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Former Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer dies at 77

Schotty was recently placed in hospice care in North Carolina.

San Diego Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers - October 15, 2006 Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary

The Chargers and the NFL community lost a legend this week as former head coach Marty Schottenheimer died on Monday in North Carolina. He had been battling Alzheimer’s since 2014 and was able to pass with his family by his side.

Schottenheimer was hired as the head coach of the Chargers prior to the 2002 NFL season. The team struggled in his first two years, but the Chargers’ 4-12 record in 2003 earned them the No. 1 overall pick — which ended up being quarterback Philip Rivers when all the Eli Manning-drama was over with.

The Bolts went 12-4 in 2004 and won the AFC West. After a 7-9 season in 2005, they vaulted to the top of the league in 2006 with a 14-2 record, another AFC West crown, and a record-breaking MVP season for running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Despite the success, a strained relationship between team president Dean Spanos and Schottenheimer led to a surprising exit for the head coach. He finished his time in San Diego with an overall record of 47-33 with an 0-2 mark in the playoffs.

Former players and coaches who worked with Schottenheimer are paying their respects this morning and sharing their favorite stories on social media.

Rest in peace, Marty.