Los Angeles Chargers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

By Travis Wakeman
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. RB. Paul Lowe. 27. 13.

There have only been three running backs ever selected to the Chargers’ team Hall of Fame. One of them is Paul Lowe.

Though it’s likely you never saw him play, Lowe left a mark on the organization that is still recognized today. He is one of just 10 players to play in every year of the AFL’s existence. As a result, Lowe is one of the few players to ever taste a championship with the Chargers.

Though the Chargers played in five AFL title games, the only time they were victorious came back in 1963, a 51-10 victory over the then-Boston Patriots at Balboa Stadium.

Lowe was a great running back in the 1960s, but he could also catch the ball out of the backfield. His list of accolades includes being named AFL League MVP in 1965, a year in which he led the league in rushing. He was also a two-time AFL All-Star and was named to the Chargers’ 50th Anniversary Team.

In 1970, the Pro Football Hall of Fame chose Lowe as a member of the AFL All-Time Team, joining Clem Daniels as First-Team running backs.

But perhaps his most impressive accomplishment was being the Chargers’ all-time leader in rushing yards from 1968 until 2004. It took 36 years for his 4,972 yards to be eclipsed. To this day, he still ranks second on that list.

Lowe was a player who was way ahead of his time. Though it has been decades since he was last on the playing field, his accomplishments shouldn’t be forgotten.