San Diego Chargers' All-Time Top 50 Players

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San Diego Chargers' All-Time Top 50 Players
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This list of the greatest players in San Diego Chargers history will obviously create discussions.

Few things are as arbitrary as a top-10 list of anything. Unless there are very specific and quantifiable criteria for the list, it comes down to pure opinion. A list ranking the best athletes for a sport, especially ranking a list of top athletes in a team sport such as football, is even more subjective.

Is an offensive guard any less valuable to a team than a defensive back?

Is the quarterback considered great because he has excellent receivers, or are the receivers over-hyped because there is a Hall of Fame quarterback tossing them the ball?

Is it better to be considered one of the best tight ends who ever played, or one of the top 15 quarterbacks?

It only takes a quick look to the 2012 season to acknowledge the value of a left tackle, and the 2010 San Diego season could have ended differently if the long snapper had not been injured.

While those debates will continue to rage, there is no debating lists are fun diversions during the offseason, while actual football games are still months away.

In an attempt to put some sort of consistency in the list, certain factors will be given more weight than others. Team records, NFL records, Pro Bowl appearances, All-Pro honors, retired jerseys, Hall of Fame induction and appearances on other lists will all be considered.

In the end, however, it is all a matter of opinion. That is why there will be a “why he is overrated” and “why he is underrated” section for each player.  There are legitimate arguments that each player should be higher (underrated) or lower (overrated) on the list.

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