It’s hard being a fan of the Los Angeles Chargers. That’s something many of the team’s long-time fans might say.
The Chargers, an original franchise in the old AFL, has won exactly one championship since the team was formed in 1960. That championship came around 56 years ago, and there are many fans of the team who were not even around for that huge win over the Boston Patriots in 1963. Heck, there are many fans who were not even around for the franchise’s one and only Super Bowl appearance back in 1994.
There is also a large contingent of football fans who would say that the term “Chargers fan” is an oxymoron since many perceive the team as one in which its own city could care less about. That’s sometimes hard to argue. In a city that features the Los Angeles Lakers with Lebron James, the Los Angeles Clippers with Kawhi Leonard, a solid Los Angeles Dodgers team (which just suffered a tremendous upset in the postseason) and the tradition of the USC and UCLA college teams, the Chargers are down on the list.
Even the crosstown rival, the Los Angeles Rams have more support. After all, they were in L.A. longer and made the Super Bowl just last season.
Still, when you study and research this team and get out and talk to people, it does have a very solid, very dedicated fanbase, one that hopes to see Philip Rivers hold up the Lombardi Trophy one day.
If you ever get into a good, long conversation with one of these dedicated fans, here are some things they might tell you.