Tomlinson Wants To Leave A Lasting Mark On The Game

Ladainian Tomlinson stopped by the ESPN studios this week for a sit down video interview. In the talk, LT spoke of growing older, enduring injuries and the struggle to stay healthy, why he feels he can bounce back from a down year, and his chase for "the record" - Emmitt Smith's 18,355 career rushing yards:

"I realized how close you can come to not playing the game anymore," says Tomlinson. "When you're young, you figure 'I'm going to play as long as I want to. Everything is so easy right now, the sky's the limit.' But after going through what I did last year [nagging injuries that led to sub par production], I realized that I don't want to walk away from the game and look back and say, 'You know what, I should have went after the record. I should have kept playing, and see if I can really get it.' Ultimately, that's what it's all about - it's about leaving a mark on the game. If I'm gone, then it's over. When I'm gone, it's over. There wont be any coming back and forth, so I want to make sure that I do it right the first time."

How realistic is LT's goal of becoming the NFL all-time rushing leader? He needs around 7000 yards to accomplish that lofty feat. If he can average at least 1000 yards per season for the next 7 seasons, he could do it. But will he play for 7 more years? And if so, do you think he'll still be a San Diego Charger?

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July 10, 2009

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Anonymous said... Jul 8, 2009, 11:06:00 PM

Charger Fans: First this has nothing to do with this article. Second, my rant wont change the past. But I just watched the replay from the 1/20/2008 Charger Patriots replay, again. I have to ask who else has an opinion on the Asante Samuel pick in the 2nd. I always swore that Samuel mugged Chambers and used his arm to press down on Chambers left shoulder which allowed Samuel to bat the ball and make the pick. Watching the replay I realized that not only did Samuel mug Chambers but Vrabel whipped his legs to trip Rivers. And Vrabel even comments after the game about what great pressure he put on Rivers. The reason that Samuels got away with that contact is that he uses his outside hand (left) to push chambers Shoulder down as opposed the inside hand (right) which wuld have better tipped off ref's.
A rant, yes; won't change anything, yes; had to do it because pissed off, yes!
And now for the future...
It is all about fire. Chargers are healthy, have brought on toughness in lieu of measureables/stats. It is this year or we are in big trouble. I believe it is this year. Superbowl guarantees.
Tomlinson -- Strong year 12+ TD's
Gates -- Strong year 10+ TD's
Rivers -- Great year 25+ TD's
O-line -- Vastly improved over last years lackluster start
Pass Rush -- Key; Merriman, English, Phillips, Tucker = 35 sacks
Secondary -- rush = opportunity = Cromartie pro bowl; Jammer stud play
D-line -- Cesaire or Bingham or Martin (need one to step up)
Recievers -- Look for balance leading with Chambers & Jackson
Most tackles -- Coop (not much of a reach here)
Most Improved -- Weddle (check his Int's, Tackles, & fumble rec in 2009)
Big Surprise -- MLB's (Coop, Dobbins, Burnett will have great production)
Increased Role -- Naanee (love talent and YAC)



Rob Zepeda said... Jul 8, 2009, 11:27:00 PM

JMZ your take was excellent, even though it was totally off-topic. Mind if I use it in an upcoming post?

Anonymous said... Jul 10, 2009, 12:00:00 PM

jmz i hope you read this but i havent watch that game since it happened, but i belive in the 2nd half when chargers were going to opposite of the bridge in the stadium brushci is full on holding on to gates in the endzone

Anonymous said... Jul 10, 2009, 2:24:00 PM

Rob - Please do use.

And yes, bruschi was all over gates.


Anonymous said... Jul 14, 2009, 10:09:00 PM

I don't think he will go for the record, realistically he may want to chase Emmit Smith's touchdown record. It looks like L.T. is 38 TDs behind Emmit. He might be able to break that in 3 seasons. It would be kinda of bittersweet if he broke the rushing record, because he would probably have to do that as a journeyman RB like Emmit had to. So, 7,000 more yards means would mean breaking the rushing record on another team. ElmoG

Anonymous said... Jul 20, 2009, 4:45:00 PM

L.T. is the best

go show all the haters how awesome you are this year

Break all your records from 2006

Anonymous said... Jul 23, 2009, 1:26:00 PM

LT is a class act - on and off the field.
I sure hope he stays a Charger his entire career.
I hope he can pass Emmit Smith's record.

Good Going LT!

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