SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Charger players, cheerleaders and members of the team spread out across San Diego County Monday to thank fans for their support as part of the team's "Thank you San Diego Day."
Players, grouped by the positions they play, were dispatched to various parts of town, including downtown, the San Diego Zoo, Belmont Park, the big lemon sculpture in Lemon Grove and Legoland in Carlsbad, among other venues, where shook hands with fans, posing for photographs and handing out game tickets.
Quarterback Philip Rivers told the station that he posed for photos with a Washington Redskins fan and someone wearing a Denver Broncos hat. The surprise nature of the visits seemed to increase the "wow factor," he said.
The team retweeted reactions from fans who met players.
"Got to meet these guys at the Lemon Grove Bakery! So awesome! #ThankYouSD chargers fans," wrote Angelica Pascual on her account.
Brian Hernandez tweeted, "Rode the trolley with some cool Chargers players and got a picture with Danny Woodhead #ThankYouSD."
"This is just our chance to say 'thank you' to the San Diego community," team executive vice president and CEO A.G. Spanos told CBS 8. "The Chargers cannot exist without our fans, watching us in the games at our stadium, watching us on TV."
The Chargers are rebuilding after missing the playoffs the past three seasons. Besides hiring McCoy, they also brought in General Manager Tom Telesco and overhauled the roster -- with Woodhead being one of several new players.