BR’s open letter to Chargers owner Dean Spanos

Dear Mr. Dean Spanos and Chargers fans,

With the decision to move your team to Los Angeles coming down this morning, I want to thank you Mr. Spanos for all the great memories since your family took over the organization in the early 80s…

Winning in Pittsburgh to get to the Super Bowl, LT breaking the TD record, and beating the Colts in that amazing divisional round matchup are some of the great memories I have gotten to experience as a fan.

I have called San Diego home since I was drafted in 1983. After playing 10 seasons and calling this city my home since then, I have witnessed the history of this team in San Diego for over 30 years. We have been a part of the good times and bad, but what hasn’t changed is the passion for this team all across Bolt Nation, no matter the circumstance or situation.

What myself, and the rest of the Charger family, will miss most now that you are leaving America’s finest city is the connections, positive impact, and countless charitable contributions this team and organization has had on the San Diego community. The outreach between players, coaches, personnel, and your fans has been abundant and never in doubt.

Now, to the fans, we have been through a lot the past couple of years with the challenges that the stadium has presented. Things didn’t always go our way, and I know a lot of you are full of resentment and anger towards the organization you have loved and supported for over 50 years.

I will leave you with a quote that I found encapsulates the situation and feelings we all share…

“When someone does something wrong and you feel cheated, don’t forget all the things they did right.”

Never lose the fact that the Chargers were always a part of this community and the community was always a part of the Chargers.

Forever a San Diego Chargers fan,
Billy Ray Smith

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