LA Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn Discusses Growing Up Watching Tony Dorsett Play

by Halle Ames

Do you remember the first professional game you ever went to? The big stadium, the roaring fans, your favorite team, and athletes all within the same perimeter as you. LA Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn remembers his first game and the player that inspired his dream.

LA Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn takes a walk down memory lane to remember the first game he attended in Dallas. He recalls watching Cowboys star player Tony Dorsett run circles around the Giants.

“Growing up in Dallas, you know I was like eight years old. The church camp, they took us to a game, you know, we were on the top row. I mean, talk about nosebleed. And I just remember being up there and watching Tony Dorsett run the ball. I’m sitting there with my friends, and we see Tony get the ball, and he went through the hole clean, and when he got to the second level, we said ‘it is over.’”

Tony Dorsett

Tony Dorsett was a Heisman Trophy winner and the second pick overall at the 1977 draft, where he played for the Dallas Cowboys for eleven seasons. He played his final season in Denver, however, he retired due to injuries. In his first season, he was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. The decorated athlete won a Super Bowl in 1977, was a four-time Pro Bowler, and tied Derrick Henry for the NFL’s record 99-yard rushing touchdown. He is now in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

That game is etched into Lynn’s memory and made him realize where be belonged.

“The Cowboys beat the Giants that day, and I just always said to myself, I want to be on that field one day.”

Anthony Lynn as a Player

Anthony Lynn did complete his dream and made it onto the field in more ways than one. Lynn started his career playing for Texas Tech, but after a knee injury in his senior season, it left him undrafted in 1992 due to concerns. He was on the Giants practice squad in 1992, the Broncos in 1993, the San Francisco 49ers in 1995 and 1996 and was back to the Denver Broncos by 1997 until he retired in 2000 due to repeated neck injuries. However, he was a member of Denver’s back-to-back Super Bowl win in 1997 and 1998.

Anthony Lynn as a Coach

When Lynn retired in 2000, he joined the Broncos coaching staff as an offensive assistant and special team coach. He next moved to the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 until 2004 as their running back coach. From 2005 to 2006, Lynn joined his beloved Cowboys but moved to Cleveland for the 2007 to 2008 seasons. Following this, he moved once again to the New York Jets, where we stayed from 2009 to 2014 and was promoted to assistant head coach in 2013. Lynn moved to the Buffalo Bills in 2015 as their assistant head coach and running back coach, and by 2016 he was made the interim head coach and offensive coordinator. Finally, he has stayed with the LA Chargers since 2017 as their head coach.