A Football Life – LaDainian Tomlinson HD – Biography Channel [w/ subs]

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00:00:00 – a football life is presented by Chase
00:00:02 – I've seen train monkeys the monkeys
00:00:06 – elephants big ol tigers and lions I said
00:00:09 – you've never seen a train Jackrabbit I
00:00:10 – said you're like a jackrabbit when you
00:00:12 – get the ball you don't know where are
00:00:13 – you going that's the same that is the
00:00:18 – dumper truck he is driving them crazy
00:00:23 – cut then only few have ever been able to
00:00:27 – bake today is the best day of your life
00:00:43 – believe you might be the finest
00:00:45 – quarterback for this last and Kerry
00:00:46 – King's favor
00:00:48 – [Music]
00:00:53 – convinced me that
00:00:55 – – the team game your life don't buddy
00:00:58 – can have a karolina stretch of couscous
00:01:05 – [Music]
00:01:15 – I've been away for a long time I haven't
00:01:17 – made this Drive in years
00:01:19 – every time I made this drive I got to
00:01:21 – see my dad this is my roots this is
00:01:24 – where my family first came here as
00:01:27 – slaves and I guess I have a certain
00:01:30 – feeling a certain order of that that I
00:01:33 – have when I come here highway they need
00:01:44 – I'm doing good Chris Tomlinson all right
00:01:47 – Chris Thomas yeah good to meet you nice
00:01:49 – to meet you as you can tell we have the
00:01:52 – same name yes our families have been
00:01:55 – kind of connected since the founding of
00:01:57 – this hill in 1859 my great-great
00:02:02 – grandfather James Kendrick Tomlinson
00:02:04 – came from Alabama
00:02:05 – he brought within 50 slaves start a
00:02:08 – cotton plantation here on the Brazos and
00:02:10 – our families have been together ever
00:02:13 – since then LaDainian Tomlinson father
00:02:17 – was the last name Tomlinson to live in
00:02:19 – Tomlinson Hill he grew up in this house
00:02:22 – and returned there after divorcing
00:02:24 – LaDainian mom
00:02:27 – when the Danian was four years old some
00:02:30 – days were spent watching football with
00:02:32 – dad what he used to do all the time to
00:02:35 – make sure I paid attention and to kind
00:02:37 – of quiz me on the rules and what's going
00:02:40 – on in football he will leave the room
00:02:43 – you know for about ten minutes at a time
00:02:45 – sometimes and come back and asked me
00:02:48 – what happened
00:02:49 – the Danian would often recount the
00:02:52 – actions of a certain running back we had
00:02:55 – this guy wanted to pay very tough
00:02:58 – physical but also had the movement and
00:03:00 – wasn't a very big guy I wasn't a very
00:03:04 – big guy once Walter retired emic took
00:03:07 – over there were all been running back
00:03:09 – that I lived up to and I followed when
00:03:13 – he was 13 he had his heart set on
00:03:15 – attending a Cowboys football camp by the
00:03:18 – way mom said boy you know that I don't
00:03:20 – know about this you know you're gonna
00:03:21 – have to stand dorms you're gonna be gone
00:03:24 – for three days and whatnot and look how
00:03:27 – much money cause I said mom I need this
00:03:29 – this is what I've been waiting for the
00:03:32 – dannion is one of those rare kids that
00:03:34 – he doesn't ask me anything and so when
00:03:36 – you look at him asking and he's so
00:03:39 – joyful about it you're gonna work every
00:03:41 – way possible to do whatever you can to
00:03:44 – get that dream for him I remember I
00:03:46 – wanted to go of course I want to do
00:03:49 – everything he did you know but well he
00:03:52 – got to go during a handoff drill a
00:03:55 – surprise visitor made an appearance we
00:03:59 – miss MIT just jumps in a line and
00:04:01 – happens to be handing the ball off to me
00:04:03 – out all the kids that's in the line he
00:04:06 – happened to be handing the ball out to
00:04:07 – me I remember the kids were going crazy
00:04:10 – I mean we was fighting they was trying
00:04:12 – to get in front of me so they could take
00:04:14 – a hand off from him and I was like no
00:04:16 – this is my spot you know I'm taking the
00:04:18 – handoff later on that day I'm leaving
00:04:21 – the dorm room to go upstairs Emma Smith
00:04:24 – that's coming downstairs and he almost
00:04:26 – runs me over holds me up keeps me from
00:04:29 – following kids you all right
00:04:32 – all yes sir I'm great it's a hey kid you
00:04:36 – know you got some talent you got some
00:04:37 – speed keep
00:04:38 – working hard and I was not yes yes sir
00:04:41 – yes sir
00:04:42 – he was one of those kids that you just
00:04:44 – cannot ignore he's one of those kids
00:04:46 – that you sit back and like wow man this
00:04:49 – boy here you keep it up you're gonna be
00:04:53 – something someday that experience alone
00:04:56 – changed my life because it gave me
00:04:58 – confidence in myself it gave me belief
00:05:02 – LaDainian would not get a chance to
