The Best Back Ever

LaDainian Tomlinson can take San Diego to the Super Bowl, quietly

John Froschauer / AP

LaDainian Tomlinson (21) of the San Diego Chargers in a game against Seattle on December 24, 2006.

So you want to learn why LaDainian Tomlinson, who is tearing up the National Football League's storied record book as if it were a piece of junk mail, is the best football player in the world? Let's step into his classroom. Lesson One: take a trip to the local variety store, where you can find a whirring fan and a deck of cards. "There's this trick where you throw a card up in the air when a fan is blowing and you try to catch it," Tomlinson, the San Diego Chargers running back, explains in his Texas drawl. The man is not fooling...

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