The Los Angeles Chargers will officially be in their new city of residence when training camp opens late next month. As minicamp concluded on Thursday, the team and its’ veteran quarterback, Philip Rivers held their final practice at Chargers Park in San Diego.
Rivers, who along with tight end Antonio Gates, have spent the most amount of time in San Diego expressed his mixed reactions on the final practice.
Fans and some former players also turned out to bid the facility farewell as San Diego, which hosted the team for five decades, will no longer be associated with the team – in name only.
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According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN, Darrell Stuckey, who has been with the Chargers since 2010, offered the following comments on moving north to Los Angeles.
“At the end of the day, yes, our branches are expanding a little bit — 88 miles if you want to be exact. But our roots will still run deep here. We’re not abandoning anything historically that happened here. We’re just carrying that strength with us, because no tree is stronger than its roots.”
Rivers was one of the last players to walk off the field following the final day of practice but when training camp opens in Los Angeles, he’ll likely be the first one in attendance.