00:05:04 – started running back for his high school
00:05:05 – until his senior year but before the
00:05:09 – season arrived his mom announced they
00:05:11 – were moving two hours away
00:05:13 – come on no way you can't do this to me
00:05:16 – right now mom I said I said mom if I
00:05:19 – want to have a chance to go to college I
00:05:22 – need to stay at this high school this is
00:05:25 – my best chance to show people what I can
00:05:27 – do to show the scouts what I could do he
00:05:29 – begged me out because I was all set to
00:05:32 – take him with a devil no way I was
00:05:34 – leaving him behind
00:05:35 – I looked at it and I go you know what
00:05:38 – this kid has never ever ever cause me
00:05:42 – any problems so I said okay dang that's
00:05:46 – okay but I'll be down for every football
00:05:47 – game he said no and he hugged me thank
00:05:50 – you mama thank you thank you
00:05:53 – LaDainian stayed behind and live with
00:05:56 – the family of one of his teammates
00:05:58 – in his first game starting at running
00:06:01 – back for university high he scored six
00:06:04 – touchdowns
00:06:08 – he didn't have a whole lot of teams that
00:06:13 – was recruited well he's not quite the
00:06:16 – size that we're looking for well you
00:06:20 – know he doesn't quite have that for tea
00:06:22 – time that we're looking for
00:06:26 – on the field the Danian refused to be
00:06:28 – brought down but off of it he stumbled I
00:06:34 – said the nine you've been drinking and
00:06:37 – he just boom and he just started crying
00:06:40 – just boom and you could hear him I just
00:06:43 – big tear just crying I'm so sorry mom
00:06:47 – I'm sorry I'm sorry I said do I need to
00:06:49 – come get you
00:06:50 – no nothing I say okay you know strike
00:06:55 – one
00:06:56 – I never had I never went to strike two a
00:06:59 – few days later she received a letter
00:07:03 – really as I hear I cry every time I read
00:07:10 – this letter cuz this deal means so much
00:07:13 – to me hello mom how are you doing mom I
00:07:18 – love you so much that every time I said
00:07:21 – all right it brings tears to my eyes one
00:07:24 – day you will be the proudest mom in the
00:07:29 – world because I'm going to go to college
00:07:31 – and graduate and if God is willing going
00:07:33 – to play pro football and be the best
00:07:35 – person I can because that's how you
00:07:37 – raise me mom I thank you so much for
00:07:41 – everything you have and ste are doing
00:07:44 – for me because it is hard not having a
00:07:47 – father who I can talk to and get advice
00:07:50 – from you did the very best sorry so
00:07:53 – sloppy
00:07:54 – keep trying everyday Mia
00:08:00 – coming up LaDainian signs with one of
00:08:03 – the few schools to offer him a
00:08:05 – scholarship and has a day no division
00:08:07 – one running back has ever had
00:08:19 – so the main house was up here and then
00:08:24 – all the cotton farming was done in the
00:08:26 – river bottoms so I peers with the trades
00:08:30 – lived and this structure over here I'm
00:08:33 – pretty sure was one of the slave
00:08:36 – quarters room it was clearly built
00:08:39 – before the Civil War and almost
00:08:41 – certainly was built by your ancestors
00:08:44 – how do you know based on their
00:08:46 – workmanship the way they use wooden pegs
00:08:49 – the dovetailing in the joints and this
00:08:52 – is one of the last buildings of this age
00:08:54 – that still stands in Falls County and
00:08:57 – it's on Tomlinson health LaDainian
00:09:05 – father worked in construction – as a
00:09:07 – roofer and on-the-job accident left him
00:09:11 – physically injured and emotionally
00:09:13 – broken he didn't play with me as much
00:09:17 – didn't hang out and do the tea party
00:09:19 – thing with me no more I would hear him
00:09:22 – and mom kind of arguing more he just
00:09:25 – wasn't the same anymore a big part of
00:09:28 – that was pain medication and then you
00:09:31 – know you moved from that on to something
00:09:33 – else he started to distance himself from
00:09:36 – the family and so I saw him less and
00:09:39 – less you know when I think back now
00:09:41 – maybe it was a way of my father you know
00:09:45 – hiding some things and not wanting you
00:09:48 – know me to see certain things that he
00:09:50 – will gone through medine Ian's father
00:09:53 – made a surprise appearance to see him
00:09:55 – play during his junior season at Texas
00:09:57 – Christian University I just remember
00:09:59 – thinking I'm impressed him so much that
00:10:02 – he want to come back to see me play
00:10:03 – again and again and again
00:10:10 – LaDainian had 75 rushing yards one of
00:10:13 – his worst games of the season I remember
00:10:17 – him being interiors afterwards and we'd
00:10:19 – won the game and we had a pretty good
00:10:20 – game I'm talking to him trying to figure
00:10:23 – out what's wrong he said you know coach
