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Chargers: How close did Austin Ekeler come to history in 2019?

When we say meteoric rise, we’re not talking about a guy who makes the 53-man roster and then slowly rises up the depth chart. In Ekeler’s case, his long road to the NFL has been well chronicled, and it started well before his fight to make the team.

Ekeler has gone from unknown running back in high school, even from a local standpoint, to a guy playing at a small school in college that isn’t really known for churning out pros, to not getting invited to the combine, to not getting drafted.

But to say he’s proved some people wrong would be a massive understatement and in 2019, he went from a player many considered to be pretty good to a budding superstar ready for a breakout.