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L.T. - 21
01-05-2007, 09:21 AM
just saw it on sportscenter

LV_BOLT
01-05-2007, 09:24 AM
Cool.

This one is well deserved by LT, as well. :Bolt::21::Bolt:

1.21Gigawatts
01-05-2007, 09:25 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2721299

NEW YORK -- With a bushel full of records and an MVP award already in his 2006 collection, LaDainian Tomlinson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5452) added The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year to his resume Friday.

Could there have been any doubt after LT made everything look EZ in sparking the San Diego Chargers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sdg) to the NFL's best record (14-2)?

Tomlinson, voted Most Valuable Player on Thursday, broke Shaun Alexander (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5048)'s league record for touchdowns by scoring 31 (28 rushing) and also threw for two scores. The brilliant running back not only surpassed the mark Seattle's Alexander established last year in also winning the MVP-offensive player double, but Tomlinson surpassed Paul Hornung's 46-year-old record for points by getting 186.

And LT rushed for a league-high 1,815 yards on 348 carries, had 56 receptions for 508 yards and was 2-for-3 as a passer, both completions for scores, giving him six in his six-year career, tying him for second among non-quarterbacks.

"There's so much work that you put in during the offseason, putting your body through some rigorous training and pushing yourself to the max," Tomlinson said of the honors. "Then, when something like this happens, it makes it all worth it. You feel like everything I do in the offseason, everything I put my body through in training camp and up to this point, it's worth it. It pays off."

It paid off with 38 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Next was Tomlinson's former quarterback with the Chargers, the Saints' Drew Brees (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5479) with eight, followed by Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4256) with three and St. Louis RB Steven Jackson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6783) with one.

Brees also was second and Manning third in the MVP balloting.
Tomlinson rushed for at least 100 yards 10 times this season, including nine in a row, and scored two or more TDs in 10 games.

The highlights were four-touchdown games against San Francisco in a 48-19 rout and Cincinnati in a 49-41 shootout in which San Diego trailed 28-7 at halftime.

Tomlinson credits the close-knit nature of the Chargers for his outstanding year.

"Every day you go to work with these guys," he said. "They're a special group to me. I think this group I will always remember more than any other football team I've been on. We've got a unique situation that kind of reminds me of college days. That's something that you really don't get in the National Football League, because you really don't have the time to get to know guys and really spend time with them.

"On this team it's different. It seems like every guy is like a brother."
It's that brotherhood, that camaraderie and the respect for each other that LT cherishes more than any records.

"It's more important to me to be a better person. At the end of the day that's what people remember," Tomlinson said. "Football is a game that I obviously love to play and a lot of guys enjoy playing the game. But that's not who I am. I'm not just a football player. I'm a human being, an individual, a person. I respect other human beings and that's what it's all about, giving respect to other human beings and just really trying to have an impact on people's lives that I come across because I am in a position to do that."

This is the third successive season with an MVP who also won top offensive player. Before Tomlinson and Alexander, Manning did it in 2004. In all, it has occurred 19 times since the first offensive player award was given in 1973.

Quarterback Dan Fouts in 1983 was the only other Chargers player to win the award.

mike1480
01-05-2007, 09:34 AM
/obvious :)

channelsurfing.
01-05-2007, 10:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LOJz26q2yE

WonderSlug
01-05-2007, 10:15 AM
Nice!

Both top awards for a player!

He got 38 out of 50 votes for OPOY and 44 out of 50 for MVP.

That's complete domination, getting at least 75% of the votes each time.


:good:

BeWaReDaBoLt
01-05-2007, 10:16 AM
so he won both offensive playr of the year and MVP....amazing

1.21Gigawatts
01-05-2007, 10:16 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LOJz26q2yE
Cool video. Looks like he was morphing into some super human, super saiyan, altered beast being towards the end, and they cut it off before he began his final transformation.

Boltbacker
01-05-2007, 10:17 AM
What can you say......Congrats to the most deserving player and person in the NFL. One more award left (Superbowl MVP).

starry
01-05-2007, 10:17 AM
Hardly a surprise when he has more tds in a regular season than anyone ever.

However I still think Philip Rivers deserves some kind of recognition for his performance this season. I doubt he'll get it though.

JCDavey
01-05-2007, 10:17 AM
so he won both offensive playr of the year and MVP....amazingit's been done 3 years in a row now

peyton alexander now LT

it's not uncommon

starry
01-05-2007, 10:25 AM
it's been done 3 years in a row now

peyton alexander now LT

it's not uncommon

Offence always tends to get more recognition - although in our case I think it's the strongest part of our team anyway. Of course Offence just like the rest of the game is a team game - and with LT alone we would not have had the kind of season we have had. Michael Turner although used sparingly has also had a very good run average this season and that probably says a bit about the strength of the OL and the way the pass sets up the run and vica-versa.

