Leslie O’Neal

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Well, this is certainly a difficult challenge!

Try naming just five of YOUR favorite men to suit up in lightning bolts! Can you do it?!

Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes one say “Yeah, I like him!” Does it matter if it is an “old school” guy where they played more smashmouth football? Or one from the “new” era where it seems like statistics seem to be the norm?

Either way, we all have our favorites for whatever reason. Maybe it’s how they seemingly just fly down the field as if on wings. Perhaps it’s how that one guy is just ALWAYS busting through the offensive line. Could it be the brashness or confidence that reaches us? You all know what you appreciate about the players you can’t wait to see take the field.

Here’s my list of my top five “old school” Chargers, though there were many choices!

 

Darren Bennett:

Punter for the Chargers from 1994 to 2003, Bennett was formerly an Australian Rules football player. One always knew two things about him: he had the BIGGEST kicking leg and he did not shy away from hitting an opponent if need be. You just knew that Bennett was going to give his team the best field position possible! It was something to see when that ball left his foot and caught air!

 

Lionel “Little Train” James:

Gosh, this guy was special! He was only in the league for five short years, but he left his mark! Small in stature at 5’6″ and 171 pounds, James was THE smallest running back when he came into the NFL in 1984. His best season was in 1985 when he established three records for a running back.

James led the AFC with 86 receptions and set the bar at 2,583 all-purpose yards including 1,027 receiving yards. I remember watching him squirt through holes and run along the sideline. He had so much power in those legs and he was quick; defenders had difficulty stopping him. Sadly, his stellar career ended due to a degenerative hip injury.

 

Alfred Pupunu:

Ha, gotcha on this one! Who could forget the Tongan TE who literally was responsible for scoring the go-ahead touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers to get the Bolts into the 1994 playoffs?! Yes, I know that Dennis Gibson broke up a Neil O’Donnell pass with mere seconds on the clock.

Pupunu had two stints in San Diego (1992-97, 1999). One of the other reasons I and other fans liked him was because of his touchdown celebration: he would pretend that he was opening a coconut and then hoisted it skyward as if drinking from it. I’d venture to say that some folks might have thought he was opening and drinking a beer!

 

Jamal Williams:

Undoubtedly, the BEST nose tackle to ever suit up for the Blue and Gold. “Ja-mal” was a big, hulking man at 6’3′ and 348 pounds. He was a tackling machine and one of my favorite guys to watch on defense not named Junior Seau. Eleven seasons in San Diego saw the huge but quick man wreak havoc against opposing offenses by collecting 240 tackles, defend 18 passes, force three fumbles plus a lone touchdown and interception apiece.

He was not only an outstanding defensive lineman for the Chargers, he was also considered one of the most elite nose tackles in the NFL in his day. I would always get a kick out of watching that huge body shove it’s way into the middle. Jamal meant business!

 

Leslie O’Neal:

As a defensive end, O’Neal was another adept tackler for the Bolts. Voted Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1986 he racked up 12.5 sacks prior to losing almost two years due to a knee injury. It was week seven of the ’88 season before he took the field again. His stats weren’t great that year (four sacks/28 tackles) but he was on his way. His performance that season made it possible for him to make his first Pro Bowl appearance.

By the time his career in San Diego was completed, per Pro Football Reference his numbers were: six Pro Bowl selections, 572 tackles, 105.5 sacks which made him the team leader in that category; forced 18 fumbles while recovering nine, two interceptions and a touchdown. O’ Neal is currently tied with Lawrence Taylor at 13th all-time as they both have 132.5 sacks in their careers. Yet another great defenseman for the Chargers.

