- Chuck Bradley, TE
- Craig Cotton, TE
- Arthur Cox, TE
- Tom Day, DE
- Dick Gordon, WR
- Gene Huey, WR
- Deems May, TE
- Gregg McCrary, TE
- Pettis Norman, TE
- Kris Wilson, TE
By contrast to 87, 88 has much more interesting quality players – with far less quantity. Mainly because it features guys who wore the number for several years.
- Eric Parker, WR
- Pete Holohan, TE
- Freddie Jones, TE
Parker was not a bad little receiver. But he was also very polarizing – some loved him, some hated him. Spending as much time as he did injured didn’t help his cause. But as a little engine that could (as long as his wheels were on the track), he had some memorable games for some memorable teams.
Holohan never put up big numbers (kinda hard when you’re playing in the Winslow shadow), but still put in some good service time as a Coryell Bolt.
Even Freddie Jones – for all his unfulfilled promise – performed admirably for some lousy teams.
But none of these compares with yet another one of those unsung, unknown "heroes."
Don Norton, WR
Yeah, who, right? Well, Norton’s numbers aren’t exactly "electric," but if you’ve been following this series at all, you know that the majority of Golden Jersey winners either come from the Coryell years or the AFL days when few of us were alive and even fewer of us watched or rooted for the team.
Norton played 7 seasons as a Charger, including one in L.A. He never caught more than 50 passes or amassed more than 820 yards in a single season. But he went to two AFL All-Star games, and never played for another team. And for that, Norton joins the multitude of other AFL Chargers in the Golden Jersey circle.