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Nominate your favorite Chargers for their Mt. Rushmore

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Even though the Chargers have never won a Super Bowl and have played in only one of them, they’ve got plenty of all-time greats.

Possibly, too many to fit on one Mt. Rushmore.

From Dan Fouts to Junior Seau to Kellen Winslow to Lance Alworth to Charlie Joiner to Don Coryell to Ron Mix to Fred Dean to Billy Ray Smith to Rodney Harrison, it won’t be easy to trim to four.

It won’t be easy to trim to a list of 12 finalists.  But with your help, we’ll give it a clumsy try.

UPDATE 10:33 a.m. ET:  Of course we forgot to mention LaDainian Tomlinson.  Making it even harder to get to 12.  And then to four.

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81 Responses to “Nominate your favorite Chargers for their Mt. Rushmore”
  1. milkmandanimal says: May 20, 2013 9:58 AM

    Dan Fouts
    Kellen Winslow
    Lance Alworth
    Junior Seau

  2. iluvbears says: May 20, 2013 10:02 AM

    Fouts, Winslow, Joiner & Tomlinson

  3. nanner12wojo says: May 20, 2013 10:02 AM

    How can you not mention Tomlinson?

  4. nwfisch says: May 20, 2013 10:04 AM

    Dan Fouts
    Kellen Winslow
    Junior Seau
    Ladainian Tomlinson

  5. elliottcovert says: May 20, 2013 10:05 AM

    Dan Fouts
    LaDanian Tomlinson
    Junior Seau
    Kellen Winslow

    Honorable Mentions: Don Coryell, Antonio Gates, and Philip Rivers until two years ago

  6. emptybackfield says: May 20, 2013 10:05 AM

    Gilman, Fouts, Seau, Winslow

  7. joshmac982 says: May 20, 2013 10:06 AM

    Seau
    Winslow
    Fouts
    Tomlinson

  8. unbiasfan says: May 20, 2013 10:06 AM

    Norv Turner
    Philip “Turnover” Rivers
    Manti Teo
    Lennay Kekua

  9. chargersdiehard says: May 20, 2013 10:07 AM

    Fouts, Seau, LT, and Alworth.

  10. mp4philly says: May 20, 2013 10:07 AM

    Ryan Matthews
    Jackie Battle
    Jacob Hester
    Curtis Brinkley

  11. antneejay2 says: May 20, 2013 10:07 AM

    Manti Te’o

  12. makamen says: May 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    Think they had a running back at some point, LaDainian something? Outside chance he gets on there

  13. bertenheim says: May 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    Mix, Coryell, Fouts, Alworth.

  14. snoop0323 says: May 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    fouts
    winslow
    alworth
    seau

  15. shagmwp says: May 20, 2013 10:15 AM

    Junior Seau
    LaDanian Tomlinson
    Dan Fouts
    Kellen Winslow

  16. michaeljacksonisback says: May 20, 2013 10:19 AM

    Nobody, none they all suck

  17. icanspeel says: May 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    Dan Fouts
    Lance Alworth
    Junior Seau
    Ladainian Tomlinson

  18. gtrdonald says: May 20, 2013 10:23 AM

    Lance Alworth
    Sid Gillman
    Junior Seau
    LaDainian Tomlinson

  19. mackcarrington says: May 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    Lance Alworth
    Ernie Ladd
    Ron Mix
    Keith Lincoln
    Kellen Winslow
    Dan Fouts
    LaDanian Tomlinson
    Junior Seau
    Charley Joiner
    Rodney Harrison
    Fred Dean
    Speedy Duncan

  20. navyeoddavee9 says: May 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    You mention Billy Ray Smith, but not Tomlinson. Smith couldn’t get his name on the Porta-Potty at Rushmore.