00:10:25 – I just wanted to play so well the name
00:10:28 – because this is the only time my dad's
00:10:29 – ever got to see me play a game the next
00:10:34 – week LaDainian would have the attention
00:10:37 – of the entire country and they'll give
00:10:43 – it to him again
00:10:44 – [Applause]
00:10:52 – with records on the line I had it
00:10:55 – [Applause]
00:11:09 – all I remember is coach grabbed me said
00:11:12 – you know you need like four yards to
00:11:14 – give the national record and I was like
00:11:16 – what it was like yeah do you want to get
00:11:19 – it I said coach that's not important to
00:11:21 – me we got the win he said no you don't
00:11:23 – get here's the handoff
00:11:26 – here's the Dania great flip has the
00:11:28 – yardage down to the 20 maybe the 19 and
00:11:31 – that should be a record-setting carry
00:11:34 – for the Dania compass but it could me at
00:11:37 – like I don't know like 398 the something
00:11:41 – they was like if I to get 400 yards no
00:11:43 – one has ever done that before
00:11:44 – give it to her get the ball hands off
00:11:52 – the LT LT inside the 10
00:11:55 – [Applause]
00:11:57 – a single beam and c-double-a record but
00:12:01 – has broken the 400-yard barrier and the
00:12:04 – whole team has gathered around
00:12:06 – [Music]
00:12:07 – [Applause]
00:12:10 – tcu went one in ten when Tomlinson was a
00:12:12 – freshman his senior year they finished
00:12:15 – ten and two
00:12:17 – Tomlinson ran for over 2000 yards and
00:12:20 – was named a finalist for the Heisman
00:12:22 – Trophy
00:12:24 – I know you have something in common with
00:12:29 – one of the other finalists here this
00:12:31 – evening it was funny because me and drew
00:12:33 – brees playing on the same all-star team
00:12:36 – in high school one played two awful pass
00:12:38 – them and I had to make a last make a
00:12:41 – chromatic catch and the rest is history
00:12:43 – that isn't the great head yeah are you
00:12:46 – well you got to thank true for that it
00:12:47 – was at that moment in New York or he
00:12:49 – said wouldn't that be something if
00:12:50 – played a high school all-star game
00:12:52 – together here we are at the Heisman
00:12:54 – together if we play in the NFL together
00:12:57 – sure enough a few months later LT goes
00:13:00 – in the first round I go in the second
00:13:01 – round of the San Diego Chargers and the
00:13:02 – Chargers were one in 15 new year before
00:13:06 – we made a pact to each other that we
00:13:08 – will bring a championship to San Diego
00:13:11 – Tomlinson's first NFL quarterback would
00:13:14 – not be Drew Brees but Doug Flutie who
00:13:17 – played with Tomlinson's boyhood idol
00:13:19 – Walter Payton he really reminded me day
00:13:23 – one of Walter Payton
00:13:37 – he has the ability to throw the football
00:13:40 – which Walter could do his ability to run
00:13:45 – routes and catch the ball
00:13:49 – [Music]
00:13:52 – third down pass protections who knew
00:13:55 – what was going on his work ethic
00:14:03 – I have a visual in my mind of Walter
00:14:06 – running the hill with the Rose headband
00:14:09 – on when I built my house in San Diego
00:14:11 – built the hill
00:14:12 – in the backyard Tomlinson was intent on
00:14:17 – taking the Chargers to the top when Drew
00:14:21 – Brees took over as quarterback that goal
00:14:23 – appeared in reach
00:14:26 – [Music]
00:14:27 – in 2003 Tomlinson became the first
00:14:30 – player to rush for a thousand yards and
00:14:32 – catch a hundred passes
00:14:36 – in 2004 the Chargers won their first
00:14:39 – division title in a decade by the time
00:14:42 – we got to 2005 I think we all felt like
00:14:44 – you're right there on the cusp in the
00:14:47 – final game of the season Brees tore his
00:14:50 – shoulder
00:14:52 – a contract dispute followed and Brees
00:14:55 – never played for the Chargers again that
00:14:58 – dream that we had established together
00:15:00 – in 2001 was gone I was hurt confused but
00:15:04 – I knew we had a young first-round
00:15:06 – quarterback in Phillip Rivers coming up
00:15:08 – the Chargers changed quarterbacks and
00:15:11 – Tomlinson rewrites the record book
00:15:14 – [Applause]
00:15:17 – [Music]
00:15:24 – at TCU LaDainian Tomlinson won the
00:15:28 – hearts of college football fans
00:15:29 – everywhere but he was focused on a
00:15:32 – certain classmate
00:15:33 – I sent scouts out you know I play
00:15:36 – football so we got Scouts everywhere and
00:15:39 – I quickly became aware of that she was a
00:15:41 – bill Gates Millennium scholar I don't
00:15:43 – think she's smart she's beautiful kind
00:15:46 – of been older than 18 or 19 when he
00:15:49 – first started talking about wanting a
00:15:50 – family and wanting kids and I'm thinking
00:15:52 – to myself he's obviously at a different
00:15:55 – place in his life than I am at mine
00:15:57 – thermal in 2003 LaDainian and Latasha
00:16:06 – married
