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Chargers to wear powder blue jerseys against Chiefs

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Chargers will wear their powder blue alternate jerseys for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium in honor of their annual Homecoming Weekend for their alumni.

Power blue was the Chargers original color. It reappeared in 1994 during the NFL's 75th anniversary season. Since then, the Chargers have worn powder blue jerseys 26 times, posting a 15-11 record.

The Chargers will wear their powder blue alternate jerseys once more this season in their "Sunday Night Football" game against the New England Patriots on Dec. 7.

Former defensive end Leslie O'Neal will be inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame at halftime. A banner displaying his name will be unfurled and hung in the team's Ring of Honor.

The Chargers selected O'Neal with the eighth overall choice in the 1986 NFL draft following an All-America career at Oklahoma State.

O'Neal was chosen as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1986, making 12 1/2 sacks despite a devastating knee injury that caused him to miss the final three games of the season, the entire 1987 season and the first eight games of the 1988 season.

O'Neal made a team-record 105 1/2 sacks and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection in his nine seasons with the Chargers. He completed his NFL career by playing two seasons each with the St. Louis Rams and Chiefs.

"Leslie O'Neal was one of the most underrated football players of the last 20 or so years," said former Chargers offensive tackle Harry Swayne, who practiced daily against O'Neal.

"He wasn't just a technician when it came to getting to the quarterback -- something we all know about him -- but he was just as adept at playing football, whether it was against the run or the pass.

"He was a consummate professional who gave great effort at practice and in games and it's because of his approach that I had so much success when it came time to block the game's greats. San Diego and its football history are better for having had Leslie O'Neal."

Today's game is also a homecoming for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, a graduate of Helix High School.

The Chargers have won each of their last four games against the Chiefs.

The Chargers have won five consecutive games since their season-opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals and at 5-1 share the NFL's best record with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

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