Eric Weddle Signed Autographs for Two Hours After What Might Have Been Chargers’ Last Game in San Diego (Video)
On Sunday, the Chargers played what might be their last game in San Diego.
Back in February, the Chargers teamed up with the Raiders on a new $1.7 billion stadium development proposal in Los Angeles. If they get their way, the Chargers could be playing their home games about 120 miles north next season.
Regardless of where the Chargers play their games next year, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that fan-favorite Eric Weddle will be gone. The team hasn’t officially announced that the 5x All-Pro safety isn’t part of their future plans, but the fact that they didn’t sign him to an extension before the start of the season pretty much spelled it out.
Weddle says he has accepted the fact that it’s time to move on. But he was drafted by the Chargers and he started a family in San Diego. So he’s leaving with a heavy heart. That’s why, after his last game at Qualcomm, he spent well over an hour out on the field signing autographs, posing for selfies, and thanking fans for all their support.
“This is tough,” the 30-year-old said as he fought back tears after the game. “In my nine years here, they’ve been a part of me as well and helped me get to this point. This is my chance to say thanks.”
And when he was done, and the last group of fans started to leave? Weddle went out to the 50-yard line and lied down to let the moment sink in.
I think it’s safe to say that whatever team gets Eric Weddle next year is getting a hell of a teammate.
Hat Tip – [San Diego Tribune]