When did LaDainian Tomlinson win a championship?

ladainian_tomlinsonI saw this book, LT & Me: What Raising a Champion Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Listening to Your Dreams, sitting in the book store yesterday. It’s written by Loreane Tomlinson, mother of San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The book insinuates that LaDainian Tomlinson is a champion.

The thing is, he’s not.

He’s never won a Super Bowl. In fact, he’s never even played in a Super Bowl.  I’m sure he’s watched one, but who hasn’t?

If he’s never won a Super Bowl, why is his mother identifying herself as the mother of a champion?

In case you’re wondering, LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t win a championship in college either.  He played college ball at Texas Christian.  They’ve never won the national championship.

Maybe he won a championship in high school.  If that’s the case, why isn’t he wearing his high school jersey instead of his San Diego Chargers jersey?

I’m not trying to knock LaDainian Tomlinson.  I think he’s a fine NFL running back – as long as he’s playing in the regular reason.  In the postseason, he tends to disappear, unless the TV camera pans the bench.

He’s just not a champion.  I don’t see how his mother can write a book where she claims that she raised a champion.

Author: Rick Rottman

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42 thoughts on “When did LaDainian Tomlinson win a championship?”

  1. You do not have to win a Super Bowl to be a champion. He does so much off the field. His charity “Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, Inc.” works towards helping families and kids in a variety of ways. Including giving tickets to kids for Chargers games, and giving gifts and food out during the holidays. There are also scholarships and a football camp, associated with the foundation.

  2. You do not have to win a Super Bowl to be a champion. He does so much off the field. His charity “Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, Inc.” works towards helping families and kids in a variety of ways. Including giving tickets to kids for Chargers games, and giving gifts and food out during the holidays. There are also scholarships and a football camp, associated with the foundation.

  3. What’s she going to name her next book if he wins a real championship? Maybe she’s anticipating that he won’t win one in his career. And what sort of award is given out for winning the “Rushing Championship”? I wasn’t aware that there was one.

  4. What’s she going to name her next book if he wins a real championship? Maybe she’s anticipating that he won’t win one in his career. And what sort of award is given out for winning the “Rushing Championship”? I wasn’t aware that there was one.

  5. Yeah, I didn’t know there was a “Rushing Championship” either. It seems kind of goofy to me, but what do I know. Does the Rushing Champion get a special ring?

  6. Yeah, I didn’t know there was a “Rushing Championship” either. It seems kind of goofy to me, but what do I know. Does the Rushing Champion get a special ring?

  7. Not a flattering picture- makes him look like a Special Olympics champion. Someone (other than me) needs to tell him his name is a bit feminine…

  8. Not a flattering picture- makes him look like a Special Olympics champion. Someone (other than me) needs to tell him his name is a bit feminine…

  9. LT was very instrumental in SD Chargers winning at least 2 AFC West championships. He and the Chargers are champions to me. If you can’t find something more positive to say about a great young man who gives so much of himself on and off the field then maybe you should keep your comments to yourself. Why fan flames unnecessarily with negative comments. By the way, surely you are someone’s champion.

  10. LT was very instrumental in SD Chargers winning at least 2 AFC West championships. He and the Chargers are champions to me. If you can’t find something more positive to say about a great young man who gives so much of himself on and off the field then maybe you should keep your comments to yourself. Why fan flames unnecessarily with negative comments. By the way, surely you are someone’s champion.

  11. A champion is not a football player, LD is a champion because he cares about other kids who have come through broken family, poverty, and other challenges. Maybe like NOT being the winningest school in football player or the winningest football player. He also does not kill, maim or shoot dogs, he also does not kick, hit, maim his girlfriends, or have public debauched scenes in restaurants, etc as many “champions” of many sports do.

    I applaud his Mom, in a time of financial depression for giving inspiration to other single moms. I applaud her in a time when schools are listing as high as 55 percent drop out rates to have such a fine and charing CHAMPION for a son.

    Seabisquit was not a champion because he won a certain race, he was a champion because he came from a low and harsh background and did not quit, and had a team that did not quit. His jockey was not a champion because he won a certain race, he was a champion because when his parents abandoned him, he went on to believe and have faith in something and in himself (hopefully in God as well) and made something good happen for an abandoned and abused little horse.

  12. A champion is not a football player, LD is a champion because he cares about other kids who have come through broken family, poverty, and other challenges. Maybe like NOT being the winningest school in football player or the winningest football player. He also does not kill, maim or shoot dogs, he also does not kick, hit, maim his girlfriends, or have public debauched scenes in restaurants, etc as many “champions” of many sports do.

    I applaud his Mom, in a time of financial depression for giving inspiration to other single moms. I applaud her in a time when schools are listing as high as 55 percent drop out rates to have such a fine and charing CHAMPION for a son.

    Seabisquit was not a champion because he won a certain race, he was a champion because he came from a low and harsh background and did not quit, and had a team that did not quit. His jockey was not a champion because he won a certain race, he was a champion because when his parents abandoned him, he went on to believe and have faith in something and in himself (hopefully in God as well) and made something good happen for an abandoned and abused little horse.

