Junior Seau, linebacker
Junior Seau was the best defensive player in team history and arguably the best player in team history. His ability to do it all from the linebacker position is almost unmatched to this day, but it was his ability to be a field general and make all of his teammates better that truly made him special.
The No.5 overall selection of the 1990 draft, Seau came in and gave the Chargers hope all the way around. After playing his college ball at USC, he was a welcome addition to the roster.
Seau could rush the passer. He could drop back into coverage. He could come up and lend run support. He could diagnose offensive plays and he did it all with a controlled intensity that was infectious.
Here is the list of things he couldn’t do: (Empty)
Seau would go on to be elected to 12 consecutive Pro Bowls, the most ever for a linebacker. He finished his career with 1,846 tackles, 56.5 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 18 fumble recoveries, and 18 interceptions.
But it’s the lasting impression he left on the entire organization that he should be most remembered for.
The Chargers are still waiting for another defensive player like Seau to come through their doors. The entire league is too.