He started the day in tears.
Literal tears. As Chargers running back Austin Ekeler sprinted through the tunnel for Game No. 1 of Season No. 3, he couldn't hold them back.
Then the game began, and he devastated the Colts one cannon blast at a time.
Hurdling a defender on his second touch.
Snaking out of the backfield to catch the team's first touchdown of the season. Spike and air guitar included.
Embarrassing professionals. Ekeler caught one screen pass, turned upfield, veered toward the sideline and revved through the flailing arms of the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year, the "Maniac" Darius Leonard. And rammed through corner Pierre Desir. And rendered Malik Hooker a statue, stunned and helpless, 55 yards to the house for another touchdown. Ekeler spiked the ball (again), air-guitared (again), and when he decompressed on the bench in front of a rotating fan moments later—one teammate flexing guns in his face—the man Ekeler is currently costing millions of dollars even chimed in. There was Melvin Gordon III, saluting the man draining any leverage he has left.
Ekeler supplied two more blasts in overtime, too.
Knifing back inside, in the face of two Colts, for 19 yards. Then, four snaps later, booting Indy back to the Midwest with a third touchdown. Against nine defenders in the box, he coolly slid behind fullback Derek Watt's seal to paydirt, giving the Chargers a 30-24 win.