 against 17th-ranked Michigan, intercepting first-career pass and returning it 75 yards to set up touchdown, while also adding sack…finished career with 126 tackles, 17 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss…left school following junior season to enter NFL Draft… redshirted in 2003 and named scout team defensive player of year…played at San Diego State from 2003-2006…criminal justice major. COREY CLARK Tackle Texas A&M 6-5, 305 Draft 7 – ’08 Rookie Smithson Valley HS Spring Branch, Tex. 75 UNDRAFTED ROOKIES & FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS LB ANTWAN APPLEWHITE 6-3, 246 San Diego State 1st NFL Season, 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’07 Narbonne HS Torrance, Calif. LB ERIC BAKHTIARI 6-3, 285 San Diego Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Burlingame HS Burlingame, Calif. PERSONAL: Born in Los Angeles, California…all-league, all-area and all-region as senior at Narbonne High School in Torrance, Calif. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Two-time Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of Year (2006-07) and three-time first-team All-PFL choice (2005-07)...first-team All-America by Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation as senior...three-time first-team All-America by Sports Network (2005-07)...fin- ished fifth in voting among 16 players for 2007 Buck Buchanon Award, given to Football Championship Subdivi- sion’s (FCS’) top defensive player...invited to play in 2008 Texas vs. Nation all-star game in El Paso, Texas...racked up FCS-leading 20 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss during senior season...2007 PFL Defensive Player of Week after games against Drake Oct. 13 (five sacks and three forced fumbles) and Morehead State Nov. 10 (three sacks and four tackles for
  • CB JOSH BELL 5-11, 177 Baylor Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Skyline HS Dallas, Tex. HB WADE BETSCHART 6-2, 248 Wyoming Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Torrington HS Torrington, Wyo. WR GARY BANKS 6-0, 193 Troy Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Southern Choctaw HS Melvin, Ala. S TRA BATTLE 5-11, 173 Georgia 1st NFL Season, 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’07 Mary Persons HS Forsyth, Ga. 197 Draft Picks, Undrafted Rookies & First-Year NFL Europe Free AgentsDRAFT PICKS, UNDRAFTED ROOKIES, FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS & ROSTERS D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S loss)...also named defensive player of week by Sports Net- work and College Sporting News after Drake contest...third- team All-America by Associated Press as junior...finished career with 236 tackles, 35 sacks, six forced fumbles and 67 tackles for loss...redshirted in 2003...played at USD from 2003-07...earned degree in business administration. PERSONAL: Born in San Mateo, California...first-team all- county and all-league at Burlingame High School in Burlingame, Calif....also lettered in track...hobbies include waterskiing and wakeboarding. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Three-time All-Sun Belt League performer, earn- ing first-team honors as junior and second-team honors as sophomore and senior...Sun Belt Offensive Player of Week after catching eight passes for 104 yards and TD against Georgia Tech Sept. 16, 2006...earned first-team Academic All-District 4 accolades from CoSIDA and ESPN Magazine in 2006...finished career with 155 catches for 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns...played at Troy from 2004-07...majored in physical education. PERSONAL: Born in Meridian, Mississippi...led Southern Choctaw High School in Gilbertown, Alabama to Class 2A state titles in 1998 and ’99...played quarterback and free safety...honorable mention All-USA Today pick in 1999...also lettered in baseball...after high school, drafted by Chicago Cubs in fifth-round of 2000 Major League Amateur Draft with 133rd overall selection...spent 2000-01 seasons with Cubs’ Rookie League team in Arizona...played two full sea- sons for Boise Hawks in Class A Northwest League (2002- 03), batting .241 in ’02 and .247 in ’03...married, Shaundra. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 4, 2007...waived Sept. 1, 2007...signed to practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007...re-signed to one-year deal with Chargers, Jan. 25, 2008. 2007: Spent entire season, including playoffs, on Chargers’ practice squad. COLLEGE: Associated Press third-team All-America and second team All-SEC as senior…also named first-team all-conference by league’s coaches…SEC and Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week following school record-tying three-interception game versus fifth-ranked Auburn during 2006 season…collected all three picks, includ- ing one returned for touchdown, in first half…special teams captain as senior and recipient of team’s David Jacobs Award for showing courage to overcome adversity…recipient of team’s Iron Man Award for not missing practice or summer workout in 2004…part of senior class that finished 40-12, including 3-1 in bowl games, while playing in two SEC Cham- pionship Games and winning league title in 2005…finished career with 155 tackles and eight interceptions…played at Georgia from 2003-2006…chemistry major. PERSONAL: Born in Forsyth, Georgia…All-Middle Georgia selection as senior at Mary Persons High School in Forsyth…also lettered in track where he qualified for state championships…cousin of former Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys defensive end, Pepi Zellner. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Earned Baylor’s Best Defensive Skill Player Award as senior...finished career with 94 tackles and 12 pass breakups...redshirted in 2003...played at Baylor from 2003- 07...chemistry major. PERSONAL: Born in Los Angeles, California...first-team all- district cornerback at Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas...also rank 400 and 800 meters in track. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Two-time second-team All-Mountain West Con- ference choice (2006-07)...finished career with 64 catches for 553 yards and eight touchdowns...played at Wyoming from 2004-07...earned degree in agricultural business. PERSONAL: Born in Liberal, Kansas...two-time all-state selec- tion and three-time all-conference pick at Torrington High School in Torrington, Wyoming...won back-to-back prep state wrestling titles, going perfect 40-0 as senior...also excelled in track and field, capturing 2002 state title in shot put and 2003 state title in discus...four-time academic all-conference choice and member of National Honor Society at Torrington.
  • 198 D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S S BRIAN BONNER 5-11, 200 Texas Christian Rookie Free Agent - ’08 A.C. Jones HS Beeville, Tex. RB ELDRA BUCKLEY 5-9, 207 Tennessee-Chattanooga 1st NFL Season 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’07 Charleston HS Charleston, Miss. DE ANDRE COLEMAN 6-3, 287 Albany 1st NFL Season, 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’07 Burgard HS Buffalo, N.Y. LB JASON BRISBANE 6-2, 234 Kingston (London) Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Gunnersbury School London, England TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Two-time first-team All-Mountain West Confer- ence return specialist 2006-07...only second player in confer- ence history to win back-to-back first-team all-conference honors as returner...also recognized by MWC as safety in 2006...as senior, fell just 15 yards shy of breaking TCU’s 70- year-old school record for single-season punt return yards...selected to play in 2008 Texas vs. Nation All-Star game in El Paso, Texas...recipient of team’s 2007 Abe Martin Leader- ship Award and Special Teams Points Leader Award...as sophomore, had two interceptions and two sacks, including one that led to safety, in MWC title clinching win over Col- orado State Nov. 5, 2005...picture from one of interceptions was featured on MSNBC’s web site as one of world’s top sports photos of week...finished career with 188 tackles, including 20.5 for loss, nine sacks and seven interceptions... also averaged 12.5 yards on 62 punt returns during junior and senior seasons...redshirted in 2003...played at TCU from 2003-07...earned degree in communications. PERSONAL: Born in Taft, Texas...All-South Texas, District 29- 4A Player of Year and Victoria Advocate Offensive Player of Year as quarterback at A.C. Jones High School in Beeville, Tex....also earned letters in track and basketball. TRANSACTIONS: Allocated to Chargers through NFL’s International Practice Squad Player program, June 12, 2008. 2007: Played amateur football for National Champion London Blitz...tallied 33 tackles and one sack. 2006: Led Blitz with 77 tackles...also had sack, six passes defensed and recovered four fumbles. 2004: Most Valuable Player of British American Football League. COLLEGE: Attended Kingston University in London...majored in computing. PERSONAL: Born in London, England. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 4, 2007...waived, Sept. 1, 2007...signed to practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007...re-signed one-year contract with Chargers, Jan. 23, 2008. 2007: Spent entire season, including playoffs, on Chargers’ practice squad. COLLEGE: First-team All-Southern Conference choice as junior and senior…invited to play in Magnolia Gridiron Classic All-Star Game following senior season…contest pitted Division I-AA all-stars against select Division I-A players… Southern Conference Player of Month for September 2006…conference Offensive Player of Week following 210- yard rushing effort against defending national champion Appalachian State Oct. 29, 2005...tacked on 187 yards and three scores to win award following week against Citadel, Nov. 5, 2005…rushed for school-record 1,233 yards as junior in ’05 and won Scrappy Moore Award as team MVP, along with selection as offensive MVP…finished career at UTC with 2,437 yards and 18 touchdowns…first-team Junior College All-America and MVP of Mississippi Junior College North Division as sophomore at Northwest Community College in 2004…played at NCC from 2003-04…played at Tennessee- Chattanooga from 2005-06…first-team Junior College All-America in 2004…sociology major. PERSONAL: Born in Charleston, Mississippi…standout prep running back at Charleston High School. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 4, 2007...waived Sept. 1, 2007...signed to practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007...re-signed one-year contract with Chargers, Jan. 23, 2008. 2007: Spent entire season, including playoffs, on Chargers’ practice squad. COLLEGE: Earned first-team Mid-Major All-America honors as senior…two-time All-Northeast Conference choice as junior and senior…chosen to play in 2006 East Coast Bowl All-Star Game in Petersburg, Virginia…contest pits best seniors from NCAA Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA programs from across Mid-Atlantic region…voted team’s top defensive lineman in 2005 and ’06…NEC Defensive Player of Week after recording career-highs with 3.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and 10 total tackles in 2006 win over Robert Morris…
  • DE KEITH GRENNAN 6-4, 298 Eastern Washington 1st NFL Season 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’07 Woodway HS Edmonds, Wash. DT KEITH JACKSON 6-0, 315 Arkansas 1st NFL Season, 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’07 McClellan HS Little Rock, Ark. DT LAMAR DIVENS 6-3, 333 Tennessee State Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Lincoln County HS Fayetteville, Tenn. G BRANDYN DOMBROWSKI 6-5, 323 San Diego State Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Green Valley HS Henderson, Nev. 199 Draft Picks, Undrafted Rookies & First-Year NFL Europe Free Agents Continued next page DRAFT PICKS, UNDRAFTED ROOKIES, FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS & ROSTERS D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S finished career with 110 tackles, 14 sacks and 35 tackles for loss…played at Albany from 2003-06…majored in African studies. PERSONAL: Born in Inglewood, California…first-team All- Western New York and second-team all-state as senior at Burgard High School in Buffalo, New York…received Jim Burt Award as team’s top defensive lineman…also lettered in baseball and bowling…first cousin is New Orleans Saints wide receiver, David Patten. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Spent first two years of college career at Vander- bilt (2004-05) and transferred to Tennessee State for final two seasons (2006-07)...finished career with 72 tackles, including six for loss, and sack between both schools...interdis- ciplinary studies major. PERSONAL: Born in Fayetteville, Tennessee...named Tennessee 5A Mr. Football Lineman as senior offensive and defensive tackle at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville... first-team all-state by Associated Press and Tennessee Sportswriters Association...also named first-team All-Midstate by Nashville Tennessean...two-time all-region choice and co-winner of 2003 Region 3 5A Defensive Player of Year Award...also lettered in basketball. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Started all or part of four seasons for Aztecs at right and left guard...started 35 total games during career...redshirted in 2003...played at San Diego State from 2003-07...majored in criminal justice. PERSONAL: Born in Buffalo, New York...began prep career at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas and spent senior season at Green Valley HS in Henderson, Nevada...named team’s outstanding lineman following senior season...father, Ken, played college football at Cameron University in Oklahoma and in the Canadian Football League, and now works as corrections officer. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 4, 2007...waived Sept. 1, 2007...signed to practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007...signed one-year contract with Chargers, Jan. 25, 2008. 2007: Spent entire regular season and playoffs on Chargers’ practice squad. COLLEGE: Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference choice as senior…named team’s Defensive Player of Week and earned Hit of Week honors following two-sack game Oct. 7, 2006 vs. Montana…won team’s Big Play of Week Award following Nov. 12, 2005 game vs. Montana State… team’s Offensive Scout Player of Year and Scout Player of Week three times during 2004 season…redshirted in 2002 and played as tight end in 2003 at Central Washington University…played at Eastern Washington from 2004-06… graduated with degree in interdisciplinary studies. PERSONAL: Born in Edmonds, Washington…all-league and all-area performer at Woodway High School in Edmonds. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by St. Louis Rams in seventh round of 2007 NFL Draft (248th overall), April 29, 2007...signed with Rams, July 9, 2007...waived Sept. 1, 2007...signed to St. Louis’ practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007...waived Sept. 18, 2007...signed to Chargers’ practice squad, Nov. 21, 2007...signed one-year contract with Chargers, Jan. 23, 2008. 2007: Spent Weeks 1-2 on Rams’ practice squad...spent Weeks 8-16 and postseason on Chargers’ practice squad. COLLEGE: First-team All-Southeastern Conference by Associated Press and second-team by league’s coaches as senior after career-high 79-tackle season...named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of Week after performance Oct. 7, 2006 vs. Auburn...earned SEC Defensive Lineman of Week honors and Arkansas’ Crip Hall Award for outstanding performance by senior after returning interception 69 yards for touchdown in 63-7 win over Southeast Missouri, Oct. 14, 2006...second-team All-SEC choice as junior...finished college career with 191 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles... played at Arkansas from 2003-06...majored in sociology and criminal justice.
  • G-T TONY PAPE 6-6, 302 Michigan 1st NFL Season, 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’07 Hinsdale South HS Darien, Ill. T TYLER LUELLEN 6-6, 302 Missouri Rookie Free Agent - ’08 South Harrison HS Bethany, Mo. LB TERNA NANDE 6-0, 230 Miami (Ohio) 1st NFL Season, 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’07 Creston HS Grand Rapids, Mich. 200 Keith Jackson, continued D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S PERSONAL: Born in Little Rock, Arkansas...highly decorated nose guard and fullback at McClellan High School in Little Rock...son of former six-time Pro Bowl tight end, Keith Jackson, Sr. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Finished career as second-team All-Big 12 selec- tion on field and in classroom for earning GPA between 3.0 and 3.19...started final 40 games of Tigers’ career at left tack- le...named first-team freshman all-conference by Sporting News in 2004...redshirted in 2003, twice earning scout team MVP honors for work in practice...played in 50 games with 42 total starts during career...played at Missouri from 2003- 07...earned degree in hotel and restaurant management. PERSONAL: Born in Bethany, Missouri...All-America, all-state, all-district and all-conference offense and defensive lineman at South Harrison High School in Bethany...was also three- time Missouri Class 2A discus champion...earned all-confer- ence basketball honors as freshman and sophomore...member National Honor Society and seved on Student Council. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by Tennessee in fifth round of 2006 NFL Draft with 137th overall selection, April 30, 2006...signed with Titans, July 28, 2006...waived Sept. 2, 2006...signed to Titans’ practice squad, Sept. 4, 2006...signed to Titans’ active roster, Nov. 11, 2006...waived Nov. 18, 2006...re-signed to Tennessee’s practice squad, Nov. 22, 2006...signed back to active roster, Dec. 23, 2006...waived by Titans, Sept. 1, 2007...signed to Indianapolis’ practice squad, Oct. 3, 2007...waived Oct. 9, 2007...signed to Chargers’ prac- tice squad, Nov. 21, 2007...re-signed to one-year contract with Chargers, Jan. 23, 2008. 2007: Spent one week on Indianapolis’ practice squad...joined Chargers and spent Weeks 8-16 and playoffs on team’s practice squad. 2006: Spent majority of season on Titans’ practice squad, but signed to active roster for three games...saw action against Baltimore Nov. 12, recording spe- cial teams tackle...inactive for final two games of season at Buffalo Dec. 24 and against New England Dec. 31. COLLEGE: First-team All-Mid-American Conference choice as junior after earning second-team honors as sophomore...had huge sophomore season, racking up 109 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and four interceptions, including one return for TD...finished career with 288 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and four picks...played at Miami (Ohio) from 2002- 05...graduated with degree in health studies. PERSONAL: Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan...two-time All- America and first-team all-state at Creston High School in Grand Rapids...also played basketball and ran track, compet- ing in sprints, relays and long jump...younger brother, Tersee, also played at Miami...parents, David and Veronica, were both born in Nigeria and entered United States on student visas...in 1989, Veronica returned to Nigeria with Terna, Tersee and older sister, Dooshima, due to death in family...Veronica and Dooshima, both born in Nigeria, were not allowed to board plane back to States due to visa compli- cations and they have not been allowed back since...Terna and Tersee both returned to the States and have not seen their mother or sister in 19 years...Nande family has tried unsuccessfully to secure new visas, however efforts are still ongoing to bring them back to U.S....Terna’s name means “God’s gift” in Tiv, the Nande family’s Nigerian tribe. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Selected by Miami in seventh round of 2004 NFL Draft with 221st overall choice...signed with Dolphins, July 30, 2004...waived, Sept. 5, 2004...re- signed to Miami’s practice squad, Sept. 7, 2004...re-signed with Dolphins, Jan. 6, 2005...placed on “Reserve-Did Not Report” list, July 25, 2005...reinstated by Dolphins, April 5, 2006...waived, Sept. 2, 2006...re-signed to Miami’s practice squad, Oct. 11, 2006...waived from practice squad, Nov. 7, 2006...re-signed to practice squad, Nov. 27, 2006...signed one-year contract with Chargers, Feb. 12, 2007...waived Sept. 1, 2007...re-signed to Chargers’ practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007...signed one-year deal with Chargers, Jan. 25, 2008. 2007: Spent entire regular season and playoffs on Chargers’ practice squad...started all 10 games at left tackle for Amster- dam Admirals of NFL Europa in Spring 2007. 2006: Spent Weeks 6-8 & 12-16 on Miami Dolphins’ practice squad. 2005: First-team All-NFL Europe selection after starting all 10 games, plus World Bowl for Berlin Thunder. 2004: Spent entire season on Miami’s practice squad COLLEGE: Second-team All-America by Associated Press and Sports Illustrated as senior...first-team All-Big Ten as junior and senior...honorable mention all-conference as sophomore...winner of school’s Hugh H. Rader Award as top offensive lineman following junior and senior seasons...three- year starter and four-year letterman for Wolverines...finished career with 31 consecutive starts...redshirted as freshman in 1999...played at Michigan from 1999-03…earned degree in general studies. PERSONAL: Born in Chicago, Illinois...Dean’s List student at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Ill....first- team All-America tackle by USA Today, Parade, PrepStar and Prep Football Report...also lettered in wrestling and track and field for discus and shot put... enjoys fishing.
