The NFL drought in LA is likely over. Three teams: the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers have formally applied for relocation with the NFL office. After being without a team for 21 years, LA could have multiple teams once again. Despite all three teams having past ties to LA, a generation of football fans in the area have grown up never having an NFL team to call their own. Here's why each team deserves an orphaned fanbase's allegiance.
Raiders - Derek Carr
The Raiders' second-round pick in 2014, Carr has blossomed into quite the quarterback. So much so, he's been compared to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. Carr threw for 32 TDs in his second season. He's franchise-QB material and would be a nice cornerstone in LA.
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Raiders - "Just win, baby"
LA loves a winner. The Raiders are the only team to win a Super Bowl while repping LA. Sure they've had down times, but if there is anything LA likes more than a winner... it's a comeback story.
Rams - Todd Gurley
Did you see him hurdle the Seahawks' Earl Thomas? Todd Gurley is going to be a star. The rookie running back ran his way to over a 1,000 yards and a Pro Bowl selection this season. And he's only a rookie.
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Rams - The man with the plan
Fans don't come to games to see owners but if it wasn't for Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the NFL coming to LA probably doesn't happen. Many credit Kroenke's intention to use his own money to build a stadium in LA with forcing the NFL's hand in the matter and maybe even forcing the Chargers and Raiders to join suit.
Chargers - Philip Rivers
Unlike Carr and Gurley, Philip Rivers is not an rising superstar. He's the old-fashioned gunslinger that never quite gets the love he deserves. Rivers lives to chuck it all over the yard and plays with a swagger that sometimes gets under opponents' skin. The perfect kind of guy for LA.
Chargers - High fashion
The Chargers' powder blue uniforms: part throwback, all fashion statement. The Lakers came to LA having worn powder blue and that worked out pretty well for the city.