FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Former Razorback All-American and San Diego Chargers’ Hall of Fame wide receiver Lance Alworth was honored at halftime of the Chargers’ game against the Buffalo Bills in San Diego on Sunday. The Chargers retired Alworth’s No. 19 jersey and paid tribute to the legend by pounding the Buffalo Bills 48-10 on his special day.
Alworth, nicknamed “Bambi” played 11 NFL seasons including nine with San Diego (1962-70). He amassed 542 receptions for 10,266 yards and 87 touchdowns. He still ranks 22nd on the NFL career list for receiving yards. He is one of two former Razorback players (Dan Hampton) to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,
Prior to his pro career, Alworth starred for the Razorbacks as an all-purpose back. Arguably the greatest player in Arkansas football history, Alworth was a first-team All-America selection in 1961. In that season, he rushed for 516 yards, earned 320 receiving yards, tallied 336 yards on punt returns and 300 yards on kickoff returns.
Alworth was a two-time All-Southwest Conference performer (1960-61) with the Hogs before being drafted by the San Francisco ‘49ers in the first round of the 1962 draft.
Alworth is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and was a member of the inaugural class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor. He was selected to the Razorbacks’ All-Century team in 1994. Last spring, he was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.