Though he played during the team’s AFL days, you can still compare Lance Alworth to the greatest wide receivers that ever played the game. He was so good that many fans still feel he is the best overall player in team history.
And it’s tough to argue that he’s not.
Alworth was a phenomenal player, gifted with the ability that you just didn’t see in the 1960s. In a league that included Joe Namath, Alworth is arguably the best AFL player ever. He was awarded as the first AFL player ever elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He played with elite speed and had a leaping ability to go up and get the ball over any defender, a talent that helped him earn the nickname “Bambi”. That was made even more impressive by the fact that he was only six feet tall.
He finished his career with 542 receptions for 10,266 yards and 85 touchdowns. Perhaps most impressive was his career yards per reception average of 18.9 yards per catch.
He ended up winning a Super Bowl ring with the Dallas Cowboys following the merger and was selected as a member of the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team. His No. 19 jersey is retired by the team.
Selected with the No. 8 overall pick of the 1962 NFL draft, Alworth passed on the chance to play for the San Francisco 49ers, choosing the Chargers instead, who had drafted him in the second round of the 1962 AFL draft.
It was a move that ended up working out for him as he went on to become one of the best players in Chargers history, easily deserving of a spot on the team’s mountain.