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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
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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: January 9, 2010 7:11 pm
 

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

I am not sure if you could be less accurate if you tried. Thanks though for demonstrating what happens when someone speaks going off only hearsay, legend, and memory.

Sanders is the best back ever.

Not even in his own time, and in situations he wasn't even the best on his team. Barry Sanders was horrible at short yardage and was repeated replaced by people who's names no one remembers, even the most diehard of Detriot homers. LT, Walter payton, Emmitt Smith, and if you include Fullbacks, Jim Brown are all better backs, when measuring the entire body of work a running back is asked to perform.

I don't know what games the Lions played where you saw that line blocking for him. Every play was a virtual free lance job by Sanders.

So you didn't watch many games, and really didn't follow the team? Or are you suffering from very bad memory, or listening to very ignorant people?

That Offensive Line that you contend was not good may very well be one of the best ever assembled. Why? Name another line that blocked for:

A consistant 1500+ yard back, with a 4k QB, and multiple 1k receivers for a prolonged period. They did. 1995, 1996 (minus the 4k QB due to missed games/injury), 1997....and we are talking about Scott Mitchell at QB....that alone screams great protection.

Barry Sanders left the game early, even when Emmitt Smith set the record, Sanders was a vintage season away from taking the rushing title back. Care to compare what Emmitt Smith had as an offensive line vs what the Lions to this day put on the field for any running back ?

Actually I have, and Detroit measures up better in most areas. Epic Fail claiming it was a bad line. If you want to see bad line, or one dimensional offense, take a look at what LT delt with the first 5 years of his career as he built the needed stats to pass every single player in history before him in very key areas.

Even Barry Sanders predecessor left the game after being so beaten up, I think the guys name was Billy Sims and he was an OU Sooner rb in college. But he was pretty good too.

That was a much different team that the Lions team that was a very good passing team that Barry Sander had the luxury of playing with. San Diego did not become that until Philip Rivers started taking the snaps. Even Drew Brees struggled behind that very bad San Diego line. But we've already established you didn't actually research anything in your opinion.

LDT, because LT in my mind will always be Lawrence Taylor is an excellent rb, but he also had a better line than Sims or Sanders ever had in Detroit.

L.T. are initials, and LEGAL intials at that. Do you mention when signing a contract that you feel you should not use your initials because someone lived before you and had these same initials? Do you ask you parents or schools why they have limited us to only 26 letters to choose from, forcing us to use initials that other people have had before you? Are you 12? Very chilish and weak. But again, Barry Sanders had one of the best 0-lines in history. San Diego certainly did/does not.

What time LDT had with few other weapons on offense and adequate blocking, it didn't take long for the Chargers to get him help, even at QB with both Brees and Rivers.

Again, you are wrong, a habit it seems. San Diego was known for not having receivers until last year. Drew Brees became the QB his is today in New Orleans, not in San Diego. If he was good with S.D. do you really think they draft Rivers? Common sense, that is all I ask for if you refuse to research what you are attempting to say.

BTW, Barry Sanders problems scoring from close range ?

Yes, the reason he was always pulled in goalline and short yardage situations.

If Sanders had the blocking he walks into the end zone.

Then why did lesser backs on the Lions able to score in shortyardage where Barry continued to fail? Ah, because if you had actaully seen more than a highlight reel you would note that Barry Sanders did not read gaps well, and danced in the backfield, the reason he would lose 4, lose3, lose 5, lose 7, break an 80 yarder....he was not a north and south runner. How could you ever be the best if you can't score? Utter nonsense.

How is that a liability applied to Sanders, everyone knew he was the guy getting the ball, so perhaps even an average block or two and he cruises in
Because it is what actually happened. Not once, but throughout his entire career.

Seriously, watch or at least research before you ever attempt to correct me. I can say for certain that I saw Barry Sanders play in person more than you have ever seen him play, even if you saved a game and watch it every other month. Barry Sanders was a very good back.

But when talking the complete RB position, he was not close to LaDainian Tomlinson.

The one true L.T.




Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:12 pm
 

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

Sanders is the best back ever. I don't know what games the Lions played where you saw that line blocking for him. Every play was a virtual free lance job by Sanders. Barry Sanders left the game early, even when Emmitt Smith set the record, Sanders was a vintage season away from taking the rushing title back. Care to compare what Emmitt Smith had as an offensive line vs what the Lions to this day put on the field for any running back ? Even Barry Sanders predecessor left the game after being so beaten up, I think the guys name was Billy Sims and he was an OU Sooner rb in college. But he was pretty good too. LDT, because LT in my mind will always be Lawrence Taylor is an excellent rb, but he also had a better line than Sims or Sanders ever had in Detroit. What time LDT had with few other weapons on offense and adequate blocking, it didn't take long for the Chargers to get him help, even at QB with both Brees and Rivers.

BTW, Barry Sanders problems scoring from close range ? If Sanders had the blocking he walks into the end zone. How is that a liability applied to Sanders, everyone knew he was the guy getting the ball, so perhaps even an average block or two and he cruises in.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2009 9:54 pm
 

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

I TRULLY AGREE AND LOVE THE TOPIC .. MY FAVORITE PLAYER IN THE NFL TODAY AND BEST BACK IVE EVER SEEN PLAY THE GAME..