00:16:08 – two years later they were expecting
00:16:10 – their first child
00:16:12 – I kept on saying that she hadn't felt
00:16:15 – the baby move get to the hospital get in
00:16:18 – the room and they put the machine on her
00:16:21 – and sure enough no baby's heartbeat you
00:16:24 – know baby is dead I was naive to it I
00:16:29 – never thought this could happen at the
00:16:33 – same time LaDainian worried about losing
00:16:36 – his ailing father he lived in an old
00:16:39 – shack the house was all beat up but it
00:16:42 – was his mother's house and my father
00:16:45 – didn't wanna leave I really wished she
00:16:47 – would move out here with me he saved so
00:16:49 – I can take care of him
00:16:51 – LaDainian couldn't be with his father
00:16:53 – but in San Diego he found a father
00:16:56 – figure in head coach Marty
00:16:58 – Schottenheimer right wrong or otherwise
00:17:02 – you have favorites then me Tomlinson was
00:17:06 – a favorite for me I loved him like he
00:17:09 – was my own
00:17:12 – Marty would say dating I need you not to
00:17:16 – be good today I need you to be great
00:17:19 – you said power football is one oblong
00:17:24 – we're gonna wear people down and you're
00:17:26 – going to be the guy to do it
00:17:30 – [Music]
00:17:32 – Tomlinson began to resemble the player
00:17:35 – who inspired him at a football camp
00:17:37 – Emmitt Smith
00:17:39 – [Music]
00:17:43 – especially when it came to scoring
00:17:46 – touchdowns
00:17:49 – oh sweet it is I'll swim when you got
00:17:55 – the ball inside the 2 yard line
00:17:57 – everybody in the stands knew what you
00:18:00 – were going to do with it
00:18:01 – you knew the LT chance we're going to
00:18:02 – start and he's going to get in there
00:18:08 – in 2006 Tomlinson would win League MVP
00:18:12 – and challenged the single-season
00:18:14 – touchdown mark once held by Smith
00:18:16 – LaDainian Tomlinson mr. everything you
00:18:19 – begin today with 26 touchdowns the
00:18:22 – record for one season is 28 I really
00:18:26 – didn't think that I was going to break
00:18:27 – it that day with four minutes left
00:18:30 – Tomlinson was one touchdown away from
00:18:33 – tying the record mortality all Gosselin
00:18:42 – let's get it let's get the record down
00:18:49 – you've got the ball back at the seven
00:18:52 – hey you've already pain the record time
00:18:54 – you've got a chance to see a broken
00:18:56 – right now
00:19:02 – I said guys you will all be all one day
00:19:06 – when we look back on this clip I don't
00:19:08 – want it to feel about me I wanted to be
00:19:10 – about us I was crying in the huddle just
00:19:13 – because I knew we're about to do some I
00:19:14 – had tears in my eyes snap and I was like
00:19:16 – oh god don't mess with snap up and I
00:19:18 – guard l2 you get on my hip and don't get
00:19:20 – let's go we're gonna score this
00:19:21 – touchdown I'm like this is going to be
00:19:23 – great
00:19:23 – I get that League LTM gonna be on NFL
00:19:25 – Network this is going to be great
00:19:28 – the play is designed to go straight up
00:19:31 – the move
00:19:31 – I see the safety I'm going to go blow
00:19:34 – this guy up I trip I fall so what did I
00:19:41 – do
00:19:41 – [Music]
00:19:54 – joy they had picking him up and this
00:19:57 – everybody felt the party a great number
00:19:59 – 21 and humble as the day is long
00:20:01 – celebrated with all of his teammates in
00:20:04 – the end zone there were no spotlight
00:20:05 – dance
00:20:07 – pointing to the guys pointing to the
00:20:09 – crowd it wasn't about him and that's why
00:20:13 – guys love him having ties now is the end
00:20:22 – a year was it 26 31 touchdowns 31
00:20:26 – touchdowns in one season
00:20:27 – it's crazy number the 14 and 2 Chargers
00:20:32 – had the best record in the NFL entering
00:20:34 – the playoffs
00:20:37 – Tomlinson had 17 first half touches as
00:20:40 – the Chargers built an 11 point lead in
00:20:44 – the second half he had only eight
00:20:50 – you
00:20:53 – that we could go back in time would it
00:20:54 – just ran the ball just probably 50 60
00:20:57 – times that game Patriots have won the
00:20:59 – game it is a shell-shocked crowd here as
00:21:02 – the done 5th in San Diego the best team
00:21:05 – that I've ever been on first round by
00:21:08 – number one see done they ran out to the
00:21:15 – motors field and start dancing in fact
00:21:18 – they started doing the Shawne Merriman
00:21:21 – like Southie I felt like I need to make
00:21:25 – a statement for my team I'm the captain
00:21:27 – and I'm not gonna let you dance on I
00:21:30 – feel
00:21:32 – [Music]
00:21:33 – [Applause]
00:21:42 – in the incident where opponent team come
00:21:44 – in and start dancing in the middle I
00:21:45 – mean we all know that's a sign of
00:21:48 – disrespect don't defile our symbol we
00:21:50 – don't need that and he was the point man
00:21:52 – and he stood up for the team I can't sit