 

Honorable Mention:

Gill Byrd – Safety 1983-1992; played every position in the secondary (LCB/SS/FS/RCB), 42 INTs (4x in Top 10)
Stan Humphries – Quarterback 1992-1997; only QB to lead team to Super Bowl (’94), he also guided them to 10 fourth quarter comebacks to go with 12 game-winning drives. He retired as a result of sustaining four concussions in 22 months.
Charlie Joiner – Wide Receiver 1976-1986; aged 39 when he hung up his cleats, Joiner was one of Fouts’ favorite targets to the tune of 586 receptions, 9,203 yards and 47 TDs.
Kellen Winslow – Tight End 1979-1987; in addition to his memorable “Epic in Miami” performance, Winslow was a five-time Pro Bowler. He also placed in the Top 10 in these categories: receptions (4x), receiver (3x), and receiving TDs (4x). He had some gaudy numbers for a guy who only played in 109 games: 6,741 yards on 541 catches with 45 of those being TDs. After just eight years in the NFL, he, too, was forced to retire due to injury.

Keep an eye out for a list of my current players!

Thank you for reading!

Cheryl White

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1994-chargers

 

 

Twenty years have gone by since our beloved Chargers played in their one and only Super Bowl.  Let that sink in….20 years.  Where were you on January 29th, 1995?  Were you born yet? Were you entering middle school?  Or were you old enough to be overcome with awesome disbelief as you watched your Cinderella Chargers defeat Miami and Pittsburgh in order to play in their first ever Super Bowl?

 

Many of you that are old enough to remember know exactly where you were and who you were with when you sat down to watch Super Bowl XXIX.  San Diego was not expected to enter the playoffs let alone play in the NFL title game during the 1994 season; a solid 9-7 was what most “experts” expected  out of America’s finest city.

 

Now that I have you going back in time, do you wonder what those players from the ‘94 season are up to?  Let’s take a look at a few players on this special team that defied all odds.

 

 

Head Coach – Bobby Ross came to San Diego in 1992 after taking the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to an 11-0-1 record and winning the ACC Championship.  Coach Ross would lead the Bolts to three playoffs, two division titles and one illustrious Super Bowl during his 5 years.  After his departure, Ross went on to coach the Detroit Lions for 4 year before retiring.  After four years of retirement, with the encouragement of his wife, he came back from retirement to coach Army’s football team.  Three years later he retired again and has not coached since 2006.  He currently resides where he was born 78 years ago – in Richmond, VA.  He is active in his community and speaks often at schools and banquets.

 

Offensive Coordinator – Ralph Friedgen was 47 when he was the OC for San Diego.  Prior to the NFL, he was the OC for Georgia Tech under Bobby Ross and both left the college game in 1992.  In 1996 Coach Friedgen was released and went back to Georgia Tech where he was the OC for four years.  He then moved on to be the Head Coach for the Maryland Terps for 10 years.  Last season, Ralph moved on to Rutgers University where he is currently the OC.

 

Defensive Coordinator –   Bill Arnsparger, 88 years of age, coached for many years in the NFL.  After leaving the Dolphins in 1983, he became the Head Coach at LSU until he left in 1986 to become the AD at the University of Florida.  Bill walked into major issues in Florida where both the football and basketball programs were put on probation.  He was able to come out of that mess by hiring Steve Spurrier to coach the Gator football program.  Coach Arnsparger became the DC for San Diego the same year as Ross and Friedgen, 1992.  Shortly after the Super Bowl loss, Coach Arnsparger retired for good, stating it had to do with the prostate cancer surgery he had the previous year.  In 1998 his book “Coaching Defensive Football” was published where it received good reviews from readers.

 

Quarterback – Stan Humphries Is known for leading our Bolts to the first ever Super Bowl in franchise history.  In 1992 he is lead the Chargers to their first playoff appearance in over a decade, while starting 0-4 to begin the season – currently the only NFL team to ever start 0-4 and make the playoffs.  Stan was inducted to the San Diego Chargers Hall Of Fame in 2002.  Currently Stan, at the age of 49, is the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at his alma mater University of Louisiana of Monroe.  He has been coaching women’s basketball going on 12 years and was brought to ULM last season.

