Saturday night, the National Football League will honor some of its greatest players and executives with the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The Los Angeles Chargers will get some recognition this year as Bobby Beathard, who spent 11 seasons as the team’s general manager, reveals his bronze bust to the world.
Of course, with everything related to the NFL, there’s always room for speculation. So, which members of the team past or present should be considered to join this elite group at some point down the road?
In order to become eligible, a potential inductee must be retired for at least five years.
The Chargers have several players who spent the majority of their careers with the team already in the Hall of Fame. That list includes Dan Fouts, LaDainian Tomlinson, Junior Seau, Lance Alworth, Charlie Joiner, Fred Dean, Sid Gillman, Kellen Winslow and Ron Mix.
Legendary players such as Johnny Unitas and Deacon Jones also spent some time with the team, but they’re not necessarily remembered for their careers in a Chargers’ uniform.
That is not the case with the players and coach that made this list and hopefully, they’ll get that call at some point. One can never give up hope either, after all, look at Jerry Kramer of the Green Bay Packers, who waited nearly 50 years for the chance to get in.
Along with Beathard, he will be inducted on Saturday night.
With all of that being said, here are five Chargers who should someday join the game’s most elite team.