TrabucoWR
01-05-2007, 11:41 AM
Didn't quite win this one as one-sidedly as the MVP but still won very easily

StLBoltboy
01-05-2007, 12:17 PM
Hardly a surprise when he has more tds in a regular season than anyone ever.

However I still think Philip Rivers deserves some kind of recognition for his performance this season. I doubt he'll get it though.

If there was an award for breakthrough player of the year, PR would be a prime candidate for that.

egooder
01-05-2007, 01:01 PM
And the list goes on and on!

rammerjammer
01-05-2007, 01:06 PM
I love his statements regarding his teammates, and that he is not just a football player. He really is a unique person. Congrats, LT.

Bolts4Life21
01-05-2007, 01:09 PM
No one is surprised.

R4PT0R
01-05-2007, 01:17 PM
of course.. LTT!!!!!!!!!

Spank
01-05-2007, 01:20 PM
However I still think Philip Rivers deserves some kind of recognition for his performance this season. I doubt he'll get it though.

Pro-Bowl nomination?

Thats "some kind" of recognition.

Spank
01-05-2007, 01:21 PM
LT is silly.

SP17BOLT
01-05-2007, 01:23 PM
Congratulations to LT well deserved.

ND_CHARGER
01-05-2007, 01:40 PM
i'm still ticked he didn't win offensive rookie of the year 6 years back.. a-train (who?) anthony thomas won it even when LT had better stats.

det2boy
01-05-2007, 01:48 PM
I can see how the MVP voting might have some support for Brees, but honestly, how can anyone think that there was a player that had a better statistical season the LT? That voting should have been unanimous.

drangus
01-05-2007, 02:14 PM
this makes perfect sense especially when you take into account the ridiculous numbers that he put up

all that despite the fact that he didn't get the big numbers the last two weeks of the season

ChargersForLife
01-05-2007, 02:45 PM
All I can say is Off course he won. Did anybody think other wise?

WonderSlug
01-05-2007, 03:44 PM
Didn't quite win this one as one-sidedly as the MVP but still won very easily

That's true.

Although, any time you get 75% of the vote when there are two or three other candidates, you've pretty much run away with it in a massive landslide. :D

starry
01-05-2007, 04:08 PM
Pro-Bowl nomination?

Thats "some kind" of recognition.

That's true, I forgot about that.

I don't know who is coaching the AFC side but he should certainly have Philip Rivers on in the 4th quarter at least if he wants to make absolutely certain of a victory.

Bolt Cola
01-05-2007, 04:16 PM
http://forum.surfermag.com/photopost/data/505/3288bush_thumbs_up.jpg

Way to GO LT!!!!!!

boltcorpse
01-05-2007, 05:09 PM
All I can say is Off course he won. Did anybody think other wise?
Apparently, the 4 guys who voted for Brees and the 2 dolts who voted for Manning thought otherwise.

In any event, I said LT would win MVP and backed the prediction with my patented personal guarantee, so this should come as no surprise to anyone.

PhillyFan
01-05-2007, 05:52 PM
Another congratulations for the man with a plan. Let's hope that plan includes holding up that special trophy on Feb. 4th.

Way to go LT!

leeszees
01-05-2007, 06:08 PM
congrats LT you are the smack mack daddy!

Thunderstruck
01-05-2007, 06:08 PM
How did Stephen Jackson get a vote? lol!

mccharger
01-06-2007, 01:01 AM
Congrats LT.....you are the man!!!!!!!! GO CHARGERSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The-Beast
01-06-2007, 01:28 AM
How did Stephen Jackson get a vote? lol!more total yards from scrimmage then LT and because they allowed St. Louis to vote.

Jubilation T. Cornpone
01-06-2007, 01:55 AM
:LightsOut:

LT__________186 :21:

Raiders______168 :confused:

:Cheers:

SilverBolt
01-06-2007, 02:06 AM
No suprise here. LT will be a legend.

Buck Melanoma
01-06-2007, 05:36 AM
He's already a legend in my book. Congrats again, LT!

What a great person :21:

bolt777
01-06-2007, 11:10 AM
when i see LT run i see the best runing back this game has hes made me love this team even more then i ever had in the last 20 years this team has made my life so much better thanks LT