Ladainian Tomlinson NFL
LaDainian Tomlinson, a retired professional football player from the United States, spent 11 seasons as a running back in the National Football League (NFL). During his nine years with the Chargers, he won two NFL running championships, three first-team All-Pro Associated Press nominations, and five Pro Bowl appearances. Prior to his retirement, he played for the New York Jets for two more seasons. In 2017, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Honor.
Ladainian Tomlinson NFL Early Life
Tomlinson was born in Rosebud, Texas, on June 23, 1979, to Loreane Chappelle and Oliver Tomlinson. His mother was an ordained minister. He had a brother, a sister, and subsequently three half-brothers and a half-sister. He participated in basketball, softball, and football while attending University High School in Texas, where he also ran the track. He played safety and fullback in the early stages of his football career. He took a Texas Christian University athletic grant after graduating from high school.
From 1997 to 2000, he represented the TCU Horned Frogs in collegiate football. He finished his career at TCU with 5,263 rushing yards, which at the time put him sixth in NCAA Division I annals. Prior to turning pro, he played in one more contest, the 2001 Senior Bowl on January 21. He received the game’s MVP award for his 88 yards of rushing and a score as well as his 28 yards gained on a pass reception.
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Ladainian Tomlinson NFL Career
San Diego Chargers made a selection for Tomlinson in the 2001 NFL Draft. In August, he committed to the Bolts with a six-year, $38 million deal. A $60 million, eight-year deal with a $21 million guarantee was inked by him in 2004. Up to that time, it was the most lucrative contract ever offered to a running back. After topping the league with 12,490 rushing yards in the 2000s, 1,797 more than runner-up Edgerrin James, Tomlinson was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team in January 2009. In 2010, he made his first career-altering foray into the free-agent market, expressing optimism for the future and a wish to capture a Super Bowl.
Tomlinson met with both teams after it became clear that the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings were his top candidates for a new club, and on March 14, 2010, he agreed to a two-year, $5.2 million deal with the Jets. With 75 carries for 280 rushing yards and one rushing score at the end of his final season, he had a career-low total. After the 2011 season, his contract with the Jets ended. He made a ceremonial one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers in June and then declared his retirement right away. While they were both TCU students, Tomlinson met his wife, LaTorsha Oakley. A son and a daughter were born to the couple in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The couple married on March 21, 2003.
Ladainian Tomlinson NFL Net Worth
Ladainian Tomlinson is one of the best football players in NFL history. His net worth currently stands at $25 million.