Outdated stadium underpins Chargers' planned LA move

Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:12pm EST
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By Jahmal Corner

(Reuters) - San Diego's beach city life, with its warm temperatures and thin air, has always been the perfect landing spot for the Chargers and their pass-happy offenses but that marriage is on the verge of a possible breakup after 54 years.

The Chargers will learn if they are completing a much-anticipated relocation to Los Angeles later this week, at some point during two days of National Football League team owners' meetings in Houston.

San Diego, along with the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams, have applied for a move to the City of Angels but unlike the other two teams, who both previously played in that city, the Chargers have carved out an identity in their current home.

They landed in San Diego in 1961, and joined the National Football League as a result of the American Football Conference-NFL merger in 1970.

In the years that have followed, the Chargers franchise has produced some of the more memorable characters in the league's history.

Quarterback Dan Fouts was among the most prolific passers of the 1970s and 80s and his Hall of Fame career left an indelible impression on the team's offensive identity over the years.

The Chargers lineage can be traced from Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow to linebacker great Junior Seau, who tragically committed suicide in 2012.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is second all-time in NFL career rushing touchdowns and joined forces with current Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who slings passes and on-field instructions with equal velocity.   Continued...

Dec 6, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports