Daily Archives: March 13, 2013

An Interview with the Chargers’ Chuck Allen

A weekend honoring Sid Gillman was held in San Diego in August, 2000.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  I managed to attend two of the events, one being an evening dinner, and the other a golf tournament.  It was the first time that I was able to meet in person many of the 1960s Chargers greats, including Jack Kemp, Ernie Ladd, Dave Kocourek and many more.

I attended the golf tournament, held in Poway, on a flawless Southern California day, armed with my digital recorder and interview questions.  I was trying to make connections with as many former players as possible, to set up interviews for my book, Charging Through the AFL.  One of the many men that I spoke with that afternoon was former Chargers linebacker, Chuck Allen.  Allen came to the Chargers in 1961, and though often overshadowed by the massive presence of the “Fearsome Foursome” (Ernie Ladd, Earl Faison, Ron Nery and Bill Hudson), was a solid performer at linebacker thorough the 1969 season.  A two-time AFL all-star, Allen was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1984. read more