After a spectacular career at TCU, former Horned Frogs running back LaDainian Tomlinson has earned his place alongside college football’s greatest players.
Nearly a month after being named to the 16-man College Football Hall of Fame class of 2014, Tomlinson returned to the TCU campus as part of his annual LaDainian Tomlinson Preparatory Academy Youth Clinic.
Tomlinson, a first-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2001, led the nation in rushing as a junior and senior in 1999 and 2000. He also won the Doak Walker Award in 2000, presented annually to the nation’s top running back. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior.
Hall induction ceremonies are set for Dec. 9 in New York.
Tomlinson’s academy, in downtown Fort Worth, helps athletes in grades 6-11 and gives them the skills to become a better player. It assists in academics, attitude, exposure and recruiting.
Since retiring, Tomlinson has been active in television, joining the cast of NFL Network’s First on the Field in 2012 and hosting Top 5 Running Backs each week in 2013.
After a news conference Friday, Tomlinson took part in the Chillin’ For Charity Challenge by dumping gallons of water on members of the TCU women’s basketball team.
The charity supports the Kay Yow Foundation. Yow was the women’s coach at North Carolina State for 34 years, but lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009.
Players and coaches across the country take part by challenging others. Each time a challenge is accepted, a donation of $50 to the foundation is in your name. If not accepted, each person elects to donate $250.
Just for fun, Tomlinson challenged his former Chargers teammate Drew Brees to take part.