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Ranking the 6 former Chargers eligible for the 2019 Hall of Fame

San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on December 3, 2006. San Diego won the game 24-21. (Photo by Mark Konezny/NFLPhotoLibrary)
San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on December 3, 2006. San Diego won the game 24-21. (Photo by Mark Konezny/NFLPhotoLibrary)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 2: Linebacker Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Diego Chargers tackles wide receiver Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 26-16. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 2: Linebacker Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Diego Chargers tackles wide receiver Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 26-16. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

No. 6 Takeo Spikes

Takeo Spikes was an effective linebacker for many years in the league and was actually known as the “most jacked linebacker in the NFL” due to his freakish size, particularly his neck.

The No. 13 overall pick of the 1998 draft, Spikes began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and spent his first five seasons there. His best years came as a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he was a back-to-back Pro Bowl selection. He spent a season with the Philadelphia Eagles before three solid seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

By the time he got to San Diego, the last stop of his career, his best days were behind him. Still, he registered 106 tackles in 2011 and had 78 more in 2012. He did that while playing in all 32 games for the team over those two seasons.

Durability was one of Spikes’ best traits as he played in 219 of a possible 240 games during a 15-year career. Though being selected to the Hall of Fame is unlikely, at least right now, his accomplishments should not be forgotten, even if he’s just a small footnote in Chargers history.

Spikes finished his career with 1,080 tackles, 29 sacks and 19 interceptions.

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