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The Rise of Austin Ekeler

He started the day in tears.

Literal tears. As Chargers running back Austin Ekeler sprinted through the tunnel for Game No. 1 of Season No. 3, he couldn't hold them back.

Then the game began, and he devastated the Colts one cannon blast at a time.

Hurdling a defender on his second touch.

Snaking out of the backfield to catch the team's first touchdown of the season. Spike and air guitar included.

Embarrassing professionals. Ekeler caught one screen pass, turned upfield, veered toward the sideline and revved through the flailing arms of the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year, the "Maniac" Darius Leonard.