After months of uncertainty, the San Diego Chargers are ready to depart from southern California. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Chargers will announce as soon as Thursday that their 55-year tenure in San Diego has come to an end and that the team will have a new landlord in the Los Angeles Rams, who they will share the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next season.
The Chargers have played in the Coliseum before; the year was 1960, their first in the AFL. The following season, they made the move south to San Diego, where they have been ever since. First, they played in Balboa Stadium from 1961-1966, then moving into Qualcomm Stadium (under multiple different names) in 1967, remaining there ever since.
There were wins; 18 playoff appearances, 15 division championships, one conference championship (1994) and one league championship (1963, AFL), but there were also losses; such as getting the top pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, just for Ole Miss’ Eli Manning to announce he wouldn’t play for the franchise, forcing a trade to the New York Giants and Philip Rivers.
In their history, they have had four players bestowed the honor of having their numbers retired: quarterback Dan Fouts, running back LaDanian Tomlinson, wide receiver Lance Alworth, and linebacker Junior Seau. Current quarterback Philip Rivers may have never brought a conference championship to the city, but there have been five division championships and six playoff appearances in his tenure.
What the move means for a team such as the Oakland Raiders–who were another option to become tenants with the Los Angeles Rams–is still to be determined.