San Diego Chargers' 1963 AFL championship team to be inducted into Ring of Honor

Ceremony to be held at halftime of Dec. 1 game

SAN DIEGO - The Chargers' 1963 American Football League championship team will be inducted into the franchise's Ring of Honor, it was announced Monday.

The Chargers, who defeated the then-Boston Patriots 51-10 for the league title at Balboa Stadium, included numerous players already in the team's version of a Hall of Fame. The list includes receiver Lance Alworth, offensive lineman Ron Mix, running backs Keith Lincoln and Paul Lowe and defensive linemen Earl Faison and Ernie Ladd.

Alworth said he and his teammates believed they could beat the NFL champion Chicago Bears that year. The Super Bowl, matching the league champions, hadn't started by 1963. Alworth was the AFL's MVP that season.

"I played on a championship team with Dallas, and won the Super Bowl," Alworth said. "The '63 team I played on with the Chargers was the best football team I ever played on."

He said they "could do everything." They played together, the defense was "fabulous," the running game was "unbelievable" and -- poking fun at himself -- the receiving was "average," he said.

Alworth and Mix, along with the team's head coach Sid Gillman, are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 1963 Chargers won San Diego's only major professional sports championship. The Bolts lost a Super Bowl in 1995 and the Padres came up short in the World Series in 1984 and 1998.

The induction will be at halftime of the Dec. 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Chargers CEO A.G. Smith said.

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