The NFL Network is releasing their Top 100 players of 2012 and there just is not enough Chargers action on that list, so the staff at Bolt Beat got together to create a Top 10 Chargers list based off of their performances from last season.
6) Mike Tolbert
For the past four years, he was known as #35. He was an unstoppable force on the field, and that made him one of the Bolts’ secret weapons.
The Chargers signed running back Mike Tolbert in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Coastal Carolina University. In his last year of college, Tolbert led the team with 748 rushing yards for 9 touchdowns. And in return he was named a second-team FCS All-American.
Since day one as a Charger, Tolbert was making an impact on the field and became an instant fan favorite. In the 2010 season Tolbert racked up 735 rushing yards and completed 11 rushing touchdowns. His outstanding performance made him the Charger’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Tolbert ended his fourth and last season as a Bolt on a high note, rushing 490 yards for 8 touchdowns. He was a fundamental player who constantly pursued first downs and, when given the chance, carried the ball for game-winning touchdowns. He was a rock on the field, and he refused to be stopped when he weaved in and out of the defense. After his 19th career rushing TD in week 15 against Baltimore, Tolbert was tied for sixth on the Chargers all-time rushing touchdowns list. His presence on the field was undoubtedly rewarding, and it ultimately helped the Chargers obtain those Ws. It was his best season yet as a Bolt.
Tolbert will begin his fifth season in the NFL as a Carolina Panther. He had a great run with the Chargers, but now he will be using his talents elsewhere.
Bolt Beat Top 10 of 2011:
BOLT BEAT STAFF RANKING
Writer Mike Tolbert Bolt Beat Ranking
Ernie Padaon 9th
Cindi Spears-Cahill 7th
Randy Mainwaring 6th
Korey Kaczur 4th
Booga Peters N/A
Phil Lam 8th