 

Running back – Natrone Means had his best year in the NFL with San Diego in 1994.  He ran for 1,350 yards with 12 touchdowns and at the time, became the youngest NFL running back to score a TD in a Super Bowl.  Means was released before the 1996 season where he then landed in Jacksonville for two seasons.  As an unrestricted free agent, Natrone was back in America’s finest city where he played for two more seasons.  In 2000 he did sign with Carolina, however he did not have one rush attempt and retired after the season.  He coached at Livingston College, first as a Running Backs Coach and then as the Offensive Coordinator.  Natrone, 42, currently is the Running Backs coach for Winston-Salem State University and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Wide ReceiverMark Seay’s story is one of tragedy, inspiration and fortitude.  Before playing college football in 1988, he attended his sister’s Halloween party where gun shots were fired outside the home.  When he heard the gunfire, he quickly used his body to shield his 2 yr old niece; subsequently a bullet hit him through the pelvis, hip and lung and blowing out one of his kidneys.  The bullet was on its way to his heart but it stopped prior, and remains in his body to this day.  After filing a lawsuit when Cal State Long Beach refused to bring him on the team, CSLB coach George Allen was able to bring him on board while appeasing everyone with Mark wearing extra protection and taking a urine test after each game.  Mark came to San Diego from San Francisco in 1993.  His most memorable play was the game winning catch against Miami in the 1994 AFC Divisional playoff game.  Mark only played 3 more years in the NFL after the Super Bowl run, one with the Chargers and two with the Eagles, ending his NFL career after the 1997 season.  In 2003, Mark’s older brother was shot in San Bernardino, later passing away after being in an 11-month coma.  In 2006 his younger brother was shot to death in the family’s backyard by two assailants – this happened while Mark was in the middle of a 48 week police academy course.  He currently tours the country as a motivational speaker.  Here is a video:

 

Wide Receiver – Tony Martin played four seasons in Miami before making the cross-country trip to San Diego in 1994.  Tony was the main target of Stan Humphries and even recorded a 99 yard touchdown reception.  Martin caught 9 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the ‘94 playoff games.  Tony played 3 more seasons with the Chargers as the #1 WR until he left for Atlanta in 1998.  Tony was charged with money laundering after his Falcons lost in the Super Bowl.  He was later acquitted while under contract with the team that drafted him, the Miami Dolphins, where he played two more seasons before heading back to Atlanta for his final  NFL season in 2001.  There is not much information on Tony and his life after football.

 

Tight End – Alfred Pupunu played with the Chargers from ‘92-97 before he went to Kansas City, NY Giants, back with San Diego and finishing his career with Detroit in 2000.  Although he didn’t score many touchdown in his career, albeit he scored against Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship game, his famous dance after those scores was a famous one.  After a brief time being a volunteer assistant with the University of Utah from 2005-2007, he then became the RB/TE coach for Southern Utah University.  Since 2010, he has been on the coaching staff for the University of Idaho.


Kicker
John Carney played in the NFL for 23 years on teams of Tampa Bay, LA Rams, San Diego, New Orleans, Kansas City, NY Giants and ending his career back in New Orleans.  Currently he still owns the Chargers record for all time leading scorer.  John currently runs a pre-season kicking training camp called “The Launching Pad.”

 

Inside linebacker – Dennis Gibson played 7 seasons with Detroit before coming to San Diego for 2 season before retiring.  Of course Charger historians will know his name for the 4th down pass deflection in the AFC Championship game against Pittsburgh that sent San Diego to it’s first Super Bowl.  Currently, Dennis owns and operates Encore Pizza Company out of Johnston, Iowa; a suburb of De Moines.

