Category Archives: San Diego Chargers
In a fun reminiscence for The San Diego Union-Tribune, columnist Logan Jenkins detailed a great story about the Golden West Eating Classic which was held to raise money for Children’s Hospital in 1963. Famed Charger eater and defensive lineman Ernie Ladd faced Nick Cordileone, “a genial 48-year-old, 270-pound fisherman known up and down the Pacific as the most prodigious eater of the tuna fleet.”
Chargers’ great, Earl Faison, passed away on June 12. Regretfully, my website was down and I wasn’t able to post about it.
Earl was the first AFL personality that I met, way back in 1997. I was a new employee at The San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, and he had been inducted into our hall of fame in February 1996, so we saw a lot of each other at museum events. When I decided to write my master’s thesis on Sid Gillman, Earl was the first interview that I scheduled.
Wow… Let me tell you, it is a challenge to try and keep a website maintained and running well when you have no formal web experience! Despite my efforts, viruses hit hard, and it takes me a bit of time to figure things out. But I think we are back on track, and long overdue for some new AFL posts. A lot has happened in the past few months in our little corner of pro football history – some good, some sad.
As most everyone has heard by now, the Chargers have been granted the NFL’s blessing to follow the Rams back to Los Angeles. Whether they follow through with that move is up in the air due to Chargers owner Dean Spanos not being granted the opportunity that he had hoped for in Carson. Either way, the possibility of the Chargers leaving San Diego, their home for the last 55 years, has had a profound affect on fans of the team.
This week has been a great one for interviewing AFL players. First it was the Jets’ Don Maynard, and then today I spoke with longtime Chargers and Bills punter/linebacker, Paul Maguire.
While he is known better by younger generations as an ESPN commentator, Maguire was one of just 20 players to be with an AFL team for the league’s entire 10-year run. He was an excellent punter, and mostly reserve linebacker who has the distinction of having played in six AFL championship games (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966), and being, according to himself, the only player to win three consecutive league championships.