LA Chargers: Notable NFL dads/sons that played for the Chargers
By Jason Reed
LA Chargers: The dads
Kellen Winslow (1979-1987)
Kellen Winslow was the greatest tight end in Chargers history, until Antonio Gates came along, that is. Winslow was revolutionary for the tight end position and was a huge part of the position becoming the offensive threat that it is today.
The Hall of Famer was a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro and had three seasons in his career with 1,000 or more receiving yards. At the time of his retirement, Winslow had the most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season (1,290).
That record was not broken until 2011, when Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski both had over 1,300 receiving yards.
Winslow’s son, Kellen Winslow Jr, played in the NFL from 2004 to 2013 and was a one-time Pro Bowler.
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Gill Byrd (1983-1992)
Gill Byrd was a solid member of the Chargers’ secondary for an entire decade and earned two Pro Bowl honors in his 10-year NFL career with the Bolts. Ironically, the last four years of his career were by far his most impressive and his two Pro Bowl honors came in his last two years.
Byrd is the all-time franchise leader in interceptions with 42 and no other player in Chargers history has even hit 30 interceptions with the team.
Byrd’s son is Jairus Byrd, who was in the league from 2009 to 2017 and was a three-time Pro Bowler. Jairus had more interceptions in a single season than his father ever had, nine in his rookie year, but his father still ended with more career interceptions.
Jairus played for the Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.