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News » San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15

San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15

San Diego Chargers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15
--RB LaDainian Tomlinson hasn't backed off on chasing one of the NFL's most cherished records. Once bent on retiring after 2011, he's eyeing Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record of 18,355 yards. Tomlinson sits at 11,760.

"I just took a long look and I thought about a lot of things in the offseason about my career," he said. "I just don't want to have any regrets. When I leave I want to be able to say I went for it. You don't want to get close and later say, 'you know, you could have done it."'

--LB Darry Beckwith thought he might be a third-round pick last month. The standout LSU inside linebacker was known as an explosive hitter with the smarts to excel at the next level, but his draft status remained in flux due to a bad knee that sidelined him for parts of the last three seasons.

Beckwith figured that might cause a minor slide, but nothing like the free fall that occurred during last weekend's NFL Draft.

"Teams just kept passing on me because of a medical thing," Beckwith said. "Each round, they kept passing and passing. When they passed the fourth round and I was still on the board, I started to get worried."

He landed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent, a stigma that isn't necessarily a career-killer with the Chargers. Consider the starters on their team that answer to that tag: Pro Bowlers Antonio Gates and Kris Dielman and starting inside linebacker Stephen Cooper.

--Eric Parker, a former Chargers wide receiver, has been working with the players through the league's minority coaching program.

"I like it," Parker said after a recent minicamp. "It keeps me in the game."

--The team begins its voluntary offseason coaching sessions on May 18. There are 14 coaching sessions through June 18.

--Ex-QB Dan Fouts is again leading the charge to get former Chargers coach Don Coryell into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I just felt like I had to be there. There are times in history that if you have the opportunity to be there, there is no way you can pass it up." -- RB LaDainian Tomlinson on his busy offseason, which included attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 15, 2009

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