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Alumni Welcomed Back to Chargers Park
Players in attendance included Vince Abbott, Rolf Benirschke, Martin Bayless, Jim Caravello, Mike London, Craig McEwen, Pat Rogers, Sam Scarber, Jim Schmedding, and Herb Travenio.
While a number of the alumni reside in San Diego, the opportunity the Chargers and Spanos family give them to come back is something they never take for granted.
“The Spanos family has been incredibly supportive of alumni activities,” said former guard Schmedding. “They’ve appreciated the alumni and the alumni certainly has appreciated the Chargers and how they’ve treated (us).”
While watching the 2014 Chargers take reps on the field, it was hard for the alumni to not be nostalgic about their professional football days.
Travenio who kicked for the Chargers from 1964-1966, was the oldest alum on hand and has been coming to Chargers alumni events for 52 years. Nevertheless, his age doesn’t dampen his spirit. He called watching today’s practice “terrible” because he wanted to be out on the field instead.
As the third day of practice wound down, the pads made the action seem more real. Benirschke believes it’s hard to place expectations on a team for a new season, but sensed the general enthusiasm apparent in Chargers Park.
“I think there’s optimism here. They’ve got a lot of offensive talent and they’ve upgraded the defense,” he said. “Some of the injured players are back. The west is a tough division but this is a sport where you can go from first to last and last to first and certainly there’s talent here and that’s key.”
“We’ve got a great group of kids and talent and the coaching staff has a tremendous opportunity to make it all come together,” said Schmedding.
And as Travenio put it, “Win, baby, win.”