  • WR BILLY PITTMAN 6-0, 195 Texas Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Yoe HS Cameron, Tex. TE JOHN TERESHINSKI 6-3, 245 Wake Forest Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Athens Academy Athens, Ga. WR MARCO THOMAS 5-11, 190 Western Illinois 1st NFL Season, 1st with Chargers Free Agent - ’08 Bogan HS Chicago, Ill. G ERIK ROBERTSON 6-2, 310 California 1st NFL Season, 2nd with Chargers Free Agent - ’08 Apple Valley HS Apple Valley, Calif. 201 Draft Picks, Undrafted Rookies & First-Year NFL Europe Free Agents Continued next page DRAFT PICKS, UNDRAFTED ROOKIES, FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS & ROSTERS D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 choice (2005-06)...twice selected to UT’s Athletics Director’s Honor Roll...finished career with 80 catches for 1,283 yards and nine touchdowns...during Texas’ national championship run in 2005, led Longhorns with 750 yards receiving, while catching 34 passes and five touchdowns...during ’05 campaign, had over 100 yards receiving in wins against No. 4 Ohio State, Oklahoma and No. 10 Texas Tech, including career-high 138 yards and two touchdowns in 52-17 win over Red Raiders...finished career with 80 catches for 1,283 yards and nine touchdowns...redshirted in 2003...played at Texas from 2003-07...majored in youth and community studies. PERSONAL: Born in Cameron, Texas...four-year starter accounted for 7,090 yards and 66 touchdowns during career at Yoe High School in Cameron...two-time District MVP, all- state and three-time all-district pick...played basketball and ran sprints for track and field team. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 4, 2007...placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Aug. 28, 2007...waived from “Reserve- Injured,” Sept. 2, 2007...re-signed one-year deal with Chargers, Jan. 9, 2008. COLLEGE: Selected to play in Texas vs. Nation All-Star Game in El Paso, Texas in February 2007…honorable mention All-Pac-10 and team’s Most Valuable Offensive Lineman as senior…honor- able mention Academic All-Pac-10 selection as junior and senior…redshirted 2002…played at Cal-Berkeley from 2002- 06…graduated with degree in Scandinavian studies. PERSONAL: Born in Apple Valley, California…all-region, all- county and all-league offensive and defensive lineman at Apple Valley High School…all-league and CIF qualifier in wrestling and shot put...bass player since high school and has played in several bands…brother, John, also plays guitar and jams with Eric…has more than 20 tattoos on his body, including tribute to brother, Shane Cardwell, who died of cancer in 2005…other tattoos are mythological images from Scandinavian studies. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Finished career at Wake Forest with 60 catches for 702 yards and four scores...redshirted in 2003...played at Wake Forest from 2003-07...graduated with degree in communications. PERSONAL: Born in Athens, Georgia...helped Athens Academy to quarterfinals of Georgia High School Playoffs in back-to- back seasons for first time in school history...all-state selec- tion...earned Athens Northeast Georgia Prep of Week honors Dec. 4, 2002 after catching 31-yard touchdown pass, blocking two punts, recording two sacks and forcing fumble in game...also all-region basketball player...brother, Joe, played quarterback at University of Georgia from 2003-06...grandfa- ther, Joseph Tereshinski, Sr., played football at Georgia and later played and coached for Washington Redskins...father, Joseph, Jr., played for Georgia too and was starting center on 1976 SEC Championship team and now works at school as strength and conditioning coach and video coordinator. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with New York Giants as undrafted rookie, May 7, 2007...waived Aug. 23, 2007...signed to Giants’ practice squad, Sept. 8, 2007...waived Sept. 10, 2007...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 15, 2007...waived Sept. 17, 2007...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 22, 2007...waived Sept. 25, 2007...signed to Oakland’s practice squad, Nov. 7, 2007...waived by Raiders, Dec. 4, 2007...signed to New York Jets’ practice squad, Dec. 12, 2007...re-signed with Jets, Dec. 31, 2007...waived April 25, 2008...signed one- year contract with Chargers, May 12, 2008. 2007: Spent time on practice squads with New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets. COLLEGE: First-team All-Gateway Conference choice as senior after garnering honorable mention honors as junior...also earned third-team all-region honors from Football Gazette as senior in 2006...left campus as school’s fourth all- time leading receiver with 109 catches and 1,691 yards...scored 11 touchdowns...caught school-record 98-yard touchdown pass against Illinois State, Oct. 29, 2005...redshirted in 2003...played at Western Illinois from 2003-07...earned degree in law enforcement and justice administration.
  • FB MIKE TOLBERT 5-9, 243 Coastal Carolina Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Douglas County HS Douglasville, Ga. 202 Marco Thomas, continued D R A FT P IC K S , U N D R A FT E D R O O K IE S & 1 S T -Y R P LA Y E R S PERSONAL: Born in Chicago, Illinois...team MVP and all-star quarterback at Bogan High School in Chicago...also excelled in basketball and track...city champion in 100 meters and runner-up in 200 meters... honor roll student. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Second-team Football College Subdivision (FCS) All-America by Sports Network and first-team All-Big South Conference choice following senior season...Big South Offen- sive Player of Week after rushing for school-record 244 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries (18.8 avg) in 42-35 win over VMI, Oct. 27, 2007...effort against VMI included school and conference record 86-yard TD run late in fourth quarter that broke 35-35 tie and gave Coastal win...finished game one yard shy of conference single-game rushing record...Big South Freshman of Week after 107-yard, one-touchdown performance against Liberty, Oct. 23, 2004...finished career with 1,670 yards and 21 touchdowns...played at Coastal Carolina from 2004-07...majored in sports management. PERSONAL: Born in Carrollton, Georgia...four-year letterwin- ner and three-year starter as linebacker and fullback at Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Georgia...earned All-America and all-state recognition...awarded Howard Thompson Trophy, given to county’s top senior by school sys- tem...Douglas County Sentinel Athlete of Week five times during prep career...County Defensive Player of Year as junior and senior, becoming first player to win back-to-back awards...lettered in basketball as well...earned numerous academic awards, including Who’s Who in USA High School Sports, National Scholar and Presidential Scholar. P-K BILLY VINNEDGE 6-1, 202 Wyoming Rookie Free Agent - ’08 Arroyo Grande HS Arroyo Grande, Calif. TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract with Chargers as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008. COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Mountain West Confer- ence as senior...MWC Special Teams Player of Week after Sept. 1, 2007 performance against Virginia in which hit field goals of 48, 40 and 39 yards, while averaging 49.7 yards on three punts to fuel 23-3 win...co-Special Teams Player of Week after 29-24 win over UNLV on Oct. 27, 2007...made three field goals against Rebels with long of 44 yards and placed all five punts inside 20-yard line...punted two seasons at Wyoming (2006-07), hitting 129 punts for 5,535 yards (42.9 avg) with long of 65 yards...handled placekicking duties as senior, hitting 13 of 18 field goals with long of 57 yards, while converting 22 of 24 PATs...earned Academic All-MWC honors his junior year in Laramie...started college at Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo in 2003 but did not play for Mustangs... transferred to Allan Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, California and played 2004-05 seasons...two-time All-Western State Conference North Division punter at Hancock JC... honorable mention All-America as sophomore, as well as academic all-conference choice...communications major. PERSONAL: Born in Visalia, California...earned 10 varsity letters in football, baseball and soccer at Arroyo Grande High School in Arroyo Grande, Calif....California State Kicker of Year as senior in 2002 after averaging 48.0 yards per punt, third-highest average in CA high school history...All-CIF and All-Los Angeles Times kicker hit field goals from 52 and 54 yards during senior season...first-team All-CIF, all-county and all-conference in baseball and first-team all-league as goalie for soccer team.
  • 203 Continued next page ROSTERS R O S T E R S R O S T E R S 2008 ALPHABETICAL ROSTER (ages as of July 1, 2008) No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. College High School Hometown 49 Applewhite, Antwan LB 6-3 246 22 1 San Diego State Narbonne Los Angeles, Calif. 48 Bakhtiari, Eric LB 6-3 285 23 R San Diego Burlingame Burlingame, Calif. 12 Banks, Gary WR 6-0 193 26 R Troy Southern Choctaw Melvin, Ala. 36 Battle, Tra S 5-11 173 23 1 Georgia Mary Persons Forsyth, Ga. 37 Bell, Josh CB 5-11 177 23 R Baylor Skyline Dallas, Tex. 47 Betschart, Wade HB 6-2 248 22 R Wyoming Torrington Torrington, Wyo. 97 Bingham, Ryon DT 6-3 303 27 4 Nebraska Alta Sandy, Utah 50 Binn, David LS 6-3 223 36 15 California San Mateo San Mateo, Calif. 38 Bonner, Brian S 5-11 200 24 R Texas Christian A.C. Jones Beeville, Tex. 8 Bramlet, Casey QB 6-4 220 27 2 Wyoming Wheatland Wheatland, Wyo. 44 Brisbane, Jason+ LB 6-2 234 25 R Kingston (London) Gunnersbury London, England 30 Buckley, Eldra RB 5-9 207 23 1 Tennessee-Chattanooga Charleston Charleston, Miss. 20 Cason, Antoine CB 6-0 190 21 R Arizona Los Alamitos Long Beach, Calif. 93 Castillo, Luis DE 6-3 290 24 4 Northwestern Garfield Garfield, N.J. 74 Cesaire, Jacques DE 6-2 295 27 6 So. Connecticut St. Gardner Gardner, Mass. 89 Chambers, Chris WR 5-11 210 29 8 Wisconsin Bedford Bedford, Ohio 87 Chandler, Scott TE 6-7 265 22 2 Iowa Southlake Carroll Southlake, Tex. 75 Clark, Corey T 6-5 305 24 R Texas A&M Smithson Valley Spring Branch, Tex. 66 Clary, Jeromey T 6-6 306 24 2 Kansas State Mansfield Mansfield, Tex. 78 Coleman, Andre DE 6-3 287 23 1 Albany Burgard Buffalo, N.Y. 54 Cooper, Stephen LB 6-1 235 29 6 Maine Wareham Wareham, Mass. 31 Cromartie, Antonio CB 6-2 203 24 3 Florida State Lincoln Tallahassee, Fla. 84 Davis, Buster WR 6-1 202 22 2 Louisiana State Walker New Orleans, La. 68 Dielman, Kris G 6-4 310 27 6 Indiana Troy Troy, Ohio 71 Divens, Lamar DT 6-3 333 22 R Tennessee State Lincoln County Fayetteville, Tenn. 51 Dobbins, Tim LB 6-1 246 25 3 Iowa State Glencliff Nashville, Tenn. 69 Dombrowski, Brandyn G 6-5 323 23 R San Diego State Green Valley Henderson, Nev. 80 Floyd, Malcom WR 6-5 225 26 3 Wyoming River City Sacramento, Calif. 85 Gates, Antonio TE 6-4 260 28 6 Kent State Central Detroit, Mich. 79 Goff, Mike G 6-5 311 32 11 Iowa LaSalle-Peru Township Peru, Ill. 24 Gordon, Cletis CB 6-1 197 25 3 Jackson State Amite Amite City, La. 28 Gregory, Steve CB-S 5-11 185 25 3 Syracuse Curtis Staten Island, N.Y. 96 Grennan, Keith DE 6-4 298 24 1 Eastern Washington Woodway Edmonds, Wash. 61 Hardwick, Nick C 6-4 295 26 5 Purdue Lawrence North Indianapolis, Ind. 92 Harris, Marques LB 6-1 231 26 4 Southern Utah Grand Junction Grand Junction, Colo. 42 Hart, Clinton SS 6-0 205 30 6 Central Florida CC South Sumter Bushnell, Fla. 22 Hester, Jacob RB-FB 5-11 225 23 R Louisiana State Evangel Christian Shreveport, La. 90 Jackson, Keith DT 6-0 315 22 1 Arkansas McClellan Little Rock, Ark. 83 Jackson, Vincent WR 6-5 241 25 4 Northern Colorado Widefield Colorado Springs, Colo. 23 Jammer, Quentin CB 6-0 204 29 7 Texas Angleton Angleton, Tex. 82 Jones, Mark WR-PR 5-9 185 27 5 Tennessee Strath Haven Wallingford, Pa. 10 Kaeding, Nate K 6-0 187 26 5 Iowa West Iowa City, Iowa 60 Luellen, Tyler T 6-6 302 23 R Missouri South Harrison Bethany, Mo. 86 Manumaleuna, Brandon TE 6-2 288 28 8 Arizona Narbonne Torrance, Calif. 91 McKinney, Brandon DT 6-2 324 24 3 Michigan State Chaminade-Julienne Dayton, Ohio 73 McNeill, Marcus T 6-7 336 24 3 Auburn Cedar Grove Ellenwood, Ga. 56 Merriman, Shawne LB 6-4 272 24 4 Maryland Douglass Upper Marlboro, Md. 63 Mruczkowski, Scott C-G 6-5 318 26 4 Bowling Green Benedictine Garfield Heights, Ohio 11 Naanee, Legedu WR 6-2 226 24 2 Boise State Franklin Portland, Ore. 45 Nande, Terna LB 6-0 230 25 1 Miami (Ohio) Creston Grand Rapids, Mich. 62 Newberry, Jeremy C 6-5 315 32 11 California Antioch Antioch, Calif. 27 Oliver, Paul CB 5-10 195 24 2 Georgia Harrison Kennesaw, Ga. 99 Olshansky, Igor DE 6-6 309 26 5 Oregon St. Ignatius San Francisco, Calif. 81 Osgood, Kassim WR 6-5 220 28 6 San Diego State North Salinas Salinas, Calif. 77 Pape, Tony G-T 6-6 302 26 1 Michigan Hinsdale South Darien, Ill. 95 Phillips, Shaun LB 6-3 262 27 5 Purdue Willingboro Willingboro, N.J. 34 Pinnock, Andrew FB 5-10 250 28 6 South Carolina Bloomfield Bloomfield, Conn. 15 Pittman, Billy WR 6-0 195 23 R Texas Yoe Cameron, Tex.