  13. @Elizabeth W.: So basically he’s a “champion” because he does the basic things that everyone is supposed to do? The basic things that most people do?

    Just because someone doesn’t hurt or kill dogs doesn’t make them a champion. Most people don’t hurt or kill dogs. The same could be said about abusing women or finishing school. Not doing bad things doesn’t make you a champion, it makes you a regular human being.

  14. @Elizabeth W.: So basically he’s a “champion” because he does the basic things that everyone is supposed to do? The basic things that most people do?

    Just because someone doesn’t hurt or kill dogs doesn’t make them a champion. Most people don’t hurt or kill dogs. The same could be said about abusing women or finishing school. Not doing bad things doesn’t make you a champion, it makes you a regular human being.

  15. with the way things are going in the world today, just doing the “basic” things that we ARE supposed to do does make a champion…imagine our society of “champions” if we got back to basics!!!???

  16. with the way things are going in the world today, just doing the “basic” things that we ARE supposed to do does make a champion…imagine our society of “champions” if we got back to basics!!!???

  17. Those with the negative comments: what have you contributed to society besides your negative and distasteful comments. I guess you could be considered champions when it comes to childish comments that are made.

    Where does it say anywhere that the only champions could be in sports? Obviously you guys had a sad upbringing or maybe you weren’t ever told by your parents you were good at anything. Please keep your comments to yourself if you dont have anything good to say. If you dont agree with his mother writing a book KEEP IT TO YOURSELVES!

    And whoever made the comment concerning his name. Just get a life! Dont you have anything better to do?

  18. Those with the negative comments: what have you contributed to society besides your negative and distasteful comments. I guess you could be considered champions when it comes to childish comments that are made.

    Where does it say anywhere that the only champions could be in sports? Obviously you guys had a sad upbringing or maybe you weren’t ever told by your parents you were good at anything. Please keep your comments to yourself if you dont have anything good to say. If you dont agree with his mother writing a book KEEP IT TO YOURSELVES!

    And whoever made the comment concerning his name. Just get a life! Dont you have anything better to do?

  19. @whydonegativepeopleexist?:

    If you dont agree with his mother writing a book KEEP IT TO YOURSELVES!

    No. You’re not the boss of me. If I want to comment on a woman who claims her son is a champion, even though he ain’t, I’ll do it.

  20. @whydonegativepeopleexist?:

    If you dont agree with his mother writing a book KEEP IT TO YOURSELVES!

    No. You’re not the boss of me. If I want to comment on a woman who claims her son is a champion, even though he ain’t, I’ll do it.

  21. So you’re writing a blog trolling one of the NFL’s best running backs ever, who has won multiple awards for his skill and is making millions of dollars. He made his mama proud, so she decided to write a book about him. Fair enough. Your mom is probably writing a book about how you sit in her basement on the internet creating a blog trolling people who have lives you will never amount to. Who’s the real champion here?

  22. So you’re writing a blog trolling one of the NFL’s best running backs ever, who has won multiple awards for his skill and is making millions of dollars. He made his mama proud, so she decided to write a book about him. Fair enough. Your mom is probably writing a book about how you sit in her basement on the internet creating a blog trolling people who have lives you will never amount to. Who’s the real champion here?

  23. Bent, I was an LT fan until Loreane stiffed me for $5,000. to advertise in her magazine, “San Diego Business Women,” a magazine which never materialized. She disappeared, along with her entire staff, into thin air when LT made the move to NY, no refund, no magazine, no answered calls, nothing. Thing is, I have to see LT’s picture every day in the hospital because he got paid $3M (yes, 3 million dollars) to endorse our non-profit hospital district. In the picture, he’s holding a sign “I care, I give.” This is NOT the behavior of a giver, a champion, or of an average Joe with any degree of character or integrity. We’ve been conned bigtime. The book LT and me is just another scheme to capitalize (read $$$) on his ephemeral fame. I remember watching LT on the bench during San Diego’s run during the playoffs a few years ago. Guess he’s just a mama’s boy when it comes right down to it.

  24. Bent, I was an LT fan until Loreane stiffed me for $5,000. to advertise in her magazine, “San Diego Business Women,” a magazine which never materialized. She disappeared, along with her entire staff, into thin air when LT made the move to NY, no refund, no magazine, no answered calls, nothing. Thing is, I have to see LT’s picture every day in the hospital because he got paid $3M (yes, 3 million dollars) to endorse our non-profit hospital district. In the picture, he’s holding a sign “I care, I give.” This is NOT the behavior of a giver, a champion, or of an average Joe with any degree of character or integrity. We’ve been conned bigtime. The book LT and me is just another scheme to capitalize (read $$$) on his ephemeral fame. I remember watching LT on the bench during San Diego’s run during the playoffs a few years ago. Guess he’s just a mama’s boy when it comes right down to it.

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