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12/14/2005
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Charlie McNeil

Each Wednesday throughout the 2005 NFL season, Profootballhof.com examines a current NFL record.

The San Diego Chargers defensive backfield was especially busy during the 1961 season. In just its second season of existence, the American Football League was gaining a reputation as being “pass happy.”

That was just fine with the Chargers’ defense as the unit combined to pick off 49 passes during the season. That pro football mark has stood for more than 40 years.

Here is the breakdown of the interceptions by player.



Player
Int
Yds
Long
TD
Charlie McNeil
9
349
76t
2
Bob Zeman
8
89
21
0
Dick Harris
7
140
56t
3
Bob Laraba
5
151
60t
2
Chuck Allen
5
111
59t
1
Claude Gibson
5
43
23
0
Emil Karas
3
21
11
0
Earl Faison
2
14
8
0
George Blair
2
4
4
0
Bill Hudson
1
5
5t
1
Paul Maguire
1
2
2
0
Bud Whitehead
1
0
0
0
Total:
49
929
9

Progression of a Record – Interceptions, season
49 – San Diego Chargers, 1961
42 – Green Bay Packers, 1943
40 – Green Bay Packers, 1940
36 – New York Giants, 1938



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