Center Nick Hardwick praised McKayla Maroney, the 16-year-old vault pro from Long Beach, for representing Southern California
“Congratulations on a gold medal, unbelievable performances,” Hardwick said. “We’re very proud of you.”
Naturally, Hardwick had an additional message for Team USA: “Keep cheering your Chargers on, we’re going to do some great things for you this year.”
Other Chargers players also described some of the events they were most excited to watch.
Linebacker Jarrett Johnson said he was intrigued by the sport that “looked like water polo, with no water,” which probably means handball.
“There’s a lot of sports I don’t know anything about,” he said with a chuckle.
The defensive end Kendall Reyes said he’s excited to cheer on Team USA and his friend Melissa Gonzales on the U.S. Women's Field Hockey team.
“You go girl,” he said.
Equestrian sports might not be a favorite for free safety Eric Waddell, but he is looking forward to ping pong.
Antonio Garay said he might want to try wrestling at the Olympics one day.
“I still think I could do it. I will challenge whoever wins,” he joked.
Vincent Brown, wide receiver, said if there was one Olympic sport he could play, it would be track and field.
“I’d like to be the fastest man in the world,” Brown said. “I want to know what that feels like.”