During the 1990s, Junior Seau WAS the Chargers. It was so hard not to put him at No. 1 on this list.
Seau was chosen in the first round, fifth overall, in the 1990 NFL Draft. He came to the perfect place and was probably the biggest reason the Chargers went from one of the league’s worst teams to the Super Bowl just four years later.
Before getting to the Super Bowl, the Chargers had a stop in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Seau recorded 16 tackles in that game to help the Bolts pull the upset, but that he did it with a pinched nerve made it a legendary performance.
Go back and watch some tape of Seau if you ever get the chance. You will not see a single thing he doesn’t only do well, but excels at. That is evidenced by his career stats which include 1,846 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions. He also had 98 pass deflections, an amazing number for a linebacker.
Seau wasn’t just the best player on the Chargers’ defense, he was the face of the franchise and the heart and soul of the team for over a decade. His contributions to the team and the City of San Diego can not be understated.
Though Seau’s career ended after playing for both the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, he will be remembered as one of, if not the greatest Charger ever to play the game.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012, his first year of eligibility. In the City of Oceanside, California, the Junior Seau Amphitheatre and the Junior Seau Beach Community Center are two landmarks which were renamed in his honor.
His No. 55 jersey was also retired by the team.