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Giants vs. Chargers: Making the Connection

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Giants.com explores connections with the team's Week 14 opponent

GIANTS CONNECTIONS


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    Know Your Opponent: Chargers
    Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride
    Served as the 10th head coach of the San Diego Chargers. He posted a 6-16 record over the course of the 1997-1998 seasons.

  • QB Eli Manning
    Originally a drafted first overall by the San Diego Chargers in 2004. He was then traded to the Giants for Philip Rivers, whom the Giants selected fourth overall.

CHARGERS CONNECTIONS

  • QB Philip Rivers
    Originally a first round pick (fourth overall) by the New York Giants in 2004.

  • Secondary Coach Ron Milus
    Held the same position with the Giants from 2004-05.

GIANTS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONNECTIONS

  • LB Allen Bradford
    Attended the University of Southern California.

  • DT Mike Patterson
    Was a 3-year starter and two-time National Champion at USC. He had 146 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and a school record 13 fumble recoveries.

  • LB Keith Rivers
    Played 49 games with 36 starts from 2004-2007 for USC. Rivers recorded 240 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions.

  • CB Terrell Thomas
    Played in 39 games with 28 starts at USC. He recorded 109 tackles (78 solo), four sacks, three forced fumbles, 22 passes defensed, and eight interceptions.

  • LB Spencer Paysinger
    Attended Beverly Hills High School and was credited with a team-high 54 catches for an Ocean League-leading 1,093 yards and 10 touchdowns.

CHARGERS NEW YORK/NORTH JERSEY-AREA CONNECTIONS

  • DE Sean Lissemore
    Was a three-year starter at Dumont (N.J.) High School, where he saw action at both guard and tackle on offense as well as defensive end and linebacker.

  • G Rich Ohrnberger
    Was the 2003 New York AA Player of Year and recipient of the Thorp Award as most outstanding player in Nassau County after not allowing a sack as senior at East Meadow (N.Y.) High School.

  • G Johnnie Troutman
    Attended Pemberton Township High in Brown Mills, N.J., where he was twice named to the New Jersey All-Group III squad.

  • Special Teams Coordinator Kevin Spencer
    Native of Queens, N.Y.

  • Quarterbacks Coach Frank Reich
    Native of Freeport, N.Y.