Chargers All-Time Lists

Los Angeles Chargers all-time NFL draft team

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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 24: Tackle Jeromey Clary #66 of the San Diego Chargers on the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 24: Tackle Jeromey Clary #66 of the San Diego Chargers on the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jeromey Clary: 2006, Round 6, Pick No. 187, Kansas State

Other players considered: Billy Shields (1975), Derrick Walker (1990)

This was really a toss-up between Jeromey Clary and Billy Shields, two of the better offensive linemen to ever play for the Chargers. I gave the edge to Clary by the narrowest of margins.

Clary was as tough as they come and not to say that Shields wasn’t, but Clary seemed to always be fighting through some sort of injury. He went from being a sixth-round pick who began his career on the team’s practice squad to the starting right tackle. He appeared in 103 career games, starting 93, before a hip injury forced him to retire at the age of 31.

Following his retirement, Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers had this to say in an article by Ricky Henne of the team’s official website.

“If you asked what a great teammate looks like, I could just tell ya Jeromey Clary. His toughness, his fight and dependability on and off the field were top notch.  I will miss playing with #66.”

Sheilds played in more games and started more games, having a longer career than Clary. But he also played for three others teams while Clary spent his entire nine-year career in San Diego.

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