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Ajirotutu Comes Up Big for Bolts

Posted Nov 24, 2013

When Seyi Ajirotutu joined the team in the middle of training camp after the season ending ACL injury suffered by Danario Alexander, the Chargers knew what they were getting.

In his first two stints with the club, the man they call “Tutu” proved to be a true professional capable of coming in at a moment’s notice and making big plays when called upon to do so.

Boy, did he ever do so on Sunday.

With San Diego trailing 38-34 with31 seconds remaining, the Bolts had 2nd-and-15 at the Kansas City 26- yard line.  Rivers dropped back to pass and found a streaking Ajirotutu, who went to the ground and came up with the game-winning catch he’ll never forget.

“I’ll always remember that catch,” he said. “I’ll always remember this game.”

Thrust into action due to an injured Eddie Royal, Head Coach Mike McCoy said he had no doubt in Ajirotutu’s ability to come up with a huge play.

“It says a lot about the type of football player he is,” he said as he reflected back upon one of his earliest memories of the wide receiver.  “I remember the day back in the preseason game and (it was) in the second half and there were a couple things he wanted to do to show me that he could play on special teams.  He was fighting for a spot on the roster.  I told him he was done for the day, and he begged me.  But I said no you are going to play more next week . It just shows that if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do and you have the trust of the quarterback when the game is on the line, he’s counting on you, you can make the big play.  So that says a lot about his work ethic and that goes all the way back to the first day we signed him and he talked to me about how he wanted to help the football team.  He’s a very unselfish player.”

McCoy spoke about the trust Philip Rivers had in Ajirotutu, and the quarterback reiterated that trust when he spoke after the game.

“You lose Danario Alexander, and it seems everybody has forgotten that we lost him, but you lose him in training camp and we signed Tutu a few days later,”  he said.  “He’s unbelievable in special teams and he’s always ready to go on offense.  He knows everybody’s position. He’s ready when he’s called on, and that last play when we broke the huddle, I gave him a reminder  which I know he didn’t need, which was if we get cover two of any sort, get up that boundary.  And he did and he made a heck of a catch,”

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