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Ten greatest Chargers players of the past decade: 2010-present

SAN DIEGO, CA- DECEMBER 7: Darrell Stuckey #25 of the San Diego Chargers runs back a fumble recovery for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during an NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 7, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA- DECEMBER 7: Darrell Stuckey #25 of the San Diego Chargers runs back a fumble recovery for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during an NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 7, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers talks to quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst #6 of the San Diego Chargers during a timeout against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers talks to quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst #6 of the San Diego Chargers during a timeout against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Chargers: Honorable mentions, continued

Charlie Whitehurst

2012-2013: Zero passes, zero yards, zero touchdowns. $3.05 million in cash.

Clipboard Jesus had it pretty good.

Russell Okung

2017-present: Five sacks,12 quarterback hits allowed.

In his entire (short) career with the Chargers, Okung has given up five sacks and 12 quarterback hits. Sam Tevi gave up five sacks and eight quarterback hits by Week 7 of the 2019 season alone.

King Dunlap represents the bargain-bin side of finding talent in free agency, and Okung represents the paying a premium side of it. Both did well in their short careers. If Okung had a few more years with the Chargers prior to 2017, he could very well have made the top ten list.

Mike Scifres

2010-2015: 16,772 punting yards (46.2 average), 126 punts within the 20-yard line and the goal line.

Scifres almost made the top ten list on special teams representation alone, but unfortunately, he has to sit as an honorable mention here. Scifres was a mainstay for the Chargers since 2003; yes, that’s before even Philip Rivers joined the team. He may have made the top ten had it not been for another special teams player stealing the spot.

Shaun Phillips

2010-2012: 147 tackles, 24 sacks, 15 passes defended.

If Phillips had played more years with the Chargers into the 2010’s, he would undoubtedly make the top ten list. Phillips is one of the best pass-rushers in team history, and was a real force in the NFL for years.

Tyrell Williams

2015-2018: 155 receptions, 2,530 yards, 17 touchdowns.

Williams has touchdowns of 80, 51, 75, and 75 again as his season-long in each of his four years with the Chargers. Williams is one of the best UDFA finds in Tom Telesco’s famous line of post-draft gems.

Those are the honorable mentions; now, it’s onto the top ten. In no particular order (because everyone knows Philip Rivers would be No. 1), here are the greatest Chargers players over the past decade.

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