Five Little Known Facts About San Diego Chargers Rookie Tight Ends


The San Diego Chargers seem to have always been known for their passing game. Over the years, they have had some great players at quarterback and at wide receiver. They have also had some great tight ends over the years, many coming to the team right out of the NFL Draft. Here is a look at five little known facts about San Diego Chargers rookie tight ends.

-In a win over the Raiders on December 4, 1960, in their first year in pro football, rookie tight end Dave Kocourek caught six balls for 123 yards. This made him the first Chargers rookie tight end to have a 100 yard game. It also set a single game team record for rookie tight ends that would still stand more than 50 years later.

-The most yards Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates would rack up in one game as a rookie was the 117 he had on five receptions in a 2003 loss to the Packers.

-The 431 yards put up by Howard Clark during the 1960 AFL season, the Chargers first year in football would be a team record for rookie tight ends that would stand until 1997. That season saw the record broken by Freddie Jones when he amassed 505 receiving yards from the tight end spot as a rookie.

-Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow’s best game as a rookie with the Chargers came in a 1979 win over the 49ers when he hauled in seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

-Alfred Pupunu played tight end for the Chargers from 1992 to 1999. As a rookie, he caught no passes.

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