San Diego Chargers

Facts and information about the San Diego Chargers

  • Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers led the entire NFL in yards per pass attempt three years in a row in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
  • In Melvin Gordon’s first game with the Chargers he ran the ball 14 times for 51 yards.
  • The first team Antonio Gates would score more than one TD against in a game was the Jaguars in 2004 when he caught eight passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Philip Rivers came to the NFL out of North Carolina State. Other NC State quarterbacks to go on and play for, or be drafted by, NFL teams include Johnny Evans, Erik Kramer, Roman Gabriel, Mike Glennon, and Russell Wilson.
  • The San Diego Chargers played in, and lost to Houston, the first AFL Championship game on New Year’s Day, 1961.
  • After the Chargers won the AFL Championship game in 1963 by a score of 51-10, Head Coach Sid Gillman approached then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle and suggested a championship game between his Chargers and the NFL’s champion Chicago Bears; Rozelle turned him down.


  • Though choosing to play for the San Diego Chargers of the AFL, Wide Receiver and Hall-of-Famer Lance Alworth had also been drafted by the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.
  • In the strike shortened 1982 season, Dan Fouts averaged 320 yard passing per game, setting the all time record for highest average passing yards per game for a season.
  • No one caught more touchdown passes from John Hadl than star receiver Lance Alworth who nabbed 56 during his time they were teammates.
  • While with the Chargers from 2003 through 2005, quarterback Doug Flutie set the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns by a player over the age of 40 with four.
  • In 1985, Lionel James became the first Chargers player to ever gain more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.
  • The first three quarterbacks the Chargers would select in the first round of the NFL Draft were Marty Domres in 1969, Ryan Leaf in 1998,
  • In his second NFL game ever, a Chargers loss to the Titans in 2013, Keenan Allen would catch just one pass for negative four yards.
  • In a November win over the Minnesota Vikings in 2003, Doug Flutie rushed for touchdowns of three and 13 yards.  This is the only time in league history that a player over the age of 40 has rushed for more than one touchdown in a game.
  • Through 2010, the San Diego Chargers are one of just five NFL teams that have never drafted a Heisman Trophy winner in the NFL Draft.
  • Jerry LeVias caught the first NFL touchdown pass that Dan Fouts ever threw.
  • When Chargers coach Don Coryell coached at San Diego State he had three undefeated seasons:  1966, 1968, and 1969.
  • No player caught more touchdown passes from Dan Fouts during his career than tight end Kellen Winslow.  Winslow’s 41 are ahead of second place John Jefferson’s 36 and third place Charlie Joiner’s 34.
  • Something For Joey is a 1977 television movie about former Rams and Chargers running back John Cappelletti’s relationship with his younger brother who died of childhood leukemia.
  • In Philip Rivers’ first start with the Chargers he completed 8 of 11 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown.
  • The first quarterback longtime Chargers defensive back Eric Weddle would sack was Rex Grossman of the Bears in 2007.
  • Just 30 of John Hadl’s 244 career touchdown passes, just over ten percent, came in the first quarter.
  • Chargers head coach Don Coryell was the first coach ever to win 100 football games at both the college and pro level.
  • Dan Fouts threw 92 of his career touchdown passes in the second quarter.  This is significantly more than any other quarter as he threw 51 in the first, 54 in the third, 55 in the fourth, and two in overtime.
  • In 2004, Ryan Krause of the Chargers caught the last touchdown pass thrown in the NFL by Doug Flutie.  This was also the only TD he would throw for that season, his last in the league.


  • Chargers great John Hadl threw more career touchdown passes against the Denver Broncos, a total of 43, than he did against any other team.
  • Philip Rivers’ first game with three or more TD passes was a 2006 win over the Bengals when he completed 24 of 36 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns.
  • 2011 saw Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd lead the league by averaging 19.9 yards per reception.
  • As a rookie in 2001, LaDainian Tomlinson had four 100 yard rushing games. This came three short of the Chargers team record for 100 yard games by a rookie which was set by Don Woods with a total of seven in 1974.
  • The Chargers are the only team to ever lead the NFL in passing yards six consecutive seasons.  They did this from 1978 to 1983, during the Dan Fouts – Don Coryell era.
  • Chargers wide receiver John Jefferson was the first receiver in NFL history to record three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons to start their career.
  • The first touchdown pass John Hadl threw in his career came in week one of a 30-21 Chargers loss to the Broncos in his rookie season.  It was a 15 yarder to Bobby Jackson and would be the only touchdown pass those two would ever team up for.
  • Chargers great Dan Fouts threw more touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders than he did against any other team.
  • Chargers receiver Wes Chandler averaged 129 yards receiving per game during the strike shortened 1982 NFL Season, which set the record in that category.
  • Malcom Floyd caught the first NFL touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Philip Rivers.  It was the only TD pass River threw that season (2004) and in fact he wouldn’t throw the second of his career until 2006.
  • The first touchdown pass thrown in the NFL by Drew Brees went for 20 yards and was caught by Freddie Jones.
  • The first seven players who would catch a double digit amount of TD passes from Philip Rivers during his career were Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal, Keenan Allen, and Darren Sproles.
  • The first four players to throw TD passes to Chargers tight end Antonio Gates were Doug Flutie, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and LaDainian Tomlinson.
  • The last touchdown pass of Dan Fouts career was thrown to Chargers running back Lionel “Little Train” James.
  • Former Head Coach Don Coryell was the first coach to win more than 100 games at both the collegiate and professional levels.
  • Quarterback Jim Harbaugh had consecutive 1-15 seasons for two different teams at the end of his career; San Diego in 2000 and Carolina in 2001.

