Finally, one to be proud of. Two players in particular defined a jersey for the Chargers, one for each side of the ball.
Partly due to the fact that so few players have worn #37 throughout Charger history, but also because these two guys are so clearly bald head-and-broad shoulders above the rest.
Hank Bauer, RB
Bauer certainly never had much of a statistical year (or game, for that matter) for the Chargers, but he is an indelible part of their history and heyday of the late ‘70s, early ‘80s.
Bauer was often considerate enough to let the Chargers work their way down the length the field before he would come in and let them off the hook by punching it in from the one. But he was good at it. (17 rushing touchdowns but a yards per carry average barely over 3.)
Bauer was the "everyman" on a team of high-flying, elite athletes. He was a no-nonsense player who looked more like some guy you’d see in Section G of the Murph rather than a guy you’d see getting hugs in the end zone after scoring a touchdown.
He played his entire career with the Bolts, and like a nagging cold, refuses to go away. Not only does he broadcast games on the radio, but he’s a frequent visitor and contributor to Bolts From the Blue! (Okay, maybe not, but made ya look!) In fact if "continued contribution to the franchise after retirement" were a genuine consideration, this battle for the Golden Jersey would at least come down to a vote.
Rodney Harrison, S
But instead, I will anoint Harrison the outright winner.
Harrison’s demise in
Tony Blaylock, CB Jeff Dale, S Cid Edwards, RB Gene Foster, RB Terry Orr, TE Charlie Smith, RB
Tony Blaylock, CB
Jeff Dale, S
Cid Edwards, RB
Gene Foster, RB
Terry Orr, TE
Charlie Smith, RB