Ranking the top 5 Chargers running backs of all time

No. 1 is pretty obvious, but what about the rest of the top five?

San Diego Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers - October 15, 2006
San Diego Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers - October 15, 2006 / Robert B. Stanton/GettyImages
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Greatest Chargers running backs of all time: 2. Paul Lowe

Paul Lowe is someone who not a lot of fans may be familiar with as a large portion of the fanbase was not alive to see him play. Lowe played in the earliest days of the franchise in the 1960s and if you are under the age of 55 then you were not even alive while he was playing.

In terms of per-season production, there are other backs on this list that had better numbers than Lowe. In terms of overall numbers there are backs on this list better than Lowe. Human evolution has been apparent in sports over the last decade and anyone on this list would likely run circles around Lowe, whose legacy was made in an easier day for the sport.

The overall numbers give Lowe the edge over Ekeler, although as mentioned, Ekeler is knocking on the door of being the second-best running back in franchise history. Lowe finished his Chargers career with 4,972 yards and 46 total touchdowns. He ranks second in franchise history in rushing yards, fourth in total touchdowns and third in rushing touchdowns.

Lowe is a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame and is regarded as one of the best players in AFL history. At least for now, before the 2023 season, he is also considered the second-greatest running back in franchise history.