Former Trojan, "L.T." Tomlinson to be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Trojan, LaDainian Tomlinson to be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame
Posted on 08/04/2017

LaDainian Tomlinson. The Celebration of Life for Junior Seau held at Qualcomm Stadium on May 11, 2012By Deejay - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Former Pop Warner/UHS/TCU/NFL football great, LaDainian T. Tomlinson will be inducted this weekend into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility for the honor.

On Saturday, August 5th, the Class of 2017 will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the spectacular ceremony held in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Class of 2017 consists of kicker Morten Andersen; running back Terrell Davis; safety Kenny Easley; owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones; defensive end Jason Taylor; running back LaDainian Tomlinson; and quarterback Kurt Warner.

LaDainian Tramayne Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is a former professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played the majority of his 11-year career with the San Diego Chargers, who selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Tomlinson was selected to five Pro Bowls, was an All-Pro six times, and won two rushing titles (2006 and 2007).

At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career rushing yards (13,684), seventh in all-purpose yards (18,456), second in career rushing touchdowns (145), and third in total touchdowns (162).

He currently serves as an analyst on NFL Network.

After being elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014, Tomlinson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2017, his first year of eligibility. Tomlinson will be the first Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee whose NFL career began in the 21st century.

Tomlinson played college football for Texas Christian University (TCU), earned consensus All-American honors, and was recognized as the best college running back. He spent nine seasons with the Chargers. During the 2006 NFL season, he set several NFL touchdown scoring records and received numerous honors and awards including the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award and the Associated Press's Offensive Player of the Year Award. In 2010, he signed as a free agent with the New York Jets, playing for two seasons before retiring after 2011.

Tomlinson is often referred to by his initials, L.T.

An effective passer on halfback option plays, Tomlinson threw seven touchdown passes and ranks second behind Walter Payton (8) for non-quarterbacks since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. He was named to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team as one of the top running backs of the 2000s.

Tomlinson attended University High School, where he played basketball, baseball, football, and ran track.

Tomlinson began his football career as a linebacker, but blossomed on the offensive side of the ball. Tomlinson amassed 2,554 yards and 39 touchdowns his senior year, earning honors as the District 25-4A Most Valuable Player, Super Centex Offensive Player of the Year. He was named in the state all-star football team in 1997, which included future San Diego teammates Drew Brees (Austin Westlake) and Quentin Jammer (Angleton).

In track & field, Tomlinson competed as a sprinter and was a member of the UHS 4×100 m (41.82s) relay squad.

Everyone here at UHS, Waco ISD and the surrounding community of Waco, would like to congratulate LT on a most amazing career.