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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: February 10, 2014

Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

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Bo Roberson: The Little Known Chargers Olympian - Jordan Beane
He was not expected to medal in 1960, a year with a strong pool of talent entering the long jump. Yet as the competition wore on, the Philadelphia native had the last jump – and a chance for Olympic gold. He also had a famous fan in the stands rooting him– Jesse Owen. Owen’s 1936 record for the long jump still stood and he had arrived in Rome feeling "like a father who has come back to watch his successful children." Unfortunately, Roberson came up one centimeter short of winning the gold, earning the silver medal.

Recapping 2013: The Defensive Backs - Ricky Henne
Perhaps no player made greater strides in 2013 than Jahleel Addae.  An undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan, the hard-hitting safety quickly endeared himself to the fan-base with his bone-rattling hits.  Addae’s playing time drastically increased over the course of the season, and when it was all said and done he had 32 tackles, two passes defensed, one sack and one tackle for loss.  He had a pair of big plays in the postseason consisting of a fumble recovery in the Wild Card win over the Bengals followed by a forced fumble a week later in Denver.

The Mental Disconnect – Adapting to the NFL - Joe Bussell
These players’ egos have been pampered and heads have been inflated with adulation from the moment they stepped onto the field. Life seems to come to them without any effort. These young men live in a distorted sense of reality from an extremely young age.  Grades are taken care of, practices are easy for them, and the rewards are praise and commendation.

The eagle has landed - Cyd Zeigler
The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out

Larry English won’t be a free agent, after all - Mike Florio
In response to our list of AFC West potential free agents, based largely on the NFLPA official list of free agents, a Chargers source advises PFT that English did not reach the playing-time percentage necessary to void the final year of his original six-year deal.