The NFL and the LA (San Diego) Chargers
Although the NFL has existed as early as the 1920s, the league that we have today is not the same one as they had before. The NFL that we have now was formed much later when the original NFL merged with its rival league, the AFL. With this merger, the foundation for one of the greatest sports leagues in the world was set up, and here each original league makes up one division on the new NFL. For each division, teams play to a championship game, and the two division champions play in what is known as the Super Bowl. Since the start of the Super Bowl, these games have consistently been the most viewed sports event in television yearly.
The two NFL division s are further broken down. The small divisional structure both allows for a strong playoff structure as well as the creation of great divisional rivalries which help boost ticket sales and TV viewership. The NFC and the AFC are the two divisions. The subdivisions for each are broken down into North, South, East, and West sub-divisions.
The NFL schedule season is created so that the teams play the most divisional games. They play many more games within whichever overall division they belong to, the AFC or NFC. Each season, teams play a few cross divisional games. This ensures that every season brings an exciting new mix of games for everyone’s favorite teams to play. The popularity of the games are due in most part to popular rivalries like the Chargers/Raiders rivalry in the AFC West, the Cowboys, redskin in the NFC east or the AFC championship rivalry that emerged in this decade between the Colts and the Patriots.
As members of the American Football League, the San Diego (now LA) Chargers came into football in 1960. over the years there had been great players to play in the Chargers team including Ladainian Tomlinson, Charlie Joiner, Marion Butts, Dan Fouts, Philip Rivers, and Lance Alworth. This team has experienced a great deal of success as they put together some great years.
Here is a look at some things that you probably didn’t don’t about the San Diego (now LA) Chargers.
Chargers great Dan Fouts strung together three straight 4000 yard seasons from 1979 to 1981, done at a time when no quarterback in history had put together back to back 4000 yard passing seasons.
This team played using the name Los Angles Chargers during their first year in professional football. The team relocated to San Diego the following year in 1961. The chargers will return to Los Angeles for the 2017 football season.
In 1992, the Chargers were the first NFL team to start the season 0-4 and still make the playoffs.
When Chargers great Charlie Joiner retired in 1986, he was the last player left in the NFL who had last played in the AFL.