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The Los Angeles Chargers, based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, is a professional American football team (gridiron) that plays against the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs, and Las Vegas Raiders in the AFC West division. The Chargers are in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The team plays its home games at the SoFi Stadium, located in Inglewood, California. This is a stadium that they share with the Los Angeles Rams, a team that plays in the NFC.

The Chargers franchise was created back in 1959, enjoying their first professional football season in 1960 as a part of the American Football League. They spent only one season in Los Angeles, before moving over to San Diego in 1961, accordingly changing its name to the San Diego Chargers. It was only in 1970, during the AFL-NFL merger that the Chargers became a part of the NFL.

After having spent 56 seasons in San Diego, in 2017, the Chargers moved back to Los Angeles – just one year after the Rams moved back to LA (previously, they were the St. Louis Rams). However, they didn’t move back to the same stadium. They spent their 1960 season playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to San Diego, where they played in the Balboa Stadium and San Diego Stadium (also known as the Jack Murphy Stadium and Qualcomm Stadium). When returning to Los Angeles, they played at the Dignity Health Sports Park until 2019 until the SoFi Stadium was completed – their new and current home ground.

Initially, the Chargers had some success. After 3 years of professional football, they won the AFL Championship in 1963. They managed to reach the AFL playoffs five times and appeared in the AFL Championships four times before the NFL merger. Since 1970, as part of the AFC, the Chargers have reached the playoffs 13 times and reached the AFC Championship game four times. It wasn’t until 1994 when the team won its first (and only) AFC Championship. They reached Super Bowl XXIX that season, where they faced the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers. The game was not competitive and the Chargers lost 49-26.

To date, they have had eight of their former players in the Pro Football Hall of fame: wide receiver Lance Alworth, defensive end Fred Dean, quarterback Dan Fouts, General Manager Sid Gillman (also a Head Coach), Charlie Joiner (wide receiver), Ron Mix (offensive lineman), Kellen Winslow (tight end), Junior Seau (linebacker), and LaDainian Tomlinson (running back). They brought in a new Head Coach, Brandon Staley, to help them achieve more in the 2021 season and he has started to bring in new players and staff to improve future form and performances. The current LA Chargers roster, heading into the 2022/23 NFL season, includes a young and touted quarterback in Justin Herbert.

All About the Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers was first created in August 1959 and, after having moved around throughout its 60+ years as a pro football team, the franchise is currently settled in SoFi Stadium, in Inglewood, California. It has its headquarters at Hoag Performance Center in Costa Mesa, California. They have garnered numerous fans and have become a hugely popular team, with their followers believing that they have the potential to start becoming more competitive in the future.

The Los Angeles Chargers Player Personnel

  • Owner: Dean Spanos
  • Head coach: Brandon Staley
  • General manager: Tom Telesco

Although the team has boasted numerous players of note, including LaDainian Tomlinson who holds the Chargers' records for rushing yards, audience insights believe that their greatest player ever is Junior Seau - synonymous with their impressive defensive line. The player grew up in Oceanside, California and played college football at USC before he was selected fifth overall in the 1990 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers as they were then. Seau played on the Chargers roster between 1990 and 2003, acting as their defensive anchor.

During his time as a Chargers player, he played in all but eight of their games, tallying up 1478 tackles, 15 interceptions and 47 sacks over the course of his Chargers career. However, he carried his superstar status off the field as well and was well known for involving himself in charity work around San Diego. Because of this, in 2004 he was named NFL Man of the Year.

Tragically, in 2012, Junior Seau took his own life. Following this, in 2015, he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a fair and fitting honor for arguably the greatest ever Chargers player.

The Los Angeles Chargers Main Rivalries

The Los Angeles Chargers' main rivals in the NFL are:

The Las Vegas Raiders

One of their divisional rivals is the Las Vegas Raiders, and this has been the case since the establishment of the American Football League in 1960. Ever since, they have been part of the same division – firstly as part of the AFL Western Conference and then the AFC West in the AFL-NFL merger.

Just as with the Rams and 49ers NFC West rivalry, this divisional rivalry also used to represent the cultural and geographical difference between Southern California (the Chargers) and Northern California (the Raiders when they were located in Oakland, California).

