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Chargers Announce 2016 Team Captains

With the 53-man roster set, it’s time to announce the 2016 Chargers captains.  The Bolts met prior to hitting the practice field and voted Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Brandon Mebane, Manti Te'o and Darrell Stuckey as team captains.

The honor was particularly meaningful for Te’o, who gets to wear the C for the first time in his career.

“It’s real humbling and I’m very, very grateful for the opportunity,” he said.  “And not necessarily because I get to wear that patch on my jersey, but the fact that my teammates trust and believe in me to lead this team.  I believe in myself that I’ll do a great job, and the fact my teammates see that too and trust in me means a lot. That belief is what means the most.”

Here is an in-depth breakdown on each captain.

OFFENSE

Philip Rivers – It’s no surprise that Rivers will once again don the C as the quarterback is considered the heart and soul of the Chargers. San Diego’s all-time leader in regular-season wins (92), consecutive starts (160), completions (3,462), completion percentage (64.8), touchdown passes (281), passer rating (95.5), 400-yard games (eight) and three-touchdown games (44), he is on pace to set franchise all-time marks for pass attempts, passing yards and 300-yard games.

Antonio Gates – Number 85 was named team captain for the second consecutive season.  A mentor for players on both sides of the ball, the former undrafted free agent holds team records for career receptions (844), receiving yards (10,644) and touchdown catches (104). He is seven touchdown catches shy of tying Tony Gonzalez for most by a tight end in NFL history.

DEFENSE

Brandon Mebane – It didn’t take long for the 10-year vet to take on a leadership position in San Diego as he became a trusted voice the moment he inked a three-year contract in March.  A former Super Bowl champion, Mebane has played in 142 games with 134 starts, notching 386 tackles, 15.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Manti Te'o – Te’o appeared destined to ascend to captaincy from the day he was drafted, and his teammates voted him into the leadership position heading into his fourth year.  The inside linebacker describes his leadership style as an inclusive one as he aims to ensure each of his teammates realize how vital they are to the Chargers success.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Darrell Stuckey – The former Pro Bowler was named team captain for a fifth consecutive season.  A safety by trade, Stuckey is one of the top gunners in the league which is why he routinely draws double teams.  He is also one of the most philanthropic Bolts as he spends much of his off time giving back to the community.

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