TCU football legend LaDainian Tomlinson has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Tomlinson will be the third Horned Frog enshrined in Canton, joining Slingin’ Sammy Baugh (1963) and Bob Lilly (1980). This year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Aug. 5.
“LT was a great player for TCU and in the NFL,” TCU head football coach Gary Patterson said. “Even more, he’s been an outstanding ambassador for our University. He represents what’s great about the game of football.”
Tomlinson was selected by the San Diego Chargers as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played 11 seasons (2001-11) in the league. His first nine were with the Chargers, before closing his career with two years as a New York Jet.
Tomlinson 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. He was also that year’s recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
Tomlinson is the NFL’s fifth all-time leading rusher with 13,684 yards, while his 145 rushing touchdowns place second. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro.
Tomlinson, selected in 2014 as the 11th Horned Frog in the College Football Hall of Fame, earned his TCU degree in August 2005.
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.