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George Pernicano, one of Chargers’ original owners, has passed away

One of the first owners of the San Diego Chargers has passed away at the age of 98.

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One of the first minority owners of the San Diego Chargers and a member of the team’s Hall of Fame, George Pernicano, sadly has passed away at the age of 98. Pernicano had a hand in getting the team to relocate to San Diego from Los Angeles back in 1963.

A former member of the U.S. military, George Pernicano was loved by those within the Chargers organization and was also a well-respected member of the San Diego community. He was famous for owning multiple restaurants in the San Diego area, including Pernicano's pizza and Chargers players favorite Casa di Baffi.

Pernicano was the embodiment of what it means to be a fan, not just of the Chargers, but of any team. He supported the team he loved through all of the ups and downs, remaining a fan throughout his entire life. He also attended every game he could while physically able, including away games.

So here is to Mr. Pernicano, a great part of Chargers history, and more importantly a great man.