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  1. #121
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Friday, May 6, 1977 6:40 pm

    1st round 21st pick Tennessee selects A.J. Duhe, linebacker, LSU
    1st round 22nd pick New York selects Wesley Walker, California
    1st round 23rd pick Washington selects Wilson Faumuina, defensive tackle, San Jose State

    7:04 pm Harry Gilmer approaches the podium for the 24th time on the evening, “with the twenty-fourth pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select Warren Bryant, tackle, Kentucky. Dallas is now on the clock.”

    “Well that does it……Dallas picks Cory and we are going with a defensive back,” barked Sanders when he heard the news.
    “I agree….if we can’t get Sweitzer then we need to focus on Herman Edwards. What does everyone think,” exclaimed Coryell.
    “Hey guys…Gilmer is already heading to the podium,” observed Altizer. “Only two minutes and their pick is in……It’s Tony Hill.”

    1st round 25th pick Dallas selects Tony Hill, wide receiver, Stanford

    Coryell smiled and circled Sweitzer’s name on the board, “Call it in…….wait…..let’s take our time…..wait until eight minutes in on the clock before we call it in…..” the room broke into a barrage of clapping and laughter.

    7:14 pm “With the 26th pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the San Diego Chargers select Cory Sweitzer, tackle, Arizona State. Toronto is now on the clock.” Scouting report on Sweitzer: This kid has a strong future, but he’s not there yet. Give him time. Sweitzer, 6’6” 275 lbs, is a big bodied offensive lineman who started 22 games at Arizona State at left tackle. He is s strong pass blocking tackle and has great discipline.

    1st round 27th pick Toronto selects Gary Jeter, defensive end, USC
    1st round 28th pick New England selects Stanley Morgan, wide receiver, Tennessee
    1st round 29th pick New Orleans selects Ted McKnight, running back, Minnesota-Duluth
    1st round 30th pick Green Bay selects Ezra Johnson, defensive end, Morris Brown

    7:57 pm Commissioner Gilmer walked up to the podium for the last time of the evening. “With the thirty-first pick in the 1977 NAFL draft the Jacksonville Bulls select Vince Ferragamo, quarterback, Nebraska. That concludes the first round.”

  2. #122
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Saturday, May 7, 1977

    “Day 2 of the NAFL draft began today at 9 AM” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Day 2 of the NAFL draft began quickly this morning as the Atlanta Falcons submitted their pick 2 minutes after going on the clock. The Falcons acquired the 2nd round pick from the Detroit Lions last season and used it to strengthen their offensive line with Arkansas guard R.C. Thielemann. Today each team got 7 minutes on the clock as they negotiated through the second and third rounds. The draft concludes on Sunday with rounds 4-7. San Diego’s team representatives stationed at their specific table at the venue kept in contact with its draft room all afternoon. As the news was communicated, it became clear that targeted defensive backs on the Bolts draft board may not be available when the Chargers went on the clock. With the 33rd pick Baltimore snagged Elon University cornerback Brent Sexton. San Diego State’s Herman Edwards joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 37th pick. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay used the 46th pick to secure Southern Miss defensive back Carl Allen. At roughly 12 pm Sanders, Altizer and Coryell gathered with Zampese in the “war room” and concluded that a change to the planned strategy was required. Having two picks in the third round and surprised that quarterback Glenn Carano was still available it was decided to take the UNLV signal caller. At 12:07 pm, with the 57th pick, San Diego selected quarterback Glenn Carano. Carano threw for 5,095 yards and 37 touchdowns as a Rebel and will battle for the backup job to incumbent starter Dan Fouts.

    The third round began at 1 pm and Detroit kicked it off with the 63rd pick and selected wide receiver Emery Moorhead out of Colorado. San Diego had two picks in the third round. They used the 67th pick to grab linebacker Linden King out of Colorado St. and the 88th pick to add Northwestern safety Pete Shaw to the roster. “We had a great afternoon. We got a solid quarterback in Carano. King is a great linebacker with great run defense and pass rush skills. Shaw is a solid tackler with good pass defense skills. So yeah I would call today a success,” reflected Coach Coryell on the day’s journey. “I look forward to seeing Cory, Glenn, Linden and Pete in our rookie minicamp in a few weeks.”

