LaDainian Tomlinson Wants Emmitt Smith’s Rushing Record

May 5, 2009 – 8:45 am by Michael Bean

The Jay Cutler saga in Denver dominated the headlines earlier this off-season, but one of the bigger stories that got lost in the shuffle of that hysteria was the San Diego Chargers and LaDainian Tomlinson coming to terms on a re-worked contract that will keep LT in a Chargers uniform for the foreseeable future, and perhaps for the remainder of his career. Tomlinson joined XTRA in San Diego to talk about the negotiations, his excitement to remain a Charger, and whether or not he has his sights set on playing long enough to make a run at Emmit Smith’s career rushing record.

On speculation that he might not come back to the Chargers this year:

“I think it was, obviously, a lot of speculation about what was gonna happen because honestly I thought we ended up handling it like it was supposed to be handled where it was an interior deal that we talked about and so there was speculation because nobody knew what was going on.  It was like, what’s gonna happen, is he gonna be here, is he not gonna be here?  But I think all along everybody knew that I was gonna come back.”

On sharing time in the backfield with Darren Sproles:

“What we do, we complement each other, and I think people jump to a conclusion sometimes when you have two guys like us in the backfield. But we have a great relationship, we work well together, we’re gonna make a lot of plays out of the backfield and we’re gonna make it very exciting and tough on people.”

On making a run at Emmitt Smith’s career rushing record:

“I think going through obviously what I went through last year and just seeing how fragile it can be, being out of this league and going through different contract situations, I think you realize that if I was to stop playing today, I would look back and say, “man, I wish I could’ve kept playing and try to go after that record.”  I don’t want to have to do that.  I want to be able to give it all I got and I feel like I’m close enough where I can make a serious run at the record.  Hopefully it comes with three championships, that would be icing on the cake for me, to be able to do that.”

Listen to LaDainian Tomlinson on XTRA Sports San Diego with Brian & Darren

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  1. 2 Responses to “LaDainian Tomlinson Wants Emmitt Smith’s Rushing Record”

  2. This guy is as soft as they come. I think all he cares about are individual accolades. When the playoffs come around he seems to find any excuse to stay off the field. I would start Sproles and rotate this complainer in. Cheers!

    By Mark Bronco on May 6, 2009

  3. LT (call him by a name please and not “This guy” )has played a little soft and hesitant the last couple years I admit. The injury in Indy messed him up mentally I believe. His career will be extended depending on how he plays this year. Play soft and Sproles is getting more time and your probably gone after this year & what team will really want you. LT has had a great career and is one the main reasons The Chargers turned things around the last 8 years. But, I think fans like myself who appreciate him just want him to play consistently with the heart and determination he played with when he joined this league. Where did the straight arms to opposing safeties faces go? What about picking up the extra couple yards instead of running out of bounds? Why do balls hit you in the back of the helmet on dump offs from Rivers? What happened to jumping over the pile into the end zone? This stuff randomly started happening 2 years ago and man i wish it would stop becuase he is way way way better than that.

    By Eric Boltfan on May 6, 2009

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