Chargers- The Texas Connection

The San Diego Chargers current roster contains 12 players with a Texas Connection, and what a powerful connection the 12 make on the team. A possible seven or more will be starters this coming year. Besides football talent, could there be another reason that might connect the Chargers to Texas. Let's take a look.

Four of the 12 players with Texas connections are first round draft choices. The last three years in a row the Chargers have drafted, under John Butler and AJ Smith, with their first choice, a player from Texas: They are LaDainian Tomlinson RB, Texas Christian; Quentin Jammer CB, Texas; and Sammy Davis CB, Texas A&M. David Boston WR, Ohio State, born and raised in Humble, Texas, was a first round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals (eighth choice overall, with a pick acquired from the Chargers). LT and Boston, two Texans, have already made the Pro Bowl.

Three players of the 12 are second round draft choices with a Texas connection, and they are also a very talented group: Drew Brees, the Chargers starting QB, Purdue, born and raised in Austin, Texas; Terrence Kiel S, Texas A&M; and Solomon Page OT/OG, West Virginia, (the Texas connection, a Dallas Cowboy 2nd round draft choice).

Kelvin Garmon, OG, Baylor, was born and raised in Texas, acquired in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 12, 2002 in exchange for an undisclosed choice in the 2003 draft. Garmon, a former 1999 seventh-round draft choice saw plenty of action for the Chargers last year.

Michael Keathley OG/C, Texas Christian, joined the team as a rookie free agent, and is working hard on the offensive line of the Chargers as a versatile lineman than can play both Guard and Center, but the Chargers O-line, barring injuries, looks to be improved over last year, so Keathley will have to keep working.

Josh Norman TE, University of Oklahoma, born and raised Midland, Texas, joined as a rookie free agent, had an excellent year last year, and is expected to have a big career with the Chargers.

LaMarcus McDonald LB, joins the Chargers from TCU, as a rookie free agent, and will be fighting an uphill battle in camp. Tim Baker WR, Texas Tech, a Free Agent, will be working hard in the summer preseason camp to make the Chargers roster. It won't be an easy chore for McDonald or Baker to make the roster this year, but being from Texas may give them some extra incentive, just looking at the current Charger roster.

In total the 12 players with a Texas connection are; LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees, Sammy Davis, Terrence Kiel, Quentin Jammer, LaMarcus McDonald, Michael Keathley, Tim Baker, Kelvin Garmon, Solomon Page, Josh Norman, and David Boston.

The Charger coaches I found with a Texas connection are: Hudson Houck, offensive line coach, spent nine seasons (1993-2001) molding the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line into one of the league's top units. During his tenure with the Cowboys, the Cowboys allowed only 237 sacks in 144 regular-season games (an average of 1.6 per game) and achieved top eight rankings in total offense four times. From 1993-2000, Dallas led the league in fewest sacks allowed with 203.

Tim Brewster, TE coach, spent four seasons (1998-2001) as the tight ends coach at the University of Texas. Clarence Shelmon, RB coach, started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Houston from 1975-76, following a year (1977) of coaching at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Front Office Management had no obvious Texas connections.

So, except for football talent, I could not find any other connection or reason to be drafting and acquiring a high percentage of Charger players from Texas.

The 12 players with a Texas connection make quite the Texas Dirty Dozen, and add up to a solid core of the Charger players. Seems a lot of talent is coming out of Texas these days, (I was born in California but my Mom was from Texas, does that count). These were the Chargers Texas connections I found, if there are anymore out there, please Email me the connection, maybe I could add it to a follow up.

By: T.S. Heers

T.S. Heers can be reached at tshinc@yahoo.com or via the following link: T.S. Heers

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