  3. #123
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Sunday, May 8, 1977

    “Draft weekend provides San Diego with 10 rookies” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The 1977 NAFL draft concluded Sunday evening in New York. It was a busy afternoon as the San Diego Chargers added 6 more players to their roster. The Bolts began their day with the 99th pick, acquired from Pittsburgh, and selected fullback Tony Benjamin out of Duke University. Benjamin is a really impressive prospect with good speed and size. “We will need to work on his blocking skills, but I am thrilled we got another big back on the roster,” commented Earnel Durden about the new addition to his offensive backfield. Joining Benjamin in the 4th round with the 119th pick was Boston University defensive end Dave Lindstrom. All the picks from the weekend include:
    1st round 26th pick Cory Sweitzer, tackle, Arizona State
    2nd round 57th pick Glenn Carano, quarterback, UNLV
    3rd round 67th pick Linden King, linebacker, Colorado State
    3rd round 88th pick Pete Shaw, safety, Northwestern
    4th round 99th pick Tony Benjamin, fullback, Duke
    4th round 119th pick Dave Lindstrom, defensive end, Boston University
    5th round 150th pick Clarence Williams, running back, South Carolina
    6th round 167th pick Jerome Dove, cornerback, Colorado State
    6th round 181st pick Curtis Townsend, defensive tackle, Arkansas
    7th round 212th pick Hank Bauer, running back, California Lutheran

    Upcoming dates for the San Diego Chargers
    Rookie minicamp May 20-22 (rookies and undrafted free agents; second year players optional)
    OTA (organized team activities) offseason work outs May 27-29; June 3-5; June 10-12
    Mandatory team minicamp June 17-19
    The Rookie Symposium (orientation program) Cleveland, Ohio June 23-26
    Training camp (Rookies report) July 20
    Training camp (Veterans report) July 22
    Training camp (First practice) July 23
    Pre season opener (San Diego @ St. Louis) Saturday, August 6
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  4. #124
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    Monday, May 23, 1977

    “Weekend rookie minicamp concludes” David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    All recently drafted rookies, numerous undrafted rookies, and some second year players attended a minicamp this weekend. The camp began on Friday and ran through the weekend. It was aimed at getting newly drafted rookies acclimated to the speed and pace of the NAFL. “The playbook was the size of a college text book and it might as well been written in a different language,” remarked rookie running back Clarence Williams. “It was a tough weekend.” Overall Coach Coryell was pleased with the turnout, “it was a good weekend we had a descent turnout. Some of the guys had a difficult time adjusting the speed and intensity of the practice.” The 10 drafted rookies were joined by 12 undrafted rookies, 14 tryouts, and 7 second year players making a total of 43 men on the field and in the meeting rooms throughout the three day event.

    “Construction well under way on new facilities” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Construction on the new “Chargers Park” practice facility/business offices, which began in early March, is making great progress. Murphy Canyon Road has been busy with construction activities and traffic throughout the month of May. “I am told construction is right on schedule and we should be moving over in March or April,“ mentioned Coach Coryell Monday afternoon.

    Preseason Power Rankings have been released. Roger Staubach and his Dallas Texans top the list, while Fouts and Company settle into 5th place. Listed below are the top 12 in the league as of May 23, 1977
    1. Dallas Texans
    2. Arizona Wranglers
    3. Jacksonville Bulls
    4. Toronto Argonauts
    5. San Diego Chargers
    6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    7. Chicago Bears
    8. Los Angeles Express
    9. Pittsburgh Steelers
    10. Carolina Panthers
    11. Oklahoma City Outlaws
    12. Green Bay Packers

  5. #125
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Tuesday, May 24, 1977

    “Two undrafted rookies find a home in southern California” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Two undrafted rookies had a very successful camp this past weekend and it landed them an invitation to join the team on a more permanent basis. University of Tennessee wide receiver Larry Seivers and Nicholls State receiver Gerald Butler both impressed receivers coach Aaron Thomas enough that he petitioned to get them added to the active roster. “Both men exhibited great skill set and performed well throughout the weekend,” mentioned Thomas. “I look forward to seeing those guys on the field this weekend at our first OTA.” Larry Seivers had a productive college career at Tennessee compiling 117 receptions for 1,924 yards and 8 touchdowns in 35 games. Gerald Butler snagged 107 receptions for 1,644 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Colonels of Nicholls State. “Both men are very athletic and showed lots of promise this past weekend,” commented Coach Coryell after agreeing with Thomas to bring the two on board. Both men will attend the first OTA of the year this weekend at San Diego State University. The addition of the two receivers put the total roster count at 81.

    Free Agent Tracker

    The Atlanta Falcons and free agent wide receiver Ron Shanklin hava agree to a 2 year contract worth $805,000 a year with a $40,000 signing bonus. Shanklin, who spent the last four seasons in Oklahoma City, has 295 receptions, 4,056 yards, and 36 touchdowns in his seven year career

    Injury report

    Linebacker David Wright is making great progress toward a full recovery and should be ready to go when training camp officially begins in July. Wright is entering his eight season with San Diego. He holds the Bolts single season tackle record with 132 and is the career tackles leader with 689. Wright has averaged 6.2 tackles per game over his career, also a San Diego record. “I am going to attend the OTA this weekend. Matter of fact, I will be at all of them. Being around these guys just makes me feel better and work harder to get back on the field.” Wright is recovering from a torn ankle ligament he suffered last October.
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