38 Facts About Chargers

1. Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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2. The Chargers compete in the National Football League as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) West division, and play their home games at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which they share with the Los Angeles Rams.

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3. Chargers were founded in Los Angeles in 1959, and began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League.

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4. In 2017, the Chargers relocated back to Los Angeles after 56 seasons in San Diego, a year after the Rams had moved back to the city after spending 21 seasons in St Louis.

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5. Chargers won the AFL championship in 1963, and reached the AFL playoffs five times and the AFL Championship game four times before joining the NFL.

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6. Chargers were established with seven other American Football League teams in 1959.

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7. The Chargers were the originators of the term "Fearsome Foursome" to describe their all-star defensive line, anchored by Faison and Ernie Ladd.

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8. Chargers hired head coach Don Coryell in 1978, who would remain coaching the team until 1986.

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9. The Chargers led the league in passing yards an NFL record six consecutive years from 1978 to 1983 and again in 1985.

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10. Additionally, the Chargers acquired quarterback Stan Humphries in a trade with the Washington Redskins.

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11. The Chargers selected Kevin Gilbride to become their new head coach.

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12. The Chargers traded several players and draft choices to the Arizona Cardinals in order to move up to the second pick and select Leaf.

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13. Jones left the team at the end of the season to coach at the University of Hawaii and the Chargers named former Oregon State University head coach Mike Riley as their new head coach.

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14. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who was acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens for a conditional draft choice in 2000, became the Chargers starting quarterback.

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15. The Chargers signed Heisman Trophy winner free agent quarterback Doug Flutie, formerly with the Bills, and traded the team's first overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft to the Atlanta Falcons for their first-round selection and third-round selection in the same draft.

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16. In 2003, the Chargers traded Seau to the Dolphins for a draft pick in 2004 NFL Draft.

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17. The Chargers agreed to a trade on draft day with the New York Giants.

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18. The Chargers won the AFC West and Brees was selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl.

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19. Chargers was named 2004 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

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20. Chargers led the team to a playoff appearance, his 12th as a head coach.

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21. The Chargers rebounded on the road against their division rival Oakland Raiders.

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22. On January 5, 2014, the Chargers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium to advance to the AFC Divisional Playoff Round.

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23. When St Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced in January 2015 his intention to build a new stadium in Inglewood, the Chargers felt pressured to announce their own Los Angeles plan to preserve what they claimed was "25 percent of their fan base" in the affluent Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

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24. The Chargers lost to the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings on the road before defeating the Cleveland Browns on a last second field goal.

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25. The Chargers were given a one-year approval to relocate, conditioned on negotiating a lease agreement with the Rams or an agreement to partner with the Rams on the new stadium construction.

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26. The Chargers became the second former San Diego professional sports franchise to relocate to Los Angeles, after the Clippers in 1984.

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27. Chargers signed Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to become their new head coach on January 17, 2021.

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28. On February 3, 2022, the Chargers hired longtime Vikings special teams coordinator Ryan Ficken.

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29. The Chargers went with all-white combinations in 1997 and 2001, only to have the blue pants make a comeback.

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30. On October 27, 2003, the Chargers wore their navy pants with their navy jersey for a Monday Night Football game versus the Miami Dolphins that was played at Sun Devil Stadium, then the home of the Arizona Cardinals, due to wildfires in southern California.

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31. In 2001, the Chargers started wearing their dark uniforms for preseason games and white uniforms in September home games due to the heat before switching back to dark in October.

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32. In March 2007, the Chargers unveiled their first uniform redesign since 1988, on the team's official website.

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33. From 2002 to 2006, the Chargers used the early-1960s powder blue uniforms as alternate jerseys, which many football fans clamored for the team to bring back full-time.

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34. In 2009, in honor of their 50th anniversary as one of the eight original AFL teams, the Chargers wore their 1963 throwback uniforms for three games.

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35. On January 12, 2017, with the announcement that the Chargers were moving to Los Angeles, the team unveiled a new alternate logo incorporating the letters "LA" with a lightning bolt.

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36. The Los Angeles Chargers appeared in the postseason in one of the five last seasons, which happened in 2018 that resulted in a Divisional loss to the Patriots.

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37. Recent notable honors with current members of the Los Angeles Chargers include NFL Rookie of the Year in 2016 for Joey Bosa and in 2020 for Justin Herbert (Offensive) along with NFL Comeback Player of the Year for Keenan Allen in 2017.

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38. In 2020, the Chargers signed a multi-year preseason TV deal with KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV and will have a weekly show with the latest team news, replacing KABC-TV after three seasons of televising Chargers preseason football.

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