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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: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:37 pm
 

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

Yes, because accuracy, and fact is an indication of crack usage, where myth and make believe means you are clean and sober.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Lawrence Taylor. The one and ONLY L.T.

You clearly had a big bowl of crack for breakfast. 



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:49 pm
 

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

Hes good and everything.... but.  His 2006 season was a bunch of gimmie TDs vs weak teams.... got shut down in some of the bigger games then lost on his field to the Pats where he cried like a B.  He is really really good.... but nobody will put him in the convo with Brown, Sanders, etc.  Except for you....which nobody takes seriously.  Have a day.


Normally inaccuracy is removed, however I will leave this as a record of just how clearly stupid you are. Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith, and ding, ding, ding...Jim Brown himself put him in the conversation stating exactly what he has said about Adrian Peterson two year prior to becoming bitter that L.T. not only beat, but shattered some of Jim Browns long standing all time records.

You are a fool, and like to show it. That's great for you, but this is a space for football, not homer crying.

Sure in your opinion the Titans, Ravens and Steelers are weak teams, but you have clearly established you haven't a clue what you are talking about.

And no, L.T. never cried, he stated poor sportmanship was displayed after the game, and this was a refection of the coach, all this a mere 8 months before it was discovered that the coach in question participated with full knowledge of cheating that went back at least 7 years...

Have a day? What are you Canadian...though that would explain why you are not a very bright person, angry and bitter, and haven't the foggiest clue about the game of football.

ahhh kids...





Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 8:54 am
 

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

Hes good and everything.... but.  His 2006 season was a bunch of gimmie TDs vs weak teams.... got shut down in some of the bigger games then lost on his field to the Pats where he cried like a B.  He is really really good.... but nobody will put him in the convo with Brown, Sanders, etc.  Except for you....which nobody takes seriously.  Have a day.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:08 pm
 

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

Kids...(well mentally)...



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:54 am
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:46 pm
 

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

His longest run of his career matched that of Barry Sanders, 85 yards, and he played injurred having no missed a game during the season his first 8 years. While he was no burner like a Chirs Johnson, he reminded people of the power possessed by Walter Payton.

L.T.'s versitility and ability to hang on to the ball is what made him the most producive back to ever play in terms of the first 8 years.

Once in the open field, you rarely saw him caught from behind, he did however have a lower YPC due to running into the pile for short yardage first downs and TDs.

Faster than anyone in history to 100 total, and 100 rushing TDs. Anyone, at any position.

You can't do that running out of bounds, or avoiding contact.





Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:29 pm
 

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

LT was a great back.  Only had 2 cons.  He didn't have true breakaway speed and was frequently caught from behind.  Also he frequently ran out of bounds to avoid hits.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:56 pm
 

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

Sorry skippy, reality only.

But nice try with the sock puppet.

Him's feeling got hurt cause him's stupid.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:08 pm
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