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LA Chargers: 4 forgotten-about Hall of Famers that played for the Bolts

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The LA Chargers have some forgotten-about Hall of Famers.

We all know the all-time greats and Hall of Famers that became legends wearing the powder blue. LaDainian Tomlinson, Junior Seau, Philip Rivers, Dan Fouts, Antonio Gates, the list goes on and on.

However, there are some notable all-time greats that spent time with the LA Chargers that are often forgotten about. These Hall of Famers made their legacy known on other teams in the league but spent time in the powder blue as well.

There are four such examples of players that fit this billing, starting with…

Forgotten-about LA Chargers Hall of Famers: John Mackey

Before the Chargers fielded some of the greatest tight ends of all-time in Kellen Winslow and Antonio Gates, they fielded just the second tight end in NFL history to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

John Mackey is a three-time All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowler, one-time NFL Champion and one-time Super Bowl Champion. Most importantly, he is a Hall of Famer.

Mackey was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1992 for his impact on the Baltimore Colts in the 1960s. He was before his time, finishing his career with over 5,000 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns — both high marks for a tight end at this time.

After nine seasons with the Colts, Mackey joined the Chargers in 1972. The star tight end ended his career with a whimper as a rotational offensive piece that only made 11 catches for 110 yards.