Safety Eric Weddle, likely playing his last season with the Chargers, won a large and sustained greeting when he came onto the field.
“Pretty special,” he told Times of San Diego. “Amazing, actually.”
Lacking a contract extension, Weddle was the subject of special fan attention and appreciation.
Cheerleaders performed before a full-pads scrimmage in hot conditions. A small group of fans displayed a banner proclaiming “Los Angeles Area Chargers.”
A four-game doping suspension of veteran tight end Antonio Gates didn’t appear to reduce his fans’ affection. They cheered his name and stayed late to get his autograph.
Phil Rivers and backup quarterbacks practiced throwing long bombs over and through the goal posts — to the delight of the crowd.
Running back Danny Woodhead, with a new short haircut, was playful and smiling as he returned from a season lost to injury.
Former players also signed autographs at the start of the 2-hour event. Scheduled to appear were Nick Hardwick, Rolf Benirschke, Luis Castillo and Lorenzo Neal among others.
First exhibition game of the season is Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium.
The regular season opener is a home game Sept. 13 against the Detroit Lions, where the late Junior Seau will receive a special tribute in the wake of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His daughter Sydney will speak.
‘Save Our Bolts’ Echoes at (Final?) Chargers FanFest was last modified: August 9th, 2015 by Chris Stone
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