 

Defensive EndLeslie O’Neil played a long career in the NFL from 1986-1999.  Leslie was the first Charger to ever be bestowed with the Defensive Rookie Player of the Year in 1986.  His career accolades include 6 Pro Bowls, leading the Chargers in sacks from 1990-1995 and is currently tied for 11th in career sacks with 132.5.  He was inducted into the San Diego Chargers HOF in 2014, but has not yet been voted into Canton

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R.I.P.

There have been 8 players from this 1994 squad whom have passed away tragically and far too young, in this writer’s opinion.

David Griggs – Linebacker

David played 6 seasons, five with Miami and one with San Diego.  Five months after playing in the Super Bowl as a Charger, he died in a fatal car accident when his car slid off the ramp on the Florida Turnpike near Fort Lauderdale – he was 28 years of age.

 

Rodney Culver – Running back

Rodney didn’t carry the ball much during the Super Bowl run but made an appearance with the holdout and injury to Natrone Means in 1995.  After that season, in May of 1996, he and his wife boarded ValueJet Flight 592 which crashed into the Florida Everglades killing every passenger – he was 26 years of age.

 

Doug Miller – Linebacker

Doug was a member of the Charger for two seasons; recording no stats.  He was struck by lightning twice during a camping trip in Colorado in July of 1998 – he was 29 years old.

 

Curtis Whitley – Center

Curtis played in 30 games from 1992-1994 with San Diego.  After which he played in 42 games for the Panthers from 1995-1997.  A day after his birthday in May of 2008, local Sheriff deputies located Whitley dead from a drug overdose in his trailer home in Fort Stockton, TX. – he was 39 years of age.

 

Chris Mims – Defensive End

Chris was drafted in the first round by the Chargers in 1992 where he played until 1996.  After a short stint with Washington, he returned to San Diego for two more seasons.  His best season was in 1994 where he recorded 11 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 35 tackles.  In October of 2008, Los Angeles Police officers were doing a welfare check on Chris when they found him dead.  The cause of death was cardiac arrest as his heart was enlarged.  At the time of death, Chris weighed 456 pounds – he was 38 years young

 

Shawn Lee – Left Defensive Tackle

Shawn played his first four years in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Miami.  He came to San Diego in 1992 and played through the 1997 season.  During the SB run, he recorded 6.5 sacks with 30 tackles and one forced fumble.  The last few years of his life, Shawn was struggling with diabetes.  In February of 2011, after suffering through double pneumonia, he died from a cardiac arrest – he was 44 years old.

 

Lewis Bush – LInebacker

Lewis was drafted by San Diego in the fourth round of the 1993 draft.  He played for the Chargers from ‘93-99 and then ended his career with three season in Kansas City.  Lewis recorded 3 tackles during the SB run.  As he began to start in more games beginning in 1995, he showed a big improvement.  In December of 2011, less than a week after his birthday, he was found dead of heart attack – he was 42 years old.

 

Junior Seau – Linebacker

Junior is probably one of the best players to ever put on a San Diego Charger uniform.  There is much I can say about this remarkable man and football player.  His intensity, leadership and drive to make everyone around him better on and off the field, just tips the iceberg on this Hall of Fame player.  In May of 2012, his girlfriend found him in his home with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest – he was 43 years old.

 

 

Well I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with me.  During this writing, I was overcome with excitement and then overshadowed with sad emotions.  What a team……what a ride.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

  • BWK

Q3

 

 

It was heartbreaking to witness a divisional loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, October 19, 2014. Divisional games, no matter if they are away or at home, are difficult in every aspect of the game. This game also marked a moment in Charger history – Leslie O’Neal, defensive end/outside linebacker  from 1986-1995, was inducted as the 37th member of the San Diego’s Chargers Hall of Fame (HOF). What you may not have recognized is that this was the 4th consecutive contest lost during a Charger HOF induction game in recent years.

Since 2008, there have been five games that have introduced a new member to the Charger’s HOF; all but one of those games have ended in losses. There isn’t necessarily a HOF induction game every year, 2009 and 2010 to be exact, yet in years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 all have inducted a player during a halftime ceremony and each game has ended in a loss to an AFC team. After yesterday’s defeat, it’s safe to say that there is a noticeable losing streak for the Chargers during these induction games.

