College Football Hall of Fame
Although the greatest Charger running back of all-time will have to wait until 2017 for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, today it was announced that LaDainian Tomlinson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Tomlinson holds numerous records at both TCU and in NCAA football.
Here’s what LT had to say about the honor in a tweet he posted earlier today:
I’m so honored to be selected to the College Hall of Fame. Thanks to my teammates, coaches, family and fans!!#TCU
— LaDainian Tomlinson (@LT_21) May 22, 2014
To say that LT earned this honor is an understatement. He was highly-decorated in both the NFL and college. Even fans of rival teams seem to have high praise for the former running back. He had an impressive arsenal of moves at the running back position that so many people would attempt to emulate. But there was only one LaDainian Tomlinson. His performance on the field may have only been topped by what he did – and still does – off the field.
For those of you that have been following me for quite sometime on Twitter, or reading the blog, you already know about the supreme respect that I have for number 21. I just so happened to be someone that tried to rip off his moves even after I stopped playing organized football. I mean, who doesn’t want to make people look like fools in a backyard pickup game? I’d like to think that I had my share of those moments where a Tomlinson stiff-arm or jump-cut left opposing players in the dust.
Congratulations to LaDainian on this fine honor. I feel confident speaking on behalf of the entire staff at BoltBlitz.com that we are incredibly happy for you. Now, all we’ll have to wait for is that gold jacket in 2017.
In what comes as disappointing news for Horned Frog and Charger fans alike, LaDainian Tomlinson was not inducted into the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class.
Tomlinson led the FBS in rushing during both the 1999 and 2000 seasons before being selected with the fifth pick in the 2001 NFL draft. He is also the only player in FBS history to rush for over 400 yards in a single game.
When you look at all of the amazing running backs to come out of college football it is difficult to understand why Tomlinson was not chosen. Among his numbers and accolades, Tomlinson rushed for over 2,000 yards his senior year while winning the Doak Walker award as the nation’s top running back.
Tomlinson played the collegiate game similarly to his NFL game in that he excelled in running the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield, and blocking in pass protection.
It is clear to me that LaDainian Tomlinson belongs in the College Football Hall of Fame but it may end up being that he’ll have to settle for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
I’d say Canton, Ohio is more than willing to house his bust for the rest of time.
Thanks a lot for reading.