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Chargers to Honor 1963 AFL Championship Team

Chargers will honor the 1963 AFL Championship Team on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Monday, Oct 28, 2013  |  Updated 4:01 PM PDT
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Chargers to Honor 1963 AFL Championship Team

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The next inductees in the San Diego Chargers Ring of Honor will be the 1963 AFL Championship Team, the Bolts announced Monday.

The Chargers will honor the 50th anniversary of the team’s accomplishment during a special halftime ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 1.

"I just wish that all of my teammates were here to see this," said a teary-eyed Lance Alworth at a press conference Monday.

Added the wide receiver: "I played on a championship team with Dallas and won the Super Bowl. The '63 team I played on with the Chargers was the best football team I ever played on."

The '63 season was highlighted by head coach Sid Gillman's decision to move training camp to a remote, dry area in Boulevard, Calif., at a place aptly called Rough Acres.

"Some of the biggest memories are the ones that happened at Boulevard," Alworth said. "It was such a bonding experience. That's the spirit that we had ... We couldn't go anywhere. We spent a month-and-a-half there. We did everything together. We went to bed at 8 p.m. because we were all too scared to go out."

Members of the ‘63 team as well as all attending alumni will be treated by to special events over three days prior to the game including golf on Friday and a private party on Saturday

Alworth called the decision “well-deserved” and “pretty special.”

“I think it’s time, and history is pretty important. It’s a great feeling to know that everyone still remembers,” he said in a team news release.
 

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