If LaDainian Tomlinson Retires Will He Get into the NFL HOF?
On Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 the San Diego Chargers' season ended by the hands of the New York Jets. That defeat was huge, but the looming question will be: What will happen to LaDainian Tomlinson?
LT could be cut, traded, or just retire. For nine years, this superstar has dazzled us all with his awesome athletic ability. But the question I have for San Diego Chargers fans and football fans around the world is: Would LT be a lock to get into the NFL Hall of Fame on the first ballot if he retires before the 2010 season having only played nine years?
Five Pro Bowls (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Two-Time All-Pro (2002, 2003)
NFL MVP (2006)
Co-Walter Payton Man of the Year (2006)
12,490 rushing yards (current up to Week 17, 2009), 4.3 yards rushing average, 138 rushing touchdowns, 530 receptions, 3,955 receiving yards, and 15 receiving touchdowns
Also, here is a list of accomplishments throughout his illustrious career:
- Holds the all-time NFL record for single season touchdowns (31). The previous record was 28, set in 2005 by Shaun Alexander.
- Holds the all-time NFL record for single season rushing touchdowns (28). The previous record was 27, set in 2003 by Priest Holmes and in 2005 by Shaun Alexander.
- Holds the all-time NFL record for the most points scored in a single season (186). The previous record was 176, set in 1960 by Paul Horning.
- Holds the all-time NFL record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (18). The previous record was 13, set in 1983 by John Riggins.
- Holds the NFL record for most consecutive multi-touchdown games (eight). The previous record was seven, set in 1983 by John Riggins.
- Tied the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown score with Hall of Fame fullback Lenny Moore (18).
- Tied for third place for most career 200-yard rushing games with several other players (four).
- Holds the all-time San Diego Chargers record for most career rushing yards (12,490). The previous record was 4,972, set in 1968 by Paul Lowe.
- Holds the all-time San Diego Chargers record for most career touchdowns, 153. The previous record was 83, set in 1970 by Lance Allworth.
- Holds the all-time NFL record for fewest games needed to achieve 100 touchdowns (89th game). He broke the record previously held by Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith, who achieved the mark in the 93rd game of their career.
- Holds the all-time NFL record for fewest games needed to achieve 150 touchdowns (137th game). He broke record previously held by Emmitt Smith who achieved that mark in his 160th game.
- Holds the all-time NFL record for overtime touchdowns (three, all rushing).
- Second place on the list of NFL all-time rushing touchdown leaders behind Emmitt Smith (164).
- In 2006, Tomlinson became the second player in NFL history to score four touchdowns in two straight games (Marshall Faulk is the other).
- In 2006, Tomlinson became the only player in NFL history to score three-plus touchdowns in four straight games
- Holds the record for most touchdowns scored in a four-game span with 14.
- Holds the record for most touchdowns scored in a five-game span with 16 (14 rushing, two receiving), breaking his own record of 15 that he had set two weeks earlier. Prior to that, the record was held by Jim Brown with 14.
- Holds the record for most touchdowns scored in a six-game span with 19.
- Became the only player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and receive 100 passes in a single season.
- Second player in NFL history with 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in one season.
- Tomlinson joins Smith, Priest Holmes, Alexander, and Faulk as the only running backs to record consecutive seasons of 20 or more touchdowns.
- Holds the record for most seasons with 17-plus touchdowns with five (2003-2007).
- Holds the record for most seasons with 18-plus touchdowns with four (2004-2007).
- Holds the record for most seasons with 10-plus rushing touchdowns with nine (2001-2009).
- Holds the record for most seasons with 11-plus rushing touchdowns with eight (2002-2009).
Now, with all these facts in front of you, if LaDainian Tomlinson retired before the 2010 season started, would he get in the Hall of Fame on his first try?
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