The “San Diego Chargers” is a professional American football team situated in San Diego, California. The team is part of the West Division, which plays in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL).
The team was founded in the year 1959 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) along with seven other AFL teams. Before they moved to San Diego, California in the year 1961, they had played their first season in Los Angeles, California in the year 1960. The Chargers’ original owner came from the Hilton family named Barron Hilton (son of Conrad Hilton).
At the time, Barron Hilton was accompanied by his general manager Frank Leahy, who chose the team’s name ‘Chargers’ after Hilton bought the franchise in Los Angeles.
Hilton said: “I liked it because they were yelling ‘charge’ and sounding the bugle at Dodgers Stadium and at USC games.”
The San Diego Chargers appeared in several AFL playoffs. In fact, they won one AFL title in the year 1963 and made their way to the AFL playoffs five times. Their early years in the AFL was a higlight because of Lance Alworth, who ended his 11-season AFL/NFL career with an outstanding record of 543 receptions for 10,266 yards.
Before joining the National Football League (NFL) in the year 1970 during the AFL-NFL merger, the team reached the American Football League (AFL) championship game four times.
In their 43 years of playing in the NFL, the team advanced to the playoffs thirteen times and appeared in the American Football Conference (AFC) championship game four times.
The team has featured six players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, based in Canton, Ohio and one Hall of Famer head coach named Sid Gillman.
The team played their home games at the Balboa Stadium, located in Balboa Park from the year 1961 to 1966. In the year 1967, the Chargers moved to play their home games at the Qualcomm Stadium (now the San Diego Stadium) where they still play until recent times.