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Now that LaDainian Tomlinson has officially closed the book on his NFL career, the next stop for the former San Diego Chargers star is Canton, Ohio. In his 11-year career, Tomlinson racked up 162 total touchdowns and more than 18,000 yards from scrimmage. He holds the NFL record for total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and total points in a single season, among many other records. The video-game numbers LT put up during the prime of his career make him a lock for the Hall of Fame.
One thing Tomlinson was never able to accomplish, however, was winning the big one. He came up just short several times with both the Chargers and Jets, but LT says he would rather be inducted to the Hall of Fame than win a Super Bowl anyway.
"(I'd rather be a) Hall of Fame player without a ring, because you've got to sacrifice so much individually just to be good," Tomlinson said on NBC SportsTalk. "They draft you individually, and you've got to back them up and make them right. I think at the end of the day, even though I didn't win a Super Bowl ring, I felt like I backed them up for drafting me. I backed up the San Diego Chargers for picking me with the fifth pick." Full story
Hey, that makes sense Some may argue that it is easy for Tomlinson to have that opinion, in light of the fact that his career is now over without achieving Super Bowl glory. It is, nevertheless, difficult to argue with his logic. Granted, football is the ultimate team sport, requiring every player on the field to meld into a cohesive unit, each individual separately doing their respective jobs but executed with well-honed precision in order to be successful, be it on a single play, a game, or even an entire season or playoff run.
But the same reasons that make pro football the ultimate team sport also provide evidence in abundance that when presented with an either/or scenario, having Hall of Fame credentials perhaps is a more revealing indicator of just how much a player contributed to a team's quest for Super Bowl glory than actually winning a Super Bowl championship. It's not entirely Tomlinson's fault that the loaded Chargers squads came up short when those teams reached the playoffs no more than it could be stated that LT's stellar on-field performances were the sole reason why the Chargers franchise had the success it had during his time with the team. Read more
Oh, please! A Super Bowl ring is the only omission on Tomlinson's resume. He won't lose sleep over it, though, which makes sense given the running back's propensity for playoff failures.
Tomlinson, who recently retired, will most certainly get a Hall of Fame nod before long. He was selected to five Pro Bowls, won an MVP Award in 2006 and was regarded as arguably the best running back in football for nearly a decade. To say he lived up to the billing of a No. 5 overall pick would be an understatement -- at least from a personal achievement standpoint.
What's unfortunate is that the individual accolades are all that Tomlinson has to hang his helmet on. And what's even more unfortunate is that he seems to be OK with it. Read more
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A Super Bowl ring is the only omission on LaDainian Tomlinson's resume, but he probably won't lose sleep over it, as long as he gets into the Hall of Fame. Tomlinson, who recently retired and will most certainly get a Hall nod before long, doesn't view his career as incomplete because he failed to win a Super Bowl. In fact, when asked whether he'd prefer to be a Hall...
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Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said he'd rather be in the Hall of Fame than have a Super Bowl ring than vice versa.
Now that LaDainian Tomlinson has officially closed the book on his NFL career, the next stop for the former Charger is Canton, Ohio. In his 11-year career, Tomlinson racked up 162 total touchdowns and over 18,000 total yards. He holds the NFL record for total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and total points in a single season among many other records. The video game numbers L.T. put...
Former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson said that he thought about playing for the Denver Broncos this season, but ultinmately decided to retire instead of playing for a team he’s grown to hate over his career with the Chargers.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos never offered a contract to Tomlinson. Maybe they offered him a chance to try...
LaDainian Tomlinson proved to be one of the most dangerous running backs of the young century. He's likely heading to the Hall of Fame, and if and when he gets there, he won't be rocking a Super Bowl ring -- but that's alright for the former Charger and Jet. LT was asked whether he’d rather have a Super Bowl ring or be a Hall of Famer and he didn't even blink. ...
Newly retired San Diego Charger running back LaDainian Tomlinson admitted he considered joining the Denver Broncos for the 2012 season.
Tomlinson told the UT San Diego:
“The only team I really gave a thought to was the Broncos, because of Peyton,” Tomlinson said Saturday, referring, of course, to Denver’s signing of quarterback Peyton Manning. “We talked. Tom (Condon, Tomlinson’s...
Newly retired San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson told NBC Sports Talk yesterday that he would choose to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over a Super Bowl championship. His admission has raised some eyebrows around the internet, but why should it? What else was he expected to say now that his storied career has ended.
Tomlinson announced his retirement from the...
Former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson told NBC Sports Talk that he’d much rather be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame then win a Super Bowl.
“Hall of Fame player without a ring, because you’ve got to sacrifice so much individually just to be good,” Tomlinson said, via ProFootballTalk.com. “They draft you individually and you’ve got to back...
On Monday, June 18th, LaDainian Tomlinson announced his retirement after signing a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers, the team and city he called home for 9 seasons. Those years in San Diego were nothing short of magical as LT led the Chargers to an unprecedented level of success for the organization, with the team capturing the AFC West 5 separate occasions.
Last week, LaDainian Tomlinson announced his retirement after 11 years in the NFL. While he will be remembered for his incredible agility and top-tier production (he’s ranked seventh all-time in all-purpose yards, and had a shorter career than any player ranked above him), just as notable is his durability. From 2001-2008, Tomlinson carried the ball 290 or more times in eight...
Unemployed San Diego Charger RB LaDainian Tomlinson was asked if he'd rather be in the Hall of Fame or have won a Super Bowl. Sort of a loaded question because, he's not winning a Super Bowl, he's...
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LaDainian Tomlinson recently retired after having a great career worthy of being enshrined in Canton. He may not have a Super Bowl ring on his resume but he truly was the last of a dying breed at the running back position. When LT played, teams didn’t implement a running back by committee system, and he carried the [...]
With the retirement of LaDainian Tomlinson, the people at the Pro Football Hall of Fame can start preparing his bust and plaque.
Tomlinson will almost certainly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible in five years.
Just how good of a career did LT have? In this era, in the past 20 seasons, he was certainly near the top of the list in terms of best careers...