  • 204 Rosters, continued R O S T E R S R O S T E R S No. Name Pos. 2 Billy Vinnedge P-K 3 Marco Thomas WR 5 Mike Scifres P 6 Charlie Whitehurst QB 7 Billy Volek QB 8 Casey Bramlet QB 10 Nate Kaeding K 11 Legedu Naanee WR 12 Gary Banks WR 15 Billy Pittman WR 17 Philip Rivers QB 20 Antoine Cason CB 21 LaDainian Tomlinson RB 22 Jacob Hester RB-FB 23 Quentin Jammer CB 24 Cletis Gordon CB 25 Marcus Thomas RB 27 Paul Oliver CB 28 Steve Gregory CB-S 29 DeJuan Tribble CB 30 Eldra Buckley RB 31 Antonio Cromartie CB 32 Eric Weddle S 34 Andrew Pinnock FB 35 Mike Tolbert FB 36 Tra Battle S 37 Josh Bell CB No. Name Pos. 38 Brian Bonner S 42 Clinton Hart SS 43 Darren Sproles RB-KR 44 Jason Brisbane+ LB 45 Terna Nande LB 46 John Tereshinski TE 47 Wade Betschart HB 48 Eric Bakhtiari LB 49 Antwan Applewhite LB 50 David Binn LS 51 Tim Dobbins LB 52 Carlos Polk LB 53 Anthony Waters LB 54 Stephen Cooper LB 56 Shawne Merriman LB 57 Matt Wilhelm LB 58 Derek Smith LB 59 Brandon Siler LB 60 Tyler Luellen T 61 Nick Hardwick C 62 Jeremy Newberry C 63 Scott Mruczkowski C-G 64 Erik Robertson G 65 Cory Withrow C-G 66 Jeromey Clary T 68 Kris Dielman G 69 Brandyn Dombrowski G No. Name Pos. 70 L.J. Shelton T 71 Lamar Divens DT 73 Marcus McNeill T 74 Jacques Cesaire DE 75 Corey Clark T 76 Jamal Williams DT 77 Tony Pape G-T 78 Andre Coleman DE 79 Mike Goff G 80 Malcom Floyd WR 81 Kassim Osgood WR 82 Mark Jones WR-PR 83 Vincent Jackson WR 84 Buster Davis WR 85 Antonio Gates TE 86 Brandon Manumaleuna TE 87 Scott Chandler TE 89 Chris Chambers WR 90 Keith Jackson DT 91 Brandon McKinney DT 92 Marques Harris LB 93 Luis Castillo DE 94 Jyles Tucker LB 95 Shaun Phillips LB 96 Keith Grennan DE 97 Ryon Bingham DT 99 Igor Olshansky DE No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. College High School Hometown 52 Polk, Carlos LB 6-2 262 31 8 Nebraska Guilford Rockford, Ill. 17 Rivers, Philip QB 6-5 228 26 5 North Carolina State Athens Athens, Ala. 64 Robertson, Erik G 6-2 310 23 1 California Apple Valley Apple Valley, Calif. 5 Scifres, Mike P 6-2 236 27 6 Western Illinois Destrehan Destrehan, La. 70 Shelton, L.J. T 6-6 345 32 10 Eastern Michigan Rochester Rochester, Mich. 59 Siler, Brandon LB 6-2 239 22 2 Florida Evans Orlando, Fla. 58 Smith, Derek LB 6-2 240 33 12 Arizona State American Fork American Fork, Utah 43 Sproles, Darren RB-KR 5-6 181 25 4 Kansas State Olathe North Olathe, Kan. 46 Tereshinski, John TE 6-3 245 23 R Wake Forest Athens Academy Athens, Ga. 3 Thomas, Marco WR 5-11 190 24 1 Western Illinois Bogan Chicago, Ill. 25 Thomas, Marcus RB 6-0 215 24 R Texas-El Paso Tolleson Phoenix, Ariz. 35 Tolbert, Mike FB 5-9 243 22 R Coastal Carolina Douglas County Douglasville, Ga. 21 Tomlinson, LaDainian RB 5-10 221 29 8 Texas Christian University Waco, Tex. 29 Tribble, DeJuan CB 5-9 190 23 R Boston College North College Hill Cincinnati, Ohio 94 Tucker, Jyles LB 6-3 258 24 2 Wake Forest Morristown Beard Dover, N.J. 2 Vinnedge, Billy P-K 6-1 202 23 R Wyoming Arroyo Grande Arroyo Grande, Calif. 7 Volek, Billy QB 6-2 214 32 9 Fresno State Clovis West Fresno, Calif. 53 Waters, Anthony LB 6-3 238 23 2 Clemson Lake View Lake View, S.C. 32 Weddle, Eric S 5-11 200 23 2 Utah Alta Loma Alta Loma, Calif. 6 Whitehurst, Charlie QB 6-4 227 25 3 Clemson Chattahoochee Alpharetta, Ga. 57 Wilhelm, Matt LB 6-4 245 27 6 Ohio State Elyria Catholic Lorain, Ohio 76 Williams, Jamal DT 6-3 348 32 11 Oklahoma State Arch Bishop Carroll Washington, D.C. 65 Withrow, Cory C-G 6-2 287 33 9 Washington State Mead Spokane, Wash. + - International Practice Squad Player + - International Practice Squad Player. 2008 NUMERICAL ROSTER
  • 206 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE POSTSEASON NFC Wild Card Round SEATTLE 35, Washington 14 New York Giants 24, TAMPA BAY 14 NFC Divisional Playoffs GREEN BAY 42, Seattle 20 New York Giants 21, DALLAS 17 NFC Championship Game New York Giants 23, GREEN BAY 20 (OT) Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium Honolulu, Hawaii (February 10, 2008) NFC 42, AFC 30 AFC Wild Card Round Jacksonville 31, PITTSBURGH 29 CHARGERS 17, Tennessee 6 AFC Divisional Playoffs NEW ENGLAND 31, Jacksonville 20 Chargers 28, INDIANAPOLIS 24 AFC Championship Game NEW ENGLAND 21, Chargers 12 Super Bowl XLII, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona (February 3, 2008) New York Giants 17, NEW ENGLAND 14 Home team in CAPS 2 0 0 7 N F L F I N A L S T A N D I N G S AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE WEST W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div. San Diego * 11 5 0 .688 412 284 7-1 4-4 9-3 2-2 5-1 Denver 7 9 0 .438 320 409 5-3 2-6 6-6 1-3 3-3 Kansas City 4 12 0 .250 226 335 2-6 2-6 3-9 1-3 2-4 Oakland 4 12 0 .250 283 398 2-6 2-6 4-8 0-4 2-4 SOUTH W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div. Indianapolis * 13 3 0 .813 450 262 6-2 7-1 9-3 4-0 5-1 Jacksonville # 11 5 0 .688 411 304 6-2 5-3 8-4 3-1 2-4 Tennessee # 10 6 0 .625 301 297 5-3 5-3 7-5 3-1 4-2 Houston 8 8 0 .500 379 384 6-2 2-6 5-7 3-1 1-5 NORTH W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div. Pittsburgh * 10 6 0 .625 393 269 7-1 3-5 7-5 3-1 5-1 Cleveland 10 6 0 .625 402 382 7-1 3-5 7-5 3-1 3-3 Cincinnati 7 9 0 .438 380 385 5-3 2-6 6-6 1-3 3-3 Baltimore 5 11 0 .313 275 384 4-4 1-7 2-10 3-1 1-5 EAST W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div. New England * 16 0 0 1.000 589 274 8-0 8-0 12-0 4-0 6-0 Buffalo 7 9 0 .438 252 354 4-4 3-5 6-6 1-3 4-2 New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 268 355 3-5 1-7 4-8 0-4 2-4 Miami 1 15 0 .063 267 437 1-7 0-8 1-11 0-4 0-6 NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE WEST W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div. Seattle * 10 6 0 .625 393 291 7-1 3-5 8-4 2-2 5-1 Arizona 8 8 0 .500 404 399 6-2 2-6 5-7 3-1 3-3 San Francisco 5 11 0 .313 219 364 3-5 2-6 4-8 1-3 3-3 St. Louis 3 13 0 .188 263 438 1-7 2-6 3-9 0-4 1-5 SOUTH W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div. Tampa Bay * 9 7 0 .563 334 270 6-2 3-5 8-4 1-3 5-1 Carolina 7 9 0 .438 267 347 2-6 5-3 7-5 0-4 3-3 New Orleans 7 9 0 .438 379 388 3-5 4-4 6-6 1-3 3-3 Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 259 414 3-5 1-7 3-9 1-3 1-5 NORTH W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div. Green Bay * 13 3 0 .813 435 291 7-1 6-2 9-3 4-0 4-2 Minnesota 8 8 0 .500 365 311 5-3 3-5 6-6 2-2 3-3 Detroit 7 9 0 .438 346 444 5-3 2-6 4-8 3-1 3-3 Chicago 7 9 0 .438 334 348 4-4 3-5 4-8 3-1 2-4 EAST W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div. Dallas * 13 3 0 .813 455 325 6-2 7-1 10-2 3-1 4-2 New York # 10 6 0 .625 373 351 3-5 7-1 7-5 3-1 3-3 Washington # 9 7 0 .563 334 310 5-3 4-4 7-5 2-2 3-3 Philadelphia 8 8 0 .500 336 300 3-5 5-3 5-7 3-1 2-4 * Division Champion # Wild Card team
  • 2 0 0 7 R E G U L A R S E A S O N S T A T I S T I C S 207 2005 in Review2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W (11-5 Overall) First AFC West - Norv Turner Date W/L Score Opponent Att. 09/09 W 14-3 Chicago † 67,837 09/16 L 14-38 @ New England 68,756 09/23 L 24-31 @ Green Bay 70,733 09/30 L 16-30 Kansas City † 65,175 10/07 W 41-3 @ Denver 76,879 10/14 W 28-14 Oakland † 67,523 10/28 W 35-10 Houston † 60,439 11/04 L 17-35 @ Minnesota 63,043 11/11 W 23-21 Indianapolis † 67,726 11/18 L 17-24 @ Jacksonville 66,732 11/25 W 32-14 Baltimore † 63,337 12/02 W 24-10 @ Kansas City 74,874 12/09 W 23-17 (OT) @ Tennessee 69,143 12/16 W 51-14 Detroit † 66,505 12/24 W 23-3 Denver † 65,477 12/30 W 30-17 @ Oakland 61,706 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 01/06 W 17-6 Tennessee † 65,640 AFC Divisional Playoffs 01/13 W 28-24 @ Indianapolis 56,950 AFC Championship Game 01/20 L 12-21 @ New England 68,756 Team Statistics Chargers Opponents TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 278 297 Rushing 104 89 Passing 158 185 Penalty 16 23 3rd Down: Made/Att 84/214 83/211 3rd Down Pct. .393 .393 4th Down: Made/Att 6/10 9/26 4th Down Pct. .600 .346 TIME OF POSSESSION 29:50 30:10 TOTAL NET YARDS 5044 5124 Avg. Per Game 315.3 320.3 Total Plays 980 1013 Avg. Per Play 5.1 5.1 NET YARDS RUSHING 2039 1712 Avg. Per Game 127.4 107.0 Total Rushes 485 416 NET YARDS PASSING 3005 3412 Avg. Per Game 187.8 213.3 Sacked/Yards Lost 24/170 42/272 Gross Yards 3175 3684 Att./Completions 471/281 555/338 Completion Pct. .597 60.9 Had Intercepted 16 30 PUNTS/AVERAGE 82/45.5 69/42.9 NET PUNTING AVG. 82/39.6 69/37.4 PENALTIES/YARDS 94/761 86/665 FUMBLES/BALL LOST 17/8 27/18 TOUCHDOWNS 49 35 Rushing 19 11 Passing 22 20 Returns 8 4 Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS. Chargers 119 116 93 78 6 412 Opponents 47 84 69 84 0 284 Scoring TD RU PA RT PAT FG S PTS. Kaeding 0 0 0 0 46/46 24/27 0 118 Tomlinson 18 15 3 0 0/0 0/0 0 108 Gates 9 0 9 0 0/0 0/0 0 54 Chambers 4 0 4 0 0/0 0/0 0 24 Sproles 4 2 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 24 Cromartie 3 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0 18 V. Jackson 3 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0 18 Davis 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Manumaleuna 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Neal 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Phillips 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 6 Rivers 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Siler 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 6 Tucker 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 6 Turner 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Chargers 49 19 22 8 46/46 24/27 0 412 Opponents 35 11 20 4 33/33 13/19 0 284 2-Pt. Conversions: Chargers 0-2, Opponents 1-2 Sacks: Merriman 12.5, Phillips 8.5, Olshansky 3.5, Tucker 3.5, Castillo 2.5, Cesaire 2.5, Cooper 2, Bingham 1.5, Harris 1.5, Hart 1, Polk 1, Weddle 1, Wilhelm 1, Chargers 42, Opponents 24 Fumbles/Lost: Rivers 11/6, Chambers 1/0, Davis 1/0, Neal 1/0, Sproles 1/0, Turner 1/1, Volek 1/1 Rushing No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 315 1474 4.7 49 15 Turner 71 316 4.5 74t 1 Sproles 37 164 4.4 34 2 Rivers 29 33 1.1 10 1 Neal 13 32 2.5 10 0 Chambers 2 17 8.5 9 0 Davis 3 9 3.0 6 0 Pinnock 4 1 0.3 5 0 Volek 11 -7 -.6 0 0 Chargers 485 2039 4.2 74t 19 Opponents 416 1712 4.1 64t 11 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 75 984 13.1 49t 9 Chambers 35 555 15.9 44 4 Tomlinson 60 475 7.9 36 3 V. Jackson 41 623 15.2 45 3 Davis 20 188 9.4 18 1 Manumaleuna 10 86 8.6 40 1 Sproles 10 31 3.1 14 0 Naanee 8 69 8.6 22 0 Neal 8 23 2.9 9 1 Floyd 7 97 13.9 25 0 Turner 4 16 4.0 12 0 Osgood 2 23 11.5 15 0 Pinnock 1 5 5.0 5 0 Chargers 281 3175 11.3 49t 22 Opponents 338 3684 10.9 57t 20 Interceptions No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Cromartie 10 144 14.4 70t 1 Hart 5 73 14.6 22 0 McCree 3 20 6.7 19 0 Wilhelm 3 11 3.7 7 0 Phillips 2 36 18.0 18t 1 Cooper 2 23 11.5 18 0 Florence 2 4 2.0 4 0 Jammer 1 0 0.0 0 0 Olshansky 1 0 0.0 0 0 Weddle 1 0 0.0 0 0 Chargers 30 311 10.4 70t 2 Opponents 16 283 17.7 66t 2 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Lg. B Scifres 81 3735 46.1 39.6 9 36 70 1 Chargers 82 3735 45.5 39.6 9 36 70 1 Opponents 69 2961 42.9 37.4 5 16 81 0 Punt Returns Ret. FC Yds. Avg. Lg. TD Sproles 24 2 229 9.5 45t 1 Davis 6 6 52 8.7 24 0 Osgood 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 Chargers 32 8 281 8.8 45t 1 Opponents 29 19 311 10.7 54 0 Kickoff Returns Ret. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 37 1008 27.2 89t 1 Turner 6 139 23.2 28 0 Cromartie 3 67 22.3 26 0 Manumaleuna 1 6 6.0 6 0 Neal 1 4 4.0 4 0 Chargers 48 1224 25.5 89t 1 Opponents 75 1566 20.9 62 0 Field Goals 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Kaeding 0/0 11/11 5/6 7/8 1/2 Chargers 0/0 11/11 5/6 7/8 1/2 Opponents 0/0 6/8 2/2 4/7 1/2 Kaeding: (33B) () (44G) (24G,51G,38G) (26G,45G) (50N) () (36G) (33G) (23G) (27G,46G,41G,41G) (25G, 45N) (20G) (22G,22G,45G) (40G,23G,29G) (36G,31G, 24G) Defensive Tackles (solo-ast-total-pd-ff-fr-tfl): Cooper 89-90-179-6-2-2-3, Wilhelm 78-66-144-4-0-0-4, Hart 77-32-109-9-0-1-4, Merriman 63-33-96 5-1-2-9, Phillips 62-25-87-5-3-0-2, McCree 51-24-75-6-1-1-0, Olshansky 32-37-69-3-3-0-2, Jammer 56-10-66-10-0-1-1, Florence 54-12-66-10-0-1- 3, Bingham 32-26-58-0-0-0-2, Williams 34-19-53-2-1-1-3, Cesaire 25-25- 50-3-1-0-0, Weddle 41-7-48-6-0-0-3, Cromartie 33-8-41-18-0-1-0, Castillo 21-18-39-1-0-0-2, McKinney 15-20-35-1-0-0-1, Polk 14-11-25-1-1-0-0, Harris 8-11-19-0-0-1-0, Dobbins 9-7-16-1-0-0-0, Gordon 4-4-8-1-0-0-0, Tucker 5-2-7-0-2-1-0, Siler 2-4-6-0-0-0-1, Gregory 2-0-2-1-0-0-0 Special Teams Tackles (solo-ast-total): Siler 18-3-21, Osgood 12-2-14, Dobbins 11-1-12, Polk 11-1-12, Gregory 8-1-9, Gordon 6-2-8, Harris 6-2-8, Cromartie 6-1-7, Tucker 6-0-6, Weddle 6-0-6, Hart 3-0-3, Pinnock 2-1-3, Turner 2-1-3, McCree 2-0- 2, Kaeding 1-0-1, Rayner 1-0-1, Naanee 0-1-1 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. Comp.% Yds./Att. TD TD% Int. Int.% Long Sack/Lost Rating Rivers 460 277 3152 .602 6.85 21 .046 15 .033 49t 22/163 82.4 Volek 10 3 6 .300 0.60 0 .000 1 .100 4 2/7 0.0 Tomlinson 1 1 17 1.000 17.00 1 1.000 0 .000 17t 0/0 158.3 Chargers 471 281 3175 .597 6.74 22 .047 16 .034 49t 24/170 81.3 Opponents 555 338 3684 .609 6.64 20 .036 30 .054 57t 42/272 70.0 † Local Television Blackout Lifted
  • 2 0 0 7 R E G U L A R S E A S O N S P E C I A L T E A M S T A T S 208 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Pos. Name Tackles Assists Total FF FR Blk. Punts/FGs/PATs LB Brandon Siler* 18 3 21 0 2 0 WR Kassim Osgood 12 2 14 1 1 0 LB Tim Dobbins 11 1 12 1 2 0 LB Carlos Polk 11 1 12 1 0 0 S Steve Gregory 8 1 9 0 0 0 CB Cletis Gordon 6 2 8 0 0 0 LB Marques Harris 6 2 8 0 0 0 CB Antonio Cromartie 6 1 7 0 1 0 LB Jyles Tucker 6 0 6 0 0 0 S Eric Weddle 6 0 6 0 0 0 S Clinton Hart 3 0 3 0 0 0 FB Andrew Pinnock 2 1 3 0 0 0 RB Michael Turner 2 1 3 0 0 0 FS Marlon McCree 2 0 2 0 0 0 K Nate Kaeding 1 0 1 0 0 0 K Dave Rayner 1 0 1 0 0 0 TE-WR Legedu Naanee 0 1 1 0 0 0 LB Matt Wilhelm 0 0 0 0 1 0 CB Quentin Jammer 0 0 0 0 1 0 Totals 101 16 117 3 6 0 *One of Siler’s fumble recoveries was returned 23 yards for touchdown Oct. 7 at Denver 2 0 0 7 R E G U L A R S E A S O N D E F E N S I V E S T A T S Pos. Name Solo Assists Total Sacks-Yards QBH Int.-Yards PD FF FR TFL LB Stephen Cooper 89 90 179 2-16 2 2-23 6 2 2 3 LB Matt Wilhelm 78 66 144 1-0 2 3-11 4 0 0 4 SS Clinton Hart 77 32 109 1-9 1 5-73 9 0 1 4 LB Shawne Merriman 63 33 96 12.5-81 19 0-0 5 1 2 9 LB Shaun Phillips 62 25 87 8.5-56.5 13 2-36 5 3 0 2 FS Marlon McCree 51 24 75 0-0 1 3-20 6 1 1 0 DE Igor Olshansky 32 37 69 3.5-10.5 9 1-0 3 3 0 2 CB Quentin Jammer 56 10 66 0-0 0 1-0 10 0 1 1 CB Drayton Florence 54 12 66 0-0 0 2-4 10 0 1 3 DT Ryan Bingham 32 26 58 1.5-8 3 0-0 0 0 0 2 DT Jamal Williams 34 19 53 0-0 0 0-0 2 1 1 3 DE Jacques Cesaire 25 25 50 2.5-22 5 0-0 3 1 0 0 S Eric Weddle 41 7 48 1-5 3 1-0 6 0 0 3 CB Antonio Cromartie* 33 8 41 0-0 0 10-144 18 0 1 0 DE Luis Castillo 21 18 39 2.5-14.5 5 0-0 1 0 0 2 DT Brandon McKinney 15 20 35 0-0 0 0-0 1 0 0 1 LB Carlos Polk 14 11 25 1-4 1 0-0 1 1 0 0 LB Marques Harris 8 11 19 1.5-13.5 2 0-0 0 0 1 0 LB Tim Dobbins 9 7 16 0-0 0 0-0 1 0 0 0 CB Cletis Gordon 4 4 8 0-0 0 0-0 1 0 0 0 LB Jyles Tucker 5 2 7 3.5-32 5 0-0 0 2 1 0 LB Brandon Siler 2 4 6 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0 1 CB Steve Gregory 2 0 2 0-0 0 0-0 1 0 0 0 Totals 807 491 1,298 42-272 71 30-311 94 15 12 40 *Cromartie’s fumble recovered in end zone for touchdown Oct. 28 vs. Houston Defensive Leaders Tackles – Stephen Cooper (179), Matt Wilhelm (144) Sacks – Shawne Merriman (12.5), Shaun Phillips (8.5) QB Hits – Shawne Merriman (19), Shaun Phillips (13) Interceptions – Antonio Cromartie (10), Clinton Hart (5) Passes Defensed – Antonio Cromartie (18), Drayton Florence (10) and Quentin Jammer (10) Forced Fumbles – Shaun Phillips (3), Igor Olshansky (3), Stephen Cooper (2) Fumble Recoveries – Stephen Cooper (2), Shawne Merriman (2) Tackles for Loss – Shawne Merriman (9), Clinton Hart (4), Matt Wilhelm (4)
  • 2 0 0 7 P O S T S E A S O N S T A T I S T I C S 209 2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W AFC Wild Card Playoffs 01/06 W 17-6 Tennessee † 65,640 AFC Divisional Playoffs 01/13 W 28-24 @ Indianapolis 56,950 AFC Championship Game 01/20 L 12-21 @ New England 68,756 Team Statistics Chargers Opponents TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 54 69 Rushing 13 23 Passing 37 41 Penalty 4 5 3rd Down: Made/Att 17/37 19/40 3rd Down Pct. .459 .475 4th Down: Made/Att 1/1 2/4 4th Down Pct. 1.000 .500 TIME OF POSSESSION 29:33 30:27 TOTAL NET YARDS 1072 1041 Avg. Per Game 357.3 347.0 Total Plays 176 194 Avg. Per Play 6.1 5.4 NET YARDS RUSHING 271 312 Avg. Per Game 90.3 104.0 Total Rushes 84 79 NET YARDS PASSING 801 729 Avg. Per Game 267.0 243.0 Sacked/Yards Lost 2/14 5/20 Gross Yards 815 749 Att./Completions 90/55 110/71 Completion Pct. .611 .645 Had Intercepted 4 6 PUNTS/AVERAGE 12/44.2 10/40.7 NET PUNTING AVG. 12/37.4 10/35.9 PENALTIES/YARDS 16/137 13/111 FUMBLES/BALL LOST 3/0 3/2 TOUCHDOWNS 6 6 Rushing 2 1 Passing 4 5 Returns 0 0 Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS. Chargers 3 13 27 14 0 57 Opponents 10 20 7 14 0 51 Scoring TD RU PA RT PAT FG S PTS. Kaeding 0 0 0 0 6/6 5/7 0 21 V. Jackson 2 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0 12 Chambers LG 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Chambers TM 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Sproles 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Tomlinson 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Volek 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 Chargers 6 2 4 0 6/6 5/7 0 57 Opponents 6 1 5 0 6/6 3/4 0 51 2-Pt. Conversions: Chargers 0-0, Opponents 0-0 Sacks: Castillo 2, Cesaire 1, Merriman 1, Cooper 0.5, Olshansky 0.5, Chargers 5, Opponents 2 Fumbles/Lost: Rivers 1/0, Sproles 1/0, Tomlinson 1/0 Rushing No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Turner 43 164 3.8 19 0 Tomlinson 30 75 2.5 12 1 Sproles 4 35 8.8 26 0 Volek 3 -1 -.3 1t 1 Rivers 4 -2 -.5 1 0 Chargers 84 271 3.2 26 2 Opponents 79 312 3.9 20 1 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD V. Jackson 18 300 16.7 34 2 Chambers 16 278 17.4 39 1 Gates 6 60 10.0 23 0 Tomlinson 5 40 8.0 20 0 Sproles 3 61 20.3 56t 1 Manumaleuna 3 21 7.0 9 0 Davis 2 23 11.5 18 0 Naanee 1 27 27.0 27 0 Turner 1 5 5.0 5 0 Chargers 55 815 14.8 56t 4 Opponents 71 749 10.5 55t 5 Interceptions No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Cromartie 2 37 18.5 30 0 Florence 2 17 8.5 10 0 Jammer 1 0 0.0 0 0 Weddle 1 0 0.0 0 0 Chargers 6 54 9.0 30 0 Opponents 4 8 2.0 10 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Lg. B Scifres 12 530 44.2 37.4 1 4 66 0 Chargers 12 530 44.2 37.4 1 4 66 0 Opponents 10 407 40.7 35.9 1 1 49 0 Punt Returns Ret. FC Yds. Avg. Lg. TD Sproles 5 2 28 5.6 13 0 Chargers 5 2 28 5.6 13 0 Opponents 5 4 61 12.2 22 0 Kickoff Returns Ret. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 10 223 22.3 30 0 Cromartie 0 4 --- 4 0 Chargers 10 227 22.7 30 0 Opponents 14 292 20.9 37 0 Field Goals 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Kaeding 0/0 4/4 0/0 1/3 0/0 Chargers 0/0 4/4 0/0 1/3 0/0 Opponents 0/0 0/0 1/2 2/2 0/0 Kaeding: (45N,20G) (48N) (26G,23G,40G,24G) Defensive Tackles (solo-ast-total-pd-ff-fr-tfl): Cooper 22-17-39-0-0-0-0, Phillips 16-8-24-1-0-1-3, Merriman 11-5-16-1-1-0-2, Hart 11-4-15-0-0-0-0, Bingham 7-7-14-0-0-0-0, Olshansky 7-7-14-0-0-0-1, Wilhelm 6-7-13-0-0-0- 0, Castillo 9-3-12-0-0-0-1, Williams 4-8-12-0-0-0-0, Cromartie 8-2-10-2-1-0-0, Florence 8-1-9-4-0-0-0, Jammer 8-1-9-4-0-0-0, McCree 7-2-9-1-0-1-1, Wed- dle 6-2-8-1-0-0-0, Cesaire 3-2-5-0-0-0-0, Tucker 3-1-4-0-0-0-0 Special Teams Tackles (solo-ast-total): Siler 4-2-6, Naanee 4-0-4, Dobbins 2-1-3, Tucker 2-1-3, Binn 2-0-2, Osgood 2-0-2, Harris 1-1-2, Gordon 1-0-1, Hart 1-0-1 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. Comp.% Yds./Att. TD TD% Int. Int.% Long Sack/Lost Rating Rivers 86 52 767 60.5 8.92 4 4.7 4 4.7 56t 2/14 85.8 Volek 4 3 48 75.0 12.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 27 0/0 114.6 Chargers 90 55 815 61.1 9.06 4 4.4 4 4.4 56t 2/14 87.0 Opponents 110 71 749 64.5 6.81 5 4.5 6 5.5 55t 5/20 76.7 † Local Television Blackout Lifted
