The Los Angeles Chargers aren’t playing in Super Bowl LII, but two of the team’s former players will take part in the game.
Defensive back Patrick Robinson and running back Kenjon Barner will suit up for the Philadelphia Eagles, looking to bring the franchise its first ever Super Bowl victory. Both players have ties to the Chargers.
Robinson spent one season with the Chargers in 2015 while the team still played in San Diego. He played well that year, coming up with 49 tackles and an interception. This is his first season with the Eagles. As a reserve player in the team’s secondary, he has four interceptions on the season. He also made the play in the NFC Championship Game that turned the game around, picking off a Case Keenum pass and weaving his way for a 50-yard touchdown.
Prior to this season, Robinson hadn’t played in a playoff game since 2011, when he was a member of the New Orleans Saints.
Barner was signed by the Chargers shortly into the free-agent signing period this past offseason. The team was looking to fill the role that departing free agent Danny Woodhead left and thought that Barner may be able to come in on passing downs and help the team on special teams. He had a poor preseason and was released before the season started.
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He was signed a few weeks later after Darren Sproles, another former Charger, went down with a season-ending injury. Though he has just 317 career rushing yards, Barner is one of the Eagles’ primary punt and kick returners meaning that on the big stage that is the Super Bowl, he’ll get a chance to make one of those game-changing plays like Desmond Howard made in Super Bowl XXXI.
In addition to Robinson, Barner and Sproles, the Eagles also have Dom Williams on their roster. Though he was placed on injured reserve earlier this season, the wide receiver spent time with the Chargers in 2016 during training camp and preseason games.
Aside from the fact that it’s the New England Patriots on the other side, Chargers fans may have an extra interest on February 4 in seeing these former players get to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.