  21. 3lmt says: May 20, 2013 10:37 AM

    Many good players. From a non-fan, here they are:

    Dan Fouts
    Kellen Winslow
    Junior Seau
    LaDanian Tomlinson

    HM: Don Coryell (might even edge out Tomlinson, but he also had a ton of succeess in St. Louis)

  22. hounds2013 says: May 20, 2013 10:37 AM

    Fouts
    Winslow
    Benirschke
    Dennis Gibson

  23. mobuccsfan says: May 20, 2013 10:37 AM

    This is actually a tough one–especially with the lack of Superbowls from the great Chargers teams. Still lots of HOFers and great players/personnel for many years.

    Seau
    Tomlinson
    Fouts
    Winslow
    Alworth
    Joiner
    Harrison
    Coryell
    Gillman
    Gates
    Mix
    Dean
    Dielman

  24. elch0nch0n says: May 20, 2013 10:37 AM

    Bust-er Davis?

    Fouts
    Winslow
    Seau
    Tomlinson

  25. navyeoddavee9 says: May 20, 2013 10:46 AM

    So Florio “Of course we forgot to mention Tomlinson” spoken, like a true back tracking lawyer, that you are!

  26. snowcker says: May 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    Alworth, Fouts, Seau, Tomlinson

  27. philvil41 says: May 20, 2013 11:00 AM

    Fouts, Seau, Alworth, & Joiner

  28. mz1394 says: May 20, 2013 11:04 AM

    Ryan leaf Jared gaither David Boston Marcellus Wiley

  29. cliverush says: May 20, 2013 11:05 AM

    LT does not belong with the other names. This “classy guy” would quit when the going got tough.

  30. evilglazers666 says: May 20, 2013 11:06 AM

    Ladainian Tomlinson
    Junior Seau
    Dan Fouts
    Lance Alworth

  31. Giantspunk213 says: May 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    Fouts, Seau, Tomlinson and Ron Burgundy.

  32. siggtacular says: May 20, 2013 11:12 AM

    LaDainian Tomlinson
    Junior Seau
    Dan Fouts
    Lorenzo Neal

  33. tedknight40 says: May 20, 2013 11:14 AM

    Alworth
    Tomlinson
    Fouts
    Seau

    on Mt. Rushmore………and

    Don Coryell as the Crazy Horse Memorial.

  34. tedmurph says: May 20, 2013 11:20 AM

    Gillman, Alworth, Seau, Fouts

  35. dalanz28 says: May 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    Joiner, Fouts, Winslow, Alworth

  36. mazblast says: May 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    I’m excluding Coryell because the Cardinals list needs him so much more.

    Dan Fouts
    Lance Alworth
    Kellen Winslow
    Sid Gillman

    Honorable mention–LaDainian Tomlinson, John Hadl, Charlie Joiner, John Jefferson, Ron Mix

  37. stonefish67 says: May 20, 2013 11:33 AM

    Lance
    Fouts
    Joiner
    Air Coryell

  38. musicman495 says: May 20, 2013 11:36 AM

    Fouts – HOF
    Winslow – HOF, redefined the position
    Alworth – HOF, greatest receiver in AFL history
    Sid Gillman – Please, some respect for the only coach to be in BOTH college and pro football Halls of Fame

    LT played for the New York Giants. LaDanian Tomlinson does not make this list.

  39. sanityinsd says: May 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    Fouts

    Alworth

    Joiner

    Tomlinson

  40. 3menandablog says: May 20, 2013 11:45 AM

    Tomlinson
    Fouts
    Alworth
    Seau

  41. supesfan34 says: May 20, 2013 11:54 AM

    Dan Fouts
    Kellen Winslow
    Lance Alworth
    Junior Seau

  42. supesfan34 says: May 20, 2013 11:56 AM

    Ok, I spaced. Tomlinson instead of Alworth. It’s tough to leave out an all time great, but choosing just 4 is tough for most franchises.

  43. jkemp17 says: May 20, 2013 11:59 AM

    Ladainian Tomlinson
    Junior Seau
    Dan Fouts
    Lance Alworth

    Each a hall of gamer and each the best of his respective era.

  44. ripseau says: May 20, 2013 12:17 PM

    Fouts
    Jr
    Alworth
    tomlinson

    Symbols from each era

  45. acmepackers says: May 20, 2013 12:18 PM

    Love the lists of 10 or 12 players. Mt Rushmore, people. Let’s stick with 4 names.

