Chargers All-Time Lists

Top 5 tight ends in Chargers history

24 Dec 2000: A close up of Freddie Jones #88 of the San Diego Chargers as he looks on from the field during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Steelers defeated the Chargers 34-21.Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
24 Dec 2000: A close up of Freddie Jones #88 of the San Diego Chargers as he looks on from the field during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Steelers defeated the Chargers 34-21.Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 10: Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the Los Angeles Chargers laughs and gestures during warmups for the game against the Washington Redskins on December 10, 2017 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 10: Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the Los Angeles Chargers laughs and gestures during warmups for the game against the Washington Redskins on December 10, 2017 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

We’ve talked about the tight end position extensively here at Bolt Beat, so much so that June has kind of become the month of the tight end. So why not end the month with a countdown of the best tight ends in Los Angeles Chargers history?

The Chargers have had some excellent tight ends and had arguably the greatest tight end to ever play the position. As a result, you probably know who No.1 is on this list already. There’s a good chance you even know who No.2 is.

But this trip down memory lane will remind fans (or introduce them in some cases), to some of the guys who played tight end so well for the Chargers over the years.

Will Hunter Henry someday be on this list? Chargers fans would certainly like to think so and there’s no doubt he has the ability to do so. But he won’t be on the field this year, so maybe he’ll have time to read about some of his predecessors here.

Enjoy the list!

Honorable mentions: Alfred Pupunu and Eric Sievers

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The Chargers have made one appearance in the Super Bowl. Their top tight end on that team was Alfred Pupunu.

Pupunu was never a dangerous receiving threat, having caught just three touchdowns in his time with the team (which included two separate stints), but he was a terrific team player who helped open holes in the running game.

He didn’t find the end zone often, but when he did, he had one of the best touchdown celebrations in league history, acting as though he was twisting the top off of a coconut before drinking it.

Pupunu spent three seasons with the team, catching 98 passes for 966 yards and the three scores. He also had a touchdown catch in the team’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1994 AFC Championship Game, the win that propelled the Bolts to their only Super Bowl appearance.

Eric Sievers was chosen in the fourth round of the 1981 draft and spent eight seasons with the team. He was named to the All-Rookie team in 1981 and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time list in receptions by a tight end with 152.

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