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Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.

 


Mark picks his favorite Chargers.

 

 

Cover Team SpiritWhat's new with the San Diego Chargers? That's what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

Scroll down for team updates, player profiles, and stats you won't find in the book. Click on the videos to the left to hear me talk about Team Spirit OVERTIME as well as my favorite players. And take a look below at some of the Chargers collectibles I have in my home—pretty cool, right?

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20132016 Season Roundup: The Chargers won only five games in 2016. It was their last season in San Diego, as the club announced it would be moving north to Los Angeles for 2017. There were a few bright spots, including the play of defensive end Joey Bosa. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Chargers defeated some good teams in 2016, including the Falcons, Texans and Broncos. In their 11 losses, they lost only once by more than 10 points.

2016 Season Preview: Many fans blamed San Diego’s disappointing 2015 on its defensive and offensive linemen, who seemed to lose the “war in the trenches” week after week. Have the Chargers improved themselves in this area? That is the big question heading into 2016. There is only so much star quarterback Philip Rivers, new receiver Keenan Allen and rookie defensive end Joey Bosa can do.

2013October 11, 2015: Antonio Gates caught his 100th touchdown pass. Tony Gonzalez (111) is the only tight end in history with more TDs.

2015 Season Preview: Philip Rivers is one of the best leaders in the NFL, but he can’t win by himself. The Chargers found him help on the line and in the backfield this year, but the defense isn’t good enough to survive the kind of injuries that struck the team last season.

2013December 31, 2014: Quarterback Philip Rivers leads a talented offense into the battle, with hard-to-guard stars like Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Donald Brown, and Ladarius Green. The San Diego defense was excellent in December and fans hope that trend continues in 2014. If it does, the Chargers could be difficult to stop.

September 2, 2014: Quarterback Philip Rivers leads a talented offense into the battle, with hard-to-guard stars like Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Donald Brown, and Ladarius Green. The San Diego defense was excellent in December and fans hope that trend continues in 2014. If it does, the Chargers could be difficult to stop.

2013September 4, 2013: The Chargers live and die by the strong right arm of quarterback Philip Rivers, and this year will be no exception. He has a good supporting cast, including a rebuilt offensive line. Fans should have fun watching linebacker Manti Te'o break into the NFL, but the impact rookie may be someone they hardly notice—right tackle D.J. Fluker.

2013February 2, 2013: The Chargers dropped 6 of 7 games in the middle of the season, which cancelled out a fast start and strong finish. San Diego scored 350 points and allowed 350 points, but finished the year with a losing record.

Summer, 2012: The Chargers got off to a great start in 2011 but lost six games in a row after that. Some of the young players made mistakes, but so did Philip Rivers. The quarterback had far too many interceptions. San Diego fans are confident that these problems have been fixed, and that their team has what it takes to hold off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

     
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Paul Lowe was no fun to tackle. You can tell how big he was on this card. (Topps, Inc.)

 

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Louie Kelcher looks like a Wolfman in this card, doesn't he? (Topps, Inc.)

 

Paul Lowe — Running Back
Born: 9/27/1936            
Played for Team: 1960 to 1968
Paul Lowe was a quick and graceful runner. He led the Chargers in rushing yards five times and was the AFL's top running back in 1965. Lowe and Keith Lincoln shared the same backfield to give San Diego a great one-two running combination.


John Hadl — Quarterback
Born: 2/15/1940            
Played for Team: 1962 To 1972
It took John Hadl a few years to learn San Diego's complicated offense. Once he did, he was amazing. Hadl led the AFL in passing yards in 1965 and 1968, and topped the NFL in the same category in 1971.


Gary Garrison — Receiver
Born: 1/21/1944
Played for Team: 1966 to 1976
Gary Garrison was so fast and difficult to cover that fans and teammates called him the "Ghost." He combined with Lance Alworth to give the Chargers a great one-two receiving punch. Garrison went to the Pro Bowl four times and averaged nearly 20 yards per catch for San Diego.  


Louie Kelcher — Defensive Lineman
Born: 8/23/1953
Played for Team: 1975 to 1983
During the 1970s and early 1980s, the Chargers were known for their high-scoring offense. Their defense, however, could be just as dangerous. Louie Kelcher was a big reason why. Kelcher was big and strong and gave his best on every play. From 1977 to 1980, he played in the Pro Bowl three times.


