One of the few bright spots for the Chargers in their historic loss on Monday night was one veteran’s reward.
Cornerback Quentin Jammer is in his 11th season with the Chargers.
Monday night, against the Broncos, Jammer had his first interception returned for a touchdown.
With 6 minutes and 15 seconds left in the second quarter, the Bolts were up 10-0, but Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was driving his team down the field. He had just completed a deep pass to Eric Decker, and if Decker hadn’t tripped over himself, he would’ve been gone.
Instead, it was third down and six from San Diego’s 26-yard line. Manning lined up in shotgun, dropped back and released a beautiful pass -- directly into the hands of Jammer.
The ball was intended for wide receiver Matthew Willis, but it hit Jammer straight in the chest.
Jammer took off and carried the ball all the way down the sideline 80 yards for his very first NFL touchdown.
As soon as he leaped across the plane he lay on the ground, his teammates dog piled on top of him.
“The truth is,” Jammer said. “I was just tired.”
It didn’t matter why he was on the ground, his teammates jubilation more than made up for his exhaustion.
Teammate and close friend Darrel Stuckey was elated.
“I was hanging there, running down the sideline with him,” Stuckey said. “I couldn’t keep up because I was trying to stay off the field. I was dodging people but it was definitely an adrenaline rush and I was pretty excited for him.”
And Stuckey’s words of congratulations when he got to him?
“You pretty tired, huh?”
The other half of the Chargers cornerback duo, Antoine Cason, said Jammer wasn’t the only one who got a sprint in on that play.
“I don’t know if you saw,” Cason said. “But I sprinted my butt off to go congratulate him. It was really great to see that.”
Camaraderie is developed within any team, but when positions are as codependent and responsive to each other as the two cornerback spots, it strengthens that camaraderie even more.
“It’s been five years,” Cason said. “You grow close to guys and you just want to see them do well. That’s what’s important. And to see that I was smiling ear to ear for that.”