All about NFL and the San Diego/LA Chargers
The NFL existed as early as 1920s in America but this is not the same NFL that people have now. When the original NFL merged with its rival league, the AFL, the new NFL was formed, and this is the league that we now have. What this merger brought into being is one of the greatest sports leagues in the world, and here, each original league make up one division of the new NFL. For each division, teams play to a championship game, and the two division champions play in what is known as the Super Bowl. Since the start of the Super Bowl, these games have consistently been the most viewed sports event in television yearly.
The two NFL division s are further broken down. With this small division structure, a strong playoff structure is allowed, and it also creates great divisional rivalries which help a lot in boosting ticket sales and TV viewership. The two NFL divisions are the NFC and the AFC. The subdivisions for each are broken down into North, South, East, and West sub-divisions.
The reason for the NFL schedule season creation is so that the teams play the most divisional games. They play many more games within whichever overall division they belong to, the AFC or NFC. A few cross divisional games are also played each season. This makes every season bring exciting new mix of games for your favorite team to play. The popularity of the games are due in most part to popular rivalries like the Chargers/Raiders rivalry in the AFC West, the Cowboys, redskin 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 came into football in 1960 as a member of the America Football League. Some of their great players over the years include Ladainian Tomlinson, Charlie Joiner, Marion Butts, Dan Fouts, Philip Rivers, and Lance Alworth. 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.
From 1979 through 1981, at a time when no quarterback in history had put together back to back 4000 yard passing seasons, Chargers great Dan Fouts strung together three straight 4000 yard seasons.
During the Chargers first year in professional football, they played as the Los Angeles Chargers. The team relocated to San Diego the following year in 1961. A return of the Chargers to Los Angeles was announced for the 2017 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.