Super Bowl XXXVII is played at Qualcomm Stadium and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, to capture their first ever Super Bowl Championship.
The San Diego Chargers activate the trigger in their lease agreement with the City of San Diego for Qualcomm Stadium to begin negotiations to replace the 36-year-old stadium.
The San Diego Chargers sign Pro Bowl wide receiver David Boston to a seven-year contract.
San Diego Chargers General Manager John Butler succumbs after a nine-month battle with cancer.
San Diego Chargers trade Junior Seau to Miami Dolphins for undisclosed choice in 2004 NFL Draft.
A.J. Smith is promoted to Executive Vice President-General Manager, replacing his close friend John Butler who lost a nine-month battle with cancer on April 11.
Smith names Buddy Nix Assistant General Manager-Director of Player Personnel.
The San Diego Chargers open training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, after spending the previous 27 training camps (1976-2002) at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla.
The San Diego Chargers’ Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins is moved to Arizona’s Sun Devil Stadium while Qualcomm Stadium is used as an evacuation site during the devastating wildfires that ravage San Diego County. Fans are admitted to Sun Devil Stadium free of charge and volunteers collect donations for fire relief at the gates. More than $225,000 is raised. The Dolphins win the game, 26-10.
Alex Spanos makes a $1 million donation to the San Diego Fire Relief Fund.
Louie Kelcher becomes the 27th member to be inducted into the San Diego Chargers’ Hall of Fame at halftime of the game against the Minnesota Vikings.
LaDainian Tomlinson amasses 195 total yards from scrimmage against Green Bay to raise his season total to 2,011 and in the process becomes the first player in team history and only the eighth player in NFL history to record consecutive 2,000-yard seasons.
LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for a team-record 243 yards in a season-ending 21-14 win over the Raiders. Tomlinson also catches eight passes against Oakland to become the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 100 passes in the same season.
Wade Phillips is introduced as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
With first overall selection, San Diego selects QB Eli Manning in NFL Draft and trades him to the New York Giants for QB Philip Rivers, taken with the fifth-overall choice, along with the Giants’ third-round choice in 2004 and first and fifth-round choices in ’05.