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Chargers -- Established with seven other American Football League teams in 1959.  In 1960, the Chargers began AFL play in Los Angeles. The Chargers only spent one season in L.A. before moving to San Diego in 1961. The early AFL years of the San Diego Chargers were highlighted by the outstanding play of wide receiver Lance Alworth. In his day, he set the pro football record of consecutive games with a reception. The Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers were one of the elements that made the American Football League the genesis of modern professional football.

Their only coach for the ten year life of the AFL was Sid Gillman, a Hall of Famer who forced his competition to try to field as professional a product as the Chargers. With stars such as Lance Alworth, Paul Lowe, Keith Lincoln and John Hadl, the Chargers' offense struck fear into the hearts of AFL defenders. They also played defense, as indicated by their professional football record 49 pass interceptions in 1961. The Chargers were the originators of the term "Fearsome Foursome" to describe their all-star defensive line, anchored by Earl Faison and Ernie Ladd. The phrase was later appropriated by various NFL teams. The Chargers franchise appeared in the first two American Football League Championship games and five altogether, winning the AFL title in 1963 with a 51 - 10 thumping of the Boston Patriots. The Chargers of that era were widely acknowledged as having the most striking uniforms in the history of pro football. In 1970, the San Diego Chargers settled into the AFC West division after the NFL merger with the AFL. 1979 marks a positive turning point for the Chargers franchise as quarterback Dan Fouts sets an NFL record with his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing game, in a game in which he threw for 303 yards against the Oakland Raiders. San Diego also clinched their first playoff berth in 14 years with a 35-0 victory against the New Orleans Saints. On Dec. 17, 1979, the Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 17-7 for their first AFC West division title since the merger before a national Monday Night Football television audience and their home crowd.

On January 2, 1982 the Chargers were involved in a memorable double-overtime playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, ultimately winning 41-38. Both quarterbacks threw for more than 400 yards, and tight end Kellen Winslow caught 13 passes and blocked a crucial field goal despite suffering from heat-induced fatigue and cramps. The game began with San Diego building a 24-0 lead and then losing all of it by early in the third quarter.

In 1995, the San Diego Chargers made their first and only Super Bowl appearance against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX in Miami. The underdog Chargers lost to the 49ers, 49-26.

Balboa Stadium
Home of the San Diego Chargers
Years: 1961-66  --  Record: 28-12-2
Capacity: 30,000 in 1961; 34,500 in 1962
Old Balboa Stadium

Built in 1914, Balboa Stadium was located behind San Diego High School and was the Chargers home from 1961-66. This photograph was taken in 1964. A high school field with concrete slab seats, Balboa Stadium witnessed the Chargers glory years and hosted the 1961, 1963, and 1965 American Football League championship games, as well as the 1961, 1962, and 1963 All-Star contests. In their six seasons here, head coach Sid Gillman's club finished with combined record of 28-12-2, winning four Western Division titles and one league crown. In 1967, the team left Balboa for new San Diego Stadium in Mission Valley, where the club's glory slowed and the titles stopped.

Balboa Stadium at San Diego High School 1962

BONUS HISTORY NUGGET:  The ORIGINAL "Fearsome Foursome" were Chargers greats Ron Nery, Bill Hudson, Ernie Ladd, and Earl Faison.  Use this one to make you the Chargers trivia King!!!

San Diego Stadium Under Construction 1965
San Diego Stadium under construction in Mission Valley, 1966
Opened in 1967 - Cost $27.5 million
Capacity 50 thousand seats

Jack Murphy Stadium
Jack Murphy Stadium 1982-97
Underwent $9.1 million renovation -- Seating from 53,000 to 61,000
Added 50 Skyboxes

Qualcomm Stadium
Qualcomm Stadium, 1997 to Present
Underwent $78 million expansion
($18 million paid by Qualcomm for naming rights)
Seating raised to 71,000
2002 - $6.1 million of improvement; most to increase disabled access

Chargers Proposed New Stadium
Future home of the San Diego Chargers?  Chula Vista?  San Antonio?  LA?
Only the citizens of San Diego and their pocket books know for sure!!!


The Ten Greatest Moments in San Diego Chargers History

An original member of the American Football League the San Diego Chargers came into existence in 1960 and were originally called the Los Angeles Chargers. In 1961 they moved to San Diego. Since 1960 the Chargers have had their share of great moments, here is a look at the top ten moments in San Diego Chargers history.

(1) September 10, 1960. In their first game in franchise history the Chargers defeat the Dallas Texans 21-20 for their first win. The Chargers trail the Texans 20-7 heading into the 4th quarter, but Jack Kemp rushes for a touchdown and throws for another one to lead the Chargers to victory.

(2) December 10, 1960. The Chargers clinch their first division title when they defeat the Denver Broncos 41-33. The Chargers trail 30-24 heading into the 4th quarter but once again rally to score 17 points for the win. Jack Kemp is the star once again throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for a fourth.

(3) January 5, 1964. The San Diego Chargers win their first AFL Championship by defeating the Boston Patriots 51-10 in the AFL Championship game. Keith Lincoln is the star of the game as he accounts for 349 total and yards and rushes for two touchdowns, a 67 yard rushing touchdown and a 25 yard pass from John Hadl.

(4) December 17, 1979. The San Diego Chargers defeat the Denver Broncos 17-7 on the last day of the season to win their first division title since 1965. Dan Fouts rushes for one touchdown and throws another one to Charlie Joiner.

(5) January 3, 1981. The Chargers defeat the Buffalo Bills 20-14 to win their first postseason game since 1965. The Chargers trail the Bills 14-3 at the half but score 17 unanswered points in the second half to win the game. Dan Fouts throws for 314 yards including two touchdown passes to Charlie Joiner and Ron Smith. The Chargers advance to the AFC Championship game.

(6) January 2, 1982. In what many consider to be the greatest game ever played the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in an AFC Divisional Playoff game and advance to their second straight conference championship game. Dan Fouts throws for 433 yards and three touchdown passes. Kellen Winslow has the game of his career, catching 13 passes for a 166 yards and one touchdown. Winslow also saves the game by blocking a 43 yard field goal attempt on the last play of regulation to force the game into overtime. The Chargers win the game in overtime on a Rolf Benirschke 29 yard field goal.

(7) December 20, 1992. The San Diego Chargers defeat the Los Angeles raiders 36-14 to clinch their first playoff berth since 1983. The Chargers become the first team in NFL history to start a season 0 and 4 and still make the playoffs with a winning record. Stan Humphries throws two touchdown passes, one to Anthony Miller and a 50 yarder to Nate Lewis.

(8) December 27, 1992. The San Diego Chargers defeat the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 34-14 to clinch their first division title since 1981. The Chargers score 18 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Marion Butts and Ronnie Harmon each run for a touchdown. Darren Carrington also returns an interception for a touchdown.

(9) January 8, 1995. The Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Divisional Playoff game to advance to the AFC Championship game. Trailing 21-6 at the half the Chargers score 16 points in the second half to win the game 22-21. Mark Seay scores winning touchdown on a 8 yard pass from Stan Humphries.

(10) January 15, 1995. The San Diego Chargers advance to their first ever Super Bowl by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-13 in the AFC Championship game. Stan Humphries throws a pair of 43 yard touchdown passes, one to Alfred Pupunu and one to Tony Martin in the win.

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Seven hundred million dollars for an NFL expansion charter!!! The fee Houston Texans interests paid is 28,000 times more than what it cost Barron Hilton to bring the Chargers to life in the American Football League in 1960. Hilton's only initial cost was an earnest fee of $25,000.

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