00:21:54 – there and watched it and so yeah I was
00:21:57 – very upset and just the fact of the way
00:22:00 – they show no class at all absolutely no
00:22:04 – class and maybe cause from their head
00:22:06 – coach Tomlinson's anger would soon be
00:22:10 – redirected toward his own team after the
00:22:17 – defeat the Chargers fired Marty
00:22:19 – Schottenheimer I was furious the
00:22:24 – organization was changing this team and
00:22:27 – basically breaking the team apart
00:22:30 – he was the white coach for us he was
00:22:33 – what we needed at that time
00:22:35 – one month after losing his biggest game
00:22:38 – and his most influential mentor
00:22:42 – Tomlinson would suffer his most
00:22:44 – devastating loss yet I remembered
00:22:47 – getting the Haute tortious and telling
00:22:50 – her to break the news to him because I
00:22:53 – knew he wouldn't take it way off she put
00:22:55 – the fall down she said dad you know he
00:22:58 – was killed in a car accident
00:23:03 – it was hard for me to get a little long
00:23:06 – time I felt like I was just starting to
00:23:10 – get to know my father in my a**** life I
00:23:15 – never got the chance I felt like to say
00:23:20 – certain things that I wanted to say and
00:23:22 – I felt like I had more time and you know
00:23:26 – he was gone coming up Tomlinson's abrupt
00:23:33 – goodbye to his football home when
00:23:43 – emancipation came James K called all the
00:23:49 – slaves up to that main house
00:23:52 – and that's where he announced that you
00:23:56 – know as of today you're as free as me
00:23:59 – and that was the end of slavery in Texas
00:24:02 – so the first it was done right above
00:24:05 – where that old tree is fallen over there
00:24:08 – that's about the point now the Union
00:24:11 – troops told the former slaves we don't
00:24:14 – want you leaving this is where the jobs
00:24:16 – are this is where the food is you know
00:24:18 – you need to stay here on this same plot
00:24:20 – of land but from now on you're going to
00:24:22 – be paid James K loaded up the former
00:24:25 – slaves on the wagon and then took them
00:24:26 – down to the County Courthouse and that's
00:24:29 – where the county clerk said okay what
00:24:32 – what do you want to take is your last
00:24:33 – name okay and that's how we got all
00:24:36 – those nomads and that's when you chose
00:24:39 – to take the name Tomlinson your family
00:24:43 – your ancestors did
00:24:48 – for years Tomlinson had the most popular
00:24:51 – name in San Diego there has never been a
00:24:59 – greater charger they were one of the two
00:25:03 – worst teams when he first got there and
00:25:05 – then they became a team that perennially
00:25:08 – within the playoffs although the people
00:25:11 – of San Diego can appreciate this young
00:25:14 – player has done absolutely one of the
00:25:17 – great talents that will ever play this
00:25:20 – game
00:25:23 – and combine that with the charity things
00:25:25 – you did where I need a home
00:25:30 – you see him after every single game take
00:25:32 – pictures and talk with the kids that
00:25:33 – were part of a foundation
00:25:37 – he was San Diego when I think San Diego
00:25:41 – I think of the beaches I think of Danny
00:25:42 – I remember I will go to some football
00:25:45 – camps and he showed up it was it was
00:25:47 – like Michael Jordan was there and it was
00:25:49 – the greatest thing ever
00:25:50 – Reggie I got a chance to work out with
00:25:54 – them I thought that I was in shape and I
00:25:56 – was gonna be able to hang with them I
00:25:57 – ended up throwing up and work out have
00:25:59 – to hit home for me and this is where I
00:26:01 – need to get to if I want to make it to
00:26:03 – the NFL if I want to be one of the best
00:26:05 – LT has always been I'd say a quiet
00:26:07 – leader how he loves his actions speak
00:26:11 – for themself but when something needs to
00:26:15 – be said he says it and everybody listens
00:26:23 – [Music]
00:26:26 – can I have kids right now
00:26:28 – in 2007 the Chargers had a new head
00:26:32 – coach Norv Turner Norv Turner sold
00:26:35 – himself for the job by saying in part if
00:26:38 – you want to win a championship you've
00:26:39 – got to develop Phillip Rivers
00:26:41 – it's a quarterback city and Sola
00:26:44 – Damien's role became diminished somewhat
00:26:46 – in the 2007 playoffs were the first time
00:26:50 – in his career Tomlinson's importance to
00:26:54 – the Chargers was questioned somebody
00:26:58 – killed me right in my knee in my me
00:27:02 – buckle I've never been hurt like this
00:27:05 – never had anything like this find out
00:27:09 – that I have an MCL sprain so for weekend
00:27:13 – jury Tomlinson was out so was Phillip
00:27:17 – Rivers with a torn ACL finishing the
00:27:21 – game with backups the Chargers upset the
00:27:23 – Colts I'm thinking championship games
00:27:26 – next week I'm gonna play I'm absolutely