  • 210 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Takeways Pts. Giveaways Pts. Date Opponent Int. Fum. Total From Int. Fum. Total From Net W-L 09/09 Chicago 1 3 4 14 1 1 2 3 +2 W 09/16 at New England 1 1 2 0 2 1 3 10 -1 L 09/23 at Green Bay 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 -1 L 09/30 K.C. 2 0 2 3 2 2 4 20 -2 L 10/07 at Denver 1 2 3 17 0 0 0 0 +3 W 10/14 Oakland 2 1 3 7 1 0 1 7 +2 W 10/28 Houston 4 1 5 21 0 0 0 0 +5 W 11/04 at Minnesota 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 7 0 L 11/11 Indianapolis 6 0 6 10 2 1 3 7 +3 W 11/18 at Jacksonville 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 -2 L 11/25 Baltimore 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0 +2 W 12/02 at Kansas City 3 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 +3 W 12/09 at Tennessee 2 0 2 3 3 0 3 10 -1 W 12/16 Detroit 5 1 6 27 0 0 0 0 +6 W 12/24 Denver 2 1 3 3 0 1 1 3 +2 W 12/31 at Oakland 1 3 4 17 0 1 1 7 +3 W Totals 30 18 48 128 16 8 24 81 +24 11-5 01/06 Tennessee* 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 +1 W 01/13 at Indianapolis** 2 1 3 7 1 0 1 0 +2 W 01/20 at New England*** 3 0 3 6 2 0 2 7 +1 L Totals 6 2 8 13 4 0 4 7 +4 2-1 *AFC Wild Card Playoffs **AFC Divisional Playoffs ***AFC Championship Game Red-Zone Totals Scores TD FG Missed FG INT Fum Downs Half/Game Points TD% San Diego 52 46 29 17 1 0 1 2 2 254 .558 Opponents 37 28 20 8 2 1 4 2 0 165 .541 San Diego* 7 7 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 30 .429 Opponents* 10 6 4 2 2 0 1 1 0 34 .400 Goal to Go Totals Scores TD FG Missed FG INT Fum Downs Half/Game Points San Diego 29 25 17 8 0 0 1 1 2 143 Opponents 22 19 16 3 0 0 2 1 0 122 San Diego* 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 Opponents* 5 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 21 Plus Territory Totals Scores TD FG Missed FG INT Fum Downs Half/Game Punt Points San Diego 34 20 10 10 2 2 2 0 2 6 100 Opponents 27 16 12 4 2 3 1 1 2 2 96 San Diego* 5 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 6 Opponents* 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Kickoff Analysis Totals Ret. TB EZ Onside OB Total Yards Avg. Kick Ret. Yds Net Kickoff San Diego 83 74 7 17 1 1 5,107 63.0 1,564 43.7 Opponents 64 48 12 29 1 2 4,100 67.2 1,227 47.1 San Diego* 14 14 0 2 0 0 865 61.8 292 40.9 Opponents* 11 10 1 6 0 0 763 69.4 227 48.7 Avg. Starting Total Cumulative Average Field Position Drives Starting Yard Lines Field Position San Diego 191 6,080 31.8 Opponents 185 5,476 29.6 San Diego* 32 903 28.2 Opponents* 32 899 28.1 * Playoff Totals 2 0 0 7 T A K E A W A Y - G I V E A W A Y R A T I O 2 0 0 7 M I S C E L L A N E O U S S T A T S
  • 211 2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W 2 0 0 7 G A M E - B Y - G A M E T E A M S T A T S First Downs Total 19 14 25 19 20 18 11 14 11 18 18 12 20 26 18 15 17 20 17 Rush 8 3 6 9 7 10 5 4 4 6 3 6 6 14 6 7 5 2 4 Pass 9 10 17 10 12 8 5 7 7 11 13 5 14 11 11 8 11 14 12 Penalty 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 3 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 Third-Down Efficiency Made 8 4 5 3 6 6 3 4 3 4 7 4 6 11 7 3 8 6 3 Attempts 17 11 11 12 10 12 9 16 11 12 15 14 18 18 15 13 15 10 12 Pct. 47 36 45 25 60 50 33 25 27 33 47 29 33 61 47 23 53 60 25 Fourth-Down Efficiency Made 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 Attempts 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 Pct. 100 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 100 50 100 0 100 0 0 0 100 0 0 Total Offense Net Yards 263 201 364 333 484 362 237 229 177 388 332 330 341 416 334 253 350 411 311 Total Plays 71 53 66 67 55 53 40 63 50 60 65 56 77 75 68 61 63 53 60 Avg. / Play 3.7 3.8 5.5 5.0 8.8 6.8 5.9 3.6 3.5 6.5 5.1 5.9 4.4 5.5 4.9 4.1 5.6 7.8 5.2 Rushing Attempts 36 20 28 24 37 32 28 20 24 20 30 32 30 53 38 33 32 30 22 Yards 77 52 73 133 214 206 109 42 91 79 83 191 148 274 147 120 68 99 104 Passing Net Yards 186 149 291 200 270 156 128 187 86 309 249 139 193 142 187 133 282 312 207 Sacks 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 5 0 2 1 1 0 1 Yards Lost 21 30 15 11 0 0 2 10 18 0 0 18 35 0 3 7 10 0 4 Gross Yards 207 179 306 211 270 156 130 197 104 309 249 157 228 142 190 140 292 312 211 Attempts 32 30 36 42 18 21 11 42 24 40 35 21 42 22 28 27 30 23 37 Completions 21 19 27 21 13 14 7 19 13 22 25 10 21 14 18 15 19 17 19 Interceptions 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 Punting Punts 6 5 5 4 3 4 5 8 5 4 4 7 8 2 5 7 4 3 5 Average 40.7 49.6 46.0 38.8 37.0 35.5 52.8 54.9 45.0 44.8 48.0 42.3 47.8 51.5 44.0 43.6 40.8 59.0 38.0 Punt Returns Returns 1 1 1 3 2 3 2 2 1 3 4 3 3 1 0 2 2 0 3 Yards -1 0 3 28 27 29 17 29 45 17 17 3 44 9 0 14 12 0 16 Kickoff Returns Returns 2 5 3 6 2 2 2 4 4 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 2 4 4 Yards 37 118 76 161 49 24 54 122 129 15 59 62 71 63 44 140 40 103 84 Interception Returns Interceptions 1 1 0 2 1 2 4 0 6 0 0 3 2 5 2 1 1 2 3 Yards 2 20 0 17 19 0 96 0 49 0 0 32 0 63 13 0 10 30 14 Penalties Penalties 3 7 8 4 6 6 3 10 10 4 6 6 4 5 6 6 5 10 1 Yards 20 75 70 21 45 40 46 67 78 31 60 36 30 25 42 75 53 79 5 Fumbles Fumbles 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 Lost 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 Scoring Total TDs 2 2 3 1 5 4 5 2 3 2 3 3 3 6 2 3 2 4 0 Rush TDs 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 4 1 0 1 1 0 Pass TDs 1 2 3 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 3 0 Ret. TDs 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 PATs Made 2 2 3 1 5 4 5 2 2 2 2 3 2 6 2 3 2 4 0 PATs Att. 2 2 3 1 5 4 5 2 3 2 3 3 2 6 2 3 2 4 0 FGs Made 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 1 1 1 4 1 1 3 3 3 1 0 4 FGs Att. 1 0 1 3 2 1 0 1 1 1 4 2 1 3 3 3 2 1 4 Total Pts. 14 14 24 16 41 28 35 17 23 17 32 24 23 51 23 30 17 28 12 Time of Poss. 37:03 24:14 32:15 29:55 32:53 28:48 23:28 25:53 23:48 27:03 31:55 26:02 31:18 41:32 36:43 28:07 32:19 29:39 26:40 Ch ci ag o @ N ew E ng la nd @ G re en B ay Ka ns as C ity @ D en ve r O ak la nd H ou st on @ M in ne so ta In di an ap ol is @ J ac ks on vi lle B al tim or e @ K an sa s Ci ty @ T en ne ss ee D et ro it D en ve r @ O ak la nd Te nn es se e* @ In di an ap ol is ** @ N ew E ng la nd ** *
  • 212 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W First Downs Total 11 25 20 17 17 18 22 26 25 18 19 18 13 19 12 17 15 29 25 Rush 4 10 3 5 4 3 8 14 4 8 4 4 7 1 3 7 6 4 13 Pass 7 13 15 12 11 13 13 8 19 9 12 12 6 18 8 9 9 21 11 Penalty 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 4 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 Third-Down Efficiency Made 3 3 5 4 6 5 8 6 10 5 5 6 6 4 4 3 9 3 7 Attempts 11 8 11 11 13 14 15 13 19 14 12 18 17 9 14 12 16 11 13 Pct. 27 38 45 36 46 36 53 46 53 36 42 33 35 44 29 25 56 27 54 Fourth-Down Efficiency Made 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 Attempts 1 1 2 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 1 4 0 1 2 3 0 4 0 Pct. 0 100 0 0 0 67 0 100 100 100 0 50 0 0 0 0 0 50 0 Total Offense Net Yards 202 407 405 390 296 245 367 528 386 311 210 268 240 328 225 316 248 446 347 Total Plays 52 65 60 59 57 66 75 66 84 61 57 73 63 56 55 64 62 66 66 Avg. / Play 3.9 6.3 6.8 6.6 5.2 3.7 4.9 8.0 4.6 5.1 3.7 3.7 3.8 5.9 4.1 4.9 4.0 6.8 5.3 Rushing Attempts 26 32 13 28 20 24 29 43 26 37 20 24 37 9 19 29 30 18 31 Yards 80 144 42 126 72 43 115 378 75 122 56 88 131 26 92 122 119 44 149 Passing Net Yards 122 263 363 264 224 202 252 150 311 189 154 180 109 302 133 194 129 402 198 Sacks 3 2 2 2 1 5 1 1 2 0 4 9 2 0 4 4 3 0 2 Yards Lost 23 16 6 20 8 27 1 8 17 0 37 47 10 0 22 30 9 0 11 Gross Yards 145 279 369 284 232 229 253 158 328 189 191 227 119 302 155 224 138 402 209 Attempts 23 31 45 29 36 37 45 22 56 24 33 40 24 47 32 31 29 48 33 Completions 12 25 28 17 23 24 28 13 34 15 21 21 14 26 14 23 16 33 22 Interceptions 1 1 0 2 1 2 4 0 6 0 0 3 2 5 2 1 1 2 3 Punting Punts 6 1 3 4 3 4 4 5 2 5 6 6 8 3 5 4 5 1 4 Average 40.7 34.0 44.0 51.0 50.0 43.0 43.3 44.6 34.0 40.6 37.0 46.3 44.1 42.3 35.6 50.0 39.6 49.0 40.0 Punt Returns Returns 1 2 4 0 1 0 3 4 2 2 0 3 3 0 0 4 2 3 0 Yards 0 13 41 0 18 0 13 59 (-5) 38 0 41 34 0 0 59 15 46 0 Kickoff Returns Returns 3 3 4 3 3 4 6 2 5 4 7 5 4 10 5 7 4 5 5 Yards 70 66 59 50 70 74 117 80 101 71 152 77 93 156 140 190 71 129 92 Interception Returns Interceptions 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 Yards 27 69 38 8 0 66 0 0 3 39 0 0 33 0 0 0 0 1 7 Penalties Penalties 4 6 5 4 3 8 5 11 4 5 3 6 4 6 4 8 6 5 2 Yards 38 67 38 28 18 68 31 81 21 42 30 44 21 38 40 60 38 54 19 Fumbles Fumbles 4 3 0 1 3 2 1 2 0 0 3 1 0 1 2 4 1 1 1 Lost 3 1 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 Scoring Total TDs 0 5 4 3 0 2 1 5 3 3 2 1 2 2 0 2 0 3 3 Rush TDs 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 Pass TDs 0 3 3 2 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 3 2 Ret. TDs 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PATs Made 0 5 4 3 0 2 1 5 2 3 2 1 2 2 0 2 0 3 3 PATs Att. 0 5 4 3 0 2 1 5 3 3 2 1 2 2 0 2 0 3 3 FGs Made 1 1 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 FGs Att. 1 2 1 3 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 2 3 1 0 Total Pts. 3 38 31 30 3 14 10 35 21 24 14 10 17 14 3 17 6 24 21 Time of Poss. 22:57 35:46 27:45 30:05 27:07 31:12 36:32 34:07 36:12 32:57 28:05 33:58 36:13 18:28 23:17 31:53 27:41 30:21 33:20 Ch ci ag o @ N ew E ng la nd @ G re en B ay Ka ns as C ity @ D en ve r O ak la nd H ou st on @ M in ne so ta In di an ap ol is @ J ac ks on vi lle B al tim or e @ K an sa s Ci ty @ T en ne ss ee D et ro it D en ve r @ O ak la nd Te nn es se e* @ In di an ap ol is ** @ N ew E ng la nd ** * 2 0 0 7 G A M E - B Y - G A M E O P P O N E N T S S T A T S
  • 213 2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W OFFENSE WR LT LG C RG RT TE WR QB FB RB 09/09 Chi. Manumaleuna^ McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson 09/16 at N.E. Davis McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Olivea Gates Jackson River Manumaleuna^ Tomlinson 09/23 at G.B. Manumaleuna^ McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson 09/30 K.C. Manumaleuna^ McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson 10/07 at Den. Floyd McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Manumaleuna^ Tomlinson 10/14 Oak. Manumaleuna^ McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson 10/28 Hou. Chambers McNeill Dielman Withrow Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Manumaleuna^ Tomlinson 11/04 at Minn. Chambers McNeill Dielman Withrow Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Manumaleuna^ Tomlinson 11/11 Ind. Manumaleuna^ McNeill Dielman Withrow Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson 11/18 at Jax Manumaleuna^ McNeill Dielman Withrow Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson 11/25 Balt. Chambers McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Olivea Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson 12/02 at K.C. Chambers McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Gates Jackson Rivers Manumaleuna^ Tomlinson 12/09 at Tenn. Chambers McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson 12/16 Det. Manumaleuna^ McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Gates Jackson Rivers Pinnock Tomlinson 12/24 Den. Chambers McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Gates Jackson Rivers Pinnock Tomlinson 12/30 at Oak. Chambers McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Gates Jackson Rivers Pinnock Tomlinson 01/06 Tenn.* Chambers McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Gates Jackson Rivers Pinnock Tomlinson 01/13 at Ind.** Chambers McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Manumaleuna Jackson Rivers Pinnock Tomlinson 01/20 at N.E.*** Manumaleuna^ McNeill Dielman Hardwick Goff Clary Gates Jackson Rivers Neal Tomlinson ^ denotes tight end *AFC Wild Card Playoffs **AFC Divisional Playoffs ***AFC Championship Game DEFENSE LE DT RE OLB ILB ILB OLB LCB RCB SS FS 09/09 Chi. Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Florence Hart McCree 09/16 at N.E. Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Florence Hart McCree 09/23 at G.B. Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Polk Merriman Jammer Florence Hart McCree 09/30 K.C. Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Polk Merriman Jammer Florence Hart McCree 10/07 at Den. Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Florence Hart McCree 10/14 Oak. Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Florence Hart McCree 10/28 Hou. Olshansky Bingham Castillo Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Florence Hart McCree 11/4 at Minn. Olshansky Williams Castillo Harris Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Florence Hart McCree 11/11 Ind. Olshansky Williams Cesaire Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Cromartie Florence Hart McCree 11/18 at Jax. Olshansky Williams Bingham Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Cromartie Florence Hart McCree 11/25 Balt. Olshansky Williams Cesaire Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree 12/2 at K.C. Olshansky Williams Cesaire Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree 12/9 at Tenn. Olshansky Williams Cesaire Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree 12/16 Det. Olshansky Williams Cesaire Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Harris Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree 12/24 Den. Olshansky McKinney Cesaire Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree 12/30 at Oak. Olshansky McKinney Castillo Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree 1/6 Tenn.* Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree 1/13 at Ind.** Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Florence+ Merriman Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree 1/20 at N.E.*** Olshansky Williams Castillo Phillips Cooper Wilhelm Merriman Jammer Cromartie Hart McCree + denotes cornerback 2 0 0 7 S T A R T I N G L I N E U P S
  • 214 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Month Sep. Sep. Sept. Sept. Oct. Oct. Oct. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Jan. Jan. Jan. Day 9 16 23 30 7 14 28 4 11 18 25 2 9 16 24 30 6* 13**20***(*Playoffs Not Included in Totals*) Location vs. at at vs. at vs. vs. at vs. at vs. at at vs. vs. at vs. at at Total Cons. Injury 2007 Opponent Chi NE GB KC Den Oak Hou Min Ind Jax Bal KC Ten Det Den Oak Ten Ind NE G-S G-S DNP G-S Applewhite nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Battle ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Bingham sub sub sub sub sub sub DT sub sub DE sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 33-2 33-0 0 16-2 Binn sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 223-0 146-0 0 16-0 Brewster nor ps ps nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Buckley ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Castillo DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE ina ina ina ina ina ina sub DE DE DE DE 36-33 2-1 6 10-9 Cesaire sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub DE sub DE DE DE DE DE sub sub sub sub 68-33 68-0 0 16-6 Chambers nor nor nor nor nor nor WR WR sub sub WR WR WR sub WR WR WR WR sub 110-97 60-2 0 ^16-12 Chandler ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina sub ina ina ina ina ina 1-0 0-0 0 1-0 Clary sub sub RT sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT 16-6 16-5 0 16-6 Coleman ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Cooper ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB 80-24 80-18 0 16-16 Cromartie sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB 32-8 32-8 0 16-8 Davis sub WR sub sub sub sub ina ina sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 14-1 8-0 2 14-1 Dielman LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG LG 68-45 21-21 0 16-16 Dobbins sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 32-0 32-0 0 16-0 Florence CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB sub sub sub sub sub sub sub CB sub 74-43 40-0 0 16-10 Floyd sub sub sub sub WR sub ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina 22-3 0-0 0 6-1 Gates TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE sub TE 77-73 47-47 0 16-16 Grennan ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Goff RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG 147-131 90-90 0 16-16 Gordon dnp dnp sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub ina 16-0 14-0 0 14-0 Gregory sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 30-0 30-0 0 16-0 Gross IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR 0-0 0-0 16 0-0 Hardwick C C C C C C ina ina ina ina C C C C C C C C C 55-55 6-6 4 12-12 Harris sub sub sub sub sub sub sub OLB sub sub sub sub sub OLB sub ina ina sub sub 41-3 0-0 1 15-2 Hart SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS 78-31 62-16 0 16-16 Jackson, K nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Jackson, V. WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR 40-23 36-20 0 16-16 Jammer CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB ina sub CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB 93-82 7-6 1 15-14 Kaeding sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 64-0 64-0 0 16-0 Leonard ps nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Manumaleuna TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE TE sub TE sub TE sub sub sub TE TE 110-74 43-0 0 16-12 McCree FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS 106-84 20-20 0 16-16 McKinney ina ina sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub DT DT ina ina ina 20-2 14-2 0 14-2 McNeill LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT 32-32 32-32 0 16-16 Merriman OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB ina OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB 42-37 2-2 1 15-15 Mruczkowski dnp sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 28-1 15-0 0 15-0 Naanee sub sub ina sub ina ina sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 13-0 10-0 0 13-0 Nande nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps 1-0 0-0 0 0-0 Neal FB sub FB FB sub FB sub sub FB FB FB sub FB ina ina ina ina ina FB 223-133 0-0 3 13-8 Oben ina ina ina ina ina ina sub sub sub sub ina ina ina ina ina nor nor nor nor 143-130 0-0 0 4-0 Olivea RT RT dnp RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT dnp dnp sub sub sub sub sub sub 60-57 3-0 0 13-10 Oliver ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Olshansky DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE 59-57 25-25 0 16-16 Osgood sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 76-12 32-0 0 16-0 Pape ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Parker ina ina ina ina ina ina IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR 62-40 0-0 16 0-0 Phillips OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB ina OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB 60-32 8-8 1 15-15 Pinnock sub ina sub ina ina ina sub sub sub sub ina ina sub FB FB FB FB FB sub 42-3 4-3 3 10-3 Polk sub sub ILB ILB sub sub sub sub sub sub IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR 64-6 0-0 6 10-2 Race IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR IR 0-0 0-0 16 0-0 Rayner nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor sub sub sub ina 41-0 1-0 0 +11-0 Rivers QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB 36-32 33-32 0 16-16 Roach ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Sandidge nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor ps nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Scifres sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 70-0 65-0 0 16-0 Siler ina sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 15-0 15-0 0 15-0 Simmons nor nor nor ps ps ps ps ps ps nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor nor 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Sproles sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub ina sub sub sub sub sub sub 30-0 3-0 1 15-0 Tomlinson RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB 111-111 48-48 0 16-16 Tucker ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps ps sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 6-0 6-0 0 6-0 Turner sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 59-1 19-0 0 16-0 Volek dnp dnp dnp dnp sub dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp sub sub sub sub dnp sub dnp 30-10 4-0 0 5-0 Waters ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 Weddle sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub ina sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub 15-0 6-0 1 15-0 Whitehurst ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina ina 2-0 0-0 0 0-0 Wilhelm ILB ILB ina ina ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB ILB sub ILB 55-14 12-12 2 14-14 Williams DT DT DT DT DT DT ina DT DT DT DT DT DT DT ina ina DT DT DT 128-103 0-0 3 13-13 Withrow dnp sub dnp sub sub sub C C C C sub dnp sub sub sub sub sub dnp dnp 104-17 4-0 0 13-4 ^ Includes six games played and five games started for Miami in 2007 +Includes 10 games played with Kansas City in 2007 *AFC Wild Card Playoffs **AFC Divisional Playoffs ***AFC Championship Game Capital letters denote starter and position. dnp — Did not play ps — Practice Squad ina —Inactive nor — Not on Roster ir — Injured reserve sub — Substitute 2 0 0 7 P A R T I C I P A T I O N C H A R T
  • 215 2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Chicago Bears 0 3 0 0 3 San Diego Chargers 0 0 7 7 14 Bears 2 14:13 R. Gould 27 yd. Field Goal [8-27, 3:54] Chargers 3 0:45 A. Gates 17 yd. pass from L. Tomlinson (N. Kaeding kick) [4-29, 2:05] Chargers 4 9:09 L. Tomlinson 7 yd. run (N. Kaeding kick) [8-56, 4:36] Attendance — 67,837 Team Statistics Chicago Chargers TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 11 19 By Rushing 4 8 By Passing 7 9 By Penalty 0 2 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 3-11-27% 8-17-47% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-1-0% 1-1-100% TOTAL NET YARDS 202 263 Total Offensive Plays 52 71 Average gain per offensive play 3.9 3.7 NET YARDS RUSHING 80 77 Total Rushing Plays 26 36 Average gain per rushing play 3.1 2.1 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 2-4 5-15 NET YARDS PASSING 122 186 Sacked-yards lost 3-23 3-21 Gross yards passing 145 207 ATT.-COMP.-INT. 23-12-1 32-23-1 Avg gain per pass play 4.7 5.3 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 2-1-0 3-1-0 PUNTS Number and Average 6-40.7 6-40.7 Team Statistics (cont.) Chicago Chargers Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 1-0 Net Punting Average 37.5 40.7 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 97 38 No. and Yards Punt Returns 1-0 1--1 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 3-70 2-37 No. and Yards Interception Returns 1-27 1-2 PENALTIES Number and Yards 4-38 3-20 FUMBLES Number and Lost 4-3 2-1 TOUCHDOWNS 0 2 Rushing 0 1 Passing 0 1 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 0-0 2-2 Kicking Made-Attempts 0-0 2-2 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 1-1 0-1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 0-1-0% 2-5-40% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 0-0-0% 0-2-0% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 3 14 TIME OF POSSESSION 22:57 37:03 CHICAGO Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Benson 19 42 2.2 11 0 Peterson 7 38 5.4 11 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Grossman 23 12 145 3-23 0 24 1 53.7 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Berrian 5 83 16.6 21 0 Clark 3 38 12.7 24 0 McKie 2 5 2.5 4 0 Benson 1 11 11.0 11 0 Muhammad 1 8 8.0 8 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Brown 1 27 27.0 27 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Maynard 6 244 40.7 37.5 1 1 46 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD McGowan 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 Hester 0 0 0.0 3 0 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Manning 2 41 20.5 21 0 Hester 1 29 29.0 29 0 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Turner 10 41 4.1 11 0 Tomlinson 17 25 1.5 10 1 Neal 4 12 3.0 5 0 Rivers 5 -1 -0.2 3 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 31 22 190 3-21 0 20 1 73.3 Tomlinson 1 1 17 0-0 1 17t 0 158.3 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 9 107 11.9 19 1 Tomlinson 7 51 7.3 20 0 Jackson 3 28 9.3 10 0 Davis 2 15 7.5 10 0 Manumaleuna 1 4 4.0 4 0 Neal 1 2 2.0 2 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD McCree 1 2 2.0 2 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 6 244 40.7 40.7 0 1 54 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Davis 1 -1 -1.0 3 -1 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 1 22 22.0 22 0 Turner 1 15 15.0 15 0 2 0 0 7 G A M E S U M M A R I E S San Diego Chargers 14, Chicago Bears 3 Sunday, September 9, 2007 - Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA) The Chargers opened the 2007 season with a hard-fought 14-3 win over the Chicago Bears in Norv Turner’s head coaching debut in San Diego…for most of three quarters, the game was a slugfest with Chicago holding on to a 3-0 advantage…untimely penalties, turnovers and dropped passes prevented the Chargers from getting on the scoreboard until they caught a break late in the third quarter when a Mike Scifres punt took an errant bounce and hit a Bears player…Matt Wilhelm recovered the football and the Bolts were in business as four plays later LaDainian Tomlinson took a handoff from Philip Rivers and on a halfback option play threw a perfect spiral to Antonio Gates who scored from 17 yards out to give the Chargers a 7-3 lead…then six plays later on Chicago’s next drive, linebacker Stephen Cooper hit Bears running back Adrian Peterson after a two yard gain and in the process he stripped the ball from the Peterson…the fumble was recovered by Clinton Hart and it gave the Bolts great field position at their own 44-yard line…eight plays and 56 yards later, Tomlinson capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run and the Bolts would hold on for the 14-3 victory.
  • 216 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W New England Patriots 38, San Diego Chargers 14 Sunday, September 16, 2007 - Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, MA) The Chargers watched their record fall to 1-1 as the New England Patriots handed them a resounding 38-14 defeat before a capacity crowd of 68,756 at Gillette Stadium and a national-television audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football…New England scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the game and it set the tone for the rest of the night…San Diego fell behind 24-0 at the half as Ben Watson caught a 7-yard touchdown pass, Randy Moss a 23-yarder and Adalius Thomas returned an interception 65 yards for a third score…the Chargers turned the ball over three times in the game’s first 30 minutes, leading directly to 10 Patriots points…the Chargers attempted to make a game of it in the second half, scoring on a 1-yard TD catch by Lorenzo Neal midway through the third quarter, but the Patriots answered with Moss’ second touchdown catch of the night…the Chargers scored again to cut the New England lead to 31-14 and then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, but a three-and-out by the offense pretty much dashed the Bolts’ hopes as New England drove 91 yards for one final score to put away the game, 38-14…linebacker Shawne Merriman turned in a big defensive effort for the Chargers, racking up two sacks, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss, but it wasn’t enough as New England racked up 407 yards of total offense against San Diego’s defense…offensively, New England held the Bolts to 201 total yards on the night. Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total San Diego Chargers 0 0 7 7 14 New England Patriots 14 10 7 7 38 Patriots 1 12:14 B.Watson 7 yd. pass from T.Brady (S.Gostkowski kick) [7-69, 2:46] Patriots 1 3:55 R.Moss 23 yd. pass from T.Brady (S.Gostkowski kick) [10-75, 5:58] Patriots 2 10:01 S.Gostkowski 24 yd. Field Goal [10-50, 5:35] Patriots 2 5:17 A.Thomas 65 yd. interception return (S.Gostkowski kick) Chargers 3 6:43 L.Neal 1 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [16-72, 8:17] Patriots 3 2:56 R.Moss 24 yd. pass from T.Brady (S.Gostkowski kick) [7-75, 3:47] Chargers 4 14:48 A.Gates 12 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [8-82, 3:08] Patriots 4 3:18 S.Morris 3 yd. run (S.Gostkowski kick) [15-91,10:07] Attendance — 68,756 Team Statistics Chargers New England TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 14 25 By Rushing 3 10 By Passing 10 13 By Penalty 1 2 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4-11-36% 3-8-38% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 1-1-100% 1-1-100% TOTAL NET YARDS 201 407 Total Offensive Plays 53 65 Average gain per offensive play 3.8 6.3 NET YARDS RUSHING 52 144 Total Rushing Plays 20 32 Average gain per rushing play 2.6 4.5 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 3-6 1-1 NET YARDS PASSING 149 263 Sacked-yards lost 3-30 2-16 Gross yards passing 179 279 ATT.-COMP.-INT. 30-19-2 31-25-1 Avg gain per pass play 4.5 8.0 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 3-0-0 7-2-1 PUNTS Number and Average 5-49.6 1-34.0 Team Statistics (cont.) Chargers New England Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 39.0 34.0 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 138 148 No. and Yards Punt Returns 1-0 2-13 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 5-118 3-66 No. and Yards Interception Returns 1-20 2-69 PENALTIES Number and Yards 7-75 6-67 FUMBLES Number and Lost 2-1 3-1 TOUCHDOWNS 2 5 Rushing 0 1 Passing 2 3 Interceptions 0 1 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 2-2 5-5 Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 5-5 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 0-0 1-2 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 2-2-100% 2-3-67% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 1-1-100% 1-1-100% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 14 38 TIME OF POSSESSION 24:14 35:46 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 18 43 2.4 11 0 Rivers 1 6 6.0 6 0 Turner 1 3 3.0 3 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 30 19 179 3-30 2 22 2 74.2 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 7 77 11.0 22 1 Jackson 4 53 13.3 21 0 Tomlinson 4 15 3.8 6 0 Turner 2 14 7.0 12 0 Floyd 1 19 19.0 19 0 Neal 1 1 1.0 1t 1 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Hart 1 20 20.0 20 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 5 248 49.6 39.0 2 1 61 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Turner 4 98 24.5 28 0 Sproles 1 20 20.0 20 0 NEW ENGLAND Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Maroney 15 77 5.1 14 0 Morris 10 51 5.1 14 1 Evans 2 6 3.0 4 0 Welker 1 6 6.0 6 0 Faulk 1 4 4.0 4 0 Brady 1 2 2.0 2 0 Gutierrez 2 -2 -1.0 -1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Brady 31 25 279 2-16 3 34 1 123.0 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Moss 8 105 13.1 24 2 Welker 8 91 11.4 34 0 Watson 5 49 9.8 14 1 Stallworth 2 19 9.5 11 0 Faulk 1 9 9.0 9 0 Gaffney 1 6 6.0 6 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Thomas 1 65 65.0 65t 1 Colvin 1 4 4.0 4 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Hanson 1 34 34.0 34.0 0 0 34 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Welker 2 13 6.5 0 13 0 Faulk 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Hobbs 3 66 22.0 28 0 2007 Game Summaries, continued
  • 217 2005 in Review2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Green Bay Packers 31, San Diego Chargers 24 Sunday, September 23, 2007 - Lambeau Field (Green Bay, WI) The Chargers watched a victory slip from their grasp as Brett Favre rallied the Packers from a fourth-quarter 21-17 deficit with a 57 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings with 2:03 left to ply in the fourth quarter as Green Bay dealt the Bolts a 31-24 setback before a sellout crowd of 70,733 at historic Lambeau Field…Favre, whose touchdown pass to Jennings was the NFL-record-tying 420th of his career (tying Dan Marino), passed for 369 yards and three touchdowns without any interceptions against the Bolts defense…still down only three points after the TD reception, Philip Rivers attempted to rally the Chargers for a tying or go-ahead score, but a pass intended for LaDainian Tomlinson was intercepted by Nick Barnett and returned to the Chargers’ two-yard line…two plays later the Packers scored to go up 31-21…San Diego did manage to rally for a field goal with 20 seconds left, but Green Bay recovered the onsides kick and ran out the clock for the victory…Rivers had a very good day prior to the interception, completing 75 percent of his passes (27 of 36) for 306 yards and three touchdowns…Antonio Gates led the Bolts with 113 yards receiving, while Tomlinson, Vincent Jackson and Buster Davis all caught touchdown passes. Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total San Diego Chargers 7 7 7 3 24 Green Bay Packers 3 14 0 14 31 Chargers 1 7:07 V.Jackson 27 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [9-60, 5:43] Packers 1 2:40 M.Crosby 28 yd. Field Goal [9-77, 4:27] Packers 2 11:53 D.Driver 5 yd. pass from B.Favre (M.Crosby kick) [7-49, 3:39] Packers 2 2:48 B.Franks 5 yd. pass from B.Favre (M.Crosby kick) [10-79, 3:56] Chargers 2 0:32 C.Davis 9 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [9-80, 2:16] Chargers 3 9:02 L.Tomlinson 21 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [12-80, 5:58] Packers 4 2:03 G.Jennings 57 yd. pass from B.Favre (M.Crosby kick) [2-57, 0:15] Packers 4 0:59 B.Jackson 1 yd. run (M.Crosby kick) [2-2, 0:13] Chargers 4 0:20 N.Kaeding 44 yd. Field Goal [5-43, 0:39] Attendance — 70,733 Team Statistics Chargers Green Bay TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 25 20 By Rushing 6 3 By Passing 17 15 By Penalty 2 2 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 5-11-45% 5-11-45% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-0-0% 0-2-0% TOTAL NET YARDS 364 405 Total Offensive Plays 66 60 Average gain per offensive play 5.5 6.8 NET YARDS RUSHING 73 42 Total Rushing Plays 28 13 Average gain per rushing play 2.6 3.2 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 3-10 0-0 NET YARDS PASSING 291 363 Sacked-yards lost 2-15 2-6 Gross yards passing 306 369 ATT-COMP-INT 36-27-1 45-28-0 Avg gain per pass play 7.7 7.7 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 5-0-0 6-5-3 PUNTS Number and Average 5-46.0 3-44.0 Team Statistics (cont.) Chargers Green Bay Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 37.8 43.0 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 3 79 No. and Yards Punt Returns 1-3 4-41 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 3-76 4-59 No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 1-38 PENALTIES Number and Yards 8-70 5-38 FUMBLES Number and Lost 1-0 0-0 TOUCHDOWNS 3 4 Rushing 0 1 Passing 3 3 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 3-3 4-4 Kicking Made-Attempts 3-3 4-4 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 1-1 1-1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 2-2-100% 3-5-60% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 1-1-100% 3-4-75% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 24 31 TIME OF POSSESSION 32:15 27:45 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 22 62 2.8 11 0 Turner 4 12 3.0 9 0 Neal 1 0 0.0 0 0 Rivers 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 36 27 306 2-15 3 27t 1 116.2 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 11 113 10.3 26 0 Jackson 6 98 16.3 27t 1 Davis 4 31 7.8 12 1 Tomlinson 3 33 11.0 21t 1 Neal 2 6 3.0 4 0 Floyd 1 25 25.0 25 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD None Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 5 230 46.0 37.8 0 1 61 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 1 3 3.0 0 3 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 3 76 25.3 39 0 GREEN BAY Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Jackson 6 22 3.7 8 1 Grant 3 10 3.3 5 0 Wynn 2 9 4.5 5 0 Favre 2 1 0.5 2 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Favre 45 28 369 2-6 3 57t 0 110.3 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Driver 6 126 21.0 46 1 Jones 6 79 13.2 26 0 Jennings 4 82 20.5 57t 1 Lee 4 44 11.0 18 0 Jackson 3 22 7.3 16 0 Wynn 3 14 4.7 9 0 Franks 1 5 5.0 5t 1 Grant 1 -3 -3.0 -3 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Barnett 1 38 38.0 38 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Ryan 3 132 44.0 43.0 0 3 54 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Woodson 4 41 10.3 0 13 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Williams 4 59 14.8 24 0
