This is a great time of year to be thankful for what we have, where we have been, and what the future holds. Although the Chargers have lost their way a bit in recent years, the month of December still holds such incredible promise! This advent calendar is an attempt to hearken back to these days of December joy. Each day will bring a new advent from the Bolts’ history that makes it wonderful to be a Chargers fan.
Dec. 06: LaDainian Tomlinson Owns EVERY major franchise career rushing stat... except one
Sticking with the Christmas theme, lets take a look at LT’s franchise rushing records, 12 days of Christmas style.
On the first day of Christmas my Half Back gave to me
the best Running back in team His-tor-yyyy.
On the second day of Christmas my Half Back gave to me
138 Rushing touchdowns to love
On the third day of Christmas my Half Back gave to me
(Almost) Three thousand runs
On the fourth day of Christmas my Half Back gave to me
88.6 yards per game
On the fifth day of Christmas my Half Back gave to me
TWELVE THOU-SAND YARDS!
Ok that’s enough of that. But seriously, how spoiled were we to get to witness LT dominate for so long in a Chargers uniform. Shifty, explosive, strong, precognitive like vision. It’s no wonder that out of the 5 major franchise career rushing records, he owns 4 of them.
He accumulated 138 rushing touchdowns while playing for the Chargers. The next closest is Chuck Muncie with 43.
He ran the ball 2880 times. 1849 more times than the next closest player, Marion Butts with 1031.
He averaged 88.6 yards per game during his career with the Chargers, 21 yards per game more than Ryan Mathews, who was the next closest at 67.7 yards per game.
Finally, on those 2880 carries, LT amassed 12,490 yards on the ground which is only 300 yards shy of being as much as Paul Lowe (2nd in team history), Marion Butts (3rd in team history, and Melvin Gordon (6th in team history) COMBINED. Oh and he did it in 77 less games than it took the 3 of them to run that far.
The only major franchise career stat that LT doesn’t own is yards per carry. Paul Lowe actually comes in first at 4.9 yards per carry for rushers in team history with a minimum of 500 carries. With the minimum of 500 carries, LT is actually tied for 5th with 4.3 yards per carry. But hey, he only had 199 less carries than the 4 guys ahead of him combined, so I think we can give him a break.