00:27:30 – gonna play there's no way that I'm not
00:27:32 – going to play
00:27:34 – san Diego's opponent and old nemesis the
00:27:38 – 17 and Oh Patriots world both rivers and
00:27:50 – Tomlinson started the game but Tomlinson
00:27:54 – day lasted just two drives at that point
00:27:58 – I knew Michael Turner is a better
00:28:01 – running back than me right now with this
00:28:04 – knee injury that I have and so I decided
00:28:06 – to pull myself in of course I took a lot
00:28:10 – of a lot of heat for that you're a
00:28:12 – big-time player and big-time players
00:28:14 – must play in big-time games I know a lot
00:28:16 – of people will get LT a pass and say you
00:28:18 – know we don't know what happened but
00:28:19 – right now as his teammates add to own
00:28:22 – fans looking on you got to come you it
00:28:24 – must be a surgery for him to get a pass
00:28:27 – on this one going into that game Phillip
00:28:29 – had come off the surgery which no one at
00:28:31 – the time had announced and the team had
00:28:34 – really not spoken much about lt''s
00:28:36 – injury obviously we don't want to give
00:28:37 – our opponent any kind of information
00:28:41 – that could help them which in retrospect
00:28:43 – didn't help
00:28:43 – Elte situation because when he tried to
00:28:46 – go and couldn't go people were a little
00:28:48 – surprised by that internally we weren't
00:28:51 – people want to juxtapose his situation
00:28:53 – without a Phillip Rivers and they say
00:28:55 – well Phillip Rivers had knee surgery the
00:28:57 – week of that game and he played the
00:28:59 – entire game how could LaDainian not do
00:29:01 – it how could he not be on the field I
00:29:03 – was in a position I'd have to make many
00:29:04 – cuts you know and I was going to be able
00:29:06 – to stand in that pocketing and throw and
00:29:08 – and in lt's game is based off cutting
00:29:11 – and running and all that so two
00:29:12 – completely separate bills and it was
00:29:15 – blown completely out of proportion and
00:29:16 – people say while he was smoking and
00:29:18 – maybe he was but you have to understand
00:29:22 – how much it hurt him not being able to
00:29:25 – be out on that field the following year
00:29:28 – another postseason injury another
00:29:31 – season-ending defeat there Coomer
00:29:33 – thinking that I was cursed to something
00:29:36 – like it wasn't meant to be to play in
00:29:38 – the playoffs and be healthy
00:29:41 – I don't think anybody can know the
00:29:42 – frustration all my life all I've wanted
00:29:45 – to do is play football and win a
00:29:48 – championship and the feel so helpless
00:29:50 – you know to be at this point where we
00:29:53 – have a chance to do it and again I can't
00:29:57 – do anything about I can't play the
00:30:00 – player most identified with San Diego's
00:30:02 – drives was now being discussed for his
00:30:05 – decline the last couple years I think I
00:30:10 – was injured you know so forth and
00:30:13 – somebody looked a good guy good player
00:30:15 – we still be pleased not nvg and they're
00:30:20 – like 50 bucks on something you know
00:30:22 – whatever he had that one year we can
00:30:24 – feel the tension in the air you can put
00:30:25 – in locker room um anytime with God that
00:30:28 – caliber um he's Road diminishes not
00:30:33 – getting chairs that he normally gets you
00:30:35 – feel some is wrong he's not hurt he
00:30:38 – still can play you just you know it was
00:30:41 – like a or in a hair that you just felt
00:30:44 – some was changing in 2009 San Diego
00:30:49 – entered the playoffs 13 and 3 in winners
00:30:52 – of 11 in a row
00:30:54 – [Applause]
00:30:56 – oh come on Tomlinson was held 224
00:31:01 – rushing yards and the Chargers lost once
00:31:05 – more as not exited the feeder
00:31:07 – I remember thinking that's it
00:31:12 – one month later Tomlinson was a free
00:31:15 – agent the charges released LT and I was
00:31:21 – I was shocked
00:31:22 – not because of what he was able to do
00:31:25 – that year or what he could've did was in
00:31:28 – future but what he had done up into that
00:31:30 – point how he changed culture I changed
00:31:32 – what you review San Diego you always
00:31:34 – felt like it was always a spot here for
00:31:35 – him no matter what
00:31:38 – he meant that much to San Diego but at
00:31:41 – the same time I understand the business
00:31:42 – side of it it is a business
00:31:44 – unfortunately when it comes to decisions
00:31:47 – like that and it was a very very
00:31:48 – difficult decision he truly was the
00:31:50 – heart and soul of our franchise for all
00:31:52 – the years they was here it was very
00:31:53 – emotional and it's a hard thing
00:32:00 – sometimes you Moses is what makes the
00:32:05 – person and as you guys know I've always
00:32:15 – want for my emotions on my sleeve so
00:32:19 – today I'm not sorry
00:32:20 – no thank you coming up
