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San Diego Chargers Mount Rushmore

Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL former running back Ladainian Tomlinson is interviewed on radio row in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII at the New Orleans Convention Center. Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has been putting together Mt. Rushmore’s of all the teams of the league. The top 4 players that should represent the organization.

The other day, he put together his thoughts on the Chargers top 4 players that should represent the organization and his selections were Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner, Lance Alworth and Junior Seau.

Those are four of the greatest Chargers to play the game, but it seems to leave out a couple of players that are well deserving.

No Ladainian Tomlinson on that list? LT was one of the best running backs of all time and Florio didn’t think he deserved to be part of the Chargers Mount Rushmore? He was a highlight film on the field and always had a nose for the red zone. He carried the offense and was a home run threat any time he touched the football. He was a threat running the football and he could make things happen in the passing game.

Where is Kellen Winslow on this list? He revolutionized the position. He was the first tight end to be a threat in the passing game. He paved the way for Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez.

Can’t argue about having Junior Seau on the Chargers Mount Rushmore. He was one of the best in the business and played the game forever. He had great instincts and was always around the football. He is one of the best ever.

Dan Fouts is the greatest quarterback to put on the Chargers jersey. Rivers could surpass him some day, but until that time, Fouts should be the face to represent the franchise on the Mount Rushmore.

Here is Florio’s reasoning:

Who would be on your Mount Rushmore?

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • veazy

    In all fairness, he should have players that weren’t on the same team and choose players that didn’t play in the same decade. I would hate to have to choose anybody that deserves, or doesn’t deserve to be chosen though seeing as how I wasn’t even born when most of the dudes on this list were playing.

  • Alter Ego

    Fouts – he was awesome and was the first legitimate fear the beard guy

    Seau – sacrilegious to even not consider him

    Winslow – aside from his revolutionary stamp on what a TE would become in the NFL…you only have to look at the playoff game with the Dolphins – he is an easy choice for the mountain. He changed everything.

    Ladainian Tomlinson – 5th in NFL all time rushing leader, 5th in NFL all time yards from scrimmage, 2nd all time NFL scoring leader. His stats are ALL TIME – from when a football became a football.

    Lance Alworth, Charlie Joiner, Antoinio Gates (who would be on the list if not for Winslow), Walt Sweeney and Ron Mix are all outstanding candidates. It comes down to who would you choose above others if you could only choose four.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    He had a poll on that article. I voted for LT. I loved watching those other guys too, but LT was just magical.

  • Nick in PB

    Paul, I’ll take your list over Florios, not that Florios wasn’t good… I like yours better.

    • Alter Ego

      If that’s the case – then its our list Nick. For me, these guys shaped me into a fanatic . They changed the game and they did it as Chargers.

  • Jordan Denning

    LT > Charlie Joiner

    Both are great, but come on…its LT!

  • JRZ220

    Coryell, Fouts, Junior & LT

  • Matt Dorlaque

    L.T. is the best Charger ever. Seau, Fouts, and Joiner were not even the best at their positions while they played. LT was the best back hands down for a few years, had all around game, was durable as can be, and could have been the best player in the game his record setting year for scoring touchdowns. His teams won as consistently as any charger team ever. No charger team has won a sb and you dont get pats on the back for getting there. Thats a stupid arguement. His teams won the division for yrs straight on his back. No player has ever been as productive on the chargers and it isnt close. Deep breath. Im out.

    • Alter Ego

      Spot on with LT support. Swing and a miss with others.

      Fouts : #1 in NFL for passing yards and total offense – no one else even close during this time. 6x pro bowler

      1979, 1980, 1981, 1982

      Seau : 12 pro bowls…only Ray Lewis has more as a linebacker. Jerry Rice has 13…the most is 14.

      Alworth: #1 in NFL rec yards 3x

      #2 in NFL rec yards 2x

      #3 in NFL rec yards 2x

      #1 Most TDs in a season 3x

      #3 Most TDs in a season 2x

      six year run with most total rec yards . 7x pro bowler
      So you can see – we do have others to consider and they are worthy. But LT should be on the mountain.

      • Matt Dorlaque

        Excellent info. Thank you. I spoke off memory and was younger for most of the other guys mentioned. I shouldn’t have put down any of those listed, when my intent was simply promoting L.T.

  • arnie

    Uhm, if LT’s team achieved anything, it’s because he was on the field.
    See where this list goes wrong, is Florio should have picked a Charger that represented their respective era.
    Let me esplain Lucy.
    In the 60′s, you cannot question the player that was the face of the franchise in Lance Alworth. In the 70′s it was the HMFIC Dan Fouts. While i believe Charlie Joiner, and Kellen Winslow could be on the list, without Fouts in think not so much. In the 80′s it was Junior. Even though Stan Humphrey is still the only Charger QB, to take this team to the SuperBowl, without Junior it just doesn’t happen. In the late 90′s, it’s the Season MVP LT. He literally put this organization on his back and returned to it’s winning ways. And every player that is on this roster now, owes LT for the success this franchise has experienced.
    So here is the correct list… Lance Alworth, Dan Fouts, Junior Seau and LT

    • Alter Ego

      Good argument Arnie.

    • Carl Chitwood Jr.

      Your decades are wrong but your players are right. (Fouts = 80′s not 70′s, Seau = 90′s not 80′s, LT = 2000′s not late 90′s.)

      • arnie

        hey nobody’s perfect. thanks for the correction Carl. lol

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