The incoming draft class of the San Diego Chargers have their new jersey numbers, now they will have to earn their stripes. Rookie camp is already underway and the eager new breed are busily taking in classroom and practice time with their position coaches.
Here are the numbers that will be next to their names in your program this year:
TE Hunter Henry-86
The number is fitting since Henry will be the next man up once Chargers legend and future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates steps away from the game. Gates wears 85.
Center Max Tuerk-62
ILB Joshua Perry-53
ILB Jatavis Brown-57
P Drew Kaser-6
FB Derek Watt-34
Here’s hoping Watt wears this number better than the last player to don it, the paycheck-stealing Donald Brown.
G Donavon Clark-63
As for your first-round pick, defensive end Joey Bosa rocked the number 97 with pride on his way to becoming the best player in college football.
Alas, that number is already spoken for by Jerry Attaochu.
To whom much is given, much is expected. A tall burden comes with being a top draft pick. Joey Bosa was the first non-quarterback to come off the board in the NFL Draft. No one expects more from him than he does for himself. Bosa already welcomes lofty comparisons due to the eerily identical combine stats to J.J. Watt.
As a constant reminder of that expected greatness, he has chosen the same number as Watt: 99.
It takes a special kind of player to wear the number 99. Not just any player can rock that number. Cordarro Law wore 99 for one season and now he’s gone. Igor Olshansky was the last Charger to wear it before Law. Game changers wear 99. Watt, Warren Sapp, Dan Wilkinson, Jason Taylor, Kawaan Short, Seth Joyner, Pepper Johnson, Marcel Dareus, Mark Gastineau and Cortez Kennedy are just a sample of the natural born killers behind the legacy of the 99.
Wear it well, Mr. Bosa.
The Greg One
As many of you have already read, Warren Sapp was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and assault. This is not the first time that Sapp has been in trouble with the law and it is safe to say that it won’t be the last time. It will, however, be the last time that it happens while he is employed by NFL Network. Everyone’s favorite channel terminated the contract of Warren Sapp amid his latest legal troubles.
Back in 2011, the Chargers signed Eric Weddle to a very lucrative contract extension to keep in San Diego for quite some time while paying him handsomely. Sapp didn’t approve of the move and took to social media to voice his opinion on the matter.
Four years later, Eric and his agent, David Canter, had yet to forget the incident and it was now time for Weddle and company to respond via Twitter.
Below is the initial tweet from Sapp and a response from Weddle.
— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) February 3, 2015
** Mic Drop **
Although Eric’s Twitter account is run by Canter, I can only imagine the smile on his face. He has been one of the best free safeties in the NFL for the last five years. Some could argue that he is the best.
Regardless of Warren Sapp’s ignorant comment in 2011, I can speak on behalf of all of the intelligent Charger fans that are ecstatic that the former Charger General Manager, he who must not be named, locked up Weddle with a sizable contract.
Entering the 2015 season, this is the last year of his current contract. Look for him to be restructured and extended.
Chargers.com writes about the retirement of Nick Hardwick.
Derek Togerson of NBC San Diego writes about the NFL saying that concussions are down.
Sid Saraf of Fox Sports.com writes about Eric Weddle’s tweet regarding Warren Sapp’s recent arrest.
Gene Cubbison of NBC San Diego posts about whether or not the public should be made more aware of the goings on regarding the stadium situation.
Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com talks about the hiring of Mike Nolan as Linebackers coach. He also looks at the offensive line going into the 2015 season.
Eddie Brown of UT San Diego writes about National signing day and his top-5 uncommitted recruits.
The audio in this video contains language that is highly offensive.
Warren Sapp forgets that his mic is on while Scott Pioli is talking and rips both Pioli and former NFL Network employee, and current Cleveland Browns general manager, Michael Lombardi.
Wow. For a guy who hates kickers, he sure can’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth.