Will LaDainian Tomlinson Surpass Emmitt Smith's Career Stats for Rushing Yards and Rushing TDs?
As the Chargers prepare to take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, I cannot help but to think about the legacy the Cowboys have woven over the years. "America's Team" as we NFL fans have come to know them as have shared with the NFL some of the greatest players of all-time.
Most of the time I was Dan Fouts and John Jefferson on the Chargers, but I would also go out into the backyard and imitate my favorite NFL stars from other teams...Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett were two of my favorite players to pretend to be. I even played the "Danny" White back up QB/Punter position during many of my NERF football contests, and several times I had to take care of business and "Randy" White some fools while on Defense...And if I ever got into it with another kid, I would ED "Too Tall" Jones them with my mighty fists. It was strange because I didn't really like the Cowboys as a team, but their players were so talented and really fun to imitate. My Dad was probably mad, but I just couldn't resist.
When the 80's started to take shape, the Steelers faded so my Dad wasn't watching football as much. I was 10 years old, so football was becoming more interesting to me. Still a Chargers fan, I hadn't watched my Hometown team play in a Super Bowl. I took a liking to the Redskins for some reason and became a Skins fan well pretty much until now...Anyways, in the 90's, I witnessed some Dallas Cowboys greatness like no other. Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin again became my favorite players on a team I really couldn't stand.
Aikman was clutch, and Irvin was amazing, but there careers ended earlier than they should have. Emmitt Smith on the other hand contiued to generate statistics for another 5 years. Emmitt Smith finished with 18,355 Rushing Yds. and 164 Rushing TDs which are both #1 on the All-Time Career NFL list. Emmitt Smith played 15 seasons...13 in Dallas and 2 in Arizona.
Ladainian Tomlinson has amazed Chargers fans during his 9 year run racking up 12,321 Rushing yds and 135 TDs. His most notable season cam at the age of 27 in 2006 when LT ran for 1,815 yds and 27 TDs. Emmitt Smith's most notable season was at age 26 in 1995 when he had 1,773 yds rushing and 25 rushing TDs.
By the end of this season, Tomlinson should be somewhere around 12,800 yds and 140 TDs...Before NFL training camp 2010, Ladainian will have just reached his 31st birthday. Emmit Smith played until he was about 6 months from his 36th birthday. So can it be done? Will Ladanian Tomlinson surpass the great Emmitt Smith? He's only 400 yds away from passing the great Tony Dorsett. Does Ladainian Tomlinson have 5 productive years left in him? Will LT soon pass two of the greatest running backs in Dallas Cowboys history? I think he will, but that's me.
I know Emmitt has those 3 Super Bowls and LT has ZERO, but this debate is about the rushing stats. Let me know what you think?