However, this rivalry lost its in-state significance after the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020. However, now the teams play home games 350 miles closer than ever before. Being divisional rivals, they play each other twice every regular season. To date, up until the end of the 2021-22 season, they have met 125 times. This is a rivalry with a fair degree of parity. Heading into the 2022/23 NFL season, the Raiders lead the rivalry 68-57-2. The Chargers and Raiders will next meet on October 1st, 2023.

The Denver Broncos

Another inter-divisional rivalry is between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos, both part of the NFL’s AFC West division. These two teams have played as part of the same division since 1960 when the American Football League was first created. Together, they have been part of the AFL Western Conference until the AFL-NFL merger and then the AFC West division.

Heading into the 2022/23 season, they have met 127 times and the Broncos lead the all-time series 71-55-1. They have also met one time in the NFL playoffs in 2014, which was won by the Broncos. The team franchises are scheduled to next meet on December 10th, 2023. They will also meet on the final day of the calendar year.

The Kansas City Chiefs

The final division rivalry is between the Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite the fact that KC is the more successful franchise overall, the rivalry sees some even competition. The two franchises have played as part of the same division from 1960 in the American Football League. Firstly, they were both in the AFL's western conference and they went to the AFC West after the 1970 merger. Up until the end of 2022-23, the Chargers and Chiefs have played each other 126 times (regular season and playoffs) with the Chiefs leading the series 67-58-1.

Kansas City Chiefs, along with the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers, are one of the four teams that have tallied up a winning record against all of their division rivals. Meanwhile, the Chargers are one of only three teams (along with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions) that have struggled, with losing records against all of their division rivals. The Chargers and Chiefs will face one another on October 22nd, 2023. They will also meet in the final week of the upcoming regular season, on January 7th, 2024.

Los Angeles Chargers Facts

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Los Angeles Chargers Nicknames

  • The Bolts

Championships Wins:

In NFL history, the Los Angeles Chargers have won the league Championship once pre AFL-NFL merger:

  • 1967

but they have never yet won the Super Bowl championship to date.

NFL/NFC Conference Championships

In the Los Angeles Chargers' history, they have won the Conference Championships once as part of the AFC.

  • 1994

Division Championships

The Los Angeles Chargers NFL team has won 15 Division championships - 5 whilst playing in the AFL Western Division:

  • 1960
  • 1961
  • 1963
  • 1964
  • 1965

Plus 10 as part of the AFC West division:

  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009

Playoff Berth Appearances

The Los Angeles Chargers reached the divisional playoffs 19 times - five times in the AFL:

1960, 961, 2963, 1964 and 1965

and the NFL playoffs 14 times:

 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2018 and 2022.

Los Angeles Chargers Home Fields

Since they were first created, the Los Angeles Chargers have had six home fields:

  • The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1960
  • The Balboa Stadium between 1961 and 1966
  • The Qualcomm Stadium between 1967 and 2016
  • The Sun Devil Stadium  only in 2003 for 1 game due to the Cedar Fire
  • The Dignity Health Sports Park between 2017 and 2019
  • The SoFi Stadium from 2020 until present

Los Angeles Chargers Pro Football Hall of Famers

Here are the players who have spent all or part of their football careers playing for the Los Angeles Chargers and who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Players

  • No. Player Position Dates Induction
  • 19 Lance Alworth WR 1962–1970 1978
  • 74 Ron Mix OT 1960–1969 1979
  • 19 Johnny Unitas QB 1973 1979
  • 75 Deacon Jones DE 1972–1973 1980
  • 89 John Mackey TE 1972 1992
  • 14 Dan Fouts QB 1973–1987 1993
  • 72 Larry Little OG 1967–1968 1993
  • 80 Kellen Winslow TE 1979–1987 1995
  • 18 Charlie Joiner WR 1976–1986 1996
  • 71 Fred Dean DE 1975–1981 2008
  • 55 Junior Seau LB 1990–2002 2015
  • 21 LaDainian Tomlinson RB 2001–2009 2017

Coaches and Contributors

  • Name Position Dates Inducted
  • Sid Gillman Head coach 1960–1971 1983

Los Angeles Chargers Most Valuable Player Awards

In the history of the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Chargers have had one Super Bowl MVP player.

  • Season Player Position
  • 2006 LaDainian Tomlinson RB

Los Angeles Chargers FAQs

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