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LT's story told in new way in documentary.

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerMike, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. ChargerMike

    ChargerMike BoltBruthaFromAnuthMutha

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    In the climactic scene of the documentary, “LaDainian Tomlinson: A Football Life,” Tomlinson is talking with the great grandson of the man who owned Tomlinson’s great grandfather.
    You will be wiping your eyes well before that.

    NFL Films senior producer James Weiner uses Tominson’s ongoing exploration of his family’s past to weave together Tomlinson’s journey to NFL stardom and his triumphs and tragedies along the way, allowing the story to tell itself with transitions you don’t even notice.

    “I believe it’s the perfect story,” Tomlinson said by phone the other day. “… You talk about a football life. A football for LaDainian Tomlinson is this. This is who he is.”

    This season premiere of NFL Network’s “A Football Life” series is Tuesday night (6 p.m. PT), and the subject is familiar to San Diego.

    But even those who followed Tomlinson closely during his nine seasons as the Chargers’ best and most-chronicled player will learn at least a couple things about LT. You may even come to see differently his departure for the New York Jets and his transformation into a vocal leader and Rex Ryan devotee.

    “There aren’t a lot of superstars,” Weiner said. “There are even fewer superstars that manage to stay out of the spotlight, that manage to stay out of the media glare and have a certain mystery about them.”

    Weiner did not know going in that the story would be moved along via scenes from Tomlinson’s visit to the place he spent many days during his childhood, a plot of land called Tomlinson Hill, which also happens to be where his ancestors picked cotton right through their emancipation.

    But the timing was such that Tomlinson’s mom had been encouraging him to do some digging into his past.

    “I ran from it for a long time,” said Tomlinson, now an . “I didn’t want to look back.”

    You can sense during the documentary that it is all still a little surreal to Tomlinson.

    “I was thinking, like it was flashing through my mind really quickly, my whole ancestry,” he said. “Where we were standing, that very ground is where I grew up. I remember it … but I never knew (the history). It was spiritual.”

    The viewer will feel the emotion, as the scene borders on intrusion without crossing the line.

    And don’t worry. There is a lot of football.

    Honestly, I lived through the 2006 season and would never say I didn’t fully appreciate it. I remember that stadium rocking in November and December of that year as if it were last week, though it also seems to have long been so long ago. However, the recounting by Weiner of Tomlinson’s record-breaking ‘06, using the recollections of those involved and NFL Films’ extensive treasure of footage, is exhilarating. And by the time the documentary gets through Tomlinson’s departure from San Diego, it is nothing short of emotionally exhausting.

    As the documentary moves to the denouement of Tomlinson’s career, it is possible even the most bitter among Chargers fans will come to appreciate what that time meant to LT and what he meant to the Jets.

    “There are a certain people, if they were never fond of LaDainian for one reason or another,” Weiner said. “I had a number of people say, ‘That film changed how I think about LaDainian.’ ”

    And even if you sit down already loving him, especially if you already love him, this is worth an hour of your night to get to know him better.

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/02/ladainian-tomlinson-football-life-acee/
     
  2. ChargerMike

    ChargerMike BoltBruthaFromAnuthMutha

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    Really look'n forward to check'n this out. :tup:
     
  3. robdog

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    This series is on my TIVO so I am pretty excited to check this one out for sure. I wonder if they are going to have any "AJ" in there?
     
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  4. CoronaDoug

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    Sounds like a classy story.
     
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    I. Can't. Wait.
     
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  6. ChargerMike

    ChargerMike BoltBruthaFromAnuthMutha

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    I hope not......talk about "Buzz Kill"...sheesh.....:tdown: :poop:
     
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  7. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I love the smell of football in the morning.

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    ^^^ Huh?
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  8. EOTL

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    A friend of mine got to watch an advanced copy (his friend works at NFLN) and he said it's amazing. Too bad I'll be in class and can't watch it live. <_<
     
  9. ChargerMech

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    Is this only on the NFL Network? Really wanna watch it but I don't have the NFL Network.
     
  10. SuperCharger92

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    What an awesome documentary, to say the least.

    Really wish he could give it another go with us, but the past is the past, such a class act.

    Just brought memories back of when the Chargers played the Patriots in '01 his rookie year here in New England I believe it was. And I just fell in love with the way he handled the ball, I was only 9 at the time. But also the team with Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau on the other side of the football, then Doug Flutie a BC guy, ever since then I followed and followed.

    He was one of the main reasons why I became a die hard Charger fan.
     
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    Cool documentary, beyond the game of football. It was really hard watching the 2006 playoff game footage against the Patriots. That is the single hardest game for me to get over watching the Chargers since the late 70's. Seeing all those players we had, the way we lost. uggg... :( But still incredible look at LT's life.
     
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    After watching that, it was clear that LT hated Marty's firing. And while not completely stated, I got the impression that LT didn't necessarily care for Norv. In that piece, you his High School Coach, TCU's coach, Marty & Rex all talk about LT. Norv was noticeably absent.
     
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  14. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    I liked it for more than just the LT aspect of the program. Very insightful on more than just the man and his career.
     
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    Does anybody know is there a way to see this on the interweb? on youtube or something? it is not available to me on Gamepass, I thought it would be.
     
  17. Concudan

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    I watched this last night, had it buried in my DVR. Man what a talent, seeing him bouncing around tacklers at the LOS and making a run that should have been a loss or no gain an positive play. I agree with CBF, he didnt care for Norv, and we know he did not care for AJ.

    All in all I would have loved to have seen him play his whole career in Bolts, but as He Who Shall Not Be Named (HWSNBN) says 'It is what it is'.

    What really hit me what when they showed him running and a defender would get close, he would kick in a new gear and pull away from the defender. I haven't seen that from anyone in bolts recently. LT helped his OL look better that is for sure.

    Glad he retired a Charger.
     
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  18. Kayworks

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    Did they replay this last night? I'm hoping to see it on Youtube. ;(
     
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    No I had it on my DVR. It is a great story. The guy is all class in my book.
     
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    That letter made me CRY!!!
     

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