Brandon Mebane's belly roll will live on with Chargers

The Chargers hope former Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane gets to perform his sack dance often in the coming seasons. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

SAN DIEGO -- One of the newest members of the San Diego Chargers, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, has found a new home for the belly roll.

Mebane created the sack dance while with the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent his first nine seasons in the NFL, winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl at the end of the 2013 season.

During an introductory news conference at Chargers Park this week, Mebane said we have MC Hammer to thank for his unique sack dance.

"At the time the only rapper my parents allowed us to listen to was MC Hammer," said Mebane, a Los Angeles native who attended Crenshaw High School. "We couldn’t listen to NWA or other rappers. So MC Hammer was a type of performer like James Brown. He had a million people on stage, everybody was dancing and singing.

"I loved MC Hammer, the way he performed and danced. That’s where I got the dance from."

Mebane, who signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal with San Diego on the first day of free agency, said his sack dance will continue while he’s with the Chargers.

"Definitely," Mebane said. "You’ve got to have fun on the field. Any time someone makes a play, you’ve got to have fun and just encourage everyone to keep making plays. That’s the only way to have fun."

A third-round selection out of Cal by the Seahawks in 2007, Mebane had been the longest-tenured player in Seattle before leaving to join the Chargers in free agency.

Now, the 31-year-old hopes to bring some of that winning culture and experience to a young and developing team in San Diego.

Mebane said the way the Chargers are put together reminds him of when Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over in 2010, building a young roster into a championship-caliber team.

"The team was young, just like how it is now (here)," Mebane said. "And there’s just so much talent, so much potential in this Chargers organization to where it was very appealing to come to this organization, give my insight, play my game and help us go the playoffs and win a Super Bowl."

Mebane actually had a chance to get better acquainted with fellow teammate Corey Liuget at the Pro Athletes Outreach (PAO) Christian Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that both attended this month.

"It’s funny how God works," Mebane said. "I Went to PAO two weeks ago. They mixed up the groups, and just somehow me and him were in a group together. And I was talking to him, and I was like, 'Yeah, man, it would be funny if I could be with the Chargers.' And his eyes got big. And he was like, 'Yeah man, I’d love for you to come down and play with us.'"

Now Mebane and Liuget will line up next to each other, potentially forming a dynamic duo inside for the Chargers.

Although Mebane played nose tackle in a 4-3 scheme with the Seahawks, he’ll be asked to play a similar role in San Diego’s 3-4 alignment, and expects a smooth transition.

Mebane said a priority for his new team is playing better in the AFC West, after San Diego went winless in the division last season.

He also looks forward to competing against quarterback Philip Rivers every day in practice.

"Practice was actually harder than the games for us," Mebane said about his time in Seattle. "Our practices were pretty intense at times. There were times where they would back off. But there were times where we went pretty hard. And the way we went at each other in practice, not to hurt each other, but to get each other better, I think it paid off for a lot of individual players to go to other places and actually be successful, too."