There are 49 more days until the LA Chargers’ scheduled Week 1 game.
Counting today, there are officially 49 days until the LA Chargers‘ scheduled Week 1 matchup against first overall pick Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. That is, as long as the 2020 NFL season goes ahead as scheduled.
To count down the 2020 season, we have been naming the best players in LA Chargers’ history to wear each number that coincides with the number of days remaining. Thus far, Melvin Ingram and Sam Tevi, of all people, are the only current Chargers to earn the honor.
The number 49 is a bit of a disappointing one as not that many players have worn the number in Chargers’ history. What is important is that we are halfway through our countdown, which means football is near on the horizon (hopefully).
The best number 49 in LA Chargers’ history: Jimmy Warren
Jimmy Warren began his career in 1964 with the Chargers, who were then still a part of the AFL, and had some really solid seasons while in the AFL… with the Miami Dolphins.
Warren was a one-time Pro Bowler and was voted to three separate second-team ALL-AFL teams. All of those honors came between the 1967 and 1968 seasons with the Dolphins.
Warren spent just two seasons with the Chargers, where he definitely was a serviceable starting cornerback. Warren had a combined seven interceptions and started 22 of his 28 games with the Chargers. He racked up a total of 12 Approximate Value in his two years, which is the most all-time for any Charger to wear the number 49.
There is a current player on the roster, however, that easily could pass that 12 AV mark and become the best number 49 in no time. Drue Tranquill had some really noticeable standout moments in his rookie season and many Charger fans project him to be even better in year two with a bigger role.
If Tranquill can put together two solid seasons with the Bolts then he would have already earned the right to be the best number 49 in team history. Of course, nothing is a given in the NFL, but that is not the toughest thing in the world.
For now, though, Warren is still the best player to wear the number 49 in the history of the LA Chargers.