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David Binn reaches 250 Games

Discussion in 'American Football' started by SDRaiderH8er, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2006

    On that very first day — and that was thousands and thousands of days ago — he didn't get the impression he'd be around the Chargers much more than a few days.

    San Diego signed David Binn as an undrafted player out of Cal in 1994. Scouts had told him they envisioned him as a backup H-back or tight end, an opinion not shared by everybody in the organization. He learned that quickly, the first time he put a question to the tight ends coach.

    “He really hadn't said anything to me,” said Binn of the coach who shall remain nameless. “After the first tight end meeting, I went to him and said, ‘Am I really gonna play for you? Do you want me?’ He's like, ‘To be honest, no.’ So I said, ‘All right,’ and just walked into the special team meeting.”

    He's been attending them regularly now for 16 years. Of the 750 games the Chargers have played over five decades, Binn has appeared in one-third of them. Tomorrow's game against the Kansas City Chiefs will mark his 250th in the Chargers uniform. That's a lot of hikes for a career long-snapper.

    “It doesn't really seem like that many games,” Binn said yesterday. “I'm still playing, still feel good. Maybe when I get down the road, someday I'll be able to look back on it and go ‘Wow.’ ”

    From the looks of his conditioning, the quality of his play and the two years left on his contract, the 37-year-old Binn still could be performing in the NFL when he's Brett Favre's current age, and he wouldn't have gotten knocked around nearly as much as the quarterback.

    “I don't know, he gets hit a lot by a lot of fat guys,” special teams captain Kassim Osgood said. “And he does get downfield and make some tackles. Still.”

    When he first reported to the NFL, players dedicated to just the art of long-snapping were almost nonexistent, a seeming waste of a valuable roster spot. No doubt the dependability and continuity he gave the Chargers convinced other teams to find their own guy.

    “I don't know if it's me, per se, or the nature of how games are,” Binn said. “Games are going down to the wire, being decided by three points, coming down to a field goal or sometimes even a PAT being the difference between winning or losing a game. Over the course of a season, one or two games are the difference between getting into the playoffs or not. The game in general's just gotten more specialized.

    “Now every team has a snapper. I always thought, ‘Man, if you could get 10 years doing this, that'd be a great career.’ I'm six years past that. I always took it one game at a time, but next thing you know, it's 16 seasons.”
  2. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2006
    Mad Love and Respect for Binn, he's one of my heroes:icon_toast: Shameful he's not on the list of greatest Chargers of all time. And the cat used to tap Pam Anderson. Him and Bennet are two of my all time faves (when i'm not on Scifres jock:lol:)

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