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LA Chargers: Players who could be playing their last season in 2020

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Virgil Green #88 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sidelines before the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Virgil Green #88 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sidelines before the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The 2020 season might be the last for these two players on the LA Chargers.

Football is a young man’s game and if you look at the NFL compared to the other three major sports in the United States then you will see superstars retiring at a much younger age. Stars like Calvin Johnson and Andrew Luck retired during a period in which other athlete’s primes would start.

It is more than just the Luck/Johnson examples, though. We see starts in the NFL decline at a younger age than most other athletes. While it is not true for all NFL players (especially quarterbacks), some of the best in the league will be out of the league by their mid-30s.

Look at LaDainian Tomlinson as the perfect example. Tomlinson put together arguably the greatest season in running back history at 27 years old. His last 1,000-yard season was when he was 29. He retired before he was 33.

Compare that to other sports. LeBron James is still the face of the NBA at 35 years old and guys like Adrian Beltre were still producing at a high level in the MLB as they approached their 40s.

Retirement comes quicker in football than in most sports and while the LA Chargers are a relatively young team, there are two players, in particular, that might see 2020 be their last season not only with the Chargers but in the NFL.

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