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 among running backs.
BEST CAREERS: RUNNING BACKS* Who played entire career within past 20 years
1. Marshall Faulk (1994-2005) / IND-StL
If the battle for “Best RB of the Past 20 Years” was a battle of regular-season achievements, LT would sit atop this list. But because of Faulk’s overwhelming “second season” advantage, the Hall of Famer gets the nod.
It’s not just that Faulk played in two Super Bowls, winning one title with the St. Louis Rams, it’s his complete dominance in the 12 postseason games he played.
Here’s a rundown of Faulk’s playoff numbers:
7 games with 100+ yards from scrimmage