Part 1 – My Weekend with The Chargers – Saturday – By Lee Wakefield

Quite possibly my NFL favourite memory to date, when it comes to the NFL and the Chargers – Last year I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in London which revolved almost completely around the Los Angeles Chargers.

When the Chargers made the transatlantic to London last year, I was lucky enough to get myself a ticket for the game against the Titans, which going off of the Facebook threads and comments each year, is a miracle in itself! Not only that, I was lucky enough to be invited to be a part of an exclusive group of UK based Chargers fans who got to make up audience of a live Q&A session with Chargers players and a couple of ex-players, which took place on the Saturday.

What a dream!

The ex-players involved were Donnie Edwards and none other than, my hero, LaDainian Tomlinson.

Like I said, this was a dream Saturday.

The current players who were involved were, Melvin Ingram, Melvin Gordon, Russell Okung, Philip Rivers and to keep all the boys in check was the main man, Anthony Lynn.

During the Q&A

As someone who is involved in the media at an amateur level when it comes to the NFL, it was also a fantastic experience to see how Neil Reynolds works and how he hosts and plays to a room, especially considering this was a live event that was going out on the uncompromising airwaves of Facebook and the internet in general.

The event was an incredible thing to be a part of, it was a privilege to be a part of. Everyone aside from Coach Lynn stayed around for photos and to sign autographs once the event had finished which was first class from all of them, and I’m not hating on Coach there… He had to get away to prep for the W that was to follow the next day.

Russell Okung was thrilled to meet me and insisted on taking a photo with me. He must listen to the pod… On a serious note, he was awesome, he is a really funny guy.

Me with a fan.

Philip Rivers was also incredible with the fans. The rest of the players had departed and the production crew were packing up, Philip was still holding court. There were around ten of us, just huddled round firing questions and just chewing the fat with OUR starting QB for around 20 minutes after everyone had left. At the time I was working in London despite living in Brighton and we actually shared commuting stories – Many of the fans were interested in Philip’s custom minivan which he uses to travel between his home in San Diego and the Chargers’ practice facility.

I guess the only downer on this was that I didn’t get to tell LT how much I love him.

Check in tomorrow for part 2 of my weekend tomorrow, when I’ll be getting into what was the first and only time, although definitely not the last time, I saw the Chargers in action.

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