  • 218 2007 Game Summaries, continued 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Team Statistics Kansas City Chargers TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 17 19 By Rushing 5 9 By Passing 12 10 By Penalty 0 0 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4-11-36% 3-12-25% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-0-0% 0-1-0% TOTAL NET YARDS 390 333 Total Offensive Plays 59 67 Average gain per offensive play 6.6 5.0 NET YARDS RUSHING 126 133 Total Rushing Plays 28 24 Average gain per rushing play 4.5 5.5 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 2-5 3-5 NET YARDS PASSING 264 200 Sacked-yards lost 2-20 1-11 Gross yards passing 284 211 ATT-COMP-INT 29-17-2 42-21-2 Avg gain per pass play 8.5 4.7 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 7-5-1 4-2-1 PUNTS Number and Average 4-51.0 4-38.8 Team Statistics (cont.) Kansas City Chargers Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 39.0 33.8 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 58 206 No. and Yards Punt Returns 0-0 3-28 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 3-50 6-161 No. and Yards Interception Returns 2-8 2-17 PENALTIES Number and Yards 4-28 4-21 FUMBLES Number and Lost 1-0 2-2 TOUCHDOWNS 3 1 Rushing 0 1 Passing 2 0 Fumbles 1 0 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 3-3 1-1 Kicking Made-Attempts 3-3 1-1 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 3-3 3-3 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 0-2-0% 1-3-33% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 0-2-0% 1-3-33% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 30 16 TIME OF POSSESSION 30:05 29:55 KANSAS CITY Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Johnson 25 123 4.9 37 0 Bennett 1 6 6.0 6 0 Huard 2 -3 -1.5 -1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Huard 29 17 284 2-20 2 51 2 86.0 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Bowe 8 164 20.5 51t 1 Gonzalez 5 71 14.2 22t 1 Johnson 3 25 8.3 14 0 Wilson 1 24 24.0 24 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Johnson 1 6 6.0 6 0 Law 1 2 2.0 2 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Colquitt 4 204 51.0 39.0 1 1 61 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD None Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Drummond 3 50 16.7 17 0 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 20 132 6.6 37 1 Davis 1 4 4.0 4 0 Neal 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 Turner 2 -2 -1.0 0 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 42 21 211 1-11 0 39 2 44.8 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 6 79 13.2 27 0 Tomlinson 5 22 4.4 10 0 Jackson 3 52 17.3 39 0 Floyd 3 28 9.3 17 0 Neal 2 8 4.0 9 0 Sproles 1 14 14.0 14 0 Davis 1 8 8.0 8 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Hart 1 18 18.0 18 0 McCree 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 4 155 38.8 33.8 1 0 42 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 3 28 9.3 0 20 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 6 161 26.8 42 0 Kansas City Chiefs 30, San Diego Chargers 16 Sunday, September 30, 2007 - Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA) The Chargers let one slip through their grasp, blowing a 16-6 halftime lead and being outscored 24-0 in the second half as the Kansas City Chiefs dealt the Bolts a shocking 30-16 loss before a crowd of 65,175 at Qualcomm Stadium…the Chargers were unable to take advantage of a 132-yard performance by LaDainian Tomlinson and Kansas City capi- talized on four San Diego turnovers…the Bolts led 16-6 at the half on a five-yard TD run by Tomlinson and three Nate Kaeding field goals, including a home career-long of 51 yards, but Kansas City scored their six points following a fumble and an interception…things began to unravel for the Chargers in the second half…Kansas City kicked a field goal in the latter half of the third quarter to cut the lead to 16-9…on the following drive, Philip Rivers had a pass intended for Tomlinson picked off by Derrick Johnson and three plays later Tony Gonzalez caught a 22-yard touchdown pass to knot the score at 16-16…after San Diego’s offense went three-and-out, Kansas City got the ball back and dealt the Bolts a devastating blow…facing a 3rd-and-19 from their own 49-yard line, rookie WR Dwayne Bowe caught a slant pass and broke two tackles for a 51-yard touchdown catch-and-run to put the Chiefs up 23-16…after trading possessions, the Chargers appeared to catch a break in the fourth quarter when a pass deflection by Quentin Jammer turned into an interception by Clinton Hart, but three plays after the pick, Rivers was sacked and stripped by Johnson and Chiefs cornerback Tyron Brackenridge picked up the fumble and raced 51 yards for the game-deciding score…The Chargers attempted a late rally, but Kansas City stopped them on downs at the five-yard line and held on for the win. Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Kansas City Chiefs 0 6 10 14 30 San Diego Chargers 10 6 0 0 16 Chargers 1 8:19 N.Kaeding 24 yd. Field Goal (12-66, 6:41) Chargers 1 3:56 L.Tomlinson 5 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [5-55, 3:02] Chiefs 2 11:10 D.Rayner 21 yd. Field Goal [7-19, 3:41] Chargers 2 6:55 N.Kaeding 51 yd. Field Goal [4-3, 2:20] Chiefs 2 1:20 D.Rayner 25 yd. Field Goal [7-41, 2:55] Chargers 2 0:00 N.Kaeding 38 yd. Field Goal [8-58, 1:20] Chiefs 3 5:28 D.Rayner 41 yd. Field Goal [9-57, 3:50] Chiefs 3 1:50 T.Gonzalez 22 yd. pass from D.Huard (D.Rayner kick) [3-36, 0:39] Chiefs 4 11:46 D.Bowe 51 yd. pass from D.Huard (D.Rayner kick) [8-77, 3:24] Chiefs 4 7:24 T.Brackenridge 50 yd. fumble return (D.Rayner kick) Attendance — 65,175
  • 219 2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Team Statistics Denver Chargers TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 20 17 By Rushing 7 4 By Passing 12 11 By Penalty 1 2 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 6-10-60% 6-13-46% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-0-0% 0-3-0% TOTAL NET YARDS 484 296 Total Offensive Plays 55 57 Average gain per offensive play 8.8 5.2 NET YARDS RUSHING 214 72 Total Rushing Plays 37 20 Average gain per rushing play 5.8 3.6 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 5-15 3-5 NET YARDS PASSING 270 224 Sacked-yards lost 0-0 1-8 Gross yards passing 270 232 ATT-COMP-INT 18-13-0 36-23-1 Avg gain per pass play 15.0 6.1 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 7-6-4 2-2-0 PUNTS Number and Average 3-37.0 3-50.0 Team Statistics (cont.) Denver Chargers Had Blocked 1 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 24.3 41.0 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 95 88 No. and Yards Punt Returns 2-27 1-18 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 2-49 3-70 No. and Yards Interception Returns 1-19 0-0 PENALTIES Number and Yards 6-45 3-18 FUMBLES Number and Lost 0-0 3-2 TOUCHDOWNS 5 0 Rushing 2 0 Passing 2 0 Fumbles 1 0 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 5-5 0-0 Kicking Made-Attempts 5-5 0-0 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 2-2 1-1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 3-5-60% 0-2-0% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 0-0-0% 0-0-0% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 41 3 TIME OF POSSESSION 32:53 27:07 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Turner 10 147 14.7 74t 1 Tomlinson 21 67 3.2 11 0 Neal 1 3 3.0 3 0 Sproles 1 2 2.0 2 0 Volek 2 -2 -1.0 -1 0 Rivers 2 -3 -1.5 2t 1 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 18 13 270 0-0 2 45 0 151.4 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 7 113 16.1 34 1 Jackson 3 84 28.0 45 1 Tomlinson 3 73 24.3 36 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD McCree 1 19 19.0 19 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 2 111 55.5 24.3 1 0 60 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 2 27 13.5 0 23 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 2 49 24.5 27 0 DENVER Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Henry 16 65 4.1 15 0 Cutler 3 7 2.3 5 0 Young 1 0 0.0 0 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Cutler 36 23 232 1-8 0 26 1 70.6 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Marshall 7 72 10.3 26 0 Martinez 6 70 11.7 23 0 Young 4 20 5.0 9 0 Scheffler 2 37 18.5 19 0 Graham 2 10 5.0 5 0 Stokley 1 14 14.0 14 0 Jackson 1 9 9.0 9 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD None Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Sauerbrun 3 150 50.0 41.0 0 1 53 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Martinez 1 18 18.0 0 18 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Clark 3 70 23.3 26 0 San Diego Chargers 41, Denver Broncos 3 Sunday, October 7, 2007 - Invesco Field (Denver, CO) The Chargers ended a three-game losing streak in convincing fashion, handing the Broncos a devastating 41-3 setback before a sellout crowd of 76,879 at Invesco Field…the Chargers rushed for a season-high 214 yards, got a near-perfect passing day from Philip Rivers and took advan- tage of three Broncos turnovers…the Bolts scored first when Rivers scored the first rushing touchdown of his career on a two-yard naked bootleg on San Diego’s first offensive possession…on the ensuing kick- off, Carlos Polk delivered a bone-jarring hit on return-man Brian Clark, forcing a fumble in the process…Brandon Siler recovered the bouncing ball and 23 yards later, he dove for the front left pylon of the end zone and San Diego scored its second touchdown in a span of 11 seconds to go up 14-0…the Chargers would go on to add a pair of second quarter field goals and led 20-3 at the half…San Diego tacked on two more scores in the third quarter, opening the period with a 73-yard touch- down drive and a nine-yard TD catch by Antonio Gates, then adding a second score on a 15-yard catch by Vincent Jackson after Marlon McCree stalled a Broncos drive with an interception at the two-yard line…Michael Turner closed out the scoring and delivered the final blow with a 74-yard TD run in the fourth quarter…the win was San Diego’s second in a row in Denver, marking their first back-to-back wins in the Mile High city since 1967-68…it was Denver’s worst home loss in 41 years…the Chargers’ 38-point win tied for the fifth-largest margin of victory in team history and it was the second-largest on the road…it was the Chargers’ biggest win ever over the Broncos in Denver…San Diego led 20-3 at halftime, their 17-point margin after 30 minutes being their best ever in the Mile High City. Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total San Diego Chargers 14 6 14 7 41 Denver Broncos 0 3 0 0 3 Chargers 1 6:26 P.Rivers 2 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [8-71, 4:14] Chargers 1 6:15 B.Siler 23 yd. fumble return (N.Kaeding kick) Chargers 2 11:23 N.Kaeding 26 yd. Field Goal [13-83, 6:57] Broncos 2 1:15 J.Elam 30 yd. Field Goal [10-45, 5:13] Chargers 2 0:00 N.Kaeding 45 yd. Field Goal [5-52, 1:15] Chargers 3 9:20 A.Gates 9 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [8-73, 5:40] Chargers 3 0:07 V.Jackson 15 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [10-79, 6:09] Chargers 4 9:42 M.Turner 74 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [2-86, 0:44] Attendance — 76,879
  • 220 2007 Game Summaries, continued 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Oakland Raiders 0 7 0 7 14 San Diego Chargers 14 0 7 7 28 Chargers 1 9:24 L.Tomlinson 3 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [11-80, 5:36] Chargers 1 6:51 L.Tomlinson 27 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [3-39, 1:28] Raiders 2 6:54 T.Howard 66 yd. interception return (S.Janikowski kick) Chargers 3 9:42 L.Tomlinson 13 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [6-68, 3:46] Raiders 4 5:18 Z.Miller 1 yd. pass from D.Culpepper (S.Janikowski kick) [17-60, 8:04] Chargers 4 2:43 L.Tomlinson 41 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [6-85, 2:35] Attendance — 67,523 Team Statistics Oakland Chargers TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 18 18 By Rushing 3 10 By Passing 13 8 By Penalty 2 0 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 5-14-36% 6-12-50% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 2-3-67% 0-0-0% TOTAL NET YARDS 245 362 Total Offensive Plays 66 53 Average gain per offensive play 3.7 6.8 NET YARDS RUSHING 43 206 Total Rushing Plays 24 32 Average gain per rushing play 1.8 6.4 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 3-15 1-1 NET YARDS PASSING 202 156 Sacked-yards lost 5-27 0-0 Gross yards passing 229 156 ATT-COMP-INT 37-24-2 21-14-1 Avg gain per pass play 4.8 7.4 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 3-2-1 5-0-0 PUNTS Number and Average 4-43.0 4-35.5 Team Statistics (cont.) Oakland Chargers Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 35.8 35.5 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 140 53 No. and Yards Punt Returns 0-0 3-29 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 4-74 2-24 No. and Yards Interception Returns 1-66 2-0 PENALTIES Number and Yards 8-68 6-40 FUMBLES Number and Lost 2-1 0-0 TOUCHDOWNS 2 4 Rushing 0 4 Passing 1 0 Interceptions 1 0 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 2-2 4-4 Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 4-4 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 0-0 0-1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 1-2-50% 2-2-100% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 1-2-50% 1-1-100% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 14 28 TIME OF POSSESSION 31:12 28:48 OAKLAND Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Jordan 18 42 2.3 6 0 Fargas 2 10 5.0 7 0 Lechler 1 -4 -4.0 -4 0 Culpepper 3 -5 -1.7 5 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Culpepper 37 24 229 5-27 1 31 2 68.4 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Curry 6 73 12.2 31 0 Jordan 6 46 7.7 11 0 Williams 3 35 11.7 15 0 Porter 3 28 9.3 16 0 Miller 3 17 5.7 12 1 Higgins 2 14 7.0 16 0 Fargas 1 16 16.0 16 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Howard 1 66 6 6.0 66t 1 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Lechler 4 172 43.0 35.8 0 0 62 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Carr 0 0 0.0 3 0 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Carr 4 74 18.5 29 0 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 24 198 8.3 41t 4 Turner 5 8 1.6 2 0 Rivers 2 1 0.5 2 0 Davis 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 21 14 156 0-0 0 28 1 68.8 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 3 58 19.3 28 0 Tomlinson 3 16 5.3 12 0 Davis 2 30 15.0 18 0 Floyd 2 25 12.5 16 0 Manumaleuna 2 18 9.0 12 0 Jackson 1 5 5.0 5 0 Neal 1 4 4.0 4 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Florence 1 0 0.0 0 0 Cromartie 1 0 0.0 0 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 4 142 35.5 35.5 0 4 41 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 3 29 9.7 0 21 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 1 18 18.0 18 0 Manumaleuna 1 6 6.0 6 0 San Diego Chargers 28, Oakland Raiders 14 Sunday, October 14, 2007 - Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA) The Bolts rode a team-record-tying four touchdown performance by the reigning NFL MVP, LaDainian Tomlinson, to knock off their arch- rivals, the Oakland Raiders, 28-14 at Qualcomm Stadium…the Bolts took an early 7-0 lead, driving 80 yards on the opening series of the game with Tomlinson scoring his first touchdown from three yards out…after a Dratyon Florence interception on Oakland’s third offensive play of the game, the Chargers countered three plays later as Tomlinson scored his second touchdown of the day, this one from 27 yards out, and the Bolts extended their lead to 14-0…the score remained as such until midway through the second quarter when Philip Rivers threw an errant pass in an attempt to avoid a sack and it was returned 66 yards for a touchdown by the Raiders’ Thomas Howard…a pivotal series of plays occurred at the end of the first half with the score still 14-7…cor- nerback Quentin Jammer made a touchdown-saving tackle of Robert Curry at the one-yard line after a 31-yard catch and run…Jammer’s play was followed by successive sacks by Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips, the second of which came with a forced fumble that gave the ball back to the Bolts, allowing them to hang on to their seven-point lead…the Chargers defense opened the third quarter with a three-and- out and the offense rewarded that effort with a 68-yard TD drive that ended with Tomlinson’s third TD of the day, a 13 yarder that stretched the lead to 21-7…the Bolts had a chance to ice the game early in the fourth quarter, but after Nate Kaeding missed a 50-yard field goal, Oak- land drove for a touchdown to narrow the gap to 21-14…during that drive, Oakland converted two 3rd-and-7s, a 3rd-and-14, a 4th-and-12, and they scored on a 4th-and-1…San Diego answered though on its very next possession, driving 85 yards in six plays and Tomlinson’s fourth TD of the day (41 yards) put the game out of reach…Tomlinson finished the day with 198 yards rushing and San Diego’s defense recorded five sacks, including 2.5 by Merriman and 2.0 by Phillips.
  • 221 2005 in Review2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W San Diego Chargers 35, Houston Texans 10 Sunday, October 28, 2007 - Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA) The Chargers climbed back over .500 for the first time since opening day with a resounding 35-10 win over the Houston Texans…the Charg- ers got big days from Antonio Gates and Antonio Cromartie, who each scored a pair of touchdowns in the win…Gates got things going early when he and Philip Rivers took advantage of a busted coverage by the Texans defense and connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass play…after a three-and-out by the Bolts defense, the Chargers caught a huge break when the Texans long snapper put a punt snap way over the head of punter Matt Turk and the ball rolled all the way to the end zone where it was scooped up by Cromartie for a touchdown and a 14- 0 lead…Houston answered with a field goal to cut the lead to 14-3, but on the Chargers’ next drive, Rivers and Gates connected again, this time from 31 yards out and the Bolts went up 21-10…on the touchdown catch, Gates went over 4,000 yards receiving for his career…four plays after the Gates touchdown, Cromartie stepped in front of a Matt Schaub pass and followed a convoy of blockers across the field and down the sideline 70 yards to the end zone for his second touchdown of the game and the Bolts lead was extended to 28-3…Cromartie was- n’t done there however…on the fifth play of Houston’s next drive, fac- ing a third-and-seven, Cromartie stepped in front of yet another Schaub pass and intercepted his second of the day…eight plays later, Rivers threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Chris Chambers, playing in his first career game for the Chargers, and the Bolts led 35-3…Houston would add a late fourth quarter touchdown, but the Chargers would prevail, 35-10…San Diego’s defense and special teams both played huge roles in the win…the Chargers came away with five takeaways in the game, including four interceptions and the fumble…in the kicking game, the Chargers’ coverage units pinned the Texans back all after- noon, forcing them to start five drives following punts and three drives following kickoffs inside the 20. Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Houston Texans 0 3 0 7 10 San Diego Chargers 14 21 0 0 35 Chargers 1 5:49 A.Gates 49 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [4-80, 2:03] Chargers 1 3:38 A.Cromartie fumble recovery in end zone (N.Kaeding kick) Texans 2 14:07 K.Brown 40 yd. Field Goal [10-56, 4:31] Chargers 2 12:00 A.Gates 31 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [4-64, 2:07] Chargers 2 9:52 A.Cromartie 70 yd. interception return (N.Kaeding kick) Chargers 2 2:31 C.Chambers 14 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [8-51, 4:58] Texans 4 4:40 J.Dreessen 28 yd. pass from S.Rosenfels (K.Brown kick) [12-94, 6:53] Attendance — 60,439 Team Statistics Houston Chargers TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 22 11 By Rushing 8 5 By Passing 13 5 By Penalty 1 1 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 8-15-53% 3-9-33% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-1-0% 0-0-0% TOTAL NET YARDS 367 237 Total Offensive Plays 75 40 Average gain per offensive play 4.9 5.9 NET YARDS RUSHING 115 109 Total Rushing Plays 29 28 Average gain per rushing play 4.0 3.9 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 1-2 1-3 NET YARDS PASSING 252 128 Sacked-yards lost 1-1 1-2 Gross yards passing 253 130 ATT-COMP-INT 45-28-4 11-7-0 Avg gain per pass play 5.5 10.7 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 3-0-0 6-3-0 PUNTS Number and Average 4-43.3 5-52.8 Team Statistics (cont.) Houston Chargers Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 34.0 50.2 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 130 167 No. and Yards Punt Returns 3-13 2-17 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 6-117 2-54 No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 4-96 PENALTIES Number and Yards 5-31 3-46 FUMBLES Number and Lost 1-1 0-0 TOUCHDOWNS 1 5 Rushing 0 0 Passing 1 3 Interceptions 0 1 Fumbles 0 1 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 1-1 5-5 Kicking Made-Attempts 1-1 5-5 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 1-1 0-0 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 0-0-0% 1-2-50% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 0-0-0% 0-1-0% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 10 35 TIME OF POSSESSION 36:32 23:28 HOUSTON Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Echemandu 10 62 6.2 20 0 Dayne 17 47 2.8 12 0 Rosenfels 1 6 6.0 6 0 Turk 1 0 0.0 0 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rosenfels 27 17 176 1-1 1 28 2 63.2 Schaub 18 11 77 0-0 0 13 2 31.2 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Walter 7 77 11.0 15 0 Jones 5 51 10.2 22 0 Daniels 4 35 8.8 11 0 Anderson 3 25 8.3 15 0 Leach 3 17 5.7 9 0 Echemandu 2 11 5.5 7 0 Dreessen 1 28 28.0 28t 1 Davis 1 6 6.0 6 0 Putzier 1 5 5.0 5 0 Dayne 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD None Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Turk 4 173 43.3 34.0 1 1 54 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Jones 3 13 4.3 0 7 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Davis 5 98 19.6 25 0 Jones 1 19 19.0 19 0 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 17 90 5.3 20 0 Turner 4 10 2.5 5 0 Rivers 4 5 1.3 8 0 Neal 2 2 1.0 2 0 Sproles 1 2 2.0 2 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 11 7 130 1-2 3 4 9 0 143.9 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 3 92 30.7 49t 2 Chambers 2 35 17.5 21 1 Manumaleuna 1 2 2.0 2 0 Tomlinson 1 1 1.0 1 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Cromartie 2 91 45.5 70t 1 Cooper 1 5 5.0 5 0 Weddle 1 0 0.0 0 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 5 264 52.8 50.2 0 5 63 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 2 17 8.5 0 10 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 2 54 27.0 31 0
  • 222 2007 Game Summaries, continued 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total San Diego Chargers 7 7 0 3 17 Minnesota Vikings 7 0 14 14 35 Chargers 1 5:44 L.Tomlinson 1 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [10-53, 5:39] Vikings 1 2:49 A.Peterson 1 yd. run (R.Longwell kick) [5-39, 2:55] Chargers 2 0:00 A.Cromartie 109 yd. field goal return (N.Kaeding kick) Vikings 3 12:44 A.Peterson 64 yd. run (R.Longwell kick) [6-83, 2:16] Vikings 3 3:07 S.Rice 40 yd. pass from B.Bollinger (R.Longwell kick) [6-81, 3:37] Chargers 4 14:09 N.Kaeding 36 yd. Field Goal [10-63, 3:58] Vikings 4 7:44 A.Peterson 46 yd. run (R.Longwell kick) [1-46, 0:10] Vikings 4 4:28 C.Taylor 2 yd. run (R.Longwell kick) [5-40, 3:02] Attendance — 63,043 Team Statistics Chargers Minnesota TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 14 26 By Rushing 4 14 By Passing 7 8 By Penalty 3 4 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4-16-25% 6-13-46% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-1-0% 1-1-100% TOTAL NET YARDS 229 528 Total Offensive Plays 63 66 Average gain per offensive play 3.6 8.0 NET YARDS RUSHING 42 378 Total Rushing Plays 20 43 Average gain per rushing play 2.1 8.8 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 5-7 4-7 NET YARDS PASSING 187 150 Sacked-yards lost 1-10 1-8 Gross yards passing 197 158 ATT-COMP-INT 42-19-1 22-13-0 Avg gain per pass play 4.3 6.5 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 3-3-1 6-4-2 PUNTS Number and Average 8-54.9 5-44.6 Team Statistics (cont.) Chargers Minnesota Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 45.0 38.8 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 151 139 No. and Yards Punt Returns 2-29 4-59 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 4-122 2-80 No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 1-0 PENALTIES Number and Yards 10-67 11-81 FUMBLES Number and Lost 3-1 2-2 TOUCHDOWNS 2 5 Rushing 1 4 Passing 0 1 Other (Blocked Kicks, etc.) 1 0 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 2-2 5-5 Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 5-5 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 1-1 0-1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 1-3-33% 2-3-67% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 1-1-100% 2-3-67% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 17 35 TIME OF POSSESSION 25:53 34:07 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 16 40 2.5 11 1 Rivers 3 5 1.7 5 0 Turner 1 -3 -3.0 -3 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 42 19 197 1-10 0 22 1 49.4 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 6 37 6.2 10 0 Chambers 5 59 11.8 19 0 Naanee 2 39 19.5 22 0 Osgood 2 23 11.5 15 0 Manumaleuna 2 13 6.5 7 0 Jackson 1 16 16.0 16 0 Gates 1 10 10.0 10 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD None Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 8 439 54.9 45.0 1 5 65 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 2 29 14.5 0 19 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 4 122 30.5 43 0 MINNESOTA Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Peterson 30 296 9.9 64t 3 Taylor 9 60 6.7 34 1 Jackson 2 19 9.5 10 0 Richardson 1 4 4.0 4 0 Bollinger 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Jackson 12 6 63 0-0 0 19 0 65.6 Bollinger 10 7 95 1-8 1 40t 0 133.3 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Rice 4 66 16.5 40t 1 Ferguson 3 24 8.0 11 0 Taylor 2 23 11.5 16 0 Shiancoe 2 14 7.0 8 0 Peterson 1 19 19.0 19 0 Wade 1 12 12.0 12 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gordon 1 0 0.0 0 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Kluwe 5 223 44.6 38.8 0 0 68 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Moore 4 59 14.8 2 42 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Allison 2 80 40.0 62 0 Minnesota Vikings 35, San Diego Chargers 17 Sunday, November 4, 2007 - Metrodome (Minneapolis, MN) Despite an NFL-record 109-yard touchdown return by Antonio Cromar- tie following a missed field goal, the San Diego Chargers fell to the Min- nesota Vikings by a score of 35-17…Minnesota countered Cromartie’s achievement with a record-breaker of its own as rookie running back Adrian Peterson rushed for an NFL-record 296 yards and the Vikings as a team rushed for 378 yards, the second most in an NFL game since 1970…the game was tight for the entire first half, but San Diego appeared to catch a huge break at the end of the second quarter when the Vikings attempted a 57-yard field goal that fell short…unbeknownst to some of the Minnesota players, Cromartie was stationed underneath the goalpost where he fielded the missed kick and then went racing down the sideline behind a convoy of blockers for his record TD…instead of gaining momentum off the score, it was Minnesota instead that got hot in the third quarter…they outscored the Bolts 14-0, scoring on two long touchdowns, one by Peterson and another by Sid- ney Rice, to take a 21-14 lead…the Chargers kicked a field goal early in the fourth quarter to get within four points at 21-17 and then got the ball back after a Peterson fumble, but the Bolts were unable to take advantage of the turnover and Minnesota made them pay with Peter- son’s third touchdown of the game and the Vikings went on to win the game, 35-17.
  • 223 2005 in Review2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Indianapolis Colts 0 7 0 14 21 San Diego Chargers 16 7 0 0 23 Chargers 1 14:47 D.Sproles 89 yd. kickoff return (N.Kaeding kick) [0-0, 0:13] Charger 1 7:14 N.Kaeding 33 yd. Field Goal [6-17, 2:14] Chargers 1 5:55 D.Sproles 45 yd. punt return (pass failed) Chargers 2 8:47 L.Tomlinson 4 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [12-45, 5:31] Colts 2 2:42 R.Wayne 8 yd. pass from P.Manning (A.Vinatieri kick) [12-67, 6:05] Colts 4 14:53 K.Keith 7 yd. pass from P.Manning (P.Manning-B.Fletcher pass) [12-90, 5:16] Colts 4 14:28 G.Brackett fumble recovery in end zone (run failed) Attendance — 67,726 Team Statistics Indianapolis Chargers TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 25 11 By Rushing 4 4 By Passing 19 7 By Penalty 2 0 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 10-19-53% 3-11-27% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 1-1-100% 1-1-100% TOTAL NET YARDS 386 177 Total Offensive Plays 84 50 Average gain per offensive play 4.6 3.5 NET YARDS RUSHING 75 91 Total Rushing Plays 26 24 Average gain per rushing play 2.9 3.8 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 2-3 3-5 NET YARDS PASSING 311 86 Sacked-yards lost 2-17 2-18 Gross yards passing 328 104 ATT-COMP-INT 56-34-6 24-13-2 Avg gain per pass play 5.4 3.3 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 4-1-0 5-0-0 PUNTS Number and Average 2-34.0 5-45.0 Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 11.5 46.0 Team Statistics (cont.) Indianapolis Chargers TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 99 223 No. and Yards Punt Returns 2--5 1-45 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 5-101 4-129 No. and Yards Interception Returns 2-3 6-49 PENALTIES Number and Yards 4-21 10-78 FUMBLES Number and Lost 0-0 2-1 TOUCHDOWNS 3 3 Rushing 0 1 Passing 2 0 Fumbles 1 0 Punt Returns 0 1 Kickoff Returns 0 1 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 2-3 2-3 Kicking Made-Attempts 1-1 2-2 Passing Made-Attempts 1-1 0-1 Rushing Made-Attempts 0-1 0-0 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 0-2 1-1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 2-4-50% 1-2-50% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 1-1-100% 1-1-100% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 21 23 TIME OF POSSESSION 36:12 23:48 INDIANAPOLIS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Addai 22 56 2.5 10 0 Keith 4 19 4.8 9 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Manning 56 34 328 2-17 2 39 6 49.4 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Wayne 10 140 14.0 39 1 Fletcher 8 55 6.9 12 0 Thorpe 5 41 8.2 10 0 Moorehead 4 39 9.8 16 0 Utecht 3 30 10.0 11 0 Addai 3 16 5.3 12 0 Keith 1 7 7.0 7t 1 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Session 2 3 1.5 3 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Smith 2 68 34.0 11.5 0 1 40 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Thorpe 2 -5 -2.5 0 -2 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Thorpe 5 101 20.2 40 0 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 21 76 3.6 16 1 Neal 2 15 7.5 10 0 Rivers 1 0 0.0 0 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 24 13 104 2-18 0 19 2 30.6 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 4 21 5.3 12 0 Gates 3 26 8.7 14 0 Jackson 2 28 14.0 19 0 Chambers 2 17 8.5 12 0 Naanee 2 12 6.0 9 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Cromartie 3 27 9.0 21 0 Phillips 1 18 18.0 18 0 Wilhelm 1 4 4.0 4 0 Hart 1 0 0.0 0 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 5 225 45.0 46.0 0 3 61 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 1 45 4 5.0 1 45t 1 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 3 125 41.7 89t 1 Neal 1 4 4.0 4 0 San Diego Chargers 23, Indianapolis Colts 21 Sunday, November 11, 2007 - Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA) On a cool and rainy night in San Diego, the Chargers knocked off the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts before a National TV audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football…Darren Sproles electrified the crowd with two long touchdown returns, including an 89-yarder on the game’s opening kickoff and Antonio Cromartie did his part by intercepting Peyton Manning a team-record-tying three times as part of a six intercep- tion night for the Bolts…the Chargers had complete command of the game early as Sproles scored on the kickoff and then on a 45-yard punt return later in the first quarter…Cromartie recorded all three of his interceptions in the first half, the third of which resulted in a four-yard touchdown run by LaDainian Tomlinson that gave the Bolts a 23-0 lead…the defending champs rallied though with a 21-0 run through the rest of the game that fell short only when Adam Vinatieri missed a potential game-winning 29- yard field goal to the right…Clinton Hart sealed the victory for San Diego with an interception on the game’s final play…San Diego tied its team record with the six picks on the night…for Manning, the six INTs were a career high.
