LaDainian Tomlinson’s NFL career is over. The 11-year veteran will sign a one-day contract with the Chargers so he can officially retire with the team for whom be played 9 seasons and rushed for nearly 12,500 yards.
Where Tomlinson ranks on the all-time rushing list is a matter of black and white: his 13,684 yards place him fifth all-time behind Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin. But where does he place on the far more subjective HMFRs – that is, the Hearts and Minds of Fans Rankings? Did a man who made so many highlights out of dumpoff passes and leaped so fearlessly for so many goal lines, but never won a Super Bowl ring win you over? How good was Tomlinson?
In 2010, before his career concluded, Tomlinson was ranked the 61st greatest player of all-time by our blue-ribbon panel of football experts. Here’s a look back at San Diego’s Super Charged runner, as originally presented by San Diego native Reggie Bush, on The Top 100 Greatest Players.
But wait, there’s more! Before Reggie Bush matriculated to USC, he interviewed the star runner of his home town team. You’ll see parts of that afternoon in the Top 100 piece above, but below, here’s a look back at the entire feature from 2005, in which Bush hangs out with Tomlinson, as originally presented on Under the Helmet.