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The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:13 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 12:34 pm
 

There is much talk about the status of LaDainian Tomlinson, further referred to, and forever known as L.T. There are many fans, many who simply know football history, and many haters that have felt the need to chime in on the career and the possibility of a decline is what has been one of the greatest careers in NFL history.

For now, let's focus on what the man L.T. has done on the field.

During his junior season in 1999 at TCU, he set an NCAA record for yards in one game with 406 against UTEP.

He won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back his senior year in 2000. Later he won the Senior Bowl Most Valuable Player standing out competing against the greatest college players to nation had to offer.

NFL Records:

  • Holds the all-time NFL record for single season touchdowns (31).
  • Holds the all-time NFL record for single season rushing touchdowns (28).
  • Holds the all-time NFL record for the most points scored in a single season (186).
  • Holds the all-time NFL record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (18).
  • Holds the NFL record for most consecutive multi-touchdown games (8).
  • Tied the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown score with Hall of Fame fullback Lenny Moore (18).
  • Tied for third place for most career 200-yard rushing games with several other players (4).
  • Holds the all-time San Diego Chargers record for most career rushing yards (11,760).
  • Holds the all-time San Diego Chargers record for most career touchdowns (141).
  • Holds the all-time NFL record for fewest games needed to achieve 100 touchdowns, with his 100th career touchdown (90 rushing, 10 receiving) in his 89th game (breaking the previous record of achieving the mark in the 93rd game of a career, which was done by both Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith).
  • Second place on the list of NFL all-time rushing touchdown leaders -- behind Emmitt Smith who played for 15 years.
  • In 2006 Tomlinson became the second player in NFL history to score 4 touchdowns in 2 straight games (Marshall Faulk is the other).
  • Holds the record for most touchdowns scored in a five game span with 16 TDs (14 rushing, 2 receiving), breaking his own record of 15 that he had set two weeks earlier. Prior to that, the record was held by Jim Brown with 14.
  • Became the only player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and receive 100 passes in a single season.
  • Second player in NFL history with 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in one season.
  • Joins Emmitt Smith, Priest Holmes, Shaun Alexander, and Marshall Faulk as the only running backs to record consecutive seasons of 20 or more touchdowns.

Only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis,Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Jim Brown, Marshall Faulk, Marcus Allen, Franco Harris, Thurman Thomas, Edgerrin James, John Riggins, Corey Dillon, O. J. Simpson, Fred Taylor, Ricky Watters, Warrick Dunn, Tiki Barber, Eddie George, Ottis Anderson, Jamal Lewis have over 10,000 yards in the NFL other than L.T.

Rarely does a non QB win MVP, and if not a QB it seems to go to a RB. L.T. has won that honor, and of the last 20 years, he is Clearly the most deserving RB to do so have produced the best TD and yard from scrimmage seasons.

Unlike some, of the three major and each minor group naming an NFL MVP, L.T. was a unanimous selection.

L.T. is as sure handed as the come. His ball skills are what seperates him from the pack when comparing the greatest RBs of all time. None before him have displayed the versitile skill set that L.T. brings to each and every game. Running, receiving, passing, blocking and playing decoy has never been handled so well by a player. Where some might argue Jim Brown's power or barry Sanders finesse, L.T. has displayed both, and on consecutive plays. Where some marvel over Marshall Faulks ability to break a game wide open with either rushing or receiving, L.T. has done both at times, and in combination much like Faulk. Short yardage, long gains, trick plays. We have seen it all from L.T., and have never been left wanting on any topic of what we'd like our RB to possess.

To put just how sure handed L.T. is into perspective, let's compare him to an up and comer that many feel has taken over L.T.'s spotlight and some all time greats.

  • L.T. has fumbled a total of 25 in 3178 touches over an 8 years career. 0.07%
  • Adrian Peterson has fumbled a total of 13 times in 641 touches over a 2 year career. 2.0%
  • Barry Sanders had fumbled a total of 41 times in 3414 touches over a 10 year career. 1.2%
  • Walter Payton had fumbled a total of 86 times in 4364 touches over a 13 year career. 1.9%

L.T.'s ability to not only give his team more yards from scrimmage year after year on average (Barry Sanders is the only back even close to L.T. in that regard), but to secure the football is nothing short of amazing.

There are those that contend L.T. is not a great running back. There are those that doubt his place in a conversation involving Jim, Walter, Barry and others.

Those people do not know their football history.

Those people don't recognize that they got to see one of the greatest players of all time doing what he does best, better than those before him.

To LaDainian Tomlinson, it is a pleasure to watch you work. And there are many good years ahead of you.


Category: NFL
Comments

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:47 am
 

The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

There Is Only 1 L.T. and it is Lawrence Taylor , you forget to add all the times Lady Tomilinson folded up ( or faked a injury) come playoff time and that would be  every year he has been in the league  LMAO



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:44 pm
 

The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

I think we're talking about who is most associated with the nickname/initials when someone says, "LT is my favorite all-time football player" or something of that nature. If you were an NFL fan in the Lawrence Taylor era, you clearly associate LT with him. If you didn't start watching football until the 2000's, then obviously you associate LT with LaDanian Tomlinson.

This is not true. For instance I have been playing and later watching football since the '50s and have known of several players that used their initials. Initials are not nicknames, and anyone literally must use them at some point in legal documents. The ignorance of that fact was what I was dealing with on a large scale at the time this was written, and even though this fact should be clear, homerism blinds many people.

