The NFL and the LA (San Diego) Chargers
The NFL existed as early as 1920s in America but this is not the same NFL that people have now. The NFL we now have is actually a merger of the original NFL with its rival league, the American Football League or 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. Each division plays until there is a division champion and these two champions face each other in the game referred to as the Super Bowl. Since its beginning, the Super Bowl games have consistently been the most viewed event on television in every given year.
There are further divisions with which each NFL division is further broken. These small divisions makes for a strong playoff structure and it also creates great divisional rivalries which help boost ticket sales and TV viewership. The two divisions are known as the NFC and the AFC. The North, South, East and West subdivisions make up the whole NFC and AFC.
Team play the most division games which is created in the NFL schedule season. There are more games played within the overall division they belong to, either the AFC or the NFC. There are also a few cross divisional games played each season. This ensures that every season brings an exciting new mix of games for everyone’s favorite teams to play. The great rivalries that have been created within the individual division as part of the reason for the popularity of the game are the Chargers/Raiders rivalry in the AFC West, the Cowboys/Redskins in the NFC East, or the AFC championship rivalry that emerged in this decade between the Colts and the Patriots.
The San Diego (now LA) Chargers started in the American football League in 1960. Ladainian Tomlinson, Charlie Joiner, Marion Butts, Dan Fouts, Philip Rivers, and Lance Alworth, are the great players the Raiders had over the years. 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 following year in 1961, the team relocated to San Diego. 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.
The last player left in the NFL who had also played in the AFL was Charlie Joiner, the Chargers great who retired in 1986.