San Diego Chargers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1961-12-24 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3; Billy Cannon scores game's only TD
  • 1964-01-05 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: San Diego Chargers beat Boston Patriots, 51-10; Chargers RB Keith Lincoln rushes for 206 yards, 2 TDs
  • 1964-12-26 AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7; defending champions can't overcome 1st quarter injury to star RB Keith Lincoln
  • 1965-12-26 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium San Diego: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0; repeat previous year's win over SD
  • 1976-08-16 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers, 20-10 in Tokyo, Japan (NFL Expo)
  • 1981-01-11 AFC Championship, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers, 34-27
  • 1982-01-02 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • 1982-01-10 AFC Championship, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Bengals beat San Diego Chargers, 27-7 in the "Freezer Bowl"
  • 1982-01-31 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 16-13; MVPs: Co-MVPs: Kellen Winslow, San Diego Chargers, TE; Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DE
  • 1983-02-06 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-19; MVPs: Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers, QB; John Jefferson, Green Bay Packers, WR
  • 1993-09-19 San Diego Chargers' kicker John Carney boots 6 field goals in an 18-17 win over Houston to set a new NFL record with 29 consecutive field goals made
  • 1995-01-15 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: San Diego Chargers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-13
  • 1995-01-29 Super Bowl XXIX, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26; MVP: Steve Young, SF, QB
  • 1997-11-02 Eric Metcalf of the San Diego Chargers returns punts for touchdowns of 85 & 67 yards in 38-31 loss at Cincinnati; joins Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen as only players in NFL history to return punts for TDs twice in a game

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2002-01-29 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

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2004-04-24 NFL Draft: Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning first pick by San Diego Chargers

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • 2007-02-12 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership
  • 2008-01-20 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers, 21-12

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2016-08-26 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US

NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist
Colin Kaepernick

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1924-10-17 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1936-12-23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1938-03-10 Ron Mix, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1938-12-09 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1941-04-10 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), born in Vonore, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1941-04-18 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1941-09-24 John Mackey, American NFL tight end (Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers), born in Roosevelt, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1942-06-19 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

1943-09-23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1951-04-09 John Teerlinck, American NFL defensive end (SD Chargers) and coach (annual award for NFL best defensive line coach named after him), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1951-06-10 Dan Fouts, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1952-08-09 John Cappelletti, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1973, Penn State; NFL: LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1959-08-21 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1960-01-26 Gary Plummer, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, SF 49ers), born in Fremont, California
  • 1961-12-20 Gale Gilbert, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1962-03-08 Shaun Gayle, NFL strong safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1962-03-08 William Fuller, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1963-01-03 Jim Everett, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1990; NFL passing TD leader 1988, 89; LA Rams, New Orleans Saints), born in Emporia, Kansas
  • 1963-02-08 Raleigh MCkenzie, NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1964-02-08 Dennis Gibson, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1964-04-20 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1964-05-07 Leslie O'Neal, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers, St Louis Rams), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1964-05-07 Ronnie Harmon, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Oilers), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964-08-03 Johnny Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1965-01-09 Darren Bennett, Australian AFL player and NFL punter (San Diego Chargers), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1965-02-02 Harry Swayne, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1965-02-09 David Brandon, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1965-04-14 Stan Humphries, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1965-05-07 Reuben Davis, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1965-09-05 Tony Martin, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1966-03-29 Dwayne Harper, American NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1966-04-03 Bo Orlando, American football player, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania
  • 1966-08-20 Greg Jackson, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers), born in Hialeah, Florida
  • 1966-10-24 Shawn Lee, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966-11-27 Carwell Gardner, NFL fullback (Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1967-04-11 Mark Seay, American football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-12-15 Frank Hartley, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1968-01-23 Eric Metcalf, American football running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-04-11 Eric Moten, NFL guard and tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968-08-26 Courtney Hall, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1968-12-18 Aaron Craver, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969-01-07 Erric Pegram, American NFL running back (Pit Steelers, NY Giants, San Diego Chargers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1969-01-19 Junior Seau, American NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2012)
  • 1969-02-22 Shawn Jefferson, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969-03-06 Deems May, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969-03-18 Michael Dumas, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969-05-02 Glen Young, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1969-10-17 Alfred Pupunu, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969-11-22 John Parrella, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969-12-18 Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969-12-23 Rodney Culver, American football running back (San Diego Chargers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970-03-15 Eric Castle, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970-05-26 Sebastian Barrie, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970-08-07 Joe Cocozzo, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Mechanicville, New York
  • 1970-09-29 Chris Mims, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970-10-04 Ryan McNeil, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 2001; San Diego Chargers), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1970-11-14 Darrien Gordon, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1971-01-18 Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1971-01-18 Greg Engel, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1971-04-15 Craig Whelihan, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971-09-10 Brandon Harrison, NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971-12-29 Mark Montreuil, Canadian NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972-01-06 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1972-01-31 Pulu Poumele, American football guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2016)
  • 1972-02-06 David Binn, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in San Mateo, California
  • 1972-03-28 Shannon Mitchell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972-04-01 Mike McCoy, American football coach (NFL: San Diego Chargers 2013-16), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1972-04-08 Isaac Davis, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972-04-10 Maurice Harrell, American NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers), born in McRae, Georgia
  • 1972-04-26 Natrone Means, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Harrisburg, North Carolina
  • 1972-05-27 Troy Sienkiewicz, NFL tackle/guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972-06-21 Tony Berti, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972-09-16 Don Sasa, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in American Samoa
  • 1972-12-15 Rodney Harrison, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in Markham, Illinois
  • 1973-01-30 Jimmy Oliver, Canadian football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973-01-31 Latario Rachal, American football player (Amsterdam Admirals, San Diego Chargers), born in California
  • 1973-03-03 Jim Mills, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973-04-13 Aaron Hayden, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973-05-11 Patrick Sapp, American NFL offensive linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1973-09-14 Terrell Fletcher, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1973-11-11 Terrance Shaw, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-03-08 Toran James, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-04-09 Ben Bordelon, American football tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Mathews, Louisiana
  • 1974-04-20 Paul Bradford, American football cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1974-06-03 Bryan Still, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1975-08-31 Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1982-02-13 Michael Turner, Running Back for the San Diego Chargers, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1987-05-01 Ryan Matthews, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 2011; SD Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Riverside, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 2010-07-01 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), dies at 85
  • 2013-02-02 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 71
  • 2013-06-03 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2013-09-05 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), dies at 71
  • 2020-03-25 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), dies from heart complications at 78
  • 2020-05-10 John Teerlinck, American NFL defensive end (SD Chargers) and coach (annual award for NFL best defensive line coach named after him), dies at 69