Ten greatest Chargers players of the past decade: 2010-present
Chargers great: Philip Rivers
2010-present: 42,521 passing yards, 282 touchdowns, 154-straight games played.
Rivers may be the most beloved player in team history, and for good reason. Where does one begin?
Bolo tie. “I JUST REALLY LIKE TO PLAY FOOTBALL!” The first-down run in Baltimore. The comeback vs the 49ers. His legendary horse-breeding status. Never missing a game.
Rivers doesn’t have to win another playoff game to prove anything to most Chargers fans. He’s the father we all hope to be. He’s the teammate we wished we had. He’s the competitor we all strive to become, one who has pushed through adversity, coaching changes, city changes, and a truly dreadful offensive line most of the decade.
Chargers great: Keenan Allen
2013-present: 482 receptions, 5,931 receiving yards, 31 touchdowns.
Allen, should he play through his current contract and one more extension, may become the most productive wide receiver in Chargers history. And that’s not something to be taken lightly.
Has any Chargers offensive player had more signature moments than Allen has since he entered the league? The leap in Denver. The demolition of the Steelers in prime time. Getting called for offensive pass interference against the Redskins despite being five yards away from the defender.
Chargers great: Eric Weddle
2010-2015: 588 tackles, three sacks, 15 interceptions, 53 passes defended.
It’s a bit of a common theme to poke fun at Weddle these days, but fans shouldn’t forget just how incredible Weddle was during his time with the Chargers.
Three Second-Team All-Pro, two First-Team All-Pro, and three Pro-Bowl designations for the team’s free safety.
Chargers great: Casey Hayward
This one is either a surprise for readers or one that makes perfect sense.
First off, imagine this: Telesco picked up Bosa and Hayward in the same offseason. Is there a better one-two move in recent memory?
Though in just his fourth season with the team, Hayward has been about as consistent as any player on this list. Here are his numbers through his Chargers career:
- 51.3 completion percentage allowed
- 67.2 passer rating
- 33.2 yards per game
- 2.3 receptions per game
- 0.14 touchdowns per game
- 13 interceptions, 40 passes defended
- 58 straight games started
Not bad for a free agent.
That’s it for the top ten, and like always, it’s a list subject to debate and discussion. Were any of your favorites left off the article entirely? Should any of the honorable mentions replace those on the top ten, and if so, why? Here’s to another decade of great Chargers players.