Mike Williams pays homage to the Chargers' San Diego roots

LA Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams
LA Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Chargers are entering their third season inside SoFi Stadium in 2022 and the sixth season in the city of Los Angeles. Time has flown since the Bolts moved from San Diego as the 2016 season was the last time that the Chargers played down the I-5.

There are not very many players on the 2022 Chargers who played with the team while it was in San Diego. The Chargers are one of the youngest teams in the sport and the older players on the roster were mostly brought in from other teams.

There are only two players — one on each side of the ball — who were on the Chargers prior to the 2017 season. Keenan Allen has been with the team since 2013 and Joey Bosa was a rookie in 2016. Outside of that, the Chargers are made up of players who have only known what it is like to play on the LA Chargers, not the San Diego Chargers.

However, that has not stopped receiver Mike Williams from paying homage to the Chargers' San Diego roots. Williams was drafted in 2017 in the team's first season in Los Angeles, so he did not get any San Diego Chargers gear from the team. Williams has instead gone out of his way to get San Diego merch and recently posted a picture of him working out with a vintage Chargers shirt.

The excitement around the LA Chargers in 2022 is the highest since the franchise was in San Diego.

Our own Ryan Harris recently broke down how the 2022 Chargers could be reminiscent of the 2006 Chargers, which is the best team in franchise history. This was fitting timing with Williams posing in the San Diego shirt as this could be the best Chargers team since then.

This is definitely the best roster the team has had since the 2006 season and has to be the team that has the best chance of winning the Super Bowl since that 2006 team. Oddsmakers certainly believe in the Chargers as WynnBET gives them the joint-sixth-best Super Bowl odds at +1600.

Williams is channeling that energy and old-school fans of the Chargers that still want to see the team back in San Diego are going to appreciate this. The team might not move back to San Diego anytime soon (even with a potential ownership change), so it is nice to see a current player pay homage to the franchise's roots.