The Chargers have featured incredible talent from 2010 to present. Who are the ten greatest members of the team during that span?
It wasn’t too long ago fans watched ESPN’s “Images of the Decade” as the 2000’s came to a close, a video set to “Better Days” by the Goo Goo Dolls. Chargers fans were treated to a surprise when a clip of LaDainian Tomlinson scoring his record-breaking touchdown was spotted within the montage of great NFL moments.
Now, a new decade is upon us, one where Chargers fans will inevitably watch their favorite quarterback retire and cheer on their team in a brand new stadium. No matter what else happens in these roaring 20’s, fans hope (particularly with Rivers) the team can win their first championship.
But that’s for later. Today is about looking back on the past decade, and the men who defined this chapter in Chargers history. And there are many.
So many, in fact, that the article will first discuss honorable mentions before moving on to the team’s greatest players from 2010-present. Many within the honorable mentions are more than deserving of making the list, but truthfully, all on the top ten list deserve to be there just as much, if not more. The ten greatest Chargers over the past decade made it onto the list either because of consistency, statistics, longevity, or simply what they meant to the organization.
One thing to keep in mind: What happened prior to the 2010 season does not count. For example, Darren Sproles, who was with the team since 2005, only has his 2010 season (his final with the Chargers) eligible. Since 2010 is the cutoff, readers may be surprised to find some Chargers greats left off the top ten list. So, just a warning.
Without further ado, here are the honorable mentions: