San Diego Chargers’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The San Diego Chargers have been around since 1960, when they began play as the Los Angeles Chargers of the AFL. They then moved to San Diego in 1961, and merged into the NFL in 1970. The team has won one championship, in 1963, but they have only been to one Super Bowl, and lost that to the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. The Chargers have always been a pass-first team, whether in the Don “Air” Coryell years or otherwise, and here is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders in passing touchdowns to date:
Dan Fouts (254)—Dan Fouts played for the Chargers his entire career, from 1973 to 1987, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 254 touchdown passes. Fouts made the Pro Bowl six times, including twice as a first team All Pro. His best season was 1981, when Fouts threw for career highs in passing yards (4802) and touchdown passes (33), with 17 interceptions. The yards and TDs also led the NFL that year.
John Hadl (201)—John Hadl played for San Diego most of his career, from 1962 to 1972, and he ranks second in franchise history with 201 TD passes. Hadl had his best season in 1968, when he had career highs in passing yards (3473) and passing TDs (27), despite a career high in picks as well (32). All three categories led the NFL that season as well.
Philip Rivers (125)—Philip Rivers was involved that somewhat odd draft day trade with the Giants, when they chose Eli Manning with the first pick, and then traded with the Giants for Rivers, whom the Giants chose with the fourth pick. It’s worked out pretty well for both teams, and Rivers, who has played for the Chargers since 2004 but only been the starter since 2006, already ranks third in Chargers’ history with 125 touchdown passes. Rivers’ best season so far was arguably 2008, when he threw for 4009 yards, with a career high 34 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.
Stan Humphries (85)—Stan Humphries played for San Diego from 1992 to 1997, and he ranks fourth in team history with 85 TD passes. Humphries had a career best 18 touchdown passes in 1996, but his best overall season was probably 1995, when he threw for a career high 3381 yards with 17 TDs and 14 picks.
Drew Brees (80)—Drew Brees began his illustrious career in San Diego and played there from 2001 to 2005. Brees ranks fifth in franchise history with 80 touchdown passes, and while his career high of 34 TD passes was reached twice while with New Orleans, his best season in San Diego was pretty awesome. That was 2004, when Brees was selected to the Pro Bowl with 3159 yards, 27 TD passes and just 7 interceptions.