(Note: The “Choking Hazard” sticker is a nice touch. 2007 AFC Championship Parka sold separately)
PFT – LaDainian Tomlinson retired last week without a Super Bowl ring, but he doesn’t view that as an indication that his career is incomplete. Tomlinson noted on NBC SportsTalk that football is a team sport, and no matter how much a player does individually, he can’t get a Super Bowl ring on his own. And when asked whether he’d rather have a Super Bowl ring but not get into the Hall of Fame, or be a Hall of Famer without a Super Bowl ring, he didn’t hesitate. “Hall of Fame player without a ring, because you’ve got to sacrifice so much individually just to be good,” Tomlinson said. “They draft you individually and you’ve got to back them up and make them right. I think at the end of the day, even though I didn’t win a Super Bowl ring, I felt like I backed them up for drafting me. I backed up the San Diego Chargers for picking me with the fifth pick.”
Ripping LaDainian Tomlinson is no way to win friends and influence people. For some reason Tomlinson is one of those sacred cow athletes that, when you criticize him, people come at you from all directions like ninjas to tell you you’ve got it all wrong, he’s a great player, a good teammate, you’d love to have him on your team and, to use LT’s own words, he’s “a very classy person” and you’re a douche. Well here’s all the proof I need I was right all along. No further question, your honor. The prosecution rests. The verdict is in. Tomlinson is guilty as charged on all counts of being a selfish, me-first, personal stats-obsessed loser.
Look, I appreciate him being honest about this. It takes some integrity for a guy to admit winning was never as important as his own stats and individual honors. It really does. And frankly I don’t have a problem with anyone in this world saying they’re looking out for Number One. I mean, I’d love to see Barstool become the world’s biggest media empire. I’m a team player. But frankly if I had to choose, I’d much rather see me owning the Patriots along with my wife Mrs. Katharine McPhee Thornton. It’s human nature to be selfish so I don’t hold it against Tomlinson. My point is, why would the rest of the public NOT named LaDainian Tomlinson want to root for a guy who thinks that way? As fans, we’re motivated by championships and championships alone. I mean, Jim Rice went to the Hall of Fame and aside from being a nice story for a couple of days it did nothing for us. I’m happy for him. But it certainly didn’t make up for 15 years of him not winning me the World Series I always wanted. Tomlinson openly admits him getting a gold sport coat means more to him than the title the 80,000 people in the stands wanted. And that’s why I never liked the guy. Yes, he was a good running back and maybe the best Fantasy player there’s ever been. But I’ll give you a roster of 53 LTs and I’ll take a roster with 53 Troy Browns and I know I’ll win every time. @JerryThornton1