The Chargers have a number of exceptional talent on their roster, with many players excelling in their own individual roles. Which of them is the most unique?
The Chargers have several extremely talented players, but they also have several players with unique talents and specialties both on and off the field.
Although Keenan Allen would probably win an off-field competition for most unique player due to his enormous singing talent, this article will stick to on-field unique characteristics for this discussion.
While it would be easy to make an argument for a multi-talented player such as Derwin James, most unique player refers to the ones that stick out across the league for their unorthodox size, characteristics, or playing style rather than general exceptional abilities or versatility.
While great arguments could be made for many guys on the team, these are the best candidates for the title.
Chargers candidate No. 3: Philip Rivers
What is a 6’5″ pocket quarterback that screams traditional doing on this list? Just look at that throwing motion.
Charting Philip Rivers' NC State games, and though he was generally really good, he had some special misses due to that throwing motion. pic.twitter.com/8uqN7cRZdj
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) June 7, 2019
While his throwing motion is typically not quite as strange in his current NFL days as it was in the video above, there is no NFL quarterback who throws it with the same motion as Rivers (while also being darn effective while doing it).
Fans unaware of Rivers’ throwing motion, should give this article a read.
While Rivers was still young, he served as the ball boy for his father, the head coach of a varsity high school football team. Whenever he wanted to throw the ball back, it required his famous pushing motion rather than the traditional throw, as the young Rivers was over-matched by the weight of a varsity football.
Through the years, that famous throw stuck with Rivers and has resulted in the unorthodox yet accurate throw fans all know and love.