  46. lks311 says: May 20, 2013 12:33 PM

    For you youngsters…list whoever you want, but, if it doesn’t start with Lance Alworth, tear it up and start over. No Chargers Mt. Rushmore is legit without “Bambi” leading the way.

  47. mikeinsd says: May 20, 2013 12:41 PM

    Junior, LT, Fouts, Alworth

  48. Stiller43 says: May 20, 2013 12:52 PM

    Fouts, winslow, LT2, seau

  49. kevin7777777 says: May 20, 2013 1:20 PM

    Fouts, Alworth, Tomlinson, Winslow. Honorable Mention: Coryell. Sid

  50. dalcow4 says: May 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    Fouts
    Alworth
    Tomlinson
    Seau

    +
    Sid Gillman
    Don Coryell

  51. therealtrenches says: May 20, 2013 1:24 PM

    Bambi, Fouts, Junior, and Lafanian.

  52. 31freezy says: May 20, 2013 1:27 PM

    RYAN LEAF

    … I’m done.

  53. navyeoddavee9 says: May 20, 2013 2:54 PM

    musicman: Tomlinson played for the Jets

  54. MTLighthouse69 says: May 20, 2013 3:21 PM

    I know he wasn’t with the Chargers very long, but Johnny Jefferson had the best that I have ever seen out of a Charger wide receiver.

    Fred Dean
    Tomlinson
    Gates
    Winslow
    Lance Alworth
    Fouts
    Coryell
    Seau
    Sid Gilman

  55. MTLighthouse69 says: May 20, 2013 3:22 PM

    Doh! Jefferson had the best hands. I need to proof read better, instead of reading words that just aren’t there.

  56. nativeraider says: May 20, 2013 3:26 PM

    1 Dan Fouts
    2 Lance Alworth
    3 Kellen Winslow
    4 Ladianian Tomlinson

  57. gromit45 says: May 20, 2013 3:31 PM

    Tomlinson
    Fouts
    Seau
    Alworth

  58. twayward says: May 20, 2013 3:53 PM

    Alworth, Fouts, Winslow & Seau

    (Alworth, Fouts & Seau are definites — the only 3 retires numbers. I went with Kellen Winslow. but easily could’ve put Mean Fred Dean, Don Coryell, Antonio Gates, Charlie Joiner)

  59. escoboltsfan says: May 20, 2013 4:07 PM

    Lance Alworth

    Junior Seau

    Dan Fouts

    Ladanian Tomlinson

  60. wvuandsteelers says: May 20, 2013 4:07 PM

    Fouts, Winslow, Seau and Alworth

  61. norvturnersneck says: May 20, 2013 4:11 PM

    LT, Fouts, Alworth, Seau

    No other 4 are synonymous or gave more years to the Chargers than these 4. Winslow was great, but the others were just a step ahead.

  62. pmangarola says: May 20, 2013 5:15 PM

    been waiting all month for this one

    nominations:
    D. fouts
    l. Tomlinson
    l. alworth
    c. joiner
    j. seau
    b. smith
    q. jammar
    w. Sweeney
    c. Munich(RIP)
    K. Winslow
    A. Gates

    Ok final 6:
    A. Gates- most receiving touchdowns in charger history
    K. Winslow- arguably best te in charger history with ^ and always gave his all
    l. Alworth- dominated the early ages of the super bowl era best wide out in SD history
    D. fouts- one of the best quarterbacks in the 80s and the best charger qb of all time
    l. Tomlinson- best charger running back ever and has record for most touchdowns in one season(30)
    J. Seau- probably the best defender in San Diego history

    final four: Tomlinson, fouts, alworth, seau(RIP)

  63. joeychargers says: May 20, 2013 5:19 PM

    Seau
    Tomlinson
    Fouts
    Alworth

  64. bartlettruss says: May 20, 2013 5:47 PM

    Fouts
    Alworth
    Seau
    Hadl

  65. jb98311 says: May 20, 2013 6:03 PM

    Don Coryell
    Sid Gilman
    Dan Fouts
    Lance Alworth

    Both Coryell and Gilman were instrumental in the earlier Charger successes, such as they were.