  • 224 2007 Game Summaries, continued 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Team Statistics Chargers Jacksonville TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 18 18 By Rushing 6 8 By Passing 11 9 By Penalty 1 1 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4-12-33% 5-14-36% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 1-2-50% 2-2-100% TOTAL NET YARDS 388 311 Total Offensive Plays 60 61 Average gain per offensive play 6.5 5.1 NET YARDS RUSHING 79 122 Total Rushing Plays 20 37 Average gain per rushing play 4.0 3.3 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 2-2 1-5 NET YARDS PASSING 309 189 Sacked-yards lost 0-0 0-0 Gross yards passing 309 189 ATT-COMP-INT 40-22-2 24-15-0 Avg gain per pass play 7.7 7.9 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 4-0-0 5-3-2 PUNTS Number and Average 4-44.8 5-40.6 Team Statistics (cont.) Chargers Jacksonville Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 35.3 37.2 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 32 148 No. and Yards Punt Returns 3-17 2-38 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 2-15 4-71 No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 2-39 PENALTIES Number and Yards 4-31 5-42 FUMBLES Number and Lost 0-0 0-0 TOUCHDOWNS 2 3 Rushing 1 1 Passing 1 2 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 2-2 3-3 Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 3-3 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 1-1 1-1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 1-2-50% 2-2-100% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 1-2-50% 2-2-100% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 17 24 TIME OF POSSESSION 27:03 32:57 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 16 62 3.9 19 1 Rivers 2 16 8.0 10 0 Neal 2 1 0.5 1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 40 22 309 00 1 44 2 67.6 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 5 93 18.6 35 0 Chambers 4 93 23.3 44 0 Gates 4 54 13.5 24t 1 Davis 3 39 13.0 16 0 Naanee 3 10 3.3 4 0 Sproles 2 0 0.0 0 0 Jackson 1 20 20.0 20 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD None Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 4 179 44.8 35.3 0 2 63 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 3 17 5.7 0 7 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 2 15 7.5 15 0 JACKSONVILLE Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Taylor 20 85 4.3 13 0 Jones-Drew 12 33 2.8 15 1 Garrard 5 4 0.8 7 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Garrard 24 15 189 0-0 2 36t 0 114.8 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Wrighster 5 47 9.4 36 0 Northcutt 3 36 12.0 22 0 Williams 2 62 31.0 36t 1 Wilford 2 31 15.5 16 0 Estandia 1 8 8.0 8 0 Jones-Drew 1 4 4.0 4 0 Lewis 1 1 1.0 1t 1 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Nelson 1 34 34.0 34 0 Knight 1 5 5.0 5 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Podlesh 5 203 40.6 37.2 0 1 49 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Northcutt 2 38 19.0 0 25 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Jones-Drew 4 71 17.8 26 0 Jacksonville Jaguars 24, San Diego Chargers 17 Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (Jacksonville, FL) The San Diego Chargers absorbed a tough defeat, falling 24-17, at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars…Philip Rivers posted his second 300- yard game of the season, but it wasn’t enough as two fourth-quarter interceptions and several untimely penalties by the Bolts proved costly… Jacksonville scored the first 10 points of the game and led 17-3 at the half…the Chargers scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter on a six-yard run by LaDainian Tomlinson…the drive was aided by a 20-yard catch by Vincent Jackson and a 34-yard catch and run by Tomlinson on a screen…after a three-and-out by the defense, the Bolts were unable to capitalize, opting to punt while facing a fourth-and-two at the Jags’ 39-yard line…it took Jacksonville just five plays to make the Bolts pay, scoring a touchdown on a one-yard pass to Mercedes Lewis and the Jags reclaimed a 14-point lead…the Chargers scored a late touchdown on a 24-yard pass from Rivers to Antonio Gates to cut the deficit in half, but a last-gasp drive to tie the game fell short when Rivers was intercepted by Sammy Knight with 1:26 left to play in the fourth quarter and Jacksonville held on for the win. Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total San Diego Chargers 0 3 7 7 17 Jacksonville Jaguars 10 7 7 0 24 Jaguars 1 9:12 J.Scobee 48 yd. Field Goal [12-46, 5:48] Jaguars 1 0:40 M.Jones-Drew 1 yd. run (J.Scobee kick) [11-48, 5:19] Chargers 2 9:58 N.Kaeding 23 yd. Field Goal [12-75, 5:42] Jaguars 2 5:25 R.Williams 36 yd. pass from D.Garrard (J.Scobee kick) [9-73, 4:33] Chargers 3 13:19 L.Tomlinson 6 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [5-60, 1:41] Jaguars 3 5:02 M.Lewis 1 yd. pass from D.Garrard (J.Scobee kick) [5-87, 2:59] Chargers 4 5:06 A.Gates 24 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [7-90, 1:57] Attendance — 66,732
  • 225 2005 in Review2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Team Statistics Baltimore Chargers TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 19 18 By Rushing 4 3 By Passing 12 13 By Penalty 3 2 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 5-12-42% 7-15-47% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-1-0% 1-1-100% TOTAL NET YARDS 210 332 Total Offensive Plays 57 65 Average gain per offensive play 3.7 5.1 NET YARDS RUSHING 56 83 Total Rushing Plays 20 30 Average gain per rushing play 2.8 2.8 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 4-11 3-6 NET YARDS PASSING 154 249 Sacked-yards lost 4-37 0-0 Gross yards passing 191 249 ATT-COMP-INT 33-21-0 35-25-0 Avg gain per pass play 4.2 7.1 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 3-1-0 8-2-1 PUNTS Number and Average 6-37.0 4-48.0 Team Statistics (cont.) Baltimore Chargers Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 34.2 43.0 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 152 76 No. and Yards Punt Returns 0-0 4-17 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 7-152 2-59 No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 0-0 PENALTIES Number and Yards 3-30 6-60 FUMBLES Number and Lost 3-2 0-0 TOUCHDOWNS 2 3 Rushing 1 0 Passing 1 3 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 2-2 2-3 Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 2-2 Rushing Made-Attempts 0-0 0-1 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 0-0 4-4 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 2-2-100% 1-2-50% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 1-1-100% 1-1-100% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 14 32 TIME OF POSSESSION 28:05 31:55 BALTIMORE Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD McGahee 17 59 3.5 13 1 Smith 3 -3 -1.0 2 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Boller 33 21 191 4-37 1 23 0 89.3 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Mason 7 99 14.1 23 0 Smith 4 28 7.0 11 0 Darling 2 24 12.0 13 0 Clayton 2 15 7.5 8 0 McGahee 2 2 1.0 1 0 McClain 1 13 13.0 13t 1 Anderson 1 9 9.0 9 0 Sypniewski 1 2 2.0 2 0 Vickers 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD None Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Koch 6 222 37.0 34.2 0 1 45 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Figurs 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Figurs 6 152 25.3 57 0 Anderson 1 0 0.0 0 0 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 24 77 3.2 36 0 Rivers 2 3 1.5 2 0 Turner 2 2 1.0 1 0 Sproles 2 1 0.5 1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 35 25 249 0-0 3 35t 0 119.8 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 6 105 17.5 35t 2 Tomlinson 6 45 7.5 15 0 Jackson 5 65 13.0 31 0 Chambers 5 22 4.4 7 1 Naanee 1 8 8.0 8 0 Davis 1 4 4.0 4 0 Manumaleuna 1 0 0.0 0 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD None Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 4 192 48.0 43.0 1 2 70 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 3 17 5.7 1 7 0 Osgood 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 2 59 29.5 32 0 San Diego Chargers 32, Baltimore Ravens 14 Sunday, November 25, 2007 - Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA) The Chargers reclaimed sole possession of first place in the AFC West after handing the Baltimore Ravens a 32-14 setback at Qualcomm Stadi- um…after a scoreless first quarter, things heated up in the second…Balti- more answered a San Diego field goal with a touchdown by Willis McGa- hee to take a 7-3 lead but the ensuing kickoff traveled out of bounds and it started a string of events that would see the Chargers outscore Balti- more 22-0 over the final 9:59 of the quarter…the Chargers took advan- tage of the kickoff mistake and scored a touchdown to take the lead seven plays later on a 35-yard pass from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates…then on the third play of the Ravens’ next drive, Shawne Merriman recorded a sack and forced fumble against Kyle Boller and Marques Har- ris recovered for the Chargers…four plays later, Nate Kaeding’s 46-yard field goal stretched the lead to 12-7…a three-and-out by the defense, capped by an eight-yard sack by Jacques Cesaire on third down, set the stage for another touchdown drive, this one traveling 49 yards in nine plays with the Bolts scoring on a five-yard pass from Rivers to Chris Chambers…Baltimore’s Mike Anderson couldn’t handle the kickoff after the Chambers TD and right before the end of the half, San Diego made them pay with another Kaeding field goal and the Chargers led 22-7 at the half…the Chargers came roaring out of the locker room in the third quarter, taking the opening drive 72 yards down the field and Rivers’ third TD pass of the game and second to Gates (25 yards) gave the home side a 29-7 lead…Baltimore did manage a touchdown to get within 29-14, but Kaeding’s career-high-tying fourth field goal of the day in the fourth quarter from 41 yards, all but put things out of reach…Gates finished the day with 105 yards and two touchdowns receiving, while LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 77 yards and became the 23rd back in NFL history to rush for more than 10,000 career yards…San Diego’s defense recorded four sacks and held Baltimore to 210 yards of total offense. Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total Baltimore Ravens 0 7 7 0 14 San Diego Chargers 0 22 7 3 32 Chargers 2 13:11 N.Kaeding 27 yd. Field Goal [10-47, 4:31] Ravens 2 9:59 W.McGahee 1 yd. run (M.Stover kick) [6-37, 3:12] Chargers 2 7:16 A.Gates 35 yd. pass from P.Rivers (kick aborted) [7-60, 2:43] Chargers 2 5:09 N.Kaeding 46 yd. Field Goal [4-2, 0:43] Chargers 2 0:25 C.Chambers 5 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [9-49, 3:22] Chargers 2 0:03 N.Kaeding 41 yd. Field Goal [3-11, 0:22] Chargers 3 11:30 A.Gates 25 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [6-72, 3:30] Ravens 3 5:39 L.McClain 13 yd. pass from K.Boller (M.Stover kick) [11-69, 5:51] Chargers 4 8:41 N.Kaeding 41 yd. Field Goal [11-65, 6:11] Attendance — 63,337
  • 226 2007 Game Summaries, continued 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total San Diego Chargers 3 7 7 7 24 Kansas City Chiefs 3 7 0 0 10 Chiefs 1 10:50 J.Carney 38 yd. Field Goal [6-44, 2:18] Chargers 1 5:24 N.Kaeding 25 yd. Field Goal [9-63, 5:26] Chiefs 2 5:23 J.Allen 2 yd. pass from D.Huard (J.Carney kick) [10-64, 5:53] Chargers 2 3:29 V.Jackson 38 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [5-51, 1:54] Chargers 3 12:16 L.Tomlinson 31 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [4-58, 1:19] Chargers 4 10:15 L.Tomlinson 28 yd. run (N.Kaeding kick) [6-80, 2:40] Attendance — 74,874 Team Statistics Chargers Kansas City TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 12 18 By Rushing 6 4 By Passing 5 12 By Penalty 1 2 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4-14-29% 6-18-33% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0-0-0% 2-4-50% TOTAL NET YARDS 330 268 Total Offensive Plays 56 73 Average gain per offensive play 5.9 3.7 NET YARDS RUSHING 191 88 Total Rushing Plays 32 24 Average gain per rushing play 6.0 3.7 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 1-2 0-0 NET YARDS PASSING 139 180 Sacked-yards lost 3-18 9-47 Gross yards passing 157 227 ATT-COMP-INT 21-10-1 40-21-3 Avg gain per pass play 5.8 3.7 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 5-0-0 3-0-0 PUNTS Number and Average 7-42.3 6-46.3 Team Statistics (cont.) Chargers Kansas City Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 33.6 42.5 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 97 118 No. and Yards Punt Returns 3-3 3-41 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 3-62 5-77 No. and Yards Interception Returns 3-32 1-0 PENALTIES Number and Yards 6-36 6-44 FUMBLES Number and Lost 2-0 1-1 TOUCHDOWNS 3 1 Rushing 2 0 Passing 1 1 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 3-3 1-1 Kicking Made-Attempts 3-3 1-1 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 1-2 1-1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 0-1-0% 1-2-50% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 0-1-0% 1-1-100% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 24 10 TIME OF POSSESSION 26:02 33:58 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 23 177 7.7 34 2 Turner 7 16 2.3 4 0 Rivers 2 -2 -1.0 -1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 21 10 157 3-18 1 40 1 68.9 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 3 20 6.7 15 0 Chambers 2 50 25.0 37 0 Manumaleuna 2 48 24.0 40 0 Jackson 1 38 38.0 38t 1 Neal 1 2 2.0 2 0 Gates 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Cromartie 2 28 14.0 28 0 Florence 1 4 4.0 4 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 7 296 42.3 33.6 1 2 63 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Sproles 2 3 1.5 0 3 0 Osgood 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Sproles 2 40 20.0 24 0 Cromartie 1 22 2 2.0 22 0 KANSAS CITY Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Smith 21 83 4.0 15 0 Harris 2 5 2.5 3 0 Wilson 1 0 0.0 0 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Huard 34 19 186 7-38 1 31 2 56.7 Thigpen 6 2 41 1-9 0 22 1 18.8 Kennison 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 0 0.0 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gonzalez 10 140 14.0 31 0 Bowe 5 55 11.0 22 0 Smith 2 1 0.5 5 0 Harris 1 19 19.0 19 0 Parker 1 7 7.0 7 0 Webb 1 3 3.0 3 0 Allen 1 2 2.0 2t 1 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Law 1 0 0.0 0 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Colquitt 6 278 46.3 42.5 1 1 81 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Kennison 3 41 13.7 0 21 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Webb 3 57 19.0 25 0 McBride 1 14 14.0 14 0 Sippio 1 6 6.0 6 0 San Diego Chargers 24, Kansas City Chiefs 10 Sunday, December 2, 2007 - Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, MO) The Chargers rode a huge defensive effort that included a season-high eight sacks, three interceptions and a total of four forced turnovers as they won a key AFC West game at Kansas City to take a two-game lead in the division with four weeks left to play…Shawne Merriman had a season-high three sacks and Antonio Cromartie picked off two passes in the end zone to help with the winning effort…LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 177 yards, scoring twice in the second half on runs of 31 and 28 yards to break a 10-10 tie and give the Bolts the victory…it was a historic day for Tomlinson, who topped 1,000 rushing yards for the seventh consecutive season and scored the 110th and 111th rushing touchdowns of his career to bypass his childhood hero, Walter Payton, for third place on the NFL’s all-time list…San Diego overcame cold and blustery conditions, winning on a day when the wind-chill dropped the gameday temperature to 24 degrees.
  • 227 2005 in Review2007 IN REVIEW 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Total San Diego Chargers 0 0 3 14 6 23 Tennessee Titans 3 0 7 7 0 17 Titans 1 5:19 R.Bironas 44 yd. Field Goal [4-3, 1:59] Chargers 3 11:43 N.Kaeding 20 yd. Field Goal [5-39, 2:00] Titans 3 5:17 C.Brown 7 yd. run (R.Bironas kick) [4-19, 2:00] Titans 4 14:21 L.White 7 yd. run (R.Bironas kick) [7-42, 4:06] Chargers 4 7:29 L.Tomlinson 7 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [4-48, 1:32] Chargers 4 0:09 A.Gates 2 yd. pass from P.Rivers (N.Kaeding kick) [14-80, 2:15] Chargers 5 7:29 L.Tomlinson 16 yd. run (6-48, 3:15) [6-48, 3:15] Attendance — 69,143 Team Statistics Chargers Tennessee TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 20 13 By Rushing 6 7 By Passing 14 6 By Penalty 0 0 THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 6-18-33% 6-17-35% FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 1-1-100% 0-0-0% TOTAL NET YARDS 341 240 Total Offensive Plays 77 63 Average gain per offensive play 4.4 3.8 NET YARDS RUSHING 148 131 Total Rushing Plays 30 37 Average gain per rushing play 4.9 3.5 Tackles for a loss-number and yards 4-4 0-0 NET YARDS PASSING 193 109 Sacked-yards lost 5-35 2-10 Gross yards passing 228 119 ATT-COMP-INT 42-21-3 24-14-2 Avg gain per pass play 4.1 4.2 KICKOFFS-EZ-TB 4-0-0 5-2-2 PUNTS Number and Average 8-47.8 8-44.1 Team Statistics (cont.) Chargers Tennessee Had Blocked 0 0 FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0 Net Punting Average 41.0 38.6 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE 115 160 No. and Yards Punt Returns 3-44 3-34 No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 3-71 4-93 No. and Yards Interception Returns 2-0 3-33 PENALTIES Number and Yards 4-30 4-21 FUMBLES Number and Lost 0-0 0-0 TOUCHDOWNS 3 2 Rushing 1 2 Passing 2 0 EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 2-2 2-2 Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 2-2 FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 1-1 1-2 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 3-4-75% 2-3-67% GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY 2-3-67% 2-2-100% SAFETIES 0 0 FINAL SCORE 23 17 TIME OF POSSESSION 31:18 36:13 CHARGERS Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Tomlinson 26 146 5.6 32 1 Rivers 1 2 2.0 2 0 Turner 2 1 0.5 2 0 Volek 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Rivers 40 21 228 4-28 2 29 2 65.4 Volek 2 0 0 1-7 0 0 1 0.0 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Gates 6 57 9.5 17 1 Tomlinson 5 27 5.4 9 1 Chambers 4 90 22.5 28 0 Jackson 3 47 15.7 29 0 Davis 2 2 1.0 5 0 Pinnock 1 5 5.0 5 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Cromartie 1 0 0.0 0 0 Wilhelm 1 0 0.0 0 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Scifres 8 382 47.8 41.0 1 2 60 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Davis 3 44 14.7 3 24 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Cromartie 2 45 22.5 26 0 Turner 1 26 26.0 26 0 TENNESSEE Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD White 30 113 3.8 25 1 Brown 5 16 3.2 7t 1 Young 2 2 1.0 1 0 Passing Att. Comp. Yds. S-L TD Lg. Int. Rtng. Young 21 13 121 1-5 0 17 2 38.1 Collins 3 1 -2 1-5 0 -2 0 42.4 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Williams 3 30 10.0 17 0 White 2 24 12.0 15 0 Scaife 2 14 7.0 9 0 Brown 2 11 5.5 13 0 Hartsock 2 6 3.0 5 0 Moulds 1 15 15.0 15 0 Gage 1 12 12.0 12 0 Barclay 1 7 7.0 7 0 Interceptions Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Harper 1 32 32.0 32 0 Lowry 1 1 1.0 1 0 Griffin 1 0 0.0 0 0 Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB I-20 Long Hentrich 8 353 44.1 38.6 0 2 57 Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. FC Long TD Barclay 3 34 11.3 1 19 0 Kickoff Returns Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD Barclay 4 93 23.3 29 0 San Diego Chargers 23, Tennessee Titans 17 (OT) Sunday, December 9, 2007 - LP Field (Nashville, TN) The Chargers overcame a very slow start and rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit for an improbable 23-17 overtime win on the road over the Tennessee Titans before a sellout crowd of 69,143 at Nashville’s LP Field…the Chargers, who were held to 110 yards of total offense through the first three quarters, rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and one in overtime while gaining 231 yards during that stretch…Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, the first to LaDainian Tomlinson and the second to Antonio Gates to tie the game with nine seconds left…Rivers was playing on a badly sprained left knee and missed most of the game’s second quarter, but he managed to drive the team 80 yards in 14 plays for the game- tying score…the Chargers sustained several other costly injuries in the game, including leading sacker Shawne Merriman, who had two sacks before he was forced from the game with a knee injury on a question- able hit after a play was over, and starting fullback Lorenzo Neal…in overtime, San Diego was forced to punt on its first possession, but a terrific punt by Mike Scifres combined with outstanding coverage by Kassim Osgood and Antonio Cromartie pinned the Titans back at their own two…after a defensive three-and-out, the Chargers got the ball back and drove 48 yards for the game-winning score, doing so on a 16- yard run by Tomlinson 7:31 into the extra period…the aforementioned Cromartie had an interception early in the game, his team-record-tying ninth of the season.
  • 228 2007 Game Summaries, continued 2 0 0 7 IN R E V IE W Score by Quarters Q1 Q2 Q3