By the bolt of Zeus! Smith stars behind scenes

From growing up in Acorn country to celebrating 30 years with NFL’s Chargers


SUPER CHARGER—Chris Smith, who played football and baseball at Camarillo High, is the equipment manager for the Los Angeles Chargers. Courtesy of Mike Nowak/Los Angeles Chargers

Chris Smith always thought he’d be a teacher.

He planned to develop the minds of high school students while sharing his love of sports as a prep football coach.

That was the plan, at least. But plans change.

The 53-year-old’s career path was forever altered more than three decades ago when he accepted a part-...

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