Behind the Speech
MMQB's Peter King spoke with LaDainian Tomlinson for 57-minutes about the Hall of Famer's show-stopping enshrinement speech.
In his article, King and LT went through the speech line by line, particularly the last five minutes to take readers behind the speech that captivated football and non-football fans alike:
End of speech.
"I don't remember thinking anything [afterwards].
"I was embraced by so many gold jackets. When I walked off the stage, walked around the corner, I lost it. I cried for 15 minutes, uncontrollably. My emotions … just amazing. I could not stop. I had a towel in my hand I was crying on. What's supposed to happen is your whole family comes so you all can take a picture with the bust. I couldn't make it for 20 minutes.
"Finally, I saw my wife. The emotions … She said, 'Oh my God, baby. Now I know why you couldn't tell me. You touched so many people tonight.'
"Since then, I've seen so many people. Black people, white people, sharing a hug, crying. Emotional. Walking through the airport in Cleveland on the way out of town, so many pictures. People stopping me, saying, 'That's what this country needed. Thank you. Bless you.' Today [Monday], driving away from a store in Texas, a guy speeds up to catch me in the parking lot and says, 'Bless you. God bless you!'"
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