Born in Amarillo, Texas, Gary Garrison went to school at San Diego State. To this day, his 26 career touchdown receptions stand as the school record. His professional career would continue in the same city, as he became a member of the Chargers back in the AFL days.
Selected in the second round of the Red Shirt draft process of the 1966 AFL Draft, Garrison is still regarded as one of the best wide receivers in franchise history.
Garrison played for the Chargers in both the AFL and the NFL. He was selected to the 1968 AFL All-Star Game and made three Pro Bowls after the merger, while spending 11 seasons with the team.
His 404 career receptions still rank sixth in franchise history, but his numbers in receiving yardage and touchdowns rank even higher. He was known for making plays with the ball in his hands and had a knack for finding the end zone. With 7,533 receiving yards, only three Chargers ever had more. He also ranks third in team history with 58 touchdown catches.
Perhaps most impressive, his 18.6 career yards-per-catch average ranks in the top 20 in NFL history, not just with the Chargers. He also was able to put up these kinds of numbers while playing in the same lineup as Lance Alworth, where he was often overshadowed.
“Ghost”, as he was known, was without any doubt one of the best wide receivers in Chargers history, but is easily forgotten due to him playing in the AFL era and the team never made the playoffs during his time there.