This may be a little high, as many greatest player lists for the Chargers likely wouldn’t include Stan Humphries. However, he is the only quarterback to ever lead the team to the Super Bowl. Because of that reason, he makes this list.
Humphries was never supposed to be wildly successful in the NFL. A sixth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 1988, he was relegated to being a backup for the first part of his career. However, a preseason injury to Chargers starting quarterback John Friesz in 1992 changed the trajectory of his career.
The Chargers traded for Humphries that season. He came in and made a quick impact. But it’s the 1994 season he’ll always be remembered for. That year, he threw for over 3,200 yards and 17 touchdowns, but he got the Chargers to a place they had never been before and sadly, haven’t been since.
In the playoffs that season, the Chargers faced Dan Marino the Miami Dolphins in the divisional round. Trailing 21-6 at halftime, Humphries willed his team back, throwing a touchdown pass to Mark Seay with just 35 seconds left in the game.
The Bolts took that momentum into Three Rivers Stadium the following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. In that game, Humphries threw another late touchdown, this time hitting Tony Martin on a 43-yard strike that proved to be the game winner.
Of course, the Chargers would be blown out by the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. However, until they ever reach the big game again, Humphries will hold the honor as the only quarterback to get them that far.
He was remembered as part of the team’s 50th Anniversary Team and the Chargers’ Hall of Fame for his efforts in his six seasons with the team.