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1965 San Diego Chargers

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9-2-3, Finished 1st in AFL West Division  · 1965 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.1, Offense: 2.1, Defense: 4.9, SoS: -1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 340 points (24.3/g), 1st of 8 in the AFL. Allowed 227 points (16.2/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 113 points (8.1/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 10.1-3.9.

Coach: Sid Gillman (9-2-3)
 Other Notable Asst.: Chuck Noll (Defensive Assistant)

Stadium: Balboa Stadium
 Training Camp: TraveLodge (Escondido, California)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB John Hadl* 25 3 14 174 for 348, 2,798 yards, 20 td, 21 int, & 28 rushes for 91 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1962
HB Paul Lowe*+ 29 5 0 222 rushes for 1,121 yards, 6 td, & 17 catches for 126 yards and 1 td
FB Gene Foster 23 Rook 0 121 rushes for 469 yards, 2 td, & 17 catches for 199 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 10th / 78th pick / 1965
Dallas Cowboys / 15th / 201st pick / 1965
FL Lance Alworth*+ 25 3 0 69 catches for 1,602 yards, 14 td, & 3 rushes for -12 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 8th pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 9th pick / 1962
SE Don Norton 27 5 0 34 catches for 485 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for -5 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 56th pick / 1960
TE Dave Kocourek 28 5 0 28 catches for 363 yards, 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 19th / 223rd pick / 1959
LT Ernie Wright* 26 5 0 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 200th pick / 1961
LG Ernie Park 25 2 0 San Diego Chargers / 19th / 146th pick / 1963
C Sam Gruneisen 24 3 14 San Diego Chargers / 25th / 200th pick / 1962
RG Walt Sweeney* 24 2 0 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1963
Cleveland Browns / 8th / 107th pick / 1963
RT Ron Mix*+ 27 5 0 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 10th pick / 1960
 Defensive Starters
LDE Earl Faison*+ 26 4 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 7th pick / 1961
Detroit Lions / 5th / 66th pick / 1961
LDT George Gross 24 2 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 103rd pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 16th / 128th pick / 1962
RDT Ernie Ladd*+ 27 4 0 Chicago Bears / 4th / 48th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 15th / 119th pick / 1961
RDE Bob Petrich 24 2 0 New York Giants / 6th / 82nd pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 11th / 82nd pick / 1963
LLB Herb Travenio 32 1 0
MLB Chuck Allen 26 4 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 28th / 223rd pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 228th pick / 1961
RLB Frank Buncom* 26 3 14 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 48th pick / 1962
LCB Jimmy Warren 26 1 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Speedy Duncan* 23 1 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
LS Kenny Graham* 24 1 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 13th / 104th pick / 1964
Baltimore Colts / 12th / 162nd pick / 1964
RS Bud Whitehead 26 4 0 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 16th / 127th pick / 1961
 Special Teams Starters
K Herb Travenio 32 1 0 18 of 30 field goals & 40 of 40 extra points
P John Hadl* 25 3 14 38 punts for a 40.6 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1962
PR Speedy Duncan* 23 1 0 30 punt returns for a 15.5 average and 2 td
KR Speedy Duncan* 23 1 0 26 kick returns for a 23.5 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
50 Chuck Allen 26 MLB 14 0 225 6-1 Washington 9/7/1939 4 7 San Diego Chargers / 28th / 223rd pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 228th pick / 1961
32 Jim Allison 22 14 0 215 6-0 El Camino Col. (CA),San Diego St. 3/2/1943 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 12th / 94th pick / 1965
19 Lance Alworth*+ 25 FL 14 0 184 6-0 Arkansas 8/3/1940 3 15 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 8th pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 9th pick / 1962
15 Don Breaux 25 14 0 205 6-1 McNeese St. 8/3/1940 2 1
55 Frank Buncom* 26 RLB 14 14 235 6-2 USC 11/2/1939 3 10 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 48th pick / 1962
89 Ron Carpenter 24 6 0 230 6-2 Texas A&M 9/2/1941 1 3 San Diego Chargers / 12th / 96th pick / 1964
26 Kern Carson 24 3 0 200 6-1 San Diego St. 1/29/1941 Rook 0 Baltimore Colts / 17th / 229th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 29th / 229th pick / 1963
51 Dick Degen 23 12 0 220 6-1 Long Beach St. 3/4/1942 Rook 4
