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Tomlinson's Teammates Love To Watch Him Play

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nflplayers.com/news/news_release.aspx?id=4446" target="_blank">NFLPlayers.com</a>

    <img src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/tomlinson03.jpg" class="right" alt="LT" />SAN DIEGO (AP) - There are times when the San Diego Chargers feel like fans while watching LaDainian Tomlinson run.

    Sunday was one of those games, when the star running back scored a career-high four touchdowns in a 31-26 win over the New York Jets at the Meadowlands that was preserved by a last-minute goal-line stand.

    "Not only is he good on grass, but you put him on turf, and he's even better, because he was making guys miss out there and it wasn't even funny," quarterback Drew Brees said Monday. "I got to see it firsthand, best seat in the house."

    The play that stood out was when Tomlinson caught a short pass from Brees late in the first quarter, ran down the sideline and made a cut that left Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law looking helpless.

    "I said, 'Thanks LT, for turning that swing pass into a 30-yard touchdown pass,"' Brees said about the play, which actually went for 25 yards.

    "The guy is super athletic," Brees said. "Handing the ball off to him in nine- and 10-man fronts, when you bottle him up like that, that's hard for anybody. But you get him out in space, good luck tackling him, and especially on turf."

    Said coach Marty Schottenheimer: "That one cut he made yesterday was pretty good. The defender looked like he was frozen."

    Tomlinson's big day helped put the defending AFC West champion Chargers (5-4) over .500 for the first time this season.

    As usual, Tomlinson was nonplussed.

    "I always explain it by instincts," he said. "You don't really think about it, you just do it. That's how I can best describe it."

    Tomlinson became the first Chargers player to score four touchdowns in a game since Chuck Muncie did it against Denver on Nov. 29, 1981.

    "It's definitely something you think about, having big days and scoring four touchdowns, but you let it come to you," Tomlinson said. "At the time I didn't think about scoring four touchdowns yesterday. As the game went on, it just happened.

    "It's just like when you're gaining a lot of yards - it just happens. A guy like Chuck Muncie, everybody knows what kind of player he was. It's great to be in the same category."

    Tomlinson had 107 yards on 25 carries and caught three passes for 46 yards.

    He leads the NFL with 1,099 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns, and is second with 835 rushing yards.

    Tomlinson had a 4-yard touchdown run Sunday and two from 1 yard.

    "That first touchdown run he had, where he runs outside, there's two guys there, and he just stops, and both those guys just keep going and he cuts it right up in there untouched in the end zone," Brees said. "For any other player, they're getting tackled by two guys at the 2-yard line, and nobody touches him and he walks into the end zone. He's a spectacular player."

    Tomlinson was able to enjoy this one because the Chargers, whose four losses all came in the final minutes, stopped the Jets after they had a first-and-goal at the San Diego 3. Cornerback Quentin Jammer knocked down a pass from Brooks Bollinger for Justin McCareins on fourth down to preserve the win.

    "Obviously that adds confidence for the defense," Tomlinson said. "They realize that in times when we need a play, they can make it."

    The Chargers have their bye Sunday before returning to host the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 20.

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