Los Angeles Chargers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

By Travis Wakeman
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13. . . OT. Ron Mix. 10

The top 10 is here and Ron Mix, perhaps the best offensive lineman in franchise history, is next up on the list.

Mix played tackle for the Chargers in the AFL days and has the distinguished honor of being the first player ever drafted into that league. He was also selected to play in the AFL All-Star Game nearly every year he was in the league.

With the Chargers, he helped the team to its only championship in 1963. Arguably the best offensive tackle of his generation, Mix was phenomenal in all aspects of the game. But the most impressive stat you can read on him is that in 10 seasons, he was called for holding just twice. TWICE.

There are players in today’s game who get flagged for holding twice in a game.

Mix played for the Chargers throughout the team’s time in the AFL. Following the merger, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders and spent one season with them. Following his career, the personal accolades rolled in.

A member of the Chargers Hall of Fame, he was also chosen as a unanimous selection to the AFL’s All-Time Team. In 1979, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He was the first Charger to ever have his jersey retired. But after playing for the Raiders, the Chargers’ owner at the time in Gene Klein, unretired his No. 74 due to his hatred for the rival team.

Though Mix played a long time ago and many of his efforts on the field happened before the Chargers were even an NFL team, the Bolts have never had a better offensive tackle. Mix was the cream of the crop.