Los Angeles Chargers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

By Travis Wakeman
1987: Quarterback Dan Fouts
1987: Quarterback Dan Fouts /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 06: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers walks to the huddle in the game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 06: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers walks to the huddle in the game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

. QB. Philip Rivers. 4. 13.

The Chargers’ current quarterback, Philip Rivers has been a model of consistency for this team. He still has the ability to go down as the best player in team history, too.

Much like Gates in comparison to Winslow, it speaks volumes for the career of Rivers when you consider that he is ranked ahead of the great Dan Fouts.

And to think, Rivers would never have even been a member of the team if Eli Manning didn’t refuse to play for the team that drafted him. Fans of the Chargers have to be happy that the Manning Family made that choice.

The infamous 2004 NFL Draft class had three great quarterbacks in it. Of them, Rivers is the only one yet to win a Super Bowl. Aside from that, there’s nothing he hasn’t accomplished.

A seven-time selection to the Pro Bowl, Rivers has led the league in passing yardage, passing touchdowns, completion percentage and passer rating at least once. With at least a couple of years still in front of him, he’s already the franchise’s all-time passing leader.

But perhaps the most impressive stat is that he has started every game at quarterback for the team since he was named the starter in 2006. That is a testament to his work ethic and his toughness.

Rivers is a complete team leader and is on a short list of the best quarterbacks in the league. This because of his precision passing and his ability to make his teammates better. Regardless of what you read elsewhere, he’s a future Pro Football Hall of Famer no matter what.

However, if he could win that elusive Super Bowl, it wouldn’t even be debatable. It might get him up to No. 1 on this list someday, too.

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