Fred Dean was inducted to the Chargers HOF in 2008, and that was the last time the Chargers won one of these special games. On November 27th 2011 the Chargers played a significant game versus the Denver Broncos during which, the notorious Junior Seau, one of the Chargers best linebackers ever, was inducted at halftime. Unfortunately, the game ended in a gut wrenching 13-16 overtime loss to their division rivals – a game that Tim Tebow won’t ever forget.

In 2012, Darren Bennett, a punter from 1995 to 2003 was introduced as the 36th member into the Chargers HOF during another Denver Broncos rival game. As if history repeated itself, the Chargers again fell to the Broncos 24-35 after a historical 24-0 deficit comeback. Keep in mind, this season also prompted the removal of the former regime at head coach and general manager and instantly the 2013 season looked more promising. At this point you might be thinking, “A couple of games isn’t a losing streak”, yet following years will prove you wrong.

The 2013 season was a special year. The 1963 AFL Championship Team was inaugurated to the Chargers Ring of Honor on December 1st – fifteen members of the team were already in the team’s HOF. Yet, the Chargers were again defeated, racking up three turnovers and falling to the Cincinnati Bengals 10-17 – giving them a 5-7 record. Fortunately, the Chargers recovered their season and won their last four games giving them the AFC Wildcard into the playoffs.

As mentioned before, the Chargers dropped to 5-2 while being defeated at home yesterday, 20-23 to the Kansas City Chiefs. During halftime, Leslie O’Neal was inducted to the Charger HOF, marking the fourth consecutive year the Chargers have lost a momentous game. It’s no secret that the Chargers are having a fantastic season and have been earmarked to make the playoffs, but this HOF induction game losing streak needs to be squashed. There may not be another opportunity for a few years, however it’s one to keep in the books for future reference. Wouldn’t it be remarkable, though, if the next Charger HOF inductee was #24 LaDainian Tomlinson, and the Chargers defeated the New York Jets (another AFC team that LT once played for) during the homecoming game? What a marvelous way to break the frustrating HOF induction game losing streak!

 

Briana Soltis

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The NFL draft is still about seven weeks away.  The league and its teams have been participating in this year’s free agent frenzy for the better part of a week.  Most of the big names have changed teams, or re-signed with their respective teams.

The Chargers have added some much-needed depth at multiple positions.  Tom Telesco has done a great job bringing in guys that help add to a team that finished last season in the second round of the playoffs.  The questions now turn to the draft.

As the draft order currently sits, San Diego has the 25th pick in the first round.  The importance of the Bolts hitting on that pick is crucial in building on last year’s performance.  It’s no secret that Telesco had one of the best draft classes in the NFL.  John Clayton of ESPN has been on the record of saying it was THE best.

The first round should give the Chargers some options on how and where to improve the team.  Like many of you, I’ve been doing my homework trying to see who I would select if I were in Tom’s position.  While doing so, I wondered how many first round draft picks the Chargers have made that panned out to be superstars.  Which then led me to this post.  After spending some time doing some research, I came up with who I would consider to be the top 5 first round draft selections by your San Diego Chargers.  As per any post that is purely based on one’s opinion, there will be those of you that will have a completely different list.  But, read on and you can see who I have decided are in my top-5.

 

5. Leslie O’Neal   DE   Oklahoma State   6’4″ 275 pounds

 

O’Neal was drafted with the 8th pick in the first round of the 1986 draft.  He played both defensive end and outside linebacker for San Diego.  O’Neal earned his way into 6 Pro bowl nods and finished his career with 132.5 sacks.  After 9 years in America’s finest city, O’Neal spent two years a piece in both St. Louis and Kansas City.

