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Inside Slant

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm">USA Today</a>
    <div class="intro-copy">The Chargers' final week of offseason coaching sessions came with a dose of reality.</div>
    <p class="intro-copy">The players meet many men and women roughly their same age at a recent practice with a job which is much bigger than being an NFL player: being a member of the US military. The Chargers, for the first time, conducted a practice at nearby Camp Pendleton Marine Base.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">"It's hard to put into words," quarterback Philip Rivers said after entertaining the troops. "We get to play games for a living and they are the ones that allow us to play the game, essentially."</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">That thought wasn't lost on Rivers or his teammates. It's hard to speculate any of the Chargers took their job for granted, but it's doubtful they do now, after seeing the Marines and sailors up-close.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy"> "What they do on a daily basis and what they have done overseas to allow us to live how we live in America is awesome," Rivers said. "This short of period of time we were up here doesn't do it justice. But it's a tribute we can pay, however small it may be, to be here and show them how much we appreciate them."</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">Before the 1-hour, 45-minute workout, the Chargers delivered two oversized framed jerseys to military officials. One read "Semper Fi" and the other, "Camp Pendleton." Both had the No. 1.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">The top Charger, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, delayed a commercial shoot so he could attend the workout. But he felt it was important to salute the armed forces.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">"A lot of stuff is negative that is going on with our troops, with whatever happened over there in Iraq," said Tomlinson, who has a high-school friend serving there. "And a lot of time people only look at the negative part. But these guys have to do what they have to do for our freedom.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">"This is needed, coming out here and showing our support to the troops at Camp Pendleton. It's our way to say, 'thank you.'"</p>
    <p class="intro-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-Three players didn't participate in the recent five minicamp sessions: DT Jamal Williams (knee), S Bhawoh Jue (knee) and LT Roman Oben (foot). The team is banking all three to be ready for next month's training camp. "The only question at this point might be Roman," coach Marty Schottenheimer said.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-The team will have its rookies report on July 24 for training camp at Chargers Park, with the veterans coming in on July 28.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-C Nick Hardwick has added some 20 pounds, which he hopes will make him difficult to move in the middle of the line.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-RB Darren Sproles opened some eyes with his quick moves during the minicamp.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-Nothing new on the trade front. GM A.J. Smith has ILB Donnie Edwards and S Hank Milligan on the trading block.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">-No developments in the Chargers' quest to find a new stadium in San Diego County. Starting Jan. 1 the team can speak to cities inside and outside San Diego County about relocating.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "They're supposed to look good - it's minicamp." - Chargers president Dean Spanos, on how the players appeared during the minicamp practices.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="intro-copy">FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">TRANSITION PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): WR Drew Haddad.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: LB Howard Hodges; RB Calvin Murray.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: LB Stephen Cooper; OG Kris Dielman; S Clinton Hart; WR Kassim Osgood; DE Jacques Cesaire; LB Carlos Polk; FB Andrew Pinnock; LB Matt Wilhelm.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">PLAYERS ACQUIRED: TE Brandon Manumaleuna; S Marlon McCree; TE Aaron Shea; CB Raymond Walls; WR Rashaun Woods.</p>
    <p class="intro-copy">PLAYERS LOST: QB Drew Brees; WR Reche Caldwell; CB Sammy Davis; CB Jamar Fletcher; OG Bob Hallen; LB Ben Leber; TE Justin Peelle; DE DeQuincy Scott; OL Courtney VanBuren; S Jerry Wilson.</p>

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