May 11, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) talks on a cell phone at rookie minicamp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Morning Dump

He is emerging from the fog of a season, in football and in his life, in which he drifted through days unable to focus. For months, he fought only halfheartedly to escape an encompassing sadness. He would drive home from practice and go straight to bed, desiring to get most days over with. Many nights, he marinated his despair in alcohol.

SAN DIEGO —- Few outside of the South knew about Ladarius Green. San Diego football fans might be exceptions.

Three more kids, and Philip Rivers could field his own baseball team. But the Chargers quarterback isn’t there yet, although at age 30 and at his current pace, the local nine could someday answer to “Rivers.”

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