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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015 10:00 AM PST
New Motivational Tactic at Camp
Chargers Park constantly goes through changes and improvements each and every year. Those attending training camp practices probably noticed our newest one as banners line the wall of the main building.
Each banner marks a milestone year in team history in which they’ve made the playoffs, ranging from the 1960 AFL Western Division Champions through the 2013 AFC Wild Card Winners. The crown jewel thus far is the 1963 AFL Championship banner, followed by the 1994 AFC Championship team.
Still, there is one banner that is missing, and the glaring omission has inspired the Bolts more than ever this training camp.
“It’s very motivating because you look up there and there are no Super Bowls up there,” said Keenan Allen. “That is something we all want to add up there, so it makes us really want to go out there even more and bring one home to this city.”
Each player expressed their desire to be the first to bring the Lombardi Trophy to America’s Finest City and earn that coveted banner.
“It shows that we can make history and do something that has never been done,” said Shareece Wright. “The AFL Championship is a major accomplishment, but we want a Super Bowl. It means a lot to look up there and see that there’s been a lot of success as a team, but we’re missing that Super Bowl. We want to get that one up there.”
A key contributor over the last decade, Malcom Floyd was an instrumental figure on many of the banners that now hang above the field. He says looking at those banners each day motivates him, especially his drive to get one for winning the Super Bowl.
“I think it’s a big motivating factor because it reminds us where we’ve been in the past, even these past couple years,” said Malcom Floyd. “We still have players who were part of that era before last year too, so it shows every player what you need to accomplish to get up on that wall, and hopefully make it a Super Bowl banner.”