Since I am old enough to have watched the entire careers of both, I associate LT with Taylor, just as I associate MJ with Michael Jordan rather than anyone else with the same initials. (Even if someone with the same initials breaks all of Jordan's records, there will only be one MJ to me)

But your personal feelings do not matter. L.T. are the legally binding initials of both players, and every person with two names use their initials whether you feel everyone else has to stop or not.

As to who has been better in their careers... 

Taylor is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of football, and has been ranked as the top defensive player in league history by former players, coaches, media members, and news outlets such as the , and .

Tomlinson will likely retire as the top 2, 3, or 4 in career yards, and holds numerous NFL records. Overall, I put him in the company of Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Marshall Faulk, and ahead of Emmitt Smith, Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin, and others among the most prolific rushers.
Though there have been those that played the position better, before, and since. Opinion. L.T. is considered by the same folks as one of the greatest to ever play.

Who is more deserving to be associated with the nickname LT? It's a personal choice.

It's not a nickname. Sparky Jones is a nickname. Big Ben is a nickname. L.T. are initials, we've all got them, and because someone had them before does not mean you can't use them again. We would need an alphabet that constantly added new letters for this belief to be true, or would have had to stop about 4 years after the surname was introduced.





Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:32 am
 

The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

I think we're talking about who is most associated with the nickname/initials when someone says, "LT is my favorite all-time football player" or something of that nature. If you were an NFL fan in the Lawrence Taylor era, you clearly associate LT with him. If you didn't start watching football until the 2000's, then obviously you associate LT with LaDanian Tomlinson.

Since I am old enough to have watched the entire careers of both, I associate LT with Taylor, just as I associate MJ with Michael Jordan rather than anyone else with the same initials. (Even if someone with the same initials breaks all of Jordan's records, there will only be one MJ to me)

As to who has been better in their careers... 

Taylor is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of football, and has been ranked as the top defensive player in league history by former players, coaches, media members, and news outlets such as the , and .

Tomlinson will likely retire as the top 2, 3, or 4 in career yards, and holds numerous NFL records. Overall, I put him in the company of Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Marshall Faulk, and ahead of Emmitt Smith, Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin, and others among the most prolific rushers.

Who is more deserving to be associated with the nickname LT? It's a personal choice.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:07 am
 

The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

Look at the Lions 1995 team and what there wide receivers put up for numbers.  Perriman 108 catches for 1488 yds and 9 td's, Moore 123 catches for 1686 yds and 14 td's and Morton 44 catches 590 yds and 4 td's they were very good and Lions had a better offensiveline then people think.  Lomas Brown, Kevin Glover and Mike Compton were very good offensive linemen and Glover and Brown had long careers.  People need to quit with this Barry Sanders had no talent around the b.s.!!



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:58 am
 

The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

Lions hardly had a receiver on there team!!  jrsports you better look it up but you are completely wrong there.  Get a clue!!



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:25 pm
 

The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

This is a troll, and nonsense free zone, you add no value. Now run along anyone following this conversation likely understands a given quantity.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:18 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:04 pm
 

The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

So you are indeed a last word, continue to be wrong type. Gotcha. Since are wrong, by your own admission, and are simply trolling in attempt to provoke an angry response that you will not get all further nonsense from you will be deleted. Refusal to accept that you are wrong is not an excuse. Bye-bye, run along now cappy.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:03 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:42 pm
 

The Great LaDainian Tomlinson. The one true L.T.

Okay, your effort here has worked. You have proven beyond question that you are a troll that lacks understanding. Congrats.

It most certainly is not a given that unsubstantiated claims are valid.

For a claim to be unsubstantiated, it would have to be unsubstantiated. Saying there are fans that exist, which you acknowledge indeed exist, is a given quantity. Given quantities are valid in writing as it assumes the reader intelligent enough to understand and know the topic. While you have made it clear you are neither, again, you remain wrong. No amount of back peddling with change that.

 As evidence I note that don't you take as a given such claims you disagree with.

Not at all accurate, but you would need to understand stating a known and universally accepted fact is different that expressing opinion to see this.

 As noted, your behavior, in that you reply to comments made directly to you, is the same as mine.  If that is to be termed trolling then it appears I may look forward to a career such as yours.

It is doubtful you will ever have a career as successful as mine, but as to your latest false claim, the "i'm rubber, you are glue" argument doesn't work on 3rd grade playgrounds, much less the adult world.

Identification of others by negative denotation is, indeed, name calling, and describing people using derogatory words is neither polite nor mature.


Accurately describing your action, and intention is not. You simply remain upset your ruse was so easily dismissed given your higher opinion of your intellect you have assigned. Making absurd claims in hope of heated response on the internet is not mature. Recognizing it for what it is upsets you. Sorry, but truth is truth.

I am happy to ackowlege that you are critical of my Roy Batty reference.  As such criticism is superfluous to the the central point of the responsibilty to substantiate one's claims, let us agree that that particular matter is settled.

I understand your need to use vocabulary words you do not know the meaning of, however this has the opposite effect of what you are trying to accomplish.

You are boring in your effort to troll, and still don't get it...
You are a waste of time for everyone that encounters you.

Unless you are playing "Last word wins" another third grade game at recess, class is dismissed junior.


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