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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.


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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:59 am
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:35 pm
 

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

I am honored ron5477 that you broke out an old ID created for the sole purpose of trolling.

But your lack of knowledge is a bit embarrassing...



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:33 pm
 

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

The only real L.T. in football is Lawrence Taylor.

Obviously not. .

Lawrence Taylor was one of many L.T.s in the NFL. See this is where ignorance comes into play. L.T. are initials, legally binding in contracts. L.T. is not a nickname, anyone that has ever had a name with L and T as their initials is L.T.

To assert otherwise is complete ignorance.
And speaking of complete ignorance...

The man (Lawrence Taylor) defined the Linebacker position and changed the defensive game forever.

Nope. This is a common mistake made by casual fans that do not understand the game of football, and how football works. Players are inserted into a defined role within the scheme of either offense of defense. The role Lawrence Taylor. played was Bill Parcell's vision, and any athletic LB would have experienced a similar measure of success. In fact many have done better since his playing days. In addition the Linebacker position has been in existance far longer than either Parcells, or Taylor, so i believe you were attempting the false claim that he "redefined" the LB position, which of course is something a casual fan would say.

LaDainian is a great back.  Top 10 3 of all time?  Maybe Certainly.  Better than Barry Sanders?  Definitely not.  Better than Walter Payton?  Right there with him, of course L.T. played during a time that was far harder to be the same workhorse back, and outperformed him easily in most catagories.  Better than Jim Brown?  Definitely.

Corrected that last bit for you, you seemed to be off in your accuracy.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:33 pm
 

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

The only real L.T. in football is Lawrence Taylor.  The man defined the Linebacker position and changed the defensive game forever.<br />LaDainian is a great back.  Top 10 of all time?  Maybe.  Better than Barry Sanders?  Definitely not.  Better than Walter Payton?  Hell no.  Better than Tyrone Wheatley?  Definitely.<br /><br /><br /><br />




Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:15 am
 

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

Ah little crybaby Twisteddohfo got all upset that he was wrong. Kids these days...



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:12 am
 

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

Twistdohfo you can say it all you want but that will never make it true. Ask Solly, hhe has been trying the make believe approach for years.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:10 am
 

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

Oops yeah...now that would be a different story. Depends on the team though. On the Steelers under Bill...better than today. On the Browns? Not so much. On the Ravens about the same. Toss up. Man, on the Steeler they may have had 6 titles on the decade. We'll never know, but nice catch their Triple S. Thanks for the assist.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:08 am
 

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

Millarben...stay on topic, don't post trash
Yeah like making comparisions to AP to distract from the fact that you were 100% wrong. 



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:07 am
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:06 am
 

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

Millarben...stay on topic, don't post trash (though I kept twisteddohfo's because he actually helps make the case for ignorance of football that has taken canvases by storm) and display a decent working knowledge of the game and posts won't be removed. Can you imagine what could have happened if Andy Reid would have recognized earlier that Brian Westbrook should have been the RB that is debated along with L.T. As the greatest back of the 2000s? Damn shame he didn't wake up until late in his career. He was the complete package. Heck of a ball player.


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