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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: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:58 am
 

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

Sorry AIRFORCE1 but this is a nonsense free blog.



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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:13 pm
 

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

Barry Sanders quit on his team.

I own you, and you define Epic Fail.


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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:13 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 10:28 am
 

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

And Lawrence Taylor was average until Bill Parcells changed the position he played.

Bill Parcells changed the way the game was played, not Lawrence Taylor.

Lawrence Taylor did not play in a time where there was Free Agency, and he washed out after being caught using illegal drugs, and amid rumors of using steriods. LaDainian Tomlinson would be making 7 million as a short yardage specialist.

He was nothing special, just overhyped. And he is a crackhead.

You talk nonsense, and that's the reality.

Again you fail.

Compare the best backs stats, and production and get back to me. No one back has ever displayed the complete skill set that LaDainian Tomlinson has.

You just don't know as much about football as you pretend.



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 2:23 pm
 

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

Wow, you talk homer?  And then say Ladainian Tomlinson was the greatest running back of all-time?  Haha ok that's ridiculous enough, and then you say L.T. was merely a pass rusher?  I guess since you're so knowledgeable these stats will mean nothing to you:

Taylor recorded 132.5 quarterback sacks (not including 9.5 sacks he recorded in 1981, since the sack didn’t become an official NFL statistic until 1982), 1,088 tackles, 33 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, and nine interceptions during his career. He was selected to play in 10 Pro Bowls and in 1994 was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.  NFL MVP in 1986, 4-time defensive player of the year, and two time Superbowl champion.
That's almost 100 tackles per season not even including the seasons he missed huge parts of.  Don't talk like I'm the homer here.  Ladainian is so good that he got cut.  Enough said.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2010 1:04 pm
 

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

What a douche response.

You mean your childish rant right?

Lawrence taylor changed nothing, nothing at all. See I am old enough to remember Bill Parcells doing it with other LBs on the very same team.

Lawrence Taylor was a mindless athlete that lined up where he was told and given one simple task because he was very good at it, and not good at the other skills needed to be true LB at the NFL level.

Intellegence plays a huge part in football.

LT (the one true LT) is the greatest RB to ever play.

Lawrence Taylor was a very good pash rusher that would be a dime a dozen in today's game.

You just don't have enough knowledge of the game to understand. But being a NYG fan, that is to be expected.

Lawrence Taylor is the most overhyped player in NFL history, and did one thing well.




Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2010 8:28 pm
 

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

What a douche response.  Don't pretend to defend what you were getting at with your thread title with this trash.  You were purposely stating that L.T. is the true L.T. over Lawrence Taylor otherwise why would you even put this in your title?  All of this explanation is just banter to cover your ass. 

Plus in terms of being a football player in general, Lawrence Taylor was a better player than LaDanian Thomlinson.  Meaning you'd rather build a franchise around a player who changed the way the game was played, won every accolade possible, and won two Superbowls, over someone who was a good, not even great, running back (with one great season), and scored a lot of touchdowns.


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