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Just under one month ago, ESPN’s Mike Clay released his predictions for the 2017 NFL season where he surprisingly selected the Los Angeles Chargers to win the AFC West.
Clay has the Bolts finishing with 8.7 wins, which is 0.2 more than the Oakland Raiders.
To the casual fan, this may seem preposterous. However, Clay is not wrong about just how dramatically improved the Chargers will be in 2017.
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Sunday is day No. 10 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to the Los Angeles Chargers’ training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.
Currently, there is no one on the roster who is wearing No. 21 as Chargers owner Dean Spanos retired former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s No. 21 number on Nov. 22, 2015.
Consequently, it is easy to spot who the best No. 21 is in team history.
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With former San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson turning 37-years-old yesterday, it is a must to look back on his incredible career.
In 2006, Tomlinson ran for 1,815 yards and 28 touchdowns in addition to hauling in 508 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns. The former Horned Frog set the NFL record for most touchdowns in a single season by a non-quarterback and won the 2006 NFL MVP.
Here is a compilation of Tomlinson’s 31 touchdowns during his record-breaking campaign, via the NFL’s official Twitter account.
Without a doubt, there will never be another season by a running back similar to this, for the NFL is turning into a pass-first league that commonly uses a running back by committee system.
Therefore, it will be almost impossible for anyone to sniff Tomlinson’s mark of 28 rushing touchdowns. There is not even a good chance that another person will even rush for 20 touchdowns.
With that being said, it will be amazing to see Tomlinson get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this fall as he truly deserves it and there will not be another player as dynamic as him for a long time.
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Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson caught up with Mighty 1090AM’s Marty Caswell to talk football. When asked who the team to beat is in the AFC West, he replied that the Raiders are “at the top of the list.”
Tomlinson went on to support his decision by saying that Oakland deserved the top spot because of the “talent that they have.” Also, their “young nucleus of players . . . are growing together,” which Tomlinson said was “scary.”
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He also had good news for the rest of the division as Tomlinson predicts that the 2016 AFC West champs, Kansas City Chiefs, will take “a step back” opening the door for the Los Angeles Chargers and Raiders.
Oakland seems to have separated themselves from the pack with Raiders superstar quarterback Derek Carr entering his fourth season and the recent offensive acquisitions that will frighten any defense in the NFL.
The one weakness of Oakland’s offense seemed to be impactfully running the football, but any concerns should be alleviated once Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch steps on the field behind the Raiders’ dominant offensive line.
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As long as the defense holds up, then Tomlinson’s predictions should come true for Oakland and the Raiders should be head and shoulders above the rest of the AFC West.
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Former San Deigo Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson had a lot to say about the Chargers’ recent relocation during an interview with Mighty 1090AM’s Marty Caswell.
He mentioned that Chargers owner Dean Spanos “was tore up about it…[and] did not want to leave.” The family seems interested in alleviating the anger when the time is right as they were “hurt” by the move as well.
Despite that opportunity not being here yet, Spanos has already hired Tomlinson, who has ties to San Diego and has helped former San Diego Chargers employee Bill Johnston fight Huntington’s disease.
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In regards to Tomlinson, he was put in the tough position to try to mend the tensions between the fans and the organization. Most of San Diego did not understand that Spanos wanted to stay but was not given a realistic option to do so.
Now, Tomlinson seems to be the unofficial ambassador for the move, for he played in San Diego, just took a job with the organization and wore a San Diego proud shirt during the interview.
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The future Hall of Famer also mentioned that fans “want [him] to choose” a side. Unfortunately, Tomlinson “can’t do that,” but he would “continue to support the community.”
Overall, Spanos and Tomlinson want to make it right. Everyone just needs to have patience until the initial anger of the fan base subsides.
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Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson gave fans a sneak peek of his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust that will be presented to him this August in Canton.
Tomlinson is a part of a 2017 Hall of Fame class that also includes quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Terrell Davis, defensive end Jason Taylor, kicker Morten Andersen and safety Kenny Easley.
The former NFL MVP set the league record with 29 rushing touchdowns in a season, and amassed 13,684 career rushing yards with 145 touchdowns (No. 2 all-time).
Tomlinson is one of the best players, and people, to ever play in the NFL, and despite his current role to help the Bolts transition to Hollywood, Tomlinson will understandably be going into the Hall as a member of the San Diego (not Los Angeles) Chargers.