The San Diego Chargers enter the 2013 season as a new-look team. New head coach Mike McCoy brings in a new offense that will attempt to improve a lineup that finished next to last in the NFL in 2012.
When the San Diego Chargers were established as a professional franchise in 1961 as part of the upstart American Football League. They joined the National Football League in 1970, when the two leagues merged and the NFL as we know it took shape. Since 1967, Chargers fans have enjoyed watching the hometown team in the comfort of the same football stadium, which is now known as Qualcomm Stadium. Previously known as San Diego Stadium and Jack Murphy Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium sees thousands of fans pass through its turnstiles each week looking for a Chargers win. More than 70,000 fans buy Chargers tickets for each home game, and they have created one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL.
Chargers fans have had the chance to see some all-time great football players take the field over the years. In the 1960's, wide receiver Lance Alworth led the team to success in the AFL, including an AFL Championship in 1963. During the 1970's and 80's, the team became known for their big-play offense featuring Dan Fouts and Kellen Winslow, who are both now in the professional football Hall of Fame. Linebacker Junior Seau became the face of the Chargers during the 1990's, even helping the team reach the Super Bowl for the only time in 1995.
The team now relies on quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates to lead them. They will need both of them to be at the top of their games to get through the very difficult AFC West Division, as the Raiders, Broncos and Chiefs continue to improve their rosters. Make sure you get to Qualcomm Stadium this season and watch the Chargers on their push for their first Super Bowl title!