Rolf Benirschke played soccer and football at La Jolla High and UC-Davis, then became a popular place-kicker for the hometown Chargers. In 1979, his second season, he nearly died from ulcerative colitis and underwent ostomy surgery, but made a courageous comeback in 1980 and was the third most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history (146-of-208, a .702 percentage) and the Chargers' career scoring leader (766 points) when he retired before the 1987 season. He kicked the winning field goal in an epic, 41-38 overtime playoff victory over Miami in January, 1982. One of San Diego's most inspirational, beloved and community-minded athletes, he was the NFL Man of the Year in 1983. Benirschke was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame in 1999.