Chargers All-Time Lists

Los Angeles Chargers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

1987: Quarterback Dan Fouts
1987: Quarterback Dan Fouts
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. RB LaDainian Tomlinson. 1. 13. . 2001-2009

Chargers runningback LaDainian Tomlinson during the second half as the San Diego Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders by a score of 27 to 14 at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California, October 16, 2005. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary)
Chargers runningback LaDainian Tomlinson during the second half as the San Diego Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders by a score of 27 to 14 at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California, October 16, 2005. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary)

LaDainian Tomlinson. 1. 13. . . RB

LaDainian Tomlinson is the greatest Chargers player ever. This man could do it all.

Fate seems to always work in favor of the Chargers. In this case, the Bolts held the No.1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. That pick was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in order for them to select Michael Vick. The Chargers “settled” for Tomlinson.

All he did was become one of the best running backs the league has ever seen.

After a highly successful college career, Tomlinson became the starting running back for the Chargers right away.

This guy was electric, no pun intended. He combined vision, speed and instincts to be an incredible ball carrier, but he was as talented as any receiver the team had when it came to catching the ball.  If that wasn’t enough, he was talented throwing the ball, too. Tomlinson threw eight career touchdown passes.

His career statistics are incredible: 18,456 combined yards rushing and receiving with 162 total touchdowns. His 13,684 rushing yards rank No. 6 on the all-time list. However, it was his 2006 season that really set him apart. For my money, it’s the best individual season in NFL history.

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That year, he ran for 1,815 yards and an NFL record 28 touchdowns. But he also caught 56 passes for another 508 yards and three more scores. He won NFL MVP while helping the Chargers to a 14-2 record.

Another first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame selection for the Chargers, Tomlinson gave one of the most memorable speeches ever heard in Canton.

His list of personal accomplishments are too many to name. Aside from being part of the Chargers’ Hall of Fame and having been selected to the Pro Bowl five times, he holds or shares 60 NFL records and still holds 12 franchise records.

Tomlinson’s contributions to the team have never been matched and for a running back to even come close to doing what he did during his time with the team would be a major accomplishment.

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