Every kid dreams of playing for their favorite NFL team when they get older, but for one Chargers rookie, that dream has become a reality.
Growing up in La Costa, it's well-known by now that center-guard and fifth-round draft pick Scott Quessenberry has been a die-hard Chargers fan all his life. His family even held season tickets throughout his childhood and still own tons of memorabilia.
After wearing his favorite players' jerseys as a kid, Quessenberry will be decked out in a different kind of Chargers gear on gameday: his uniform. The life-long fan is paying tribute to a piece of Chargers history by donning number 61 on his jersey, a number that once belonged to former center Nick Hardwick, his favorite player growing up.
"I can't really put it into words," he said. "To be wearing this uniform is huge for my family."
While it may be huge, Quessenberry forbade his family from attending his first practice. He cited "jitters" as the reason for having them wait until last Saturday's scrimmage for the chance to see him take the field as a Charger.
His family was ecstatic when they finally got to see him play.
"It could've been any team. It could've been the east coast or something, but he's grown up with this team," said Quessenberry's aunt, Theresa Wilding. "Now to have my nephew on the team, it's amazing. I'm an even bigger fan now."
So far, Quessenberry feels his first training camp is going well, and is thrilled to be out here in front of fans just like him.
"(There's) a lot of good energy, good crowd obviously," he said. "A lot of hometown fans come up here to support us so it's just a lot of fun."
Take a look through the top photos of Tuesday's practice as the Chargers continue into week two.