Former TCU, San Diego Chargers, and New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night, one of just two players to make the cut in the first year they were on the ballot. While the speeches of the seven members of the class of 2017 covered the gamut from funny to moving to grateful to historical, none was more impactful than the one delivered by the man known as LT. Woven as a tapestry that covered his history with football as well as the history of his last name, Tomlinson closed with an inspirational call to action that was universally lauded for its grace and power.
See how people and organizations reacted to his words across social media.
His former team made note:
LaDainian Tomlinson spoke.— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 6, 2017
You should listen. pic.twitter.com/TxRnTTKIvz
As did members of the national media:
LaDainian Tomlinson:— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 6, 2017
What a great message for this country, at this time. I salute you you. Just awesome.
LaDainian Tomlinson's stirring Hall of Fame speech on unity is one America needs to hear https://t.co/d6KvbofE2N— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 6, 2017
Sports is a platform. That's how you use it for good. Great job, LaDainian Tomlinson.— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) August 6, 2017
Pretty cool that LaDainian Tomlinson used his speech to share story AND go for bigger message of inspiring unity and doing more, and better.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) August 6, 2017
On a night of special speeches, this might have been the best line https://t.co/ycbQttGK5i— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) August 6, 2017
And his Frog Fam, of course:
I'm damn proud I share a school with LT and im damn proud he represented my city for so long. That speech was awesome— mitch (@itmemitch) August 6, 2017
LT came out here preaching.— Matt Jennings (@MattAJennings) August 6, 2017
I have already watched LT's speech 5 times and no you're still crying— Jamie Plunkett (@FrogPreacher) August 6, 2017
Im not crying, you're crying https://t.co/ggFnk4CwPI— Geoff Mitchell (@TheFrogCastTCU) August 6, 2017
Former teammates and players both current and former chimed in:
Every race,religion or political party needs ro listen to the last 5 minutes of LT's HOF speech.It's a call of action & I'm in. #teamamerica— Lorenzo Neal (@LorenzoNeal) August 6, 2017
@LT_21 last night you captivated America. Brother, your message was profound. Honored and humbled. I'm ready for team America, it's time.— Lorenzo Neal (@LorenzoNeal) August 6, 2017
At the HOF induction...LT is up! Blessed to play with such a tremendous player, teammate, and person! pic.twitter.com/UmekKUGDos— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) August 6, 2017
And those that followed him in DFW throughout his career:
He'll get plenty of people telling him he was wrong to do so. They'll all be wrong. https://t.co/Ym706tnDTe— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 6, 2017
L.T. talking race and politics during his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech. Real talk. Good for him.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) August 6, 2017
The kid from TCU stole the show. His speech will be a model for others who follow.— Carlos A. Mendez (@calexmendez) August 6, 2017
Fellow Hall of Famers stand and applaud LT's urging to America "to lead the way for all nations to follow."— Stefan Stevenson (@StevensonFWST) August 6, 2017
A chance to learn more about “Tomlinson Hill” below:
It’s easy to be proud of what LaDainian Tomlinson the football player represents, to be thankful for what he did for TCU and the city of Fort Worth. But it was his 26 minutes of graceful, passionate, challenging words that best represent what makes him so special as a person.
Thank you, LT, from all of your Frog Fam, and beyond.