56 Steve DeLong 22 12 0 252 6-2 Tennessee 7/3/1943 Rook 4 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 6th pick / 1965
Chicago Bears / 1st / 6th pick / 1965
45 Speedy Duncan* 23 KR 14 0 180 5-10 Jackson St. 8/10/1942 1 13
86 Earl Faison*+ 26 LDE 14 0 270 6-5 Indiana 1/31/1939 4 13 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 7th pick / 1961
Detroit Lions / 5th / 66th pick / 1961
20 Miller Farr 22 3 0 190 6-1 Wichita St. 4/8/1943 Rook 2
62 John Farris 22 14 0 245 6-4 San Diego St. 11/2/1943 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 17th / 136th pick / 1964
Los Angeles Rams / 11th / 147th pick / 1964
37 Gene Foster 23 FB 14 0 220 6-0 Arizona St. 3/20/1942 Rook 5 San Diego Chargers / 10th / 78th pick / 1965
Dallas Cowboys / 15th / 201st pick / 1965
33 Kenny Graham* 24 LS 14 0 210 6-0 Washington St. 11/25/1941 1 10 San Diego Chargers / 13th / 104th pick / 1964
Baltimore Colts / 12th / 162nd pick / 1964
79 George Gross 24 LDT 14 0 270 6-3 Auburn 1/26/1941 2 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 103rd pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 16th / 128th pick / 1962
65 Sam Gruneisen 24 C 14 14 242 6-1 Villanova 1/16/1941 3 5 San Diego Chargers / 25th / 200th pick / 1962
21 John Hadl* 25 P 14 14 214 6-1 Kansas 2/15/1940 3 11 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1962
36 Dick Harris 28 14 0 187 5-11 McNeese St. 7/24/1937 5 3
30 Bob Horton 23 12 0 230 6-2 Boston Univ. 9/15/1942 1 4 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 88th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 12th / 168th pick / 1964
24 Jack Jacobson 24 3 0 200 6-2 Oklahoma St. 6/23/1941 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 13th / 179th pick / 1965
87 Howard Kindig 24 14 0 265 6-6 Los Angeles St. 6/22/1941 Rook 4 San Diego Chargers / 14th / 112th pick / 1964
Philadelphia Eagles / 13th / 170th pick / 1964
72 Gary Kirner 23 14 0 255 6-3 USC 6/22/1942 1 3 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 40th pick / 1964
83 Dave Kocourek 28 TE 14 0 240 6-5 Wisconsin 8/20/1937 5 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 19th / 223rd pick / 1959
77 Ernie Ladd*+ 27 RDT 14 0 290 6-9 Grambling St. 11/28/1938 4 13 Chicago Bears / 4th / 48th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 15th / 119th pick / 1961
22 Keith Lincoln* 26 10 0 215 6-1 Washington St. 5/8/1939 4 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1961
Chicago Bears / 5th / 61st pick / 1961
23 Paul Lowe*+ 29 HB 14 0 205 6-0 Oregon St. 9/27/1936 5 10
38 Jacque MacKinnon 27 14 0 235 6-4 Colgate 11/10/1938 4 1 San Diego Chargers / 33rd / 264th pick / 1962
Philadelphia Eagles / 20th / 280th pick / 1961
60 Ed Mitchell 23 3 0 285 6-2 Nebraska,Southern 9/5/1942 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 15th / 120th pick / 1964
Cleveland Browns / 12th / 166th pick / 1964
74 Ron Mix*+ 27 RT 14 0 250 6-4 USC 3/10/1938 5 9 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 10th pick / 1960
71 Fred Moore 26 12 0 255 6-3 Oklahoma,Memphis 12/18/1939 1 4 San Diego Chargers / 15th / 120th pick / 1962
Baltimore Colts / 10th / 135th pick / 1962
88 Don Norton 27 SE 14 0 190 6-1 Iowa 3/13/1938 5 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 56th pick / 1960
61 Ernie Park 25 LG 14 0 253 6-3 McMurry 10/22/1940 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 19th / 146th pick / 1963
85 Bob Petrich 24 RDE 14 0 252 6-4 West Texas A&M 3/15/1941 2 7 New York Giants / 6th / 82nd pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 11th / 82nd pick / 1963
66 Rick Redman 22 10 0 220 6-1 Washington 3/7/1943 Rook 4 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 38th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 132nd pick / 1965
64 Pat Shea 26 8 0 250 6-1 USC 6/28/1939 3 2
78 Walt Sweeney* 24 RG 14 0 256 6-4 Syracuse 4/18/1941 2 8 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1963
Cleveland Browns / 8th / 107th pick / 1963
81 Sammie Taylor 25 12 0 194 6-0 Grambling St. 4/23/1940 Rook 0
13 Steve Tensi 23 1 0 215 6-5 Florida St. 12/8/1942 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 30th pick / 1965
Baltimore Colts / 16th / 224th pick / 1965
35 Herb Travenio 32 K 14 0 218 6-0 none 2/28/1933 1 11
49 Jimmy Warren 26 LCB 14 0 175 5-11 Illinois 7/20/1939 1 6
25 Dick Westmoreland 24 4 0 190 6-1 North Carolina A&T 2/17/1941 2 2
47 Bud Whitehead 26 RS 14 0 185 6-0 Florida St. 1/1/1939 4 7 San Diego Chargers / 16th / 127th pick / 1961
75 Ernie Wright* 26 LT 14 0 270 6-4 Ohio St. 11/6/1939 5 6 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 200th pick / 1961
34 Bob Zeman 28 14 0 200 6-1 Wisconsin 2/22/1937 5 3 Cleveland Browns / 10th / 119th pick / 1959
Team Total 25.0 14 226.4 6-1.9 2.1