A Football Life: LaDainian TomlinsonFeb 27, 2020
favorite. She loved him like he was mine. Marty would say the day I need it. "You don't have to be good today. I need you to be great. He said power
footballis what I crave. We're going to wear people down and you're going to be the terrible one at doing it. Tomlinson started to look like the player who inspired him in a moment. Emmitt Smith
footballfield, especially when it comes to scoring touchdowns, it's sweet, it's when you have the ball inside the two yard line, everyone in the stands knew what you were going to do with it, you knew the chants of LT were going to start and will get there in 2006 Tomlinson would win the League MVP and challenge the single season touchdown mark once held by Smith LaDainian Tomlinson Mr. everything is set today with 26 touchdowns a record for a single season his 28 I really didn't think he was going to break it that day with four minutes left Tomlinson was one touchdown away from tying the football record immortality a gift from heaven let's do it get the record you have the ball back at seven hey now you've seen the record tied you have a chance to see it broken right now I said guys, you know we'll all be all one day and we'll watch this clip again I don't want it to be about me, I want it to be about us.
I was crying in the group just because I knew we were about to do something that brought tears to my eyes and I was like, oh God, don't ruin the center and, oh my God, LTS, get on my hip and Don't dive, come on, let's score this touchdown. I think this is going to be great, I'll get that LTM advantage. I'm going to be on NFL Network. This is gonna be great. The play is designed to go directly down the middle. I see the safety. I'm going to blow this guy up. I stumbled because of myself, so what did I do now to rebound the joy they had? picking it up and everyone felt part of the big number 21 his humble it's a day celebrated with all his teammates in the end zone there was no dance of spotlights pointing at the guys pointing at the crowd it wasn't about him and that it's why the guys loved him, I had a year intentionally, it was 26 31 touchdowns 31 touchdowns in one season is a crazy number, 14 and 2 The Chargers had the best record in the NFL entering the playoffs Tomlinson had 17 touches in the first half as the Chargers built an 11 point lead in the second half, I only had eight, if we could go back in time I would just run the ball, probably 50 60 times that game, the Patriots won the game, there's a shocked crowd here As the sun sets in San Diego, the best team I've ever been on in the first round for number one, they ran out to the motor field and started dancing, in fact, they started doing Shawne Merriman's light dance .
I felt like he needed to make a statement for my team. I am the captain and I will not let you dance in my field in the incident when the opposing team comes in and starts dancing in the middle. I mean, we all know it's a sign of disrespect, don't desecrate our symbol. I don't need that and he was the key man and defended the team. I can't sit there and watch it, so yeah, I was very upset and just the fact of the way they showed no class, absolutely no class and maybe. because of a head coach Tomlinson's anger would soon be redirected towards his own team after the loss the Chargers fired Marty Schottenheimer He was furious that the organization was changing this team and basically breaking up the team he was the white coach for us He was what we needed at that moment, a month after losing his biggest game and his most influential mentor, Tomlinson would suffer his most devastating loss, but I remember being tortured and telling him to tell him the news because I knew he wouldn't care.
I would remove it. the fall and she said: your dad, you know he died in a car accident, it was hard for me to deal with this for a long time. I felt like I was starting to get to know my father in my adult
life. I never got the opportunity I felt like saying certain things I wanted to say and I felt like I had more time and you know he had been getting closer to Tomlinson's abrupt goodbye to his football home where you will love Choice Hotels during the fall for Choice Hotels 30 percent off sale get 30% off our already low raisin sale ends soon only at select hotels quiet friday night buddy you'll need a companion and my cash back keeps the party going but my li miles take it well Dwight, this shouldn't be difficult with credit cards calm down it's easy to search for hundreds of cars and apply credit cards online calm down when emancipation came james k called all the slaves to that main house and went where he announced that you know that a Starting today you're as free as I am and that was the end of slavery in Texas, so the fact that good was done where that old tree fell, that's the point now that the Union troops told them to the former slaves: we don't want them to leave, this is where the jobs are.
This is where the food is. You know you have to stay here on this same piece of land, but from now on you will be paid. Hmm. James K loaded the former slaves onto the wagon and then took them to the county courthouse. and that's where the county clerk said, okay, what do you want to take is your last name, oh, okay, and that's how we got our last name Tom, that's when you chose to take the name Tomlinson that your family used your ancestors during years Tomlinson was. The most popular name in San Diego, there has never been a better charger.
