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No. 21: Tomlinson still climbing list of NFL greats

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2007-06-22-no-21-tomlinson_N.htm?csp=34" target="_blank">USA Today</a>
    <p class="inside-copy"><em><img src="http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2007/06/17/tomlinsonx.jpg" title="Tomlinson" alt="Tomlinson" align="right" height="168" width="245" />To commemorate USA TODAY's 25th anniversary, a panel of USA TODAY's NFL reporters and editors has produced an anthology of the 25 best NFL players of the past 25 years. Working down from No. 25, we are unveiling one player each weekday until training camp season arrives: </em></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">•" <strong>No. 21 LaDainian Tomlinson</strong> | <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2007-top-25-series.htm">Full list of USA TODAY's Top 25</a></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">LaDainian Tomlinson is just six years into his NFL career, but his place at No. 21 on USA TODAY's list is testament to the powerful threat he has brought to the San Diego Chargers' offense.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">In 2006, Tomlinson shattered the single-season record for touchdowns when he reached the end zone 31 times and he recorded a career-high 1,815 rushing yards. L.T. has emerged as the NFL's most dangerous backfield weapon, averaging 1,529 rushing yards in his six-year career. He and Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson are the only players to surpass 1,200 yards rushing in their first six seasons.</p>

    <table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="1">
    <tr>
    <td class="vatitle" colspan="4">
    <p align="center">SINGLE-SEASON TOUCHDOWN KINGS</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatextbold">Player</td>
    <td class="vatextbold">Team</td>
    <td class="vatextbold">
    <p align="center">TDs</p>
    </td>
    <td class="vatextbold">
    <p align="center">Year achieved</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="4"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext">LaDainian Tomlinson</td>
    <td class="vatext">San Diego</td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">31</p>
    </td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">2006</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="4"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext">Shaun Alexander</td>
    <td class="vatext">Seattle</td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">28</p>
    </td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">2005</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="4"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext">Priest Holmes</td>
    <td class="vatext">Kansas City</td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">27</p>
    </td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">2003</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="4"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext">Marshall Faulk</td>
    <td class="vatext">St. Louis</td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">26</p>
    </td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">2000</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="4"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext">Emmitt Smith</td>
    <td class="vatext">Dallas</td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">25</p>
    </td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">1995</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="4"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext">Priest Holmes</td>
    <td class="vatext">Kansas City</td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">24</p>
    </td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">2002</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="4"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext">John Riggins</td>
    <td class="vatext">Washington</td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">24</p>
    </td>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">1983</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="4"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    </table>
    <p class="inside-copy">What makes L.T. doubly effective is his pass-catching abilities. In 2003 he became the first player in league history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 100 passes in the same season. As explosive a threat to catch the ball as he is to run it, Tomlinson has averaged 66 receptions per season through his career.</p>

    <table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="1">
    <tr>
    <td class="vatitle">
    <p align="center">NFL RECORD MAKER</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext">
    <p align="center">League records achieved by LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" />Most touchdowns in a single season, 31</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" />Most consecutive games scoring multiple touchdowns, eight</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" />Most points scored in one season, 186</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" />Most touchdowns in a six-game stretch, 19</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" />Fastest player to score 100 career touchdowns, 89 games</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" />Most games with three rushing touchdowns in one season, five</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    </table>
    <p class="inside-copy">Tomlinson has quickly made his mark on the NFL record book. Already sixth on the all-time list of rushing touchdowns with 100, he is 12th all-time in total touchdowns with 111. He is the only player in the league to notch at least 15 touchdowns in each of the least five seasons. But the San Diego running back says those who annoint him as the NFL's greatest back ever speak too quicky.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">"It's disrespectful to the players who have come before me for somebody to say I'm the greatest running back or whatever," Tomlinson told USA TODAY last year. "I'd understand if it was the end of my career, 10 years down the line, when I'm about to retire. That's different. But six years? I'd rather wait until the end and say, 'OK, now let's chalk it, let's see.' "</p>

    <table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="1">
    <tr>
    <td class="vatitle" colspan="2">
    <p align="center">ABOUT LADAINIAN TOMLINSON</p>
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext" colspan="2"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" /><strong>Born</strong>: June 23, 1979, in Waco, Texas</td>
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    <tr>
    <td colspan="2"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" /><strong>College</strong>: Texas Christian</td>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" /><strong>Drafted</strong>: No. 5 overall by San Diego in 2001</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="2"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext" colspan="2"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" /><strong>Teams</strong>: San Diego, 2001-present</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="2"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" /><strong>Pro Bowls</strong>: Four</td>
    <td class="vatext"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" /><strong>All-Pro teams</strong>: Three</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="2"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td class="vatext" colspan="2"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/bullet.gif" height="9" width="9" /><strong>NFL MVP</strong>: 2006</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td colspan="2"><img src="http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/ipr/grey.gif" height="1" width="100%" /></td>
    </tr>
    </table>
    <p class="inside-copy">A Pro Bowler four times and a three-time member of the All-Pro team, Tomlinson, 28 on June 23, may not have arrived atop of the NFL heap yet. But he has the time and potential to climb further up the league's rushing and scoring lists.</p>
     

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