LaDainian Tomlinson’s football career spans more than three decades, from the first time he strapped on the pads as a youth in Rosebud, Texas, to his last professional snap five years ago. With stops at University High, TCU, San Diego, and New York in between, LT has made a name for himself across the country - as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Tonight, what we have known for years will be made official, as Tomlinson is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. The ceremony, which will start at 6:00 PM CST, features former players Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen, and Kenny Easley, as well as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It will be broadcast on NFL Network and hosted by Rich Eisen.
Presented with a gold jacket and a bronze bust, Tomlinson will be introduced by his former fullback, Lorenzo Neal, before taking the mic himself. Now an analyst for NFL Network, the superstar known for his humility as much as his football prowess, his speech is sure to be memorable. Neal presented Tomlinson with his gold jacket Friday night, and the emotions were real.
LT was named to the HOF in his first year on the ballot; only he and Jason Taylor can claim that from the class of 2017. The 2006 NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, LT is the fifth leading rusher in league history and second in career touchdowns. LT was a Heisman finalist for TCU and All-American, winning the Doak Walker Award and setting the-then single game rushing record. He is one of the all time greats at any level, and as deserving of the honor of being called a Hall of Famer as anyone to play professional football.
Joined in Canton by a swarm of TCU dignitaries, including Chris Del Conte, LT’s former coach will also be making the trip, as Gary Patterson will take a flight immediately after the Frogs’ first fall scrimmage today to make it to Ohio for the enshrinement ceremony. He will return in time for practice tomorrow.
Be sure to tune in tonight at 6:00 PM, and follow along with TCU Football for updates. The Frogs have a media team on site, and are posting plenty of photos and video of the festivities.