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LA Chargers: 5 best rookie seasons in Chargers’ history

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /
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3. LaDainian Tomlinson, 2001

Despite being ranked third on this list, LaDainian Tomlinson was not a Pro Bowler like Marcus McNeill and John Jefferson in his rookie season. Tomlinson absolutely had a Pro Bowl-caliber season but the 2001 season had so many great running back seasons that Tomlinson was left out of the mix.

Tomlinson was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft after the Chargers traded down from the first overall pick, which prompted the Atlanta Falcons to draft Michael Vick. Luckily the Chargers did not buy into the excitement of Vick, as Tomlinson became arguably the greatest Charger of all-time.

LT started his career off by carrying the ball 339 times for 1,236 yards and 10 touchdowns. It would start a nine-year stretch where Tomlinson always had double-digit rushing touchdowns.

Tomlinson was not just a weapon in the running game as he contributed in the receiving game as well. Tomlinson caught 59 passes for 367 yards without a touchdown, giving him a grand total of 1,603 total yards from scrimmage in his rookie season.

This season hails in comparison to the elite seasons that Tomlinson had throughout his career but it was still a spectacular season for a rookie to have.

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