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LaDainian Tomlinson got a little birthday present from ESPN Tuesday.
On the day he turned 30, he also learned that he’d been voted to ESPN.com’s All-Decade Team.
His 11,760 rushing yards are 1,192 more than any other player this decade. That’s despite the fact that he was still at TCU in 2000, putting him a year behind Edgerrin James, the player that trails him on the list.
LT’s 126 touchdowns this decade give him 26 more than any other player. Shaun Alexander, formerly of Seattle, is second with 100.
Tomlinson enters his ninth NFL campaign ranked 14th in NFL history in rushing. He currently holds or shares 28 team records along with a handful of NFL marks, including touchdowns in a season and points in a season. His 126 rushing touchdowns are second-most in NFL history.
Throughout his career, you’ve always known what you’re going to get from Tomlinson, and he’s most proud of that consistency. LT is one of just three backs in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of their first eight seasons, and he’s scored at least 10 touchdowns in each of those seasons as well.
"I think my consistency … that means more than anything." Tomlinson said when asked what he is most proud of about his career to date. "As an athlete, you set out to be consistent over a period of time. When you're consistent, your teammates and coaches know what they're going to get from you each and every week."
Tomlinson, a former recipient of the Walter Peyton NFL Man of the Year award in recognition of his diligent work in the community, spent Tuesday in Virginia working the William and Mary Colonial All-Pro Football Camp. Read