King Dunlap is looking forward to a healthy season in 2016 after injuries sidelined him for the better part of 2015.
It was a frustrating year for the Bolts’ 6-9 left tackle who had just signed a new four-year contract in February. Dunlap started just seven games in 2015 and he was only able to finish two, missing time primarily due to a concussion and an ailing ankle. Dunlap started the season on a high note as he was selected as an alternate team captain for a suspended Antonio Gates during the year’s first four games.
Dunlap came into the 2015 season on the heels of a stellar 2014 campaign in which he started all 16 games for the first time in his career. According to Stats, Inc., Dunlap allowed just 3.5 sacks in 2014, tied for seventh-fewest in the NFL in 2014 among tackles who started all 16 games. He capped off the season by being selected as the team’s Lineman of the Year.
A 2008 seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dunlap joined the Chargers in 2013 after five seasons in the “City of Brotherly Love.” In his first season with the Chargers, Dunlap started 11 games and Rivers was sacked just 30 times, tied for fourth-fewest in the league. The offensive line cleared the way for the team to rush for 1,965 yards. Dunlap missed three games late in the season with a neck injury, but he returned in time to help the Bolts win their final four games and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Dunlap’s father, King Dunlap IV, is a former defensive tackle who played college football at Tennessee State before the Baltimore Colts picked him in the fifth round of the 1969 NFL Draft. His mother, Robin, is a former track star who also competed at Tennessee State, while his younger sister, Victoria, spent time in the WNBA playing for the Washington Mystics and the Seattle Storm. Victoria played collegiately at Kentucky where she was an All-America and the SEC Player of the Year who also competed in the high jump for the Wildcats’ track and field team.
Dunlap loves roller coasters but a downside to being 6-9 is that he’s too tall to ride most of them. He hit his big growth spurt in the eighth grade, going from 5-11 to 6-5. Dunlap played middle linebacker as a youth before shifting to the defensive line and ultimately to the offensive line.
Dunlap’s full name, King David Dunlap V, was derived from the Bible’s King David. He has two sons, King VI and Jaylen, and a daughter, Kayla.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round pick (230) by Philadelphia, April 27, 2008...signed June 17...contract expired March 13, 2012...re-signed April 4...contract expired March 12, 2013...signed with Chargers, March 14, 2013...re-signed four-year contract with Chargers, Feb. 27, 2015
2015: Helped Chargers pass for 404 yards in 33-28 win over Detroit in Sept. 13 as line allowed just two sacks in 44 dropbacks...left Minnesota game Sept. 27 in fourth quarter with concussion...inactive Oct. 4 vs. Cleveland, Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh and Oct. 18 at Green Bay (concussion)...left Baltimore game Nov. 1 on second play with ankle injury and did not return...inactive Nov. 9 vs. Chicago (ankle)...returned to starting lineup Nov. 22 vs. Kansas City but left game in third quarter with ankle injury...inactive Nov. 29 at Jacksonville and Dec. 6 vs. Denver (ankle)...returned Dec. 13 at Kansas City but left game in first quarter after re-aggravating ankle...inactive Dec. 20 vs. Miami, Dec. 24 at Oakland and Jan. 3 at Kansas City.
2014: Chargers Lineman of Year...helped block for season-high 162 rush yards in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5...Bolts rushed for 116 yards and passed for 313 while line allowed just one sack in 35 pass plays in 31-28 win at Oakland Oct. 12...Team Captain Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City...pass protected with line for 383 yards and three TDs in 34-33 win at Baltimore Nov. 30, including game-winning eight-play, 80-yard, 1:44 drive that started with 2:22 left in contest...part of line that allowed just two sacks in 56 passing plays during 38-35 overtime win Dec. 20 at San Francisco...line also helped Ronnie Brown rush six straight times for 22 yards to San Francisco’s 22 on game-winning field goal drive in overtime that capped 21-point comeback, tied for greatest in franchise history, including overcoming 14-point deficit midway through fourth quarter.
2013: USA Today All-Joe...started Weeks 1-3 at left tackle...inactive Weeks 4-5 vs. Dallas and Atlanta after concussion Sept. 22 at Tennessee...started next four games but missed Miami (Nov. 17), Kansas City (Nov. 24) and Cincinnati (Dec. 1) games with neck injury...returned to starting lineup Dec. 8 and played final four games and both playoff games as Bolts went 5-1.
2012: Started Games 1-2, 7-8 and 10-16 at left tackle...hamstring injury Sept. 16 vs. Baltimore...inactive vs. Arizona (Sept. 23) and N.Y. Giants (Sept. 30)...started Week 9 vs. Dallas at right tackle...starting left tackle during Eagles’ season-high rush totals of 221 yards at New Orleans and 204 yards at Carolina...starting left tackle for Dec. 9 win at Tampa Bay when Eagles passed for season-high 381 yards.
2011: Blocked 45-yard field goal attempt by San Francisco’s David Akers Oct. 2...starting left tackle Oct. 9 at Buffalo...inactive Oct. 16 vs. Washington (back)...first-career start at left guard Nov. 13 vs. Arizona...joined Jonathan Ogden (Baltimore, 1996) and Ben Jefferson (Cleveland, 1990) as tallest NFL players to ever line up at guard (per Stats, Inc.)...inactive Nov. 20 vs. New York Giants and Nov. 27 vs. New England (concussion).
2010: First-career start at left tackle Oct. 17 vs. Atlanta...inactive (knee) vs. Indianapolis (Nov. 7) and Washington (Nov. 15)...first NFL start at right tackle for injured Winston Justice Dec. 12 at Dallas.
2009: NFL debut Sept. 13 at Carolina...took over Oct. 18 vs. Oakland at left tackle for injured Peters.
2008: Placed on “Reserve-Injured” Aug. 30 with ankle injury and missed season.
COLLEGE: Played in 48 career games with 20 starts...starting left tackle as junior and senior...SEC Lineman of Week following 2006 game vs. Tulane...redshirted in 2003...played at Auburn from 2004-07...adult education degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Nashville, Tennessee...Mr. Football Lineman of Year and all-state choice as two-way lineman as senior at Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy...led school to Division II Class 3A title game as senior...lettered in basketball.