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2009 12:29 am
 

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

A great blog. LT is the best in the game today going away. His skills as a runner, receiver,(and passer now that I think of it) make him the complete package. He's one of those rare guys I specifically tune in to watch. It certainly can be argued he's the best of all time.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 11:41 pm
 

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

i just read this blog today and i couldnt agree more...


i laugh at all the NFL fans (let alone some idiot charger fans) who say LT is washed up and should have been traded away.

i mean after all that LT has done for the Charger organization and the city of San Diego, i can't believe there are people who want him out.

okay, so he was hurt last year and had less rush attempts... but he did finish 10th in rushing yards and 7th in touchdowns... does that look like a washed up has been to you???


i think it is just because everyone expects LT to be in the top 3 of both catagories and have seen him there for so long that they arent used to a little bit lower production.


i myself am appalled by all the charger fans who dont want LT


one of the all time greats isnt over just yet, so slow your roll san diego and AJ smith... this man needs to finish in the greatest city in America and retire a charger!


i know that i have been able to see one of the greatest play on sundays at the Q or at home but im not quite ready for him to leave when the tank is still half full.


GO Chargers!



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2009 10:33 am
 

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

The One True L.T. is kind of incorrect. Lawrence taylor was the first L.T and is still the only L.T. to win a Super Bowl or be in the Hall Of Fame so I think there is more than one L.T.

No, it's not incorrect at all. I was merely poking fun at the people that fail to understand that L.T. is not a nickname. It isn't something given out of respect or even joking. It is the man's legal initials to which he has every right. Every person on the planet and that has ever lived is the "true" L.T. it's just that a lot of people are simply to dense to realize it.

I am not trying to take anything at all away from Lawrence Taylor, or Lars Tate, anothr football player from his era, Lofa Tatupu who also plays LB, or even the Taylors before him, one that was L.T. as well....Lionel Taylor and Lenny Taylor.

There was also Len Teeuws and of course Lance Teichelman.
Lou Tepe could argue that Lawrence stole his name....

Lee Tevis and Lowell Tew might be interested to hear these absurd debates.

Lamar,Lavale,Lee and Lynn Thomas may have laid claim to the name.

Leo Tierney, Lawyer Tillman, and Lewis Tillman may have wondered why they seemingly couldn't use their own initials without fans whining.

Leo Tobin was L.T. before anyone in football lore.

LaBrandon Toe is LT too, right now even.
Loren Toews was a LB called L.T. before Lawrence Taylor.
Loe Tomasetti would have put a hit out on L.T.
LaVerne Torczon and LaVern Torgeson used L.T. so as not to be confused with LaVern and Shirley.
Lester Towns was LT.
Larry Tripplett is L.T.
What about Lou Tsoutsouvas? Did we forget about him?

Who could forget Larry Turner. And of course Lawrence Tynes?

So there have been players before Lawrence taylor, and after Lawrence taylor and the only people whining are fans than more than likely have never seen him play, especially in person.

All in all, without any doubt, LaDainian Tomlinson is indeed "The one true L.T."






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Posted on: April 11, 2009 12:39 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2009 9:28 am
 

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

He did it without ever having a decent O-Line to run behind, no QB (unless you think Scott Mitchell was actually good), and hardly a receiver on the team.
Barry Sanders is a good back. Top 5 for sure, but that O-line get's a bad rap.

They blocked for Barry, but a 4k QB and two 2k recivers in the same year. That is an outstanding O-line.

In 1995 Herman Moore and Brett Perriman combined for 3k reciveing yards while Barry rushed for 1500 yards.

In 1996 Herman Moore and Brett Perriman each went over 1k yards while Barry rushed for 1553 yards.

In 1997 Herman Moore and Jonnie Morton eac went over 1k and Barry ran for over 2k.

That's an outstanding O-line, and 3 very good receivers and a QB that at the very least got them the ball enough to allow Barry to do his thing without an overloaded defense.

When this is mentioned, I often wonder if anyone looked at LT's first 5 years in the league where unlike Barry he was that Chargers only offensive weapon.

But the reason Barry could never be the best is his short yardage game. He was not a dominant runner in short yardage and was replaced by FBs and back-ups no one will remember.

Barry was a liability on the goal line.

But he was dazzling with 70 yards to go on 1st or 2nd down.




Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 7:54 pm
 

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

This was a great blog.  In my opinion, Barry Sanders is the best RB I've ever seen.  He did it without ever having a decent O-Line to run behind, no QB (unless you think Scott Mitchell was actually good), and hardly a receiver on the team.  Had Barry not retired so early in his prime, he would have smashed the all-time rushing record. 

That being said, you make a great point for LT being one of the best of all time, and he is definitely in the conversation for top 5 in the history of the NFL with Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, LT, and perhaps Emmitt Smith.




Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2009 5:38 pm
 

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

That is one great blog there irregardless. I'd give you a ten star if I could but I can't so you'll have to settle for a five.

LaDainian Tomlinson is my favorite player out there on the field. I think people in Chargers management need to be reminded of that.

Heres to next year winning the SuperBowl for the Chargers. Thank you L. T. for making football better.



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