In praise of LT

TomlinsonLaDainian Tomlinson became the first player in history today to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season and catch at least 100 passes.

Today, LT also set a career high with 243 yards rushing. It was his fourth career 200-yard game, tying him for second on the all-time list with Jim Brown, Earl Campbell and Barry Sanders. O.J. Simpson holds the record with six. LT is only in his third year in the NFL.

And Tomlinson is doing this behind an offensive line that pretty much sucks, with a QB that is interception prone, for a team that usually falls behind in the first quarter and never gets in a position to exploit the run like it should.

Yet, Tomlinson isn’t going to the Pro-Bowl. Can you believe it?

I hope the Chargers stay in San Diego, because I sure what to see what this guy can do with his career. A lot of commentators think he may wind up as one of the greatest running backs ever. He’s got speed, strength, moves, durability, good hands and a will to win. Drafting him is the only thing the Chargers have done right over the last decade or so.

The best thing I like about LT? When he scores, he doesn’t dance, he doesn’t spike, he doesn’t run into the stands, he doesn’t pull sharpies or cell phones from hidden spaces — he simply lays the ball on the ground and slaps one of his lineman on the helmet to thank him. Now, that’s how a pro plays the game.

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