They were one of the two worst teams when he first got there and then became a perennial playoff team. I really appreciate this young player, absolutely one of the great talents. that he will ever play this game and combine that with the charitable things this bear did. I need a home. You see it after every game. Take photographs and talk to the children who were part of this foundation. He was San Diego when I think I was. San Diego I think of the beaches and I think of Dania. I remember going to some soccer camps and he showed up.
It was like Michael Jordan was there and it was the best thing he ever did. Reggie. I had the opportunity to exercise. With him I thought he was in shape and that he would be able to be with them. I ended up throwing up in practice and this is where I have to get to if I want to make it to the NFL if I want to be one of the best. He always has been. I would say he is a calm leader. Let his actions speak for themselves, but when something needs to be said, he says it and everyone listens.
In 2007, the Chargers had a new head coach, Norv Turner Norv. Turner sold himself for the job saying in part that if you want to win a championship you have to develop Phillip Rivers, he is a new quarterback and Sola Damien's role diminished a bit in the 2007 playoffs for the first time in Turner's career. he. The importance of Tomlinson to They questioned the Chargers, someone hit me right in the knee and hit me. I've never been hurt like this, I've never had anything like this. I found out I have a sprained MCL, so a weak injury, Tomlinson was out and Phillip Rivers with a torn ACL finishing the game with the reserves the Chargers beat the Colts I'm thinking about the championship games next week I'm going to play absolutely I'm going to play there's no way I'm not going to play against San Diego's opponent and old nemesis on the 17th and Oh, the Patriots, both Rivers and Tomlinson started the game, but Tomlinson's day lasted only two units at that time.
I knew that Michael Turner is a better runner than me right now with this knee injury I have, so I decided to recover. Of course, I received a lot of criticism for the fact that you are a great player and great players must play in important games. I know a lot of people will have L walk by and say, "You know we don't." I don't know what happened, but right now, as his teammates and fans watch, they have to come, it must be a surgery for him to get a pass before that game. Phillip had come off a surgery that no one at the time had announced and the team hadn't really talked much about his injury, obviously we don't want to give our opponent any kind of information that could help them, which in hindsight didn't help the situation.
Elte because when he tried to go and couldn't. Wow, people were a little surprised because internally we weren't people who wanted to juxtapose their situation without Phillip Rivers and say well, Phillip Rivers had knee surgery the week of that game and played the entire game, how could LaDainian not do it? he wasn't on the field, he was in a position where he would have to make a lot of cuts, you know, and I could stand in that pocket and throw, and his game is based on cutting and running and all that, two bills completely separated and it was completely exaggerated and people say that while he was in a bad mood and maybe he was, but you have to understand how much it hurt him not to be able to be on that field the next year, another postseason. injury, another season-ending loss, da cunha, thinking he was doomed to something he wasn't meant to be, playing in the playoffs and being healthy.
I don't think anyone can know the frustration of my entire
life, everything I've ever wanted. What I do is play football and win a championship and feel so helpless, you know you're at this point where we have a chance to do it and again I can't do anything, but I can't play against the player most identified with the rise of San Diego. . Now there was discussion about his decline, have you been crazy in the last two years left? They have a redhead, you know, luck, something so good guy, good player, he's still a winner, but he doesn't feel like 50 touchdowns, something that you know, whatever he had that year. we can feel the tension in the air that you can feel in the locker room um every time a guy of that caliber um he's Road decreases without feeling the curiosity that he would know me you feel something is wrong he's not hurt he can still play with you alone you know, it was like an or in the hair that you just feel like something was changing in 2009, San Diego entered the playoffs thirteen and three and winners of 11 in a row, come on, Tomlinson had 224 rushing yards and the Chargers lost once again when I Crash to Fear I remember thinking that was it.
A month later Tomlinson was a free agent, charges were cleared LT and I was in shock, not because of what he could have done that year or what he could have done in the future, but because of what what he had done up to that point how he changed the culture. I changed the way people see San Diego. You always felt like there was always a place here for him, no matter what he meant to San Diego, but at the same time I understand the business side of it. Unfortunately, it's a business when it comes to decisions like that and it was a very, very difficult decision.
He truly was the heart and soul of our franchise for all the years they were here. He was very excited and sometimes it is a difficult thing. Emotions are what make the Spurs and as you know, I always have my emotions in my sleep, so for them, I'm not sorry, no thanks. Soon, Tomlinson finds a new home and has one more chance against a familiar enemy. Together we make hearts beat. together we make hope together we make time stop, but you have to be there so your game day experience at the stadium is safer and you can get to your seats faster.
