Rick Ackerman, DE
Tony Chickillo, NT
Brandon McKinney, DT
Shawn Price, DT
Mike Pringley, DE
Neil Smith, DE
As I go through these 90s, I’m starting to realize wearing a number in the 90s was not so much en vogue until the 80s -- which means there’s a dearth of options for most of these numbers. Thankfully 91 features one of the all time greats.
Leslie O'Neal, DE
O’Neal was a pretty special player in Chargers’ history. So special, in fact, that he was selected one of the 50 Greatest in Charger history, primarily on the strength of being the all-time Charger sack leader. (Yeah, sure, the sack statistic has about as much of a history as frozen yogurt, but does anyone really think that any other player amassed more than 105 sacks in their career as a Charger?)
In 9 seasons with the Chargers (with a 10th season wiped out by injury), O’Neal had double-digits in sacks every year but two – and once was because he only played about half the season because of the injury.
O’Neal was a prolific edge-rusher, whether as a Linebacker or Defensive End – while being a quiet but dominating force.
He was widely recognized and respected by the league, garnering six Pro Bowl selections. And now his recognition and respect translates to our own precious winner’s circle.