Sorry for the late post today. Not that you guys probably care. It's everyone's day off right? You shouldn't be reading this, you should be grilling and forgetting about work! Anyways, I'm going to try to organize a widget (those are the things on the side of each page) that shows the official sites and Twitter accounts of San Diego Chargers' players. Since there's nowhere online that I can find that lists all of the players with official websites of their own, I'm going to try to make a list myself. If you know of any official sites for Chargers players that I'm not including, please let me know in the comments.
Gartrell Johnson - Cool website and cool shop. Love to see a rookie embracing the team by including the logo (or something similar to it) in his own gear. The blog is already a good read and should be very entertaining when it's updated more frequently.
LaDainian Tomlinson - Not surprisingly, one of the better sites amongst Chargers players. The "LT Talk" section is like a fake Twitter, where LT throws down a couple of sentences and those updates can be e-mailed to you. Is there anything he can't do?
Shawne Merriman - Cool, brand-new website for Lights Out. Unfortunately, all I can think about when I go here is how un-intimidating Shawne looks without the mohawk. I'm also a little-bit in love with whoever did the work on his left bicep. There aren't any good close-ups of it on the site though. I wish we could get Shawne to post some close-ups on his tattoo work and tell the fans what they mean to him.
Luis Castillo - I swear the last-time I was on this site there was some Latin music playing that I couldn't help but dance with, even sitting at my computer. I don't hear it now. Was there some sort of error? Was it taken down? Is my computer screwed up? I have no idea. All I know is it makes me sad. Click the link, turn up your speakers and hope for the best.
Louis Vasquez - Louis' website is still very representative of his playing days at Texas Tech. It needs to be updated for sure, but I do like the high school scouting report: "56 pancakes and no sacks allowed during senior season ... excellent size, good strength ... second-team all-district honors following junior season ... clocked at 5.2 in the forty ... benches 385, squats 450 and has a power clean of 310 ... also offered by LSU, Baylor, Kansas State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M."
Marcus McNeil - As simple as it is, this is one of my favorite player websites. I like the links on the home page to the Boys & Girls Club and his foundation (Mack's Miracles). The photos section is second to none. My favorite part of this entire site is the picture of the Chargers who actually went to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl in 2007. Marcus seems to be the only one there that realizes that it's not about football when you're in Hawaii.
- L.J. Shelton - His website is a little bit out of date, showing him as a Dolphin. Actually, the entire website is in Dolphins colors and even has a place to show the Dolphins current record (0-0). Somebody needs to get on this.
- Shaun Phillips - The first time I saw this site's logo I thought it said "Shaun Phillips, actor" and my head nearly exploded. ACTOR? Then I cleared my head and realized it said "Shaun Phillips Factor". Phew, that was close. Looks like the same guy that built Luis Castillo's site built this one too.
- Kevin Burnett - Now there's a website that screams "starter". I can't wait for his blog/podcast section to get something in there. Maybe we can convince him to blog at BFTB instead.
Quentin Jammer - I can't even lie, Quentin's got the cutest kids ever. Check his journal for an update and pictures of the 5th member of the Jammer family. By the way, I might be crazy but I think in 15-20 years Quentin is going to look just like Greg Oden.
- Cletis Gordon - aka Flash. I like the tie on the front-page. Stylish. However, the appearances and news sections are a little out of date.
- Jacques Cesaire - This is not a website of Jacques, but it is the page for JC's Kids. A non-profit foundation he founded in 2007 to help whoever is in need, whether it's the homeless, children, military or simply the underprivileged. Worth checking out.
- Steve Gregory - Just like Jacques, this is a link to Steve's foundation called SG Squad. He's helping just as much as JC, but Steve holds more of a focus on athletics as a way to help kids focus.
- Jeromey Clary - Alright, let's get all of these out of the way. Clary's Crew seems to be essentially the same thing as SG's Squad. The originality is not the key to these foundations, the fact that these guys are spending their time and money to help kids who need it is great.
- Kassim Osgood - Team KO is an organization that provides positive reinforcement to kids who work on getting good grades, practicing good citizenship and achieving physical fitness. Kassim personally delivers 80 tickets to every Chargers home game to the selected students. He also invites their family members and creates a party atmosphere to celebrate their accomplishments and to inspire their classmates.
Nate Kaeding - It's not an official website for Nate or his foundation, but it is the website for his charity golf tournament.