Lee Williams — Defensive Lineman
Born:  10/15/1962
Played for Team: 1984 to 1990
As a rookie, Lee Williams showed a glimpse of greatness when he intercepted a pass and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown. In the years that followed, Williams became one of the NFL's best pass-rushers. When he retired, he held the team's career record with 65.5 sacks.

     
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It's been more than 30 years since Ray Wersching made his famous kick. I don't think we'll see one again for a very long time. (NFL/San Francisco 49ers)

 

FAIR ENOUGH
As of 2012, the last NFL player to make a Fair Catch Kick was Ray Wersching. This little known NFL rule allows a team that has made a fair catch on a punt to try a field goal from the line of scrimmage. Wersching made the kick from 45 yards against the Buffalo Bills as time ran out in the first half.


SUM OF ALL FEARSOMES
During the early 1960s, San Diego's defensive line was nicknamed the Fearsome Foursome. A few years later, the Los Angeles Rams borrowed this name and made it world famous. Members of the Chargers' "original" Fearsome Foursome included Ernie Ladd, Earl Faison, Bill Hudson, Ron Nery, Bob Petrich, George Gross, and Henry Schmidt. The man who coached this group was Chuck Noll, who went on to fame as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


AS NOT SEEN ON TV
When the Chargers faced the Steelers in the 1994 AFC Championship, the Pittsburgh players were so sure they would win that they made a Super Bowl rap video. They probably should have waited. The Chargers made an incredible goal-line stand to win 17–13.

     
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Like a lot of Chargers, Dickie Post was a good runner and a good receiver. (Denver Broncos)

 

 

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When you lead the league in touchdowns twice, I guess it's OK to call you "The Touchdown Man." (Sports Illustrated/TIME Inc.)

 

 

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Dan Fouts signed this card for me. He is a nice guy. He is also a big guy. (Topps, Inc.)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1965 — Paul Lowe — 1,121 (AFL)
1969 — Dickie Post — 873 (AFL)
2006 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 1,815
2007 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 1,474


RECEIVING YARDS
1965 — Lance Alworth — 1,602 (AFL)|
1966 — Lance Alworth — 1,383 (AFL)
1968 — Lance Alworth — 1,312 (AFL)
1980 — John Jefferson — 1,340
1982 — Wes Chandler — 1,032


PASSING YARDS
1965 — John Hadl — 2,798 (AFL)
1968 — John Hadl — 3,473 (AFL)
1971 — John Hadl — 3,075
1979 — Dan Fouts — 4,082
1980 — Dan Fouts — 4,715
1981 — Dan Fouts — 4,802
1982 — Dan Fouts — 2,883
2010 — Philip Rivers — 4,710


RUSHING TDs
1961 — Paul Lowe — 9 (tied for AFL lead)
1965 — Paul Lowe — 6 (tied for AFL lead)
1981 — Chuck Muncie — 19
2004 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 17
2006 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 28
2007 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 15


RECEIVING TDs
1964 — Lance Alworth — 13 (AFL)
1965 — Lance Alworth — 14 (tied for AFL lead)
1966 — Lance Alworth — 13 (AFL)
1978 — John Jefferson — 13
1980 — John Jefferson — 13
1996 — Tony Martin — 14 (tied for NFL lead)


PASSING TDs
1966 — John Hadl — 27 (AFL)
1971 — John Hadl — 21
1981 — Dan Fouts — 33
1982 — Dan Fouts — 17 (tied for NFL lead)
2008 — Philip Rivers — 34 (tied for NFL lead)


POINTS
1994 — John Carney — 135
2006 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 186
2009 — Nate Kaeding — 146


INTERCEPTIONS
2007 — Antonio Cromartie — 10
2011 — Eric Weddle — 7 (tied for NFL lead)
2016 — Casey Hayward — 7


SACKS
2006 — Shawne Merriman — 17

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1960* AFL Championship Houston Oilers Lost 24–16
1961 AFL Championship Houston Oilers Lost 10–3
1963 AFL Championship Boston Patriots Won 51–10
1964 AFL Championship Buffalo Bills Lost 20–7
1965 AFL Championship Buffalo Bills Lost 23–0
1980 AFC Championship Oakland Raiders Lost34–27
1981 AFC Championship Cincinnati Bengals Lost 27–7
1994 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Won 17–13
1994 Super Bowl XXIX San Francisco 49ers Lost 49–26
2007 AFC Championship New England Patriots Lost 21–12


* The team played in 1960 as the Los Angeles Chargers.

 
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