Chargers’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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The San Diego Chargers have been a team since 1960, when they were in the AFL. They moved to the NFL in the 1970 merger, and while they are 0-1 all-time in Super Bowls, they have a rich history of explosive offenses—in particular when coach Don “Air” Coryell was the coach and Dan Fouts was the quarterback. So not surprisingly, the Chargers have fielded some great receivers over the years. Here is a list of their all-time Top 10 in receiving yards to date:
Lance Alworth (9584)—Lance Alworth played most of his career in San Diego, from 1962 to 1970, and ranks first in Chargers’ history with 9584 receiving yards. Alworth made the Pro Bowl seven straight times, six of those as a first team All Pro, and his best season was 1965. That year, Alworth caught 69 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1602) and touchdown receptions (14)—the yards and TDs led the AFL that year.
Charlie Joiner (9203)—Charlie Joiner played most of his career for the Chargers, from 1976 to 1986, and was a big part of the Air Coryell teams. Joiner ranks second in franchise history with 9203 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl three times, once as a first team All Pro. Joiner’s best season was 1981, with 70 receptions for career highs in receiving yards (1188) and TD catches (7).
Gary Garrison (7533)—Gary Garrison played most of his career in San Diego, from 1966 to 1976, and he ranks third in Chargers’ history with 7533 receiving yards. Garrison made the Pro Bowl four times while with the team, and his best season was 1968—that year, Garrison caught a career best 52 passes for 1103 yards (also career high) and 10 touchdowns.
Kellen Winslow (6741)—Tight end Kellen Winslow played his entire career in San Diego, from 1979 to 1987, and he ranks fourth in team history with 6741 receiving yards. Winslow made the Pro Bowl five times, including three straight years as a first team All Pro. His best season was 1980, with career highs in receptions (89, led the NFL) and receiving yards (1290) with 9 TD catches. Winslow’s son, Kellen, Jr., is currently an NFL tight end as well.
Wes Chandler (6132)—Wes Chandler played seven seasons in San Diego, from 1981 to 1987, and he ranks fifth all-time for the team with 6132 receiving yards. Chandler made the Pro Bowl three times with the Chargers, once as a first team All Pro, and his best season was 1985. That year, Chandler caught 67 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1199) and touchdowns (10).
Anthony Miller (5582)—Anthony Miller played for the Chargers from 1988 to 1993, and he ranks sixth in franchise history with 5582 receiving yards. Miller made the Pro Bowl four times with San Diego, and his best season was with the Chargers in 1989—with 75 receptions for a career high 1252 yards and 10 TD catches.
Antonio Gates (5066)—Antonio Gates, who was mostly known as a basketball player in college at Kent State, has become one of the game’s best tight ends and best players overall since coming into the NFL in 2003. Gates has so far played his entire career in San Diego, and already ranks seventh in Chargers’ history with 5066 receiving yards. Gates is a five-time Pro Bowler, three of those as a first team All Pro. His best season so far was 2005, with career highs in receptions (89) and receiving yards (1101), with 10 touchdowns.
Tony Martin (4184)—Tony Martin only played in San Diego for four seasons, from 1994 to 1997, but ranks eighth in the team’s history with 4184 receiving yards. Martin made the Pro Bowl in 1996, and while he had career highs in receptions (90) and receiving yards (1224) in 1995, he had a career best 14 TD catches in his Pro Bowl season.
Ronnie Harmon (3939)—Journeyman running back Ronnie Harmon played for San Diego from 1990 to 1995, and ranks ninth in franchise history with 3939 receiving yards. Harmon made the Pro Bowl in 1992, his best season as a receiver with career highs in receptions (79) and receiving yards (914) with one TD catch. Harmon also had 235 rushing yards and 3 more touchdowns running the ball.
LaDainian Tomlinson (3801)—It’s safe to say LaDainian Tomlinson, not quite 30 years old as I write this in 2009, will wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s been one of the most dominant running backs in NFL history, and he’s also a decent receiver. Tomlinson has been in the NFL, all with San Diego, since 2001, and he ranks tenth in the team’s history with 3801 receiving yards. Tomlinson is a five-time Pro Bowler, three of those as a first team All Pro. His best receiving season so far was 2003, when he had career highs in receptions (100), receiving yards (725) and touchdown catches (4). He also rushed for an astounding 1645 yards and 13 rushing scores that season, giving him a career high and NFL best 2370 yards from scrimmage.