Sunday, September 16, 2007

LaDainian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. Tomlinson, frequently called "LT", set several records during the 2006 NFL season by scoring a league-leading 186 points. He received additional honors by winning the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award and the Associated Press’ Offensive Player of the Year Award.
On February 23, 2007 in Waco, Texas, LaDainian's father, Oliver Tomlinson, and brother-in-law Ronald McClain, were killed in an auto accident from a blown tire, causing a one-vehicle rollover. McClain, 48, was taken by ambulance to Waco's Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where he died around 4:40 p.m. Charlie Morgan of the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that both men were thrown from the pickup truck. Oliver, 71, was killed instantly, while McClain reached the hospital but subsequently died. LaDainian said he was devastated by these events but that the words and lessons given to him by his father will always live in him.
In April 2007, Tomlinson turned down a request to become the cover athlete and official spokesperson for EA Sports' Madden NFL 08 video game. Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was eventually selected for the cover.
In June 2007, Tomlinson signed with to promote FOX Sports Fantasy Football.
Tomlinson was named the 2007 Most Unstoppable Jock on Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards on June 13, 2007, beating out finalist Kobe Bryant. According to Spike, over 25,000 individuals voted on this award. Tomlinson appeared via teleconference to accept the award.

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