San Diego Chargers do their best to tarnish their own legacy

Al Bello

The San Diego Chargers tried to make a little money on the names of their retired players, and ended up angering most of their fans in the process.

A lot of this is going to be in the form of tweets, so I apologize in advance.

It start with this:

Yup. That is a brand new 2013 San Diego Chargers jersey with Dan Fouts name and number on it. The team is pitching it as a way for fans to own the same jersey their favorite past Chargers have worn.

There's only one problem.....Dan Fouts does not play for the 2013 San Diego Chargers. He's never worn that jersey or a jersey that looked anything like that. Through most of his career, Fouts wore this uniform:

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via prod.static.chargers.clubs.nfl.com

In Fouts' final year in the NFL, 1987, the Chargers were sporting these bad boys:

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via prod.static.chargers.clubs.nfl.com

For the sake of comparison, here's the color/uniform that the team would have you believe Fouts wore:

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via prod.static.chargers.clubs.nfl.com

The reaction to the Chargers tweet, and promotion, was not kind.

You'd think that was bad enough, but I found something even worse.

For those of you who, like me, weren't around when Bambi played for the Chargers....here's what the uniforms looked like in his last year with the team:

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via prod.static.chargers.clubs.nfl.com

That is around the time that I lost my mind.

I don't know what all the rules are here. I imagine Nike is the only one that can sell jerseys, but Reebok or someone else owns the rights to all the old jerseys? Like I said, I don't know, but I do think it's awfully shameful for the Chargers (and/or Nike) to try and sell fans jerseys of retired players that don't properly represent the era in which that player played.

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