00:32:25 – Tomlinson finds a new home and gets one
00:32:28 – more shot at a familiar foe
00:32:33 – [Music]
00:32:38 – after nine star-studded seasons but
00:32:42 – another playoff disappointment the San
00:32:44 – Diego Chargers deem LaDainian Tomlinson
00:32:47 – expendable like somebody the almost
00:32:50 – question is competitiveness which was an
00:32:52 – absolute joke I mean I know he could
00:32:55 – still play there was no doubt he could
00:32:56 – still play this guy's special there's I
00:33:00 – mean that's the word that comes to mind
00:33:02 – when you talk about LaDainian I mean he
00:33:04 – is special the type of person he is the
00:33:07 – kind of attitude he has the kind of
00:33:10 – skills he has it was probably as much
00:33:12 – about recruiting his wife as it was him
00:33:15 – five years after her miscarriage Latasha
00:33:19 – Tomlinson was again expecting the Jets
00:33:22 – were great at getting me set up with a
00:33:25 – doctor who know exactly what you know
00:33:27 – what was going on with me my history
00:33:29 – didn't hurt had this little tiny ones he
00:33:32 – made it said Tomlinson on the bag with
00:33:34 – the green j1z don't make your elephant
00:33:37 – sound
00:33:37 – daelin Tomlinson born July 7th 2010 was
00:33:42 – quickly embraced by the Jets LaDainian
00:33:44 – would have a tougher time what that yeah
00:33:49 – I'm he's good I think you scare 50 what
00:33:55 – I do my name is Lt I got a little dance
00:33:59 – for y'all it's real easy to do all you
00:34:04 – gotta do is glide with it oh here we go
00:34:07 – come on
00:34:10 – when we saw that video
00:34:12 – we had to handle him they played this on
00:34:16 – the bus they play it on the plane look
00:34:19 – at this guy he's making rap video
00:34:22 – [Music]
00:34:29 – Tomlinson set out to show his new
00:34:31 – teammates he not only belong he was
00:34:34 – determined to succeed you've been happy
00:34:36 – with LC as far at all as they are he's
00:34:40 – been outstanding a great s*** boy no
00:34:43 – he's done as the coughing speed that he
00:34:45 – once had I'll tell you what he's gonna
00:34:48 – bring gonna bring very positive
00:34:50 – leadership to this football team he's
00:34:56 – got something to prove or losing Marty
00:35:01 – and losing his dad losing our baby
00:35:03 – learning to get that thicker tougher
00:35:06 – skin after getting so much criticism
00:35:07 – from fans who love you so much one
00:35:10 – minute and then quickly take you so much
00:35:12 – the next minute I think that is what
00:35:15 – created the ravine and everybody saw
00:35:17 – once he got to the judge I was even
00:35:20 – shocked to see him letting all that
00:35:23 – emotion out we're having a meeting
00:35:26 – during the season he wanted to come up
00:35:29 – and speak in front of who he read this
00:35:31 – awesome
00:35:32 – Vince Lombardi quote even reading that
00:35:34 – passage from Vince Lombardi his passion
00:35:36 – was just seeping out of him and it was
00:35:39 – just dead silence in that meeting room
00:35:41 – where guys like whoa this guy loves
00:35:44 – football
00:35:46 – from that point on he became the leader
00:35:50 – you know sure enough on game day
00:35:52 – everybody knew and they came out they're
00:35:55 – gonna rally around one guy clash with
00:35:56 – Danny talisman well we won't agree
00:35:58 – ya wanna be damned but y'all want to be
00:36:00 – still don't talk on it we will back it
00:36:04 – up Oh God how's the practice and we are
00:36:07 – weird am gay
00:36:09 – yeah how we gonna do it together we can
00:36:12 – really gather we don't need to get a
00:36:14 – little bit what boo Oh baby adopted
00:36:18 – thankful the live back inside outside
00:36:22 – stole a
00:36:24 – [Music]
00:36:35 – he's got a chance to go over a thousand
00:36:37 – yards in the last game and I said well
00:36:40 – you know let's get you that thousand
00:36:41 – yards and he goes you know what let's
00:36:43 – just keep me fresh for the playoffs and
00:36:46 – then I'll be ready to roll and he was
00:36:50 – but 23r Day holiday nyan Collinson he
00:36:55 – ran through at least three in a
00:36:56 – telescope
00:36:57 – [Music]
00:37:10 – here in Indianapolis next
00:37:16 – Tomlinson's nemesis best record in
00:37:19 – football and a team that beat the Jets
00:37:22 – by 42 points six weeks earlier they say
00:37:30 – it can't be done
00:37:31 – they say we have no tears I'll imitate
00:37:34 – some healing make your baby only
00:37:37 – anything you have it stays in principle
00:37:40 – any man could beat me you gotta be
00:37:43 – willing to die today for don't man you
00:37:45 – tell me when the data day I will talk to
00:37:49 – you
00:37:52 – [Music]
00:38:04 – he wasn't going to be a huge part of the
00:38:06 – plan we didn't think going the game but
00:38:07 – he had a different look in his eye we
00:38:09 – couldn't keep him off the field
00:38:12 – [Music]
00:38:17 – rictus my lon if he is yes
