Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is just getting his career off the ground these days. But teammates Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates are clearly in the twilight of their respective careers.

This isn’t lost on the former Wisconsin star, who would love to see them ride off into the sunset with rings.

“Father Time is coming with my boy Gates and Phil,” Gordon said in an appearance on NFL Network. “It would mean a lot to get those guys that ring before they step down, especially Gates. I think we might lose him after this year; you never know with Gates. But it would be love to have him walk away with a ring and put that stamp on his career, so that’s definitely what we want.”

We applaud the young man for thinking about his elders. It’s pretty cool he respects them so much and wants them to obtain the ultimate NFL prize before their careers are up.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine the Chargers winning a Super Bowl any time soon. Heck, it’s hard to envision them winning their own division. The AFC West may be the NFL’s toughest division, and at this time the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders are all better than the Chargers.

At least, that’s the opinion of this scribe, no disrespect intended to Gordon and the Chargers.

We look forward to seeing if they can prove us wrong in the coming months. Los Angeles has some intriguing pieces on both sides of the ball. If the defense can continue improving, the offensive line protects Rivers and Mike Williams proves to be as dynamic as the Chargers hope he is, then perhaps they’ll be much better than we anticipate.