Forgotten-about LA Chargers Hall of Famers: Larry Little
Unlike the other three players on this list, Little did not come to the Chargers late in his career after already establishing a Hall of Fame bid. Instead, Little began his career with the Chargers and then moved on to carve out his path to the Hall of Fame.
Little is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins. He was one of the best linemen in the late 1960s and 1970s and is a true pioneer to the game.
Little won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins, was named to five Pro Bowls and earned All-Pro honors seven times. In 1972 he led the entire NFL in Approximate Value with 20.
Before becoming a Dolphin, though, he was a Charger. Not only did the Chargers miss out on Little’s prime, but Little hardly even played.
He was a depth offensive lineman for the team in 1967 and did not start a single game. In 1968 he was granted three starting opportunities and that was it. The Chargers traded Little to the Dolphins prior to the 1969 season and he became the team’s starter and the rest was history.
The one saving grace of missing out on Little is the fact that the Chargers had some truly great offensive linemen early in franchise history. In fact, most of the greatest offensive linemen in team history came during the 1960s and 1970s.
However, it still hurts knowing that you let a Hall of Famer slip outside of your grasp. Younger fans know that today with Drew Brees and older fans knew that back in the day with Larry Little.