As the Chargers’ caravan rolled out of the practice fields after one last walk-through prior to Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, there was one pit stop to make before returning to the team hotel.
The U.S. Capitol.
Chargers’ players, coaches and staff got a special, behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most important buildings in the country. Guided by California Congressman and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, the Bolts sat on the floor of the House of Representatives, soaking in all the history that has occurred in the very chamber the President gives his annual State of the Union. From there they saw Statuary Hall, the Rotunda and other famed parts of the Capitol.
“This is really fabulous,” said Chargers President Dean Spanos. “I can’t thank Congressman McCarthy enough for the tour. The players were awestruck, so it’s really kind of neat and I think the team really appreciates the opportunity to be here.”
It’s true that each and every Charger relished the unique experience. As proof, here’s a taste of some of their reactions after the tour :
Head Coach Mike McCoy: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to see the history. It was a great experience to see some things that nobody else gets to, so we’re very fortunate. It’s an honor to be here, and I think a lot of the players understand it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to take the tour that we’re taking.”