No. 4: Dave Kocourek
There’s a good chance you’re not familiar with Dave Kocourek as he is part of the team’s AFL past. But in just six seasons with the team, he truly made a mark.
Born in Chicago, Kocourek played his college ball at Wisconsin and his professional career actually began in the CFL as he played one season for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He then entered the AFL as a member of the Chargers and was part of the only championship team in franchise history, helping the Bolts win the 1963 AFL title. He had one catch for five yards in that title game, a 51-10 romp over the Boston Patriots.
His numbers were impressive. In six seasons, he caught 218 passes for 3,720 yards and 21 touchdowns. The AFL played just a 14-game season, making those numbers stand up even more.
He also averaged 17.1 yards per catch during his time with the team, which is good for second in team history among tight ends, behind only Jacque McKinnon, his AFL teammate. He was also a four-time AFL All-Star.
Kocourek retired following the 1968 season after short stints with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. He passed away in April 2013 at the age of 75 but still ranks fourth in team history for receptions by a tight end.
Though it’s been over 50 years since he wore a Chargers uniform, his statistics have stood the test of time.