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About The San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers are a team based in San Diego, California. Originally named the Los Angeles Chargers, the club began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. After spending its first season in Los Angeles, the club moved to San Diego. The Chargers play their home games at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, and wear jerseys of navy blue, gold, and white. They won one AFL title in 1963 before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger.
Founded by hotel baron Barron Hilton, the Los Angeles Chargers were one of six charter members of the AFL in 1960. Despite the fact that the Chargers won the AFL’s Western Division championship that year under Sid Gillman, the franchise suffered heavy financial losses and moved to San Diego in 1961. Later to become a Hall of Famer, Gillman guided the Chargers to four more Western Division crowns during the next five years.
They lost four of five AFL Championship Games, however, recording its only victory in 1963 over the Boston Patriots. Gillman utilized the talents of three outstanding players in his charge: John Hadl, Jack Kemp, and Tobin Rote. He also coached Lance Alworth, the first ever AFL player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also set a new record by catching at least one pass in 96 consecutive games from 1962 to 1970.
After joining the NFL in 1970 when the NFL and AFL completed their merger, the Chargers continued to struggle, placing third or fourth in the AFC’s Western Division each year from 1970 to 1978. In 1978 Don Coryell took over as head coach and Dan Fouts joined the team as starting quarterback. In 1979, Fouts captured the first of three consecutive passing titles and led the Chargers to the first of three straight division crowns.
In 1987 Fouts called it a day, second only to Frank Tarkenton in career yards (43,040), completions (3297), and attempts (5604). (Dan Marino currently leads all three categories). Playoff eluded the Chargers for nine seasons, during which they finished as high as third only once.
Finding a suitable replacement for Fouts became a problem in itself, as the Chargers cycled through four starting quarterbacks from 1988 to 1991. Stan Humphries settled into the job in 1992 and led the team to three playoff appearances in four years under head coach Bobby Ross. Following the 1994 season, the Chargers made their maiden Super Bowl appearance, but lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 49-26.