The close of minicamp on Thursday officially ended the Chargers’ time in San Diego.
Despite the announced move to Los Angeles five months ago, the Chargers still conducted offseason workouts in their San Diego facility.
Philip Rivers was the last man off the field he’s known since being drafted in 2004.
“I had sweaty hands and was nervous before practice,” Rivers said, via the team’s official website. “I was like, ‘What is wrong with me?!’ I’m going into the last minicamp practice in year 14, and here I am nervous before going out there. It was a little bit ridiculous. But it was because of that.”
With the end of minicamp, the Chargers will move up Interstate 5 to Los Angeles, where they will play at StubHub Stadium in Carson, California, until the new stadium is ready in Inglewood.
The Chargers had been in San Diego since 1961. For Rivers, it’s the only professional home he’s known, but he can only look forward to the new scenery, noting all things “come to an end at some point”
“It is only right for me to be fired up to go up there, and know that everyone up there [in L.A.] is going to get the same guy that I’ve been here for the last 13 years,” he said.
The elongated departure is another reminder how much the move stinks for San Diego fans, especially those who continue to support a team moving out of town.
“The fans have been so supportive since I’ve been here,” Rivers said, via the L.A. Daily News. “I’m going to miss the place.”
The Chargers will hold training camp in Costa Mesa. Dates in late July have yet to be announced.