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Fans to select 50 greatest Chargers

Posted Jun 1, 2009

Chargers fans will get the opportunity to select the 50 greatest Chargers of all time in this special 50th Anniversary Celebration, presented by Pepsi.

Voting will take place August through September on the team’s official website, www.CHARGERS.com. The fans’ vote will be combined with a vote by the Chargers Hall of Fame members to determine the top 50. All positions will be represented, including head coach.  The Chargers will announce their top 50 members in October and introduce them during the team’s special 50th Anniversary Weekend, Nov. 27-29.

Some of the greatest players and coaches in football history have worn the lightning bolts. The Chargers have had their share of amazing athletes and trend-setting coaches on offense and defense as well as special teams. Some have reached the pinnacle of their profession and earned their place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame or the Chargers Hall of Fame. And countless others have produced years of memories for Chargers fans to celebrate.

The team and a select panel of Chargers historians have put together a list of the top players and head coaches. Criteria taken into account include length of tenure with the franchise, team and league and honors received as well as overall contributions.

The list of candidates is below. The maximum number of men that fans and the Hall of Fame members can vote for in each category is listed in parentheses.

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Dan Fouts
John Hadl
Stan Humphries
Jack Kemp
Philip Rivers
Tobin Rote

RUNNING BACKS (6)
Gary Anderson
Marion Butts
Ronnie Harmon
Keith Lincoln
Paul Lowe
Natrone Means
Chuck Muncie
Lorenzo Neal
Dick Post
LaDainian Tomlinson
Don Woods

WIDE RECEIVERS (5)
Lance Alworth
Wes Chandler
Gary Garrison
John Jefferson
Charlie Joiner
Tony Martin
Anthony Miller
Don Norton

TIGHT ENDS (2)
Willie Frazier
Antonio Gates
Dave Kocourek
Jacque MacKinnon
Kellen Winslow

OFFENSIVE TACKLES (3)
Marcus McNeill
Ron Mix
Terry Owens
Vaughn Parker
Billy Shields
Russ Washington
Ernie Wright

OFFENSIVE GUARDS (3)
Kris Dielman
Ira Gordon
Walt Sweeney
Ed White
Doug Wilkerson

CENTERS (2)
Sam Gruneisen
Courtney Hall
Nick Hardwick
Don Macek

DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)
Fred Dean
Steve DeLong
Earl Faison
Lee Williams
Leslie O’Neal

DEFENSIVE TACKLES (3)
Reuben Davis
Gary Johnson
Louie Kelcher
Ernie Ladd
Shawn Lee
Jamal Williams
Wilbur Young

LINEBACKERS (5)
Chuck Allen
Frank Buncom
Donnie Edwards
Emil Karas
Woodrow Lowe
Shawne Merriman
Rick Redman
Junior Seau
Billy Ray Smith

DEFENSIVE BACKS (5)
Willie Buchanon
Gill Byrd
Glen Edwards
Kenny Graham
Dwayne Harper
Dick Harris
Rodney Harrison
Quentin Jammer
Charlie McNeil
Mike Williams

KICKERS (2)
Rolf Benirschke
John Carney
Nate Kaeding

KICK RETURNERS (2)
Andre Coleman
Speedy Duncan
Mike Fuller
Darrien Gordon
Lionel James
Ronney Jenkins
Darren Sproles

PUNTERS (2)
Darren Bennett
Paul Maguire
Rolf Mojsiejenko
Dennis Partee
Mike Scifres

SPECIAL TEAMERS (2)
Hank Bauer
David Binn
Kassim Osgood
Bob Zeman

COACHES (2)
Don Coryell
Sid Gillman
Bobby Ross

 

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