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LA Chargers: 5 best defensive players who were never Pro Bowlers

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets has a pass broken up by Quentin Jammer #23 of the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on October 23, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets has a pass broken up by Quentin Jammer #23 of the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on October 23, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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(Stephen Dunn /Allsport) – LA Chargers
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Some defensive greats in LA Chargers’ history never made the Pro Bowl.

The LA Chargers have one of the best defensive players in the history of the NFL in Junior Seau, who is either the greatest player in franchise history or is second behind LaDainian Tomlinson, depending on who you ask.

Outside of Seau, the Chargers do not have many all-time greats on the defensive side of the ball as they do on the offensive side of the ball. You have players such as Leslie O’Neal and Eric Weddle, who were exceptional but will never be mentioned among the best to ever play.

This does not mean that the team has not had very talented defensive players and in fact, it seems like defensive players get overlooked on the Chargers, for whatever reason. Just like we did with the skill position players, here are the Chargers’ greatest defensive players who did not get the Pro Bowl that they deserved.

Best LA Chargers to never make the Pro Bowl: 5. Raylee Johnson

Raylee Johnson spent a staggering 10 seasons with the LA Chargers from 1993 to 2002 but it was not until his last four years with the team that he really became an impact player on the defensive end, which led to him making this list.

For six years, Johnson was nothing more than a rotational player that did not make that large of an impact on the team. However, he then ripped off a three-year stretch in seasons six through nine with the team that should have garnered at least one Pro Bowl appearance.

Johnson had a combined 26.5 sacks with two fumble recovery touchdowns and 31 tackles for loss from 1999 to 2002 (he missed the 2000 season).

In terms of franchise ranks, Johnson has the sixth-most sacks in Chargers’ history with all five players ahead of him having at least one Pro Bowl to their name. Johnson also has the sixth-most games played in franchise history (145) for a defensive player, although he only started 53.

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