 

4.  Walt Sweeney   OG   Syracuse   6’4″ 256 pounds

 

Obviously Walt Sweeney and his tenure with the Chargers is far before my time.  But it is impossible to not include him on this list after looking him up and then speaking with my father about him.  He was the 2nd overall pick in the 1963 draft.  Sweeney started 181 games during his career.  Like O’Neal, he had a stint at the end of his playing days – two years in Washington – before retiring.  He was a two-time 1st team All-pro selection and made the Pro bowl and impressive 9 times.  Hopefully you can see why he had to be on this list.

 

3.  Kellen Winslow   TE   Missouri   6’5″ 251 pounds

 

The image of Kellen Winslow being helped off the field after the triple-overtime victory over the Dolphins is one of the most iconic pictures in all of professional sports.  Winslow revolutionized the tight end position in the NFL.  His athleticism at the position was not common in those days.  He was the 13th player chosen in the 1979 draft after the Bolts traded with the Browns to move up to select him.  By the time Winslow decided to hang up his cleats, he had amassed 541 receptions for 6,741 yards and 45 touchdowns.  Additionally, he was selected as a 1st team All-pro 3 times and made the Pro bowl 5 times in his career.  Winslow was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 after being a finalist in 1993 and 1994.

 

2.  LaDainian Tomlinson   RB   TCU   5’11”  221 pounds

 

To put it quite simply, LaDainian Tomlinson is one of the greatest running backs of all-time.  His production over his career guarantee him a spot in Canton on the first ballot.  Nicknamed LT, he was involved in one of the biggest draft day trades ever.  The Chargers held the 1st pick in the 2001 draft and the Atlanta Falcons wanted to move up from the 5th pick to draft Michael Vick. We all know how that worked out.  Tomlinson earned his way to 1st team All-pro 3 times while going to the Pro bowl 5 times.  His career numbers are as follows:

Rushing – 3174 rushes 13,684 yards 145 touchdowns

Receiving – 624 receptions 4,772 yards 17 touchdowns

Passing – 8/12 143 yards 7 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Not too shabby, eh?  In fact, I think I’ll just put a bow on this part of the article now.

 

1.  Junior Seau   LB   USC   6’3″  255 pounds

 

Buddy.  Seau was taken with the 5th pick in the first round of the 1990 draft.  He would go on to be the heart and soul of the Chargers for 13 seasons.  He also played 3 years in Miami and 4 years in New England to finish up his career.  By the time it was all said and done, Seau totaled 12 Pro bowls, all of which were with the Chargers and achieved consecutively, and was named a 1st team All-pro 6 times.  A tackling machine, he had over 1,400 tackles during his time in the NFL.  He also managed to snag 18 interceptions and 56.5 sacks.  Seau was a force to be reckoned with at all times.  He had a knack for timing snaps and was always around the ball.  Opposing offenses, especially quarterbacks, had to know where Seau was at all times.  Seau is eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year.  That will be an emotional day for countless fans all over the world.

 

Honorable Mentions:  Russ Washington, John Jefferson, Gary “Big Hands” Johnson, Billy Ray Smith, Quentin Jammer, Jim Lachey and Earl Faison

 

That was a fun post to research and to write.  I hope everyone enjoys reading it.  Feel free to leave me a comment on what you think.  Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Booga Peters

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One of my favorite Chargers of all-time happens to be Leslie O’Neal.  The man was an absolute beast.  He played both defensive end and outside linebacker for the Bolts.  After spending 9 years with the Chargers, he finished his career by playing 2 years with the St. Louis Rams and 2 years with the Kansas City Chiefs.

O’Neal’s accolades started to pile up from the very beginning of his NFL career.  As a rookie in 1986, he won the AP defensive rookie of the year.  He went on to play in 6 pro bowls throughout his career.

If those numbers aren’t impressive enough for you, he is tied for ninth in NFL history with 132.5 career sacks.  He holds the ninth spot with none other than Lawrence Taylor.

