LaDanian Tomlinson, easily the best running back of this century's first decade made his retirement official today, signing a one-day contract so that he could go out as a member of the San Diego Chargers after a two-season stint with the Jets in New York.
In addition to being by all accounts a first-rate human being, Tomlinson was probably the most electric running back in the NFL since Barry Sanders' abrupt retirement and is a first ballot shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, but how did he do against Pittsburgh throughout his career?
While Tomlinson never ran for more than 100-yards against the Steelers (in fairness, not many people do), he did have 91 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh in 2003, and twice he had over 100 combined rushing and receiving yards. However, all three of those came in losses to the Steelers. In his two career "wins" over Pittsburgh -- one in 2006 with the Chargers, the other in 2010 with the Jets -- Tomlinson was very successfully contained by the Steelers defense.
Here's a game-by-game breakdown of what LT did in 7 career games against the Steelers:
Dec. 21, 2003 @ Pittsburgh: 22 att./91 yds./4.14 ypa/2 TD; 6 rec./8 yds/1.33 ypc; Steelers win 40-24
Oct. 10, 2005 vs. Pittsburgh: 18 att./62 yds./3.44 ypa/1 TD; 7 rec./68 yds/9.71 ypc; Steelers win 24-22
Oct. 8, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh: 13 att./36 yds./2.77 ypa; 8 rec./34 yds./4.25 ypc; Chargers win 23-13
Nov. 16, 2008 @ Pittsburgh: 18 att./57 yds./3.17 ypa/1 TD; 3 rec./45 yds/15 ypc; Steelers win 11-10
(Tomlinson missed the 2008 AFC Divisional Playoff against Pittsburgh because of an MCL sprain sustained in the Wild Card game against the Colts)
Oct. 4, 2009 @ Pittsburgh: 7 att./15 yds./2.14 ypa; 1 rec./-1 yd./-1 ypc; Steelers win 38-28
Dec. 19, 2010 @ Pittsburgh: 11 att./49 yds./4.45 ypa; 1 rec./6 yds./6 ypc; Jets win 22-17
Jan. 23, 2011 @ Pittsburgh (AFC Championship): 9 att./16 yds./1.78 ypa; Steelers win 24-19
Total stats: 98 att./326 yds./3.33 ypa/4 TD; 26 rec./176 yds./6.77 ypa; 2 wins, 5 losses
More on the retirement of Tomlinson:
- PFT: Tomlinson -- "I feel like I'm graduating"
- New York Times: Tomlinson's legacy, real & fantasy
- USA Today: Curtis Martin says Tomlinson is an all-time Top 5 back. Makes sense. He is the fifth-leading rusher of all-time.
- Yahoo!: Tomlinson authored his own success in San Diego
Hombres de Acero
Members of the Steelers will make another trip to visit their legions of fans south of the border this weekend, according to a release from the team:
PITTSBURGH ─ The Pittsburgh Steelers are reminding media of two fan camps that the team will be hosting next weekend, June 23-24, in Mexico City, Mexico. ...
The one-day Fan Camp for adults will take place on Saturday, June 23, in Mexico City at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe. The fan camp will include individual drills directed by Steelers’ players.
The one-day Youth Camp on Sunday, June 24, will introduce the kids to a number of individual drills needed to participate in the game of football.
Steelers attending the fan camps include quarterback Charlie Batch, linebacker James Harrison, defensive end Brett Keisel, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and safety Ryan Mundy. Steelers alumni in attendance will be Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley.
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