No. 4: Gary “Big Hands” Johnson
One of the best defensive players in Chargers history, Gary “Big Hands” Johnson was a force for any team to deal with.
In 10 seasons with the Chargers, Johnson was part of a defense that doesn’t get enough credit during the “Air Coryell” era, but he was among the most physically strong players in the league. A first-round pick out of Grambling in 1975, Johnson was worth every bit of that pick to the Chargers.
He was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls and once his career was over, he was selected as part of the Chargers’ 40th and 50th Anniversary teams. He’s also part of the team’s Hall of Fame and is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
After joining the San Francisco 49ers in 1984 along with a few former Chargers teammates, he helped his team win Super Bowl XIX over the Miami Dolphins. He made life difficult for rookie quarterback Dan Marino in that game, sacking him once and chasing him out of the pocket many times.
Johnson played one more season with the Niners before calling it a career and though he didn’t do it in a Chargers uniform, fans of the team were likely thrilled that he achieved the ultimate prize.