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LT eager to join Lenny Moore in record book

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/sports/12948508.htm" target="_blank">Philadelphia Daily News</a>

    By KEVIN MULLIGAN

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/tomlinson03.jpg" class="left" alt="LaDanian Tomlinson" />THE BEST THING LaDainian Tomlinson could have done when asked about Lenny Moore is 'fess up to knowing practically squat about the Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer.

    Like many modern-era superstars, Tomlinson was fuzzy on his sport's history and was left trying to fudge it when put on the spot.

    Daily News: "What do you know about Lenny Moore?"

    Tomlinson: "I understand that he was a guy kind of like myself - he could run and catch the football. He's real versatile."

    Weak, LT. This is a man whose 40-year record you could scoot past on Sunday against the Eagles. With one touchdown against the Birds, the San Diego Chargers' wondrous running back will break one of sports' longest-standing individual records, Moore's 18 straight games with a TD (1963-65).

    Tomlinson tied that mark with a 35-yard TD reception Sunday against Oakland. He later got his 10th rushing TD of the season, becoming the first back in NFL history to run for 10 or more touchdowns in his first five seasons.

    If ever an NFL player could wear another player's jersey in tribute, Tomlinson could wear Moore's blue-and-white No. 24.

    LaDainian, you really should set aside some time and research one of the true greats, with whom you will forever be associated. NFL Films surely will accommodate with some video, so you can truly appreciate the man and the record you're about to own.

    Moore, a product of Penn State via Reading, was taller and sleeker than LT, yet equally powerful, and one of the most elusive, productive flankers/running backs of his era. The top draft pick and Rookie of the Year in 1956, Moore amassed 12,451 total yards (363 receptions for 6,039 yards) and 113 career touchdowns as one of Johnny Unitas' favorite co-stars. Moore was a member of three NFL championship teams in Baltimore and was MVP in 1964, when he rushed for 16 touchdowns in the middle of his record streak, which could go down Sunday at the Linc.

    "To be honest with you, I don't want to say that it's not important, but at the same time, it's just not a main focus for me," Tomlinson said. "This is not something that I really [set out] to do - it just kind of came about as I continued to play each week, and the record just kind of creeped up on me. All of a sudden - boom - here is this record.

    "It's definitely a great record. Any record that's held by a Hall of Famer like Lenny Moore, you have to be proud of it. And since Lenny Moore, no one has been able to touch it for 40 years. So it's something to be proud and happy about."

    The Denver Broncos were last team to keep Tomlinson out of the end zone, on Sept. 26, 2004.

    "He's a guy that has every move you need as a running back," Eagles free safety Brian Dawkins said. "He can stop you in your tracks. He can stop and go on a dime. He can spin on you. He can throw the ball. He can catch the ball. He can run you over. He can bull you for 3 yards and get into the end zone. So, he has everything, and then he has the jets to get past you if you sit on him."

    The Oakland Raiders did everything possible to stop Tomlinson. The result: 140 yards rushing, 183 yards of total offense, 4 yards passing (TD) and 39 yards receiving (including a TD).

    And a 27-14 Chargers victory.

    The Eagles will join the hunt Sunday.

    "We're game-planning more for LaDainian," Dawkins said. "There's a game plan for everyone else, but our main focus is getting to him."

    Tomlinson is on a nice rushing roll after a slow start for him: 72 yards vs. Dallas and 52 vs. Denver, followed by 192 vs. the Giants, 134 at New England, 62 vs. the Steelers and 140 Sunday.

    Still, his 652 yards are well off the pace needed to reach his stated preseason goal of - gulp - 2,200 yards.

    "I think you still can accomplish it," he said. "I don't know, we'll see. But I tell you what, I'm going to keep running like it could be accomplished."

    Sunday, he'll take a victory over a touchdown and let Moore keep his record, if need be. For now, anyway.

    "Well, a victory is always better than any record," he said. "I share the record with Lenny now, and I'm not a greedy person. So if we can win the game and I don't get a touchdown, I'll be fine with that."
     

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