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Chronology 2000 -

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2000

Jan. 2 The Chargers finish the 1999 regular season with a 12-6 win in Denver, giving San Diego an overall record of 8-8 and a intra-division mark of 5-3, the best in the AFC West. The win in Denver is the team's first since 1994, and the 8-8 mark is the team's best since 1996.
March 22 The Spanos family and the Chargers announce the contribution of more than $3 million toward the new Chargers Champions community outreach initiative benefiting students, schools and educators who are "making the difference" for San Diego's future. Chargers Champions also encompasses the team's ongoing support of youth and high school football as well as its long-standing community service programs, such as the Blood Drive.
April 25 Bobby Beathard, who helped guide the Chargers to Super Bowl XXIX as well as two AFC Western Division Championships and three playoff appearances during his 10 years as general manager, retires after 37 years in the NFL. Beathard is replaced by Ed McGuire, who is named Vice President of Football Operations by team President Dean Spanos.
May 30 The Chargers honor 22 local high school juniors as the first Chargers Champions for demonstrating leadership, service, citizenship and commitment in their schools and communities. Each student receives a college tuition scholarship of $7,500 as well as a state-of-the-art laptop computer.
June 6 The Spanos family contributes $250,000 through Chargers Champions to create and fund freshman football and freshman volleyball in San Diego City Schools beginning in Fall, 2000.

2001

Jan. 5 Dean Spanos names John Butler as the team's new executive vice president and general manager. Butler, the former general manager of the Buffalo Bills, began his NFL career in 1985 as staff scout with the Chargers. During his tenure in Buffalo, the Bills reached the playoffs 10 times and played in four Super Bowls.
Jan. 9 Norv Turner, the former head coach of the Washington Redskins, is named offensive coordinator by head coach Mike Riley. Turner, who has 16 years of NFL coaching experience, helped lead Dallas to back-to-back Super Bowl championships in 1992 and '93 as the Cowboys offensive coordinator.
March 9 The Bolts sign Pro Bowl quarterback Doug Flutie, yet another free agent from Buffalo, to a six-year contract. Flutie arrives in San Diego after three seasons with the Bills where he had a record of 21-9 as the team's starting quarterback. Flutie also spent eight seasons in the Canadian Football League where he was the CFL's Most Outstanding Player an unprecedented six times and won three Grey Cup championships.
April 20 On the heels of a 1-15 season, the Chargers trade the top pick in the 2001 NFL Draft to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the Falcons' first-round pick (fifth overall) and third-round selection in the 2001 draft. The Chargers also obtained wide receiver/kick returner Tim Dwight and the Falcons' second-round pick in the 2002 draft.
April 22 The Chargers use their top two selections in the draft to select two Heisman Trophy finalists, running back LaDainian Tomlinson of Texas Christian University and quarterback Drew Brees of Purdue.

2002

Jan. 29 The Chargers name Marty Schottenheimer as the team's 13th head coach.
April 20 The Chargers select standout cornerback Quentin Jammer from the University of Texas in the first round of the NFL Draft. The team later adds gigantic offensive guard Toniu Fonoti from Nebraska and big-play wide receiver Reche Caldwell from the University of Florida.
April 25 The Chargers sign free agent linebacker Donnie Edwards, a Chula Vista native, to a five-year contract with an option for a sixth year. In his first season with the Chargers, Edwards would lead the squad with 129 tackles and five interceptions and was selected to play in his first-career Pro Bowl.
May 9 The Chargers announce that the team has signed a five-year agreement to hold their training camp at the Home Depot National Training Center on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills beginning in 2003. It will be the eighth training camp site in the 44-year history of the Chargers.
May 14 Dean Spanos announces that the Chargers have hired Mark Fabiani as the team's Special Counsel to the President. Fabiani's primary function with the club is to work with the San Diego community to explore opportunities for a new state-of-the-art football stadium in the San Diego region.
Sept. 8 Schottenheimer leads the Chargers to a 34-6 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in his debut, becoming just the fourth head coach in team history to win his first game. Schottenheimer would lead the Chargers to four straight victories to open the season, becoming the only coach in team history to win his first four games.
Nov. 3 Bobby Ross and Stan Humphries are inducted as the 25th and 26th members of the Chargers' Hall of Fame in halftime ceremonies of game against New York Jets.
Dec. 1 LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for a team-record 220 yards against Denver at Qualcomm Stadium.
Dec. 8 Tomlinson rushes for 57 yards against Oakland, raising his season total to 1,375, which eclipses Natrone Means' previous team record of 1,350 yards in the 1994 season. Tomlinson would close out the season with 1,683 yards en route to being selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad.
Dec. 22 Junior Seau plays in his 200th career game, tying Russ Washington's team record.

2003

Jan. 26 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.
March 4 The 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.
March 7 The Chargers sign Pro Bowl wide receiver David Boston to a seven-year contract.
April 11 Chargers General Manager John Butler succumbs after a nine-month battle with cancer.
April 16 Chargers trade Junior Seau to Miami Dolphins for undisclosed choice in 2004 NFL Draft.
April 22 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.
June 2 Smith names Buddy Nix Assistant General Manager-Director of Player Personnel.
July 22 The 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.
Oct. 27 The 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.
Oct. 31 Alex Spanos makes a $1 million donation to the San Diego Fire Relief Fund.
Nov. 9 Louie Kelcher becomes the 27th member to be inducted into the Chargers' Hall of Fame at halftime of the game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Dec. 14 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.
Dec. 28 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.

2004

Jan. 16 Wade Phillips is introduced as the team's new defensive coordinator.
April 24 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.
July 2 Chargers and City of San Diego announce a new lease agreement that brings an end to the controversial seat guaranty. The new lease runs through 2008 and helps pave the way for a referendum to give San Diegans an opportunity to vote for a new football-only stadium for San Diego in 2006.
July 26 Guard Ed White and center Don Macek are chosen as the 32nd and 33rd members for induction into the Chargers Hall of Fame.
July 30 Chargers open training camp at The Home Depot Center.
Aug. 14 The Chargers preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts is blacked out locally. It's the first home game to be blacked out on local television since the Sept. 27, 1998 game against the New York Giants. As part of the team's lease agreement with the City of San Diego, all local television blackouts had been lifted since Oct. 18, 1998.
Oct. 29 Chargers acquire Keenan McCardell in trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Oct. 31 Drew Brees has record-setting day against rival Oakland, completing 22 of 25 for 281 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in 42-14 win over Raiders. Brees finishes game with career-high passer rating of 153.1 and is named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Nov. 15 Chargers name Jim Steeg executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Dec. 16 Chargers announce training camp will move to Chargers Park beginning in 2005; move ends two-year stint at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Dec. 19 Chargers clinch first AFC West title since 1994 with 21-0 win at Cleveland on cold, snowy day; game-time temperature is 18 degrees with wind-chill factor of -10 degrees. Chargers record first shutout since Nov. 29, 1993 at Indianapolis.
Dec. 22 Drew Brees, Antonio Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson are selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad.
Dec. 26 Chargers lose to Indianapolis 34-31 in overtime, to snap eight-game winning streak, tied for second-longest winning streak in team history.

2005

Jan. 7 Alex Spanos makes $150,000 donation to provide aid to victims of devastating tsunami that rocked Southeast Asia on Dec. 26, 2004.
Jan. 8 Chargers host Wild Card Playoff game against New York Jets, first home playoff game since Dec. 31, 1995; Chargers lose in overtime, 20-17.
Jan. 14 Chargers and Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer agree on two-year contract extension through 2007.
March 7 Dean Spanos extends contract of General Manager A.J. Smith through 2009 season.