Lance Alworth, also known as "Bambi," was a standout wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers from 1962-1970. During his time with the Chargers, he helped lead the team to five divisional titles and a victory in the AFL Championship Game in 1963. Alworth is widely regarded as one of the greatest Chargers players in NFL history, and his contributions to the team helped pave the way for future success.
Early Life and College Career
Lance Alworth was born on August 3, 1940, in Houston, Texas. He grew up in nearby Brookshire and attended high school in nearby Touchet. During his high school career, Alworth excelled in football, basketball, and track and field, earning all-state honors in each sport.
Alworth went on to play college football at the University of Arkansas, where he continued to impress on the field. He was a two-time All-American and helped lead the Razorbacks to the 1960 Sugar Bowl. Alworth was also a standout track and field athlete, winning the NCAA long jump championship in 1960.
Professional Career with the Chargers
Alworth was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 1962 NFL Draft, but he chose to sign with the San Diego Chargers of the upstart AFL. He made an immediate impact in his rookie season, catching 33 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. Alworth's speed and agility made him a difficult matchup for opposing defenses, and he quickly became one of the most feared receivers in the league.
In 1963, Alworth helped lead the Chargers to their first AFL Championship, catching nine passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the title game against the Boston Patriots. He continued to dominate in the years that followed, earning six consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 1963-1968. Alworth was also named First-Team All-Pro five times during this span.
Legacy with the Chargers
Alworth's contributions to the Chargers have not been forgotten. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1984. The team also retired his number 19 jersey, making him one of only five Chargers players to receive this honor.
What made Lance Alworth such a great player?
Alworth's combination of speed, agility, and hands