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Rivers inherits talented team

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: ESPN
    <blockquote>By John Clayton

    <img align="left" alt="Philip Rivers" title="Philip Rivers" src="http://espn-att.starwave.com/photo/2006/0731/nfl_a_rivers_195.jpg" />SAN DIEGO -- Drew Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson had a secret pact. After entering the league in the same draft class (2001) with picks the Chargers got from the Falcons in the Michael Vick trade, Brees and Tomlinson vowed to stay together until they won a Super Bowl.

    The final hopes of that partnership snapped on New Year's Eve, when Brees' right shoulder was dislocated by a John Lynch hit in the Chargers' last game of the season. General manager A.J. Smith's big decision was made. With Philip Rivers waiting in the wings, Smith no longer could offer franchise money to Brees coming off surgery.

    "I was kinda in denial at first," Tomlinson said of the beginnings of the transition. "People would say Drew won't be here. I'd say, 'No, he'll be here, he'll be here.' It was like, 'Wow.'"</blockquote>
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