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Chargers reach midway point of OCS

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Casey Pearce
    Posted Jun 3, 2009

    After three consecutive days of Offseason Coaching Sessions, the Chargers will take a short break from their preseason preparation.

    Midway during the team portion of the Chargers’ Wednesday morning Offseason Coaching Session, running back Darren Sproles[​IMG] caught a short pass out of the backfield and darted down the sideline.

    With his speed, Sproles figured to outrun his teammates to the goal line, but safety Eric Weddle[​IMG] took a strong angle and cut him off just short of the pylon, a move that drew loud cheers from Weddle’s defensive teammates.

    “We’re getting a lot of good work done but we’re having a lot of fun too,” linebacker Stephen Cooper[​IMG] said. “We’ve got a good group of guys who love working together, whether it’s June or August or December.”

    Each day during OCS, Head Coach Norv Turner selects specific game situations for his team to work on. Wednesday’s practice focused heavily on the red zone.

    “We try to make it as game-like as possible,” quarterback Philip Rivers[​IMG] said. “That way when you get to games, you’ve just about seen it all as best you can. It’s been a very productive couple of weeks.”

    The Chargers will be back on the field next Tuesday and will practice Wednesday and Thursday as well. Following next Thursday’s work, most of the veterans’ offseason work will be completed. Rookies and select veterans will wrap up the OCS with four practices from June 15-18.

    Shoot to Cure HD Friday

    One of the Chargers’ favorite offseason events will be held Friday night at Chargers Park. The eighth-annual “Shoot to Cure HD” is a free-throw competition that begins at 6 p.m. Friday and is open to the public. Tight end Antonio Gates[​IMG] serves as the honorary chair of the event and several of his teammates, including Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson[​IMG], will be on hand.

    Tickets to The Shoot To Cure start at $125. Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,250 to $10,000. Proceeds from the event will be used to help find a cure for Huntington’s Disease (HD), a devastating, genetically caused brain disorder that robs people of their ability to walk, talk, eat, and think. More than a quarter of a million Americans have HD or are "at risk" of inheriting the disease from an affected parent.

    Chargers Champions accepting applications

    Chargers Champions will again award college scholarships to 10 San Diego County juniors and will make several large grants to San Diego schools to fund physical fitness, nutrition or athletic programs. Applications, which are available by clicking here, must be postmarked by June 26.

    Since the program's inception, nearly $4 million has been awarded to local youth and area schools. Created by Alex and Dean Spanos in 2000, Chargers Champions is the number-one supporter of San Diego County's educational community. Since the beginning of the program, the Chargers have honored and supported more than 175 students, 46 educators and 76 schools.

    Turner to speak at SDHOC

    Turner will speak at the San Diego Hall of Champions Thursday as part of the organization’s Sports at Lunch series. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call 619-699-2313 for reservations. The Hall of Champions is located in Balboa Park and the event starts at 11 a.m.

    Harrison hangs it up

    Former Chargers safety Rodney Harrison, who went to two Pro Bowls in his nine seasons in San Diego, announced his retirement Wednesday morning. After 15 years on the field, Harrison will serve as a studio analyst for NBC’s “Football Night in America” next season.

    Harrison played for the Chargers from 1994-02. His 26 interceptions as a Charger rank third in team history and Harrison is a candidate for the 50 Greatest All-Time Chargers as part of the team’s 50th anniversary celebration.

  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Wow - we have a safety who can take good angles? :icon_eek:

    Whodathunkit? :lol:
  3. Rainman

    Rainman BoltTalker

    Sep 4, 2006
    Makes me wonder if the best safeties werre math majors. :icon_shrug:

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