Originally posted on NBC San Diego  |  Last updated 12/9/11
A white, circular bandage covers four stiches on Mike Tolbert's forehead. Inches below, the skin atop his nose chips outward like it's been through a pocket-sized lawnmower. Beneath his new look, the Chargers running back, battered but not beaten, flashed a smile this week in the locker room, recounting a conversation with his wife after returning home from Monday night's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a league of 21st century tacklers, runners and receivers, Tolbert is a tribute to the old school, made from the cloth of leather helmets and picked from a Douglasville, Georgia, garden where rubbing dirt is pain's best remedy. So Monday's game fit him well: He barrelled through the Jaguars defense for a 13-yard touchdown on the first drive, and just as he earned his NFL keep four years ago, he was a terror on special teams with a career-high five tackles and an assist on seven kickoffs. The next day, he brought his wife a surprise from Florida. Not flowers. Not oranges.
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