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Chargers honor 1963 team during blacked out game

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A tough loss for the San Diego Chargers Sunday as they took on Cincinnati in the first blackout game of the NFL season.

The Bengals beat the Bolts 17 to 10 but with playoff hopes on the line, Charger fans were ready to cheer on their team.

The goal every year is to win the championship, something that's only been done by one Charger team back in 1963. Sunday, 50 years later, they were back in the spotlight.

"It's great, it's great to see people are still around, and it brings back a lot of memories, and that's the best thing," said Henry Scmidt, Defensive Line and Special Teams. 

The halftime ceremony was a tribute to a team that finished 11 and 3, winning the AFL championship. The reunion was a time to swap old stories and talk about the good old days. 

"It's a real thrill to be around these guys, for me and being a rookie on that team being around the greatest guys I've ever seen," Petrich said.   

Bob Petrich played defensive end for that team and says their determination was the key to their dominance. 

"The intensity of the team and the preparation that we did to get ready for games, and the comradery we had together...couldn't beat it, It was like a group of one guy going out there," Petrich said. 

"I bleed the Chargers, I love 'em," Serviolo said. 

For Jim Serviolo, seeing the players he grew up watching was a thrill. He even brought a 50-year-old helmet and a story to go along with it. 

"My wife had this from my dad signed by all the team, she happened to clean it. All the signatures came off it...all of them, so we're going around enjoying ourselves tremendously," Serviolo said. 

"History gets made as time goes by and we followed great history," Benirschke said. 

Rolf Benirschke played for the Chargers from '77 to '86. He says that '63 team set the standard for him, and the Chargers people cheer for today. 

"They were a special group, not just great players, there's great character, team, guys that set the tradition that we hoped to follow," Benirschke said. 

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