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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No. 2: Kellen Winslow

Kellen Winslow would be considered the best tight end in Chargers’ history if not for the No. 1 guy on this list, but he also has the numbers and stature to have been the best tight end in the history of many other teams around the league.

During his day, he wasn’t just considered the best tight end in all of football, he was one of the best overall players in the league. That earned him a spot on the 1980s All-Decade Team. And one has to wonder had he played a little longer, what his numbers would look like.

Winslow spent nine seasons with the Chargers, going to the Pro Bowl in five of those and helping the Chargers make the playoffs in four straight seasons from 1979-82. Of course, he’ll always be remembered for his performance in the Orange Bowl in January 1982.

Forever known as the ‘Epic in Miami’, the Chargers and Dolphins engaged in one of the greatest games the league has ever seen. After a back and forth slugfest that could have gone either way, the Chargers won the game 41-38 in overtime.

They wouldn’t have done so without Winslow.

Despite suffering multiple injuries in the game, Winslow set an NFL playoff record with 13 catches. He also had 166 yards and a touchdown. If that wasn’t enough, he blocked a field goal in the game as well.

Winslow capped his Hall of Fame career with 541 receptions for 6,741 yards and 45 touchdowns. Best of all, he played his entire career with the Chargers.

He was enshrined in Canton as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

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