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  • Originally posted by Craig440 View Post
    Hello. I'm Craig. I was born in San Diego in 1954. I grew up in El Cajon. At the age of six after my daddy had fled the scene, my mom got involved in real estate. She got hooked up with the funny little team in the AFL the Chargers. In 1961 she sold the house next door to Ron Nery. Charger DE number 80. He was about twenty two? I was seven. We became friends cuz I played outside and so did he. He took me with him to practice one day. I knew nothing about football. I learned fast. I ended up riding the bus from San Diego High School (I think) to Balboa Stadium with the team, there were no locker rooms at the stadium. I sat on the bench. I rode the bus back. I had never seen such sweaty huge men before. And to be frank I had never seen a black man before.

    Ernie Ladd. Six foot ten over three hundred pounds came down the isle in full gear. I had a hot dog and was sitting on the isle seat. He put his foot on my foot and said "Give me a bite" I shook and shook as I lifted my dog with both hands up into the air. He ate the whole thing in one bite, would have ate my hand if I didn't move them. I started to cry. Ernie was so sorry he took me to the next game and I sat on the bench.

    I WAS NOW a CHARGER FAN for life.

    Step Dad got us season tickets to Balboa Stadium. I still have a ticket framed that was unused. Two dollars and thirty five cents.

    I later built pools and spas and solar for several Chargers in the seventies and eighties. I have tons of stories and memorabilia

    I'll tell more stories if ya want.
    EPIC! Thanks for sharing that, and welcome to TPB, Craig!!

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    • Hello, nice to be a part of a Charger forum again! Look forward to chatting everything Chargers with you guys.

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      • Originally posted by NMBoltNut View Post
        Hello, nice to be a part of a Charger forum again! Look forward to chatting everything Chargers with you guys.
        Welcome to the Blues bud. Make yourself at home.

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        • NM = New Mexico ?
          It is good to have you here.
          Any ideas on the Draft ?
          Dalton Risner ORT#1
          Darnell Savage FS#1
          Khalen Saunders 3TECH#2
          Justin Hollins SAM#2
          Drew Sample TE#2
          Antoine Wesley WR#3
          Ed Alexander 1TECH#2

          v5

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          • Originally posted by NMBoltNut View Post
            Hello, nice to be a part of a Charger forum again! Look forward to chatting everything Chargers with you guys.
            Welcome brother. Hope all s well in NM. It's draft week, great time to get involved.
            JEFFERY SIMMONS (DT) MSST
            JUAN THORNHILL (FS) UVA
            ISAIAH JOHNSON (CB) UH
            ISAIAH PRINCE (OT) OSU
            KAHALE WARRING (TE) SDSU
            CORTEZ BROUGHTON (DT) UC
            ALEXANDER MATTISON (RB) BSU

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