Monday, October 17, 2005

Raves: LaDainian Tomlinson

LDT is my favorite non-Patriot in the NFL. In addition to being a kick-ass running back, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. I watched an interview with him during a post-game press conference a couple of years ago, and one of the reporters started asking him about a group of kids he handed the ball to after scoring a touchdown. LDT tried to downplay it, saying "Oh, they're just some kids I know." but the reporters kept on pressing him until he told them the kids are part of a charity organization he runs, a youth football league for inner-city kids, and he gives a big group of them tickets to home games and takes them out for pizza afterwards. I know a lot of athletes do volunteer work, but what struck me was how humble and private LDT was about it. Eri met him at the pet resort she works at in San Diego (he boards his dogs there) and said he was really friendly to all of the staff. During the whole Eli Manning draft debacle, I thought Eli was a fool for passing up a chance to play for San Diego- doesn't everyone know that a good running back is a quarterback's best friend? Yesterday, LDT ran, caught, and threw touchdowns in the Chargers' win over the Raiders. Good for him.

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