00:38:20 – touchdown
00:38:24 – [Music]
00:38:27 – let's get in the patriot oh yeah yeah I
00:38:35 – really felt like his Redemption
00:38:43 – I don't either
00:38:47 – [Applause]
00:38:48 – [Music]
00:38:50 – [Applause]
00:38:51 – [Music]
00:38:54 – up next
00:38:56 – Tomlinson completes his career and
00:38:59 – learns the most revealing part of his
00:39:01 – family's story the day before the 2011
00:39:12 – season opener the Tomlinson's were
00:39:14 – preparing for the birth of their second
00:39:16 – child
00:39:17 – doctor says she's in labor she's gonna
00:39:21 – have his baby pretty soon what are you
00:39:24 – kidding me right now me my mom my
00:39:26 – parents everybody was living and you
00:39:28 – focus on the game we can pick her up in
00:39:30 – hospital he's like no one's driving my
00:39:32 – newborn baby home from the hospital for
00:39:34 – the first time except me or like okay
00:39:36 – that's it you want to do I drop to the
00:39:39 – team meeting then I Drive back to the
00:39:42 – hospital and drive right back to the
00:39:44 – game for New Yorkers this wasn't just
00:39:50 – any game night it was the 10th
00:39:54 – anniversary of 9/11
00:39:56 – [Music]
00:40:03 – Tomlinson helped give New York and
00:40:06 – uplifting victory eight months later he
00:40:12 – made his first trip back to San Diego to
00:40:15 – help that city heal after the death of
00:40:17 – jr. saya
00:40:19 – he was unsure how he was going to be
00:40:21 – received by the fans at this celebration
00:40:25 – of life and their almost 20,000 people
00:40:27 – there and I won't Thursday
00:40:33 – the fans gave you standing ovation
00:40:36 – [Applause]
00:40:40 – I quickly remember that I was home you
00:40:45 – know that this was you know my football
00:40:47 – home
00:40:48 – San Diego what I'd like to do is ask LT
00:40:50 – to come up to make this official and
00:40:53 – sign a new contract and all the hoopla
00:40:57 – and all the fireworks on the house dive
00:40:59 – about how he left and how it happened
00:41:01 – and in New York and all of that I always
00:41:03 – felt like he was going to end up retire
00:41:06 – charger and still be thought of as he
00:41:09 – should be as one of the greatest
00:41:10 – Chargers ever won a greatest running
00:41:12 – backs ever everybody can't win a
00:41:15 – championship you really can
00:41:19 – [Music]
00:41:21 – I guess he wants I was talking to our
00:41:27 – consider father Peter
00:41:29 – coach Marty Schottenheimer he said LT
00:41:32 – there was many days that you had it your
00:41:35 – friends had that your friend had and we
00:41:38 – championship day just because you didn't
00:41:40 – win the ultimate Super Bowl championship
00:41:43 – I know we got many members that we can
00:41:46 – call the championship games it was not
00:41:51 – that long ago your father picked a
00:41:54 – thousand pounds of cotton add a thousand
00:41:57 – pounds of little fluff balls now my
00:42:00 – grandfather was a Klansman it was not
00:42:04 – that long ago I do believe that you know
00:42:08 – the only way we can move forward as if
00:42:10 – we're honest about our past
00:42:14 – my great-great uncle helped your great
00:42:18 – grandfather build this house on this
00:42:21 – plot of land l would never know that
00:42:24 – I've never had a chance to meet my my
00:42:26 – grandfather your grandfather was a
00:42:28 – leader in the Canada he was a
00:42:30 – high-ranking Mason he was a deacon in
00:42:33 – the church and your great-great
00:42:35 – great-grandfather Milo he bought land
00:42:37 – from a white family not far from here in
00:42:39 – 1875 and owned his own farm you know and
00:42:42 – that was almost unheard of in that era
00:42:45 – for a former slave to own his own land
00:42:49 – the Tomlinson's
00:42:50 – have a lot to be proud of both white and
00:42:52 – black and what they've done for this
00:42:55 – community
00:43:03 – Remus
00:43:09 – abacus thank you thank you rule d*** fun
00:43:18 – oh that's a big turtle that's a big
00:43:26 – turtle it can't hurt you to float it get
00:43:29 – back in it's amazing now knowing the
00:43:34 – story of my family
00:43:35 – the past now having kids of my own
00:43:38 – having to tell them the story you know
00:43:43 – my dad and my family didn't talk about
00:43:46 – it a lot they want to move on and I
00:43:49 – guess they wanted obviously a better
00:43:50 – life for us to me the most amazing thing
00:43:54 – is how far we've come in five
00:43:59 – generations we've gone from my family
00:44:01 – being slaveholders to me spinning a
00:44:03 – career in Africa and you going from your
00:44:07 – family being enslaved to being one of
00:44:10 – the greatest athletes the world's ever
00:44:12 – seen
00:44:13 – [Music]
00:44:15 – I'll tell you man he gives me a sense of
00:44:18 – pride for the name Thomas and now
00:44:25 – [Music]
00:44:26 – you

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