San Diego is regularly regarded as one of America’s best cities and if you’ve been there you’ll know exactly why.
Maybe it’s the glorious weather or the city’s cleanliness, or maybe it’s that cool vibe San Diego has about it – it’s a place people rarely speak ill off.
Certainly you wouldn’t hear Dennis Hopper speak ill of the city. The Hollywood actor moved to San Diego with his family at the age of 13 and it is where he learnt his trade, studying at the Old Globe Theatre.
But he’s not the only famous actor from San Diego and Robert Duvall might just be the biggest name from the area – staring in movies like The Godfather and The Godfather Part II will make you a well know person.
Holly Marie Combs and Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz are also from the city.
But like most major cities in the United States, sports dominates and there are copious sportsmen and women who hail from there.
Starting with a niche sport like skateboarding, no other city in the world can beat San Diego in terms of talent given that Tony Hawk is from there. He was the first skateboarder to complete a 900 and has had multiple video games released under his name.
Baseball has had a long history in San Diego with the Padres being the only team in town. Tony Gwynn is the city’s most famous player having played his whole career with the Padres that included 15 All-Star appearances, five Gold Gloves, seven Silver Slugger awards and an incredible eight batting titles.
And when his son Tony Gwynn Jnr was traded to the Padres in 2009 there was certainly a buzz around the team.
There have been many other baseball players to have passed through the city: Brad Ausmus, David Wells, Dave Roberts, Aaron Harang, Cole Hamels, Adrian Gonzalez, Brian Giles, Eric Chavez and Hank Blalock are just some of the names associated with the Californian City.
The San Diego Chargers have only ever managed to make one Super Bowl but they are definitely a franchise that has had talent down the years.
The most famous might just be Ladainian Tomlinson who is one of the best running backs of all time. He ranks fifth all-time in rushing yards, Holds the all-time NFL record for single season rushing touchdowns (28), Holds the all-time NFL record for single season touchdowns (31) Holds the all-time NFL record for the most games with 2+ rushing touchdowns and has been named the AP NFL MVP.
Philip Rivers is currently one of the biggest names in the city as he’s the Chargers’ starting quarterback, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know who Ryan Matthews. Antonio Gates is a huge name in the city as is wide receiver Malcom Floyd and fans will remember Vincent Jackson who spent six years with the franchise – though not all of them good.
Golf fans might want to know that Phil Mickelson born in San Diego and with three Masters to his name there’s only one other bigger name in the sport.
Musically speaking for America’s eighth largest city there hasn’t been that much talent to come from San Diego, but rapper Nick Cannon was born in the Californian metropolis.
Tom DeLonge, the guitarist and one of the two lead vocalists for the American pop punk band Blink-182 has connections with San Diego as does Matt Cameron who is the drummer for the American rock bands Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
And just to finish on somewhat of weird note, Ronan O’Gara the former captain of the Ireland rugby union team was in San Diego – small world huh?
By: Philip Wicinski