The Chargers' lightening bolts were based on the bolts on the side of the Air Force Academy's helmets. The bolts were tweaked a bit and placed on the uniform. The lightening bolts were selected, because they were associated with a "charge" of lightening.
Chargers Fun Fact: Look at them Bolts!
This symbol gets fans charged up
By Lindsay Hood
Quarterback Philip Rivers walks off the field at halftime in the rain during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 13.