The San Diego Chargers have named their 2016 captains, according to Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune.
2016 Chargers captains: Manti Te’o and Brandon Mebane (defense); Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (offense); Darrell Stuckey (ST).
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) September 5, 2016
The announcement was confirmed via the team’s official website, Chargers.com, moments later.
Though none of these names come as a huge surprise, it’s nice to see that Brandon Mebane has earned the trust of his teammates and coaches without having even played a regular-season down while wearing lightning bolts.
The former Seahawk, when the 2016 season is completed, may prove to be the best offseason addition of this year.
Here’s what Chargers.com had to say about each newly named captain:
Philip Rivers – It’s no surprise that Rivers will once again don the C as the quarterback is considered the heart and soul of the Chargers. San Diego’s all-time leader in regular-season wins (92), consecutive starts (160), completions (3,462), completion percentage (64.8), touchdown passes (281), passer rating (95.5), 400-yard games (eight) and three-touchdown games (44), he is on pace to set franchise all-time marks for pass attempts, passing yards and 300-yard games.
Antonio Gates – Number 85 was named team captain for the second consecutive season. A mentor for players on both sides of the ball, the former undrafted free agent holds team records for career receptions (844), receiving yards (10,644) and touchdown catches (104). He is seven touchdown catches shy of tying Tony Gonzalez for most by a tight end in NFL history.
Brandon Mebane – It didn’t take long for the 10-year vet to take on a leadership position in San Diego as he became a trusted voice the moment he inked a three-year contract in March. A former Super Bowl champion, Mebane has played in 142 games with 134 starts, notching 386 tackles, 15.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Manti Te’o – Te’o appeared destined to ascend to captaincy from the day he was drafted, and his teammates voted him into the leadership position heading into his fourth year. The inside linebacker describes his leadership style as an inclusive one as he aims to ensure each of his teammates realize how vital they are to the Chargers success.
Darrell Stuckey – The former Pro Bowler was named team captain for a fifth consecutive season. A safety by trade, Stuckey is one of the top gunners in the league which is why he routinely draws double teams. He is also one of the most philanthropic Bolts as he spends much of his off time giving back to the community.
One name that I would have liked to see included was Jason Verrett. Entering his third year with the Chargers, Verrett is arguably the best player on the entire roster. Though he may allow his play on the field to do the talking for him, it would have been great to see him rewarded for his stellar play through two seasons. As many of you have seen throughout this offseason, the former Horned Frog is receiving a multitude of national attention from the media, being regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in all of the NFL.
The Bolts open up the season on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
Dave “Booga” Peters