Lance Alworth knows football.
After all, the legendary Charger was the very first AFL player to ever be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and his number 19 hangs in the rafters at Qualcomm Stadium. He led the NFL in touchdowns for three consecutive years from 1964-66, as well as ranks first in Chargers history in receiving yards (9,584) and third in receiving touchdowns (83).
He also reported with excitement that he likes what he sees from today’s squad.
“I’m excited about the team,” he said. “I just think that the coaches and the general manager have done a fabulous job. I love what they’re doing. With the quarterback you have, he’s a wonderful quarterback.”
Over the past year or two,
“It was about time,” he said. “He’s a great player. For 50 years (it stood). But he deserves it. He works hard and it’s good to see that happen. It really is. It’s great to see new people come and do good things…I enjoy watching him play. I like guys who catch the ball. He catches the ball a lot when it’s thrown to him. I don’t like them shaking their head or pointing for a flag. Just catch the ball.”
Alworth met with Gates before the press conference in the team locker room. However, the tight end wasn’t the only person to catch the hall of fame wide receiver’s eye.
“I want to tell you something, that (D.J.) Fluker is like an animal,” he said. “He is big. His hands are as big as my head! And he’s a nice guy. He’s so humble it’s kind of scary. It’s like whoa, how good can he be?”
“He’s doing a great job,” he said. “He’s doing a super job for them. He’s picking up the blocks. He is running well and he catches the passes. He’s quick. He’s really quick.”
For General Manager Tom Telesco, hearing that Alworth raved about the current Bolts squad meant a lot to him.
“It’s humbling because of everything that he’s done as a player and the Championships that he’s won,” said Telesco. “We’re striving to be like that 1963 team that was so talented as players and coaches, and they all played together. I was just looking at the record books and they had back-to-back road trips at Buffalo and Boston, and obviously they travel a lot differently than we do today, but they went out and won both games. So we’re striving to be like that team. Alworth is a legend not only in the NFL but here, so it’s great that he’s following us the way he is.”