Los Angeles Chargers offensive Mount Rushmore

By Travis Wakeman
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LaDainian Tomlinson

You knew this guy was going to be here. LaDainian Tomlinson remains one of the best running backs in NFL history and arguably the best player to ever don a Chargers uniform.

When he was at his best, he completely took games over and was among the most dynamic players ever. He could run the ball with speed, he could run it with power and he was as effective as any receiver when he caught the ball.

That led to giving defenses plenty of fits.

His 2006 season is still among the best individual seasons ever. That year he ran for 1,815 yards and an NFL record 28 rushing touchdowns. He added 56 catches for 508 yards and three more scores. He was single-handedly beating teams at times.

He still ranks sixth on the all-time rushing list with 13,694 yards. He also ranks third in league history in receptions by a running back.

Tomlinson was the complete player and perhaps at no other time in team history did fans feel like the Chargers had a chance to win every game more than when he was on the roster and at his best.

In 2017, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He joined Fouts and Alworth as the only first-ballot Hall of Famers in team history. Johnny Unitas also got in during his first year of eligibility, but he only played for the Chargers for one season and is obviously much more remembered for his time with the Baltimore Colts.

It was a sad day when Tomlinson became a member of the New York Jets and then hung his cleats up two years later, but his list of accolades will never be forgotten.

The 2006 league MVP was selected to the Pro Bowl five times and was also named Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2006. He holds an uncanny amount of team records and league records and will always be remembered as one of the best to ever do it.

His place on this mountain is set in stone, almost no matter who comes along after him.