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LaDainian Tomlinson named NFL Hall of Fame Finalist

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The TCU legend should be voted in Super Bowl weekend.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

He is arguably the greatest player to come through TCU - though fans of Sammy Baugh and Davey O’Brien may fight you on that - and certainly the man who ushered in a new era of success for the Frogs. And now the player we know as LT is on his way to becoming an NFL Hall of Famer.

Nominated last November, it was announced Tuesday evening that former Charger LaDainian Tomlinson was one of 15 finalists to make the final round of voting for the HOF, with voting taking place the day before the Super Bowl. At one time the single game rushing record holder, LT was the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft, starring in San Diego for eight unbelievable seasons. The fifth most prolific back all-time in rushing yards, LT ran for 13,684 yards in his career, and holds the NFL single-season touchdown record with 28, set in 2006. Elected to five Pro Bowls, named an All-Pro six times, winning the rushing title twice, and being named MVP once, LT is sure to be elected in his first year of eligibility.

Known as a pro not only for his exceptional work as a running back but also for his understated touchdown celebrations and above-average passing ability, Tomlinson burst onto the scene as a collegian after being lightly recruited out of University High in Waco, flourishing in Fort Worth on his way to 5,387 rishing yards over the course of his career and scoring 56 TDs. He was the NCAA rushing leader in 2000 with 2,158 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns, leading to him being named an All-American and Heisman finalist.

After finishing his career in New York with the Jets, Tomlinson began working with the NFL Network as an analyst. He also holds camps and clinics in Fort Worth, where his charitable foundation does work for underprivileged children locally.

Congratulations to one of our all-time favorite Frogs on this outstanding honor!