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Los Angeles Chargers: Top 5 villains in team history

8 Aug 1998: Quarterback Ryan Leaf #16 of the San Diego Chargers prepares to throw the ball during a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the 49ers 27-21.
8 Aug 1998: Quarterback Ryan Leaf #16 of the San Diego Chargers prepares to throw the ball during a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the 49ers 27-21.
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22 Aug 1998: Quarterback Ryan Leaf #16 of the San Diego Chargers standing around talking before the pre-season game against the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chargers defeated the Colts 33-3. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squ
22 Aug 1998: Quarterback Ryan Leaf #16 of the San Diego Chargers standing around talking before the pre-season game against the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chargers defeated the Colts 33-3. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squ

The Los Angeles Chargers have been in existence since 1959 (most of that time spent in San Diego). In that time, the team and its fans have created some heated rivalries across the world of professional football.

But villains are necessary, even if they sometimes bring the worst out of our emotions. Cheering on your favorite team wouldn’t be as fun if there wasn’t a team, player or coach that drew your ire.

The Chargers have battled the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs for many, many years. These are intense rivalries. There have been triumphant wins over each of those teams, but there have also been devastating losses.

Rivalries can be created between individual players as well. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were always pitted against one another, mostly by the media. But it’s clear that Josh Norman and Odell Beckham or Vontaze Burfict and pretty much anyone on the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t like each other.

This gets the fans involved. If their team doesn’t like a guy, they can’t stand that guy. For instance, Eli Manning will never receive a warm welcome in Boston.

So who are these players when it comes to the Chargers? Who are the guys that fans of the Bolts just love to hate? How many of these villains weren’t opponents of the Chargers at all?

The list has been narrowed to five. See if the villain you dislike most made the list.

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