Tomlinson pleads poignantly for unity

Hall of Fame run­ning back says ‘foot­ball is a mi­cro­cosm of Amer­ica.’

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Barry Wil­ner

As he so of­ten did on the field, LaDainian Tomlinson stole the show.

With a pow­er­ful speech call­ing for “Team Amer­ica” to be a place for in­clu­sion and op­por­tu­nity, the great run­ning back of the San Diego Charg­ers was in­ducted into the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame on Satur­day night.

The 2017 ros­ter of en­trants into the shrine was deeply im­pres­sive: fel­low run­ning back Ter­rell Davis; quar­ter­back Kurt Warner; de­fen­sive end Ja­son Tay­lor; safety Kenny Easley; kicker Morten An­der­sen; and Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones.

All spoke elo­quently, with bursts of hu­mor and heart­warm­ing sto­ries. But Tomlinson’s words res­onated so strongly that he drew sev­eral stand­ing ova­tions not only from the crowd of 13,400, but from his now-fel­low Gold Jack­ets.

“Foot­ball is a mi­cro­cosm of Amer­ica,” Tomlinson

DAVID RICHARD / AP

LaDainian Tomlinson, who played for TCU and starred with the San Diego Charg­ers, de­liv­ered a pow­er­ful speech at the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony Satur­day night.

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