People meet their car counterpart: LaDainian Tomlinson
Name: LaDainian Tomlinson
Known for: HoF-bound career with the San Diego Chargers (2001-09) and New York Jets (2010-)
Career highlights: Career Stats: 13,404 rush yards; 582 receptions, 4,323 receiving yards; 159 total TDs (3rd All-Time), 144 rushing TDs (2nd All-Time); 2006 NFL MVP; 5x Pro Bowler; 4x 1st-Team All-Pro; Holds records for most touchdowns and rushing touchdowns in a single season: 31 and 28, respectively; Holds record for most point scored in a season: 186.
Connection to San Diego: Drafted by the San Diego Chargers 5th overall out of TCU in 2001; immediate starter; played 9 seasons with San Diego; Chargers career stats: 12,490 rush yards; 530 receptions, 3,955 receiving yards; 153 rush TDs.
Analyzing Tomlinson: Tomlinson’s career and stat line reads like the Iliad, it’s long, timeless, and most importantly legendary. Tomlinson’s career in San Diego didn’t exactly start off great, he held out through most of training camp while a deal was being worked out, but once he put the pen to the paper, it was on. Tomlinson as a rookie started all 16 games, rushed for more than 1,200 yards and was in double-digits in touchdowns. Tomlinson’s longevity and resistance to injury allowed him to put up amazing stats, in fact, in nine seasons as a Charger he missed only three games. During his rookie season he quickly became a fan favorite with moves that reminded some of the great Barry Sanders. His #21 jersey was a hot-seller in San Diego and Southern California as a whole. In describing his style most agree he is a “slasher” back, someone who because of amazingly quick reflexes and response times could change direction with just a foot pivot to avoid defenders, then turn on the jets once in the clear. And while the Examiner’s expertise is cars and not really football, Tomlinson, however, defined the prototypical running back, great size, speed, power and agility. Which is why his car counterpart is…
Tomlinson’s car: The 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition. The 722 features a 5.4L Supercharged V8 that produces 640 bhp and 600 lb·ft of torque, with a top speed of 209 mph, faster than the standard SLR’s 207. Originally, Tomlinson was going to be the original SLR but, after careful consideration Barry Sanders deserved that model, and Tomlinson became the 722; still in the same class but more powerful. The SLR 722 bests the original in terms of overall speed not acceleration, which comparable to Tomlinson and Sanders, due to the former’s size and likewise for their human counterparts. Tomlinson is 5’10”, 221 lbs. while Sanders is 5’8”, 200 lbs. The other reason to compare Tomlinson to the 722 is because while the original SLR paved the way, much like Sanders did in the 1990s, the 722 is an improvement on that and will or has paved the way for future models/stars. The final reason to compare Tomlinson to the 722? His longevity. It is equal to that of the 722. The original SLR lasted 3 years before it was replaced by the 722, while the 722 and its variants (the roadster) lasted until 2009, a full six years.
So, what do you think? Accurate description or not?