All about NFL and the San Diego/LA Chargers
Although the NFL has existed as early as the 1920s, the league that we have today is not the same one as they had before. 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. With this merger, the foundation for one of the greatest sports leagues in the world was set up, and here each original league makes up one division on the new NFL. Each division plays until there is a division champion and these two champions face each other in the game referred to as the Super Bowl. Since its beginning, the Super Bowl games have consistently been the most viewed event on television in every given year.
The two NFL division s are further broken down. These small divisions makes for a strong playoff structure and it also creates great divisional rivalries which help boost ticket sales and TV viewership. The NFC and the AFC are the two divisions. The subdivisions for each are broken down into North, South, East, and West sub-divisions.
The NFL schedule season is created so that the teams play the most divisional games. There are more games played within the overall division they belong to, either the AFC or the NFC. A few cross divisional games are also played each season. This ensures that every season brings an exciting new mix of games for everyone’s favorite teams to play. The Chargers/Raiders rivalry in the AFC West, the Cowboys/Redskins in the NFC east, or the AFC championship rivalry that emerged in this decade between the Colts and the Patriots, are the great rivalries that have been created within the individual decision as part of the reasons for the game’s popularity.
As members of the American Football League, the San Diego (now LA) Chargers came into football in 1960. over the years there had been great players to play in the Chargers team including Ladainian Tomlinson, Charlie Joiner, Marion Butts, Dan Fouts, Philip Rivers, and Lance Alworth. There were great years and great success that the team has put together over the years.
Here are some Chargers facts that you might not have known.
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.
They played as the Los Angeles Chargers during their first year in professional football. The team relocated to San Diego the following year in 1961. The chargers will return to Los Angeles for the 2017 football season.
After starting the season 0-4 in 1992, the Chargers were the first NFl team to make it to the playoffs.
When Chargers great Charlie Joiner retired in 1986, he was the last player left in the NFL who had last played in the AFL.