Great performances all around

Chargers rookie DB Drayton Florence reflects on the upset of Minnesota and Doug Flutie's performance.

Updated: November 11, 2003, 1:23 PM ET
By Drayton Florence | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Defensive back Drayton Florence, taken in the second round of this year's NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, will chronicle his rookie experiences in a weekly diary for ESPN.com.

Drayton Florence
Florence
The only thing missing on Sunday was our powder-blue throwback jerseys because we definitely turned back the clock.

There's nothing more I can say about the performance of our team against the Vikings. LaDainian Tomlinson was off the charts. Our defense stood strong against a great offensive team. David Boston and the receivers did a great job getting down the field. Our special teams were solid. But there was another key to our win.

I'm of course referring to the play of Doug Flutie. Words can't describe the way he played. He was awesome. His play was exactly what the doctor ordered and he led us to a win. Doug is a leader and he showed it on Sunday.

He was making plays all over the field. If he wasn't finding the open receivers, he was creating first downs by running. When you factor in the play of L.T., our offense was gobbling up huge chunks of yardage.

But the best part of the game, in addition to us winning, was late in the contest when I came to the bench and saw Doug and Drew Brees talking and smiling on the sideline. It would've been easy for Drew to have some resentment against Doug, but there was none of that. Drew was happy Doug played well and it showed me a lot about Drew. Drew's a classy guy and even though he wanted to play, he was elated we won the game. Drew showed everybody he's a team player. I'm proud to have both of them as teammates because they put the team before anything else.

The game was also kind of a homecoming for us as a team. It had been seven weeks since we played a home game. We missed playing in front of our fans and they were behind us from the beginning of the game. They were loud and we fed off their emotion. Everybody in the stadium had been through a lot with the wildfire situation and we were happy we could reward them with a victory. Our fans were awesome.

There was also a personal reunion for me. Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper and I both graduated from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla. He was the guy we all idolized when we were playing ball in high school. I spoke with him at school last year before I got drafted, which was a real honor for me. I've gotten to know him and he's really a great guy. He's one of the true good guys playing in the league. It was great that I got to spend a little time with Daunte after the game on Sunday.

Everybody on our team is on the same page and we're headed in the right direction.

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