Natrone Means. The Natrone Bomb. Natrone “Refried” Means. Natrone Means Business. Definitely one of my favorite Chargers of all time. I happened to check out his stats, and it surprised me to find out that he only had one 1,000 yard rushing season. That came in 1994, when the Chargers managed to upset the Steelers in the greatest AFC Championship Game in history (we’ll just ignore what transpired after that). For that one season alone, Means entered my personal pantheon of Chargers heroes. He was our franchise’s Earl Campbell, our Christian Okoye, our Jerome Bettis. Big and powerful, yet surprisingly shifty. Even though he had a relatively short stay (only 6 season in San Diego) he is still my favorite running back.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love Ladainian. And little man Sproles too. But there is something about a 245 lb man that could run over a linebacker and then outrace a safety.
For your viewing pleasure, I happened to come across this video of some 1994 Natrone Means highlights. Sweet, sweet memories.