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Free Agency Roundup: Dante Rosario
The Chargers added an experienced pass-catching tight end when they signed Dante Rosario in March.
Rosario, who can help the Chargers as an extra blocker as well as a pass-catcher, has 89 career catches for 1,011 yards and four scores.
A native of tiny Dayton, Ore., Rosario comes from a family with a rich athletic history. His father, Pedro, emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1964 to play baseball for the Milwaukee Braves. A left-hander, he played eight seasons of minor league baseball before his arm gave way, ending his career. Rosario’s late mother, Yvonne, grew up in Dayton and was a star volleyball player at Oregon State. Yvonne suffered from cancer and died in December 2001, when Rosario was a junior in high school. Before she died, Yvonne encouraged all three of her children to achieve greatness in life.
In the year following her passing, Rosario led tiny Dayton High School to state titles in both football and basketball, leading to the offer of a football scholarship from the University of Oregon. Rosario’s younger brother, Sergio, also excelled in sports, playing basketball at both Concordia University and Linfield College. Dante also has a connection to Linfield. He returns to his home state each summer and hosts the “Dante’s Inferno Football Camp” at the school.