In April, Hue Jackson said “trust me” when the Cleveland Browns drafted Cody Kessler.
The shade of blue. The Chargers actually used four different blue tones from 1960 through 1973. All of them looked pretty good, but only the final one, in use from 1968 through ’73, could be described as a true powder blue.
The helmet bolts. The lightning bolts on the Chargers’ helmets have always been gold, right? Wrong. The bolts were blue for the team’s inaugural season in 1960 (and so were the bolts on the blue jersey that year). After changing to gold in 1961, the helmet bolts were blue again in 1966 (but the bolts on the blue jersey stayed gold that time around).
The reality, of course, is that all of these uniform combinations looked good on the field (and so did their assorted white-jerseyed counterparts, for that matter), so you could mix and match just about any of these elements and it would still turn out fine. Still, it’s interesting to see just how much variety there was in such a short time period.
Meanwhile, there’s one other detail from the Chargers’ early days that’s worth mentioning: In 1962, San Diego was among the recipients of the All-America City Award, a civic honor bestowed annually on 10 communities around the nation. The Chargers responded to this by wearing a commemorative decal on the crown of their helmets in 1963.
McCoy also had a message for the person who did it: “I forgive you.”
“I would just ask that people pray for the kid who tried to break into my house,” said McCoy, who wasn’t home when the incident occurred.
“Just a lost kid. [He] probably just needs some guidance. Ain’t nothing to be upset over. It happens.”
“You can look at it a different way — you can look at it as, ‘Aw, I hate the person who tried to break into my house’ or you can look at it as ‘somebody who needs help,’ ” said McCoy, who, along with his wife Ebony, adopt several families each year for the holidays and are known for their philanthropy work, even donating nearly $20,000 to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation over the past two years.