Yeah, he was pretty good.  Heck, he was really, really good.

Being a diehard Charger fan for my entire life, one of my favorite commercials was the McDonald’s commercial on the 91’s.  It included players such as Leslie O’Neal and Bryce Paup.  Both players wore the number 91 on their jerseys.  The only reason I liked the commercial was due to O’Neal’s inclusion.

So all of that being said, this leads us to the question, why isn’t Leslie O’Neal in the Charger Hall of Fame?  It’s absolutely preposterous, in my opinion.

Far be it from me to act as though something might have happened that I am not aware of at this time.  But, if he did, or said, something that has kept him from being inducted, get over yourselves, and put him in already.

The most recent vote for the Charger Hall of Fame included Darren Bennett, Natrone Means, and Anthony Miller.  The vote was also left up to the fans.

Personally, I voted for Bennett and he went on to win the honor.  That being said, had O’Neal been on the docket, I would have voted for him immediately.  I truly had to struggle choosing between Means and Bennett.  And “A & M” had a good Charger career, but come on.

The bottom line is Leslie O’Neal deserves to be in the Charger Hall of Fame.  It’s ridiculous that he is not.  For all of you fans that had the privilege to watch him play, please leave a comment on your feelings about Leslie O’Neal and the fact that he is not in the Charger Hall of Fame.

 

Below I have a chart that shows all of the players that have been inducted into the Bolts Hall of Fame.

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

BoltUp!!!

 

BoogaP

 

Inductees

Inducted Name Position Years Number
1976 Emil Karas Linebacker 1960–1966 56
 
1976 Frank Buncom Linebacker 1962–1968 55
 
1976 Bob Laraba Linebacker 1960–1961 53
 
1976 Jacque MacKinnon Tight end 1961–1969 38
 
1977 Lance Alworth* Wide receiver 1962–1970 19^
 
1978 Ron Mix* Offensive tackle 1960–1969 74
 
1979 Paul Lowe Running back 1960–1968 23
 
1980 Barron Hilton Majority owner 1960–1966  –
 
1980 Keith Lincoln Running back 1961–1968 22
 
1981 Ernie Ladd Defensive tackle 1961–1965 77
 
1981 Walt Sweeney Guard 1966–1999 78
 
1983 John Hadl Quarterback 1962–1972 21
 
1984 Chuck Allen Linebacker 1961–1969 50
 
1985 Gary Garrison Wide receiver 1966–1976 27
 
1985 Sid Gillman* Head coach 1961–1969, 1971  –
 
1986 Earl Faison Defensive end 1961–1966 86
 
1993 Dan Fouts* Quarterback 1973–1987 14^
 
1993 Charlie Joiner* Wide receiver 1976–1986 18
 
1994 Don Coryell Head coach 1978–1986  –
 
1995 Speedy Duncan Cornerback 1964–1970 45
 
1995 Russ Washington Offensive tackle 1968–1982 70
 
1995 Kellen Winslow* Tight end 1979–1987 80
 
1996 George Pernicano Minority owner 1961–present  –
 
1997 Rolf Benirschke Kicker 1978–1987 6
 
1998 Gill Byrd Cornerback 1983–1992 22
 
1999 Gary “Big Hands” Johnson Defensive tackle 1975–1984 79
 
2000 Doug Wilkerson Guard 1971–1984 63
 
2001 Wes Chandler Wide receiver 1981–1987 89
 
2002 Stan Humphries Quarterback 1992–1997 12
 
2002 Bobby Ross head coach 1992–1996  –
 
2003 Louie Kelcher Defensive tackle 1975–1983 74
 
2004 Don Macek Center 1976–1989 62
 
2004 Ed White Guard 1978–1985 67
 
2008 Fred Dean* Defensive end 1975–1981 71
 
2011 Junior Seau Linebacker 1990–2002 55^
 
2012 Darren Bennett Punter 1995–2003 2
 
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