All about NFL and the San Diego/LA Chargers
The NFL league today is not the same as the original NFL league that started in the 1920’s in America. 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. This merger set up the foundation for one of the greatest sports leagues in the world, with each original league making up one division of the new NFL. Each division plays to a championship game, with the two champions facing each other in the game referred to 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. Each division is 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. Each season, teams play a few cross divisional games. This ensures that every season brings an exciting new mix of games for everyone’s favorite teams to play. The great rivalries that have been created within the individual division as part of the reason for the popularity of the game are 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.
The San Diego (now LA) Chargers came into football in 1960 as a member of the America Football League. Ladainian Tomlinson, Charlie Joiner, Marion Butts, Dan Fouts, Philip Rivers, and Lance Alworth, are the great players the Raiders had over the years. There were great years and great success that the team has put together over the years.
Here is a look at some things that you probably didn’t don’t about the San Diego (now LA) Chargers.
Chargers great Dan Fouts strung together three straight 4000 yard seasons from 1979 to 1981, done at a time when no quarterback in history had put together back to back 4000 yard passing 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. for the current season (2017), a return of the Chargers to Los Angeles was announced.
After starting the season 0-4 in 1992, the Chargers were the first NFl team to make it to the playoffs.
In 1986, Charger great Charlie Joiner retired being the last player left in the NFl who had also played in the AFL.