    While there are other players who were great (e.g., Tomlinson), not sure they really made an overall great contribution to Charger history. I’m looking for the most influential and significant contributors.

  66. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 20, 2013 6:59 PM

    The Core Four:

    Dan Fouts
    Junior Seau
    Ron Mix
    LaDanian Tomlinson

    With as few people as there are that have brought up Ron Mix, I have to advocate that people look him up. He DESERVES to be up there. Seriously. Read up.

    There have been enough of the other names to note already mentioned, so I will skip a list of Honorable Mentions here.

  67. ebmd15 says: May 20, 2013 7:43 PM

    Natrone Means
    Steve Foley
    John Friesz
    Marion Butts

  68. lakermetskins says: May 20, 2013 8:18 PM

    Johnny Unitas
    Eli Manning
    Sean Salisbury
    Norv Turner

  69. raiderapologist says: May 20, 2013 8:31 PM

    “Even though the Chargers have never won a Super Bowl and have played in only one of them, they’ve got plenty of all-time greats.”
    ————————
    Ouch. Florio starts with the left-hand burn. The San Diego Super Chargers. Losers since 1963.

    Since we can start at 12, let’s go with:

    Al Davis
    Sid Gilman
    Bambi
    Keith Lincoln
    Fearsome Foursome
    Dan Fouts
    Kellen Winslow
    John Jefferson
    Chuck Muncie
    Fred Dean
    Junior
    The Chicken

  70. floridaslonechargersfan says: May 20, 2013 8:42 PM

    Lance Alworth
    Dan Fouts
    Junior Seau
    LaDainian Tomlinson.

    All defined certain eras with the team. LT brought the team back to respectability. Seau was leading the charge on defense throughout the 1990s and was on the only Super Bowl team. Fouts led Air Coryell in the late 70s and early 80s. And Alworth is one of the best receivers all time.

  71. crf4dan says: May 20, 2013 9:13 PM

    Dan Fouts
    LaDanian Tomlinson
    Don Coryell
    Junior Seau

  72. dirtyharry44 says: May 20, 2013 9:22 PM

    Lance Alworth
    Dan Fouts
    Keith Lincoln
    Sid Gillman
    Don Coryell
    John Hadl
    Ernie Ladd
    Ron Mix

  73. sundevil17 says: May 20, 2013 10:06 PM

    Sid Gilman
    Dan Fouts
    Lance Alworth
    Kellen Winslow
    Ladanian Tomlinson
    Junior Seau
    Fred Dean
    Antonio Gates
    Keith Lincoln
    Chuck Muncie
    Don Coryell

  74. jwag777 says: May 20, 2013 10:19 PM

    Alworth, Fouts, Joiner, Seau. Joiner barely over Winslow. Some 60’s players worth a mention include Paul Lowe, Keith Lincoln, and Gary Garrison.

  75. foolwholaughsatdeath says: May 21, 2013 4:17 AM

    Tomlinson
    Seau
    Gates
    Rivers

  76. bcgreg says: May 21, 2013 10:42 AM

    Fouts
    Alworth
    Seau
    Tomlinson

  77. jonato7 says: May 22, 2013 8:14 AM

    Junior Seau
    Dan Fouts
    LaDanian Tomlinson
    Kellen Winslow

  78. kcsmashmouth says: May 27, 2013 8:54 PM

    Sid Gillman
    Don Coryell
    LT
    Junior Seau

  79. finitesd says: May 28, 2013 6:17 PM

    Alworth
    Fouts
    Seau
    Tomlinson

    Just missed…

    Gilman
    Coryell
    Ross
    Winslow
    Harrison
    Gates

  80. droyer85 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:03 PM

    Dan Fouts
    LaDanian Tomlinson
    Junior Seau
    Drew Brees

  81. omniscient48 says: Jun 10, 2013 8:00 PM

    Fouts
    Alworth
    Seau
    Tomlinson

    +Winslow

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