  • Dan Fouts’ father, Bob Fouts, was an announcer for the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer holds the distinction of being the coach who has the most wins during the Super Bowl era (1966 to present) but has never coached a team in the Super Bowl.


  • Dan Fouts threw for over 4,000 yards for three consecutive seasons (1979, 80, & 81). Before him, no quarterback had ever thrown for over 4,000 yards in two consecutive seasons.

  • Legendary Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts was a ball boy for the San Francisco 49ers when he was young.

  • Former Charger superstar Tight End Kellen Winslow’s son also plays Tight End in the NFL, currently for the Cleveland Browns.
  • Former Head Coach Don Coryell, known for his wide-open aerial attack, played Defensive Back for the University of Washington Husky football team.
  • The Chargers were one of the original American Football League teams, founded in 1960.
  • Hall-of-Famer Ron Mix was also drafted by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, he chose to play with the AFL Chargers instead.
  • During their first year in the AFL, the Chargers were headquartered in Los Angeles and played as the Los Angeles Chargers.
  • The Chargers original owner was Barron Hilton, son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton.
  • After winning the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl, Kansas University Quarterback John Hadl signed his contract with the San Diego Chargers right there on the field after the game.
  • Former Charger Defensive Lineman Ernie Ladd also had a career in professional wrestling.
  • The first three TD passes Philip Rivers threw during his career all came in the fourth quarter.
  • 2013 saw Brad Sorensen of Southern Utah University, selected with a seventh round pick, become the 25th quarterback the Chargers would take in an NFL Draft.
  • The first touchdown running back Danny Woodhead would score after joining the Chargers came on a 26 yard pass in the first quarter of a 2013 win over the Cowboys.
  • During their entire ten year stay in the AFL, the Chargers only had one coach, Sid Gillman.
  • Hall-of-Famer and Baltimore Colt great, Johnny Unitas finished his career as Quarterback of the San Diego Chargers.
  • During the 1979 season, Quarterback Dan Fouts set an NFL record by passing for over 300 yards in four consecutive games.
  • Hall-of-fame Tight End Kellen Winslow helped secure a 1982 playoff game in Miami by blocking a field goal.
  • During Running Back Marion Butts’ rookie season he set the Chargers record, at the time, for number of rushes in a game at 39.
  • In 1992, the Chargers became the first team ever to lose their first four games of the year and still make the playoffs when they finished 11-5.
  • Chargers great Wide Receiver Charlie Joiner played 18 seasons in the NFL and made it to the Hall-of-Fame, but only made three Pro-Bowl teams.
  • The Chargers drafted Quarterback Eli Manning (brother of Peyton and son of Archie) in 2004, and then traded him for Quarterback Phillip Rivers who the Giants had selected three picks later.
  • The Chargers original powder blue jerseys and white helmets with a gold lightning bolt were worn from 1960-1973 when the powder blue jerseys and white helmets were both changed to midnight blue. The original color scheme made a comeback in the mid 2000’s.
  • Chargers all-time great Ron Mix played the final year of his career with the Oakland Raiders.
  • During only one game have the Chargers worn their navy blue pants with their navy blue jerseys, this was a game in 2003 against the Miami Dolphins that was played in Sun Devil Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals. The game had been relocated due to wildfires in California.
  • In 2003, Doug Flutie starting for an injured Drew Brees became the oldest Quarterback (at the age of 41) to ever rush for two touchdowns in one game. He also became the oldest AFC Player of the Week at that point.
  • During their ten years in the AFL, the Chargers finished in first place in their division five times.
  • Defensive Lineman Deacon Jones, famous for his days with the Rams, finished his career playing for the Chargers and then one final year with the Redskins.
  • Hall-of-Fame Wide Receiver Charlie Joiner was the last former AFL player playing in the NFL before he retired following the 1986 season.
  • The San Diego Chargers started their Chargers Hall-of-Fame in 1976 and the first four players inducted were three Linebackers; Emil Karas, Frank Buncom, and Bob Laraba, and a Running Back; Jacque McKinnon.
  • The Chargers are the first team to play in consecutive league championship games representing different cities. In 1960, the Los Angeles Chargers lost the AFL title game to the Oilers, and in 1961 the San Diego Chargers lost the AFL title game, again to the Oilers.

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