LT Selected for College Football Hall of Fame
May 22, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU football great LaDainian Tomlinson has been selected to the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class.
Tomlinson is the 11th Horned Frog to be chosen for the College Football Hall of Fame and the first since center Darrell Lester in 1988.
Tomlinson won the 2000 Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back. He was also fourth in Heisman Trophy voting while being a consensus All-American.
A Waco, Texas, native, Tomlinson led the nation in rushing as both a junior and senior with 1,850 and 2,158 yards, respectively. The 2,158 yards rank as the fifth best single-season total in NCAA history.
Tomlinson is the Horned Frogs' all-time leading rusher with 5,263 yards while holding 14 of TCU's 17 rushing records. He set an NCAA single-game mark with 406 yards on 43 carries against UTEP in 1999.
"LT was a great player for TCU and in the NFL," TCU head football coach Gary Patterson said. "Even more, he's been a great ambassador for our University. He represents what's great about the game of football."
The fifth overall pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 2001 Draft, Tomlinson went on to play 11 seasons (2001-11) in the NFL. His first nine years were with the Chargers, before closing his career with two seasons as a New York Jet. He was the 2006 NFL Most Valuable Player when he led the league with 1,815 yards rushing while setting a single-season record with 28 rushing touchdowns.
Tomlinson is the NFL's fifth all-time leading rusher with 13,684 yards, while his 145 rushing touchdowns rank second.
Tomlinson earned his TCU degree in August 2005.
Tomlinson will be formally inducted into the College Hall of Fame at the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 9, 2014.
TCU's College Football Hall of Fame Members (Year of Induction)