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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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SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 11: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a touchdown with Nick Hardwick #61 for a 37-10 lead during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on December 11, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 11: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a touchdown with Nick Hardwick #61 for a 37-10 lead during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on December 11, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers great: Melvin Ingram

2012-present: 329 combined tackles, 46.5 sacks, 23 passes defended.

After a 16-game season his rookie year, Ingram played in just 13 games the next two years. After that, he played 64-straight games from 2015-2018, picking up 36 sacks over that span.

Flash forward to the Chargers’ most recent game, and he’s leading the way with two sacks four days removed from racking up 1.5 the game prior.

Ingram has been one of the more underrated players in the NFL, but Chargers fans know his worth quite well. He and Joey Bosa are about as dynamic a pass-rushing duo as it gets.

Chargers great: Nick Hardwick

2010-2014

64 games in a row for No. 61 from 2010-2013, before an injury in 2014 cut his season (and eventually career) short.

Hardwick was the last of the dominant line that paved the way for LaDainian Tomlinson, and one of Rivers’ closest friends. Post-NFL career, Hardwick could be heard as a voice of the team:

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Hardwick was the man in the middle. And a Chargers great.

Chargers great: Joey Bosa

2016-present: 182 combined tackles, 37 sacks.

Bosa competed with Phillips when trying to figure out who to put on this list, but the tiebreaker was the former playing in more games and racking up more sacks from 2010-present.

Bosa has become one of the most, if not the most, complete defensive players in the NFL this season. No. 97 is going to lead this team into the next decade of Chargers football, winning games nearly by himself along the way.

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