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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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3 Dec 2000: Charlie Garner #25 and Jerry Rice #80 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate after the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The 49ers defeated the Chargers 45-17.Mandatory Credit: Christopher Ruppel /Allsport
3 Dec 2000: Charlie Garner #25 and Jerry Rice #80 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate after the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The 49ers defeated the Chargers 45-17.Mandatory Credit: Christopher Ruppel /Allsport

Jerry Rice

The best receiver in NFL history, Jerry Rice was a problem for pretty much every team he ever played against.

Rice torched the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, catching three of the six touchdown passes Steve Young threw in that game. He also had 149 yards receiving and no matter what the Bolts defense threw at him, it wasn’t nearly enough.

For the San Francisco 49ers, it was a continuance of dominance for one of the league’s more successful teams of any era. But for the Chargers, it was a devastating loss the only trip to the Super Bowl they’ve ever experienced.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Rice went to the Raiders at the start of the 2001 season. The Chargers would now have to see him twice a year. In just six games against the Chargers over the next three seasons, he put up big numbers.

In those six games, he caught 39 passes for 563 yards and five touchdowns.

But it’s that Super Bowl loss Chargers fans won’t ever forget. Though Young was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, it’s still the image of Rice schooling the Chargers’ defense that plays back most often in your mind, isn’t it?

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