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Latasha Tomlinson was again hoping the Jets would be great by putting me in touch with a doctor who knows exactly what you know. what was going on with me my story didn't hurt that they had these little ones he made that said Tomlinson on the bag he was an atrocious monkey daelin Tomlinson was born on July 7, 2010 he was quickly adopted by the Jets LaDainian would have a harder time when we I saw that video we had to drive them they put this on the bus they played on airplanes look at this guy who's making a rap video Tomlinson set out to show his new teammates that he not only belonged but was determined to succeed with those he werehappy LT is for everything he is a great kid no, he doesn't have the top speed he once had.
I'll tell you what some of my very positive leadership will bring to this football team. You have something to prove by losing Marty and losing your father losing our baby learning to have that thicker, tougher skin after taking so much criticism from fans who loved you so much one minute and then quickly hate you so much the next minute. I think that's what created Bedini and everyone saw him once. He came to the Jets. I was even surprised to see him let out all that emotion. You know, we'll have a meeting during the season. He wanted to come up and speak in front of the group.
Wear this amazing quote from Vince Lombardi, even reading that passage. by Vince Lombardi his passion was just seeping out of him and there was a dead silence in that meeting room where guys like this guy loves football from that moment on he became the leader you know for sure on game day, everyone They knew it when they came out. They're going to rally around a guy who moves Lavinia Thompson on the inside-out line - he has a chance to go for over a thousand yards in the last game and I told him, well, you know, we're going to get those thousand yards and he's going to get you .
You know what, we're going to keep me fresh for the playoffs and then I'll be ready to roll and he was just 23 yards, a Tomlinson, he ran at least three times to gold, he's in the touchdown judge, winner, best nemesis record of Tomlinson in football and a team that beat the Jets by 42 points, he wasn't going to be a big part of the plan, we didn't think about the game, but he had a different look in his eyes, we couldn't keep him off the field. yeah, Jets touchdown, you know, I really felt that Redemption from him.
I then completes Tomlinson's career and learns the most revealing part of his family's history from him. Chase presents a football life so you can, farmers presents 15 seconds of intelligence so you want to drive more. stop eating safely breathe deeply avoid bad weather get eight hours slow down and of course talk to the farmers hello the day before the start of the 2011 season the Tomlinsons were preparing for the birth of their second child the doctor says she's in labor, she's going to have this pretty baby soon, now me, my mom, my parents, they were all latinos and you focus on the game, we can pick her up at the hospital, he's like no one is taking my newborn baby to home from the hospital for the first time, except me, well, that's what you want.
To do, I go to the team meeting, then drive back to the hospital and drive back to the game for the New Yorkers. This wasn't just any game night, it was the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Tomlinson helped give New York an uplifting victory. Eight months later he made his first trip back to San Diego to help that city heal after the death of Junior Saya. He wasn't sure how he was going to be received by the fans at this celebration of his life and the nearly 20,000 people there, the fans of the game. your standing ovation I quickly remember I was at home you know this was you know my football home in San Diego what I would like to do is ask L&T to come make this official and sign a new contract and all the fuss and all the fires artificials in the house about how he left and how it happened and in New York and all that, I always felt like he would end up as a retired shipper and still be considered as he should be as one of the best shippers of all time. or the best racers of all time, not everyone can win a championship, you really can.
I guess he wants to. He was talking to who I consider coach Marty Schottenheimer's father figure. He said LT there were many days when you had that your friends had that your family had. every championship day just because you didn't win the ultimate Super Bowl championship I know we have a lot of memories that we can call championship days not too long ago your father picked a thousand pounds of cotton a day a thousand pounds of lint balls you know my grandfather was a member of the Klan it wasn't that long ago I think you know the only way we can move forward like we're honest about our past my my great-great-grandfather helped your great-grandfather build this house on this land he said I'd never know I never had the chance from knowing my grandfather, your grandfather was a leader in the community, he was a high ranking Freemason, he was a deacon in the church and your great-great-grandfather. -Grandpa Milo bought land from a white family not far from here in 1875 and owned his own company, you know, and it was almost unheard of at that time for a former slave to own his own land. .
The Tomlinsons have a lot to be proud of. both whites and blacks of what they have done for this community without space have a kiss he is a big turtle he is a big turtle he can't hurt you so clotee come back in it's amazing now that you know my family's history the past that now have my own children had to tell them the story, you know, my dad and my family didn't talk much about it, they want to move on and I guess they obviously wanted a better life for us, for me, the most surprising thing is how far we have come in Five generations, we've gone from my family being slave owners to me having a career in Africa and you've gone from your family being enslaved to being one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.
I'll tell you, man. It gives me a feeling of pride in the name Thomas and now you.
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