The man behind the mask—Webster doesn't have enough words to describe his talent on and off the field.
There will never be another player that will be able to breathe the same air or rest in the same sentence as No. 21. The man would send crowds to their feet every time he had the ball in his hands.
Turning back the clock, one of the most influential trades in Chargers history came in 2001. In exchange for what would have been Michael Vick, the Chargers received LaDainian Tomlinson.
Lovely how things pan out sometimes.
When the Bolts selected L.T., they were the joke of their division and, more or less, the league. That being said, Tomlinson stepped into the starting role immediately. With the raw talent and athleticism he possessed, he put the Bolts back on the map and into the conversation once again.
A dying clubhouse, Tomlinson put the team on his back and ignited the resurgence that bound the team and city together. He brought the Chargers from beneath the laughing stock of the league to the owners of the AFC West divisional title in a few short seasons.
Now for a look back at one of the most statistically sound seasons in NFL history. 2006 was a highlight-reel season for No. 21.
He shattered his competition by finding the end zone 19 times in only six games. He then conquered a milestone of reaching 100 touchdowns in the quickest time, 89 games. He also became the first back to rush for 1,236 yards for six consecutive seasons. Tomlinson would cap off his prestigious year with 2,323 yards from scrimmage, to appropriately go with 31 touchdowns.
And as a side note, three of his 31 touchdowns were passing. You could say he had a nose for the end zone.
L.T. was everything the Chargers and the city of San Diego could have asked for in a back, and then some. He brought new life into the city and a viral enthusiasm that hadn't been witnessed since Junior Seau's 1994 AFC Championship team.
Although a native of Texas and a former N.Y. Jet, LaDainian Tomlinson will forever be a Charger in my eyes.