Retired Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has officially moved into his second career, the NFL announced today.
Former NFL MVP and five-time Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson has joined NFL Network and will serve as an analyst on the network’s new Sunday morning “First on the Field” show, it was announced Wednesday.
On Kickoff Sunday (Sept. 9) and every Sunday during the season, NFL Network will be there when you wake up with First on the Field at 7:00 AM ET featuring hosts Melissa Stark and Sterling Sharpe, Tomlinson and NFL Insider Michael Lombardi.
First on the Field, a two-hour Sunday morning spin around the league, will become the first live pregame show to originate from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ. The show will feature live reports from game sites, and in the final 30 minutes will have “coast-to-coast” segments featuring live discussions with talent from NFL GameDay Morning (Sunday, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM ET).
If L.T. is as good as he was on the field, he’ll be a great talking head.
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San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner announced today that the players voted for team captains for the 2009 season and selected Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson as offensive captains; Stephen Cooper and Jamal Williams as defensive captains, and Kassim Osgood as the special teams captain.
This is the seventh year that Tomlinson has served as a captain and the fourth for Rivers. Cooper is serving his first captaincy while Williams was chosen for the fifth year. Osgood is also a fifth-year team captain.
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Chargers: Philip Rivers set a franchise single-season record with 34 touchdowns in 2008, but still aims to improve. The six-year veteran has led the Chargers to three AFC West titles in his three seasons as the starter and aims for a fourth in 2009. Rivers totaled a career-high 4,009 passing yards last season and can become the first Chargers QB to record 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons since Dan Fouts (4,715 in 1980; 4,802 in 1981).
Chargers have won 3 consecutive AFC West titles…Team aims for 4th straight win on MNF…Club aims for 12th consecutive win vs. Oak…For career, QB Philip Rivers has 6-0 record vs. Oak. & has completed 73 of 133 passes (54.9 pct.) for 926 yards with 7 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 81.8 rating. Rivers led NFL with 105.5 rating & tied Drew Brees with league-high 34 TD passes in ’08…For career, RB LaDainian Tomlinson averages 119.1 rush yards per game vs. Oak. (1,906 total in 16 games) & has 9 100-yard games vs. Raiders…Since ’02, TE Antonio Gates leads NFL TEs with 51 TD rec…WR Vincent Jackson led team with career-high 1,098 rec. yards last season (57 rec.). For career, WR Chris Chambers averages 17.6 yards per rec. vs. Oak. (22 rec., 387 yards)…LB Shawne Merriman has 6.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Oak… LB Shaun Phillips has 9.5 career sack against Oak. (most vs. any team)…LB Stephen Cooper led team with 136 tackles last season.
Raiders: A former No. 1 overall pick, JaMarcus Russell continued his development as an NFL quarterback this offseason by spending the majority of his time in the classroom watching film and studying the playbook. Russell will look to stretch the field vertically with rookie wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (1st round, No. 7) and Zach Miller, who became the first Raiders tight end to lead the team in receptions (56) and yards (778) since Todd Christensen in 1986.
Raiders have a 15-6 (.714) record at home on MNF…Dating back to 12/14/08, QB JaMarcus Russell has completed 49 of 78 passes (62.8 pct.) for 626 yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 102.8 rating…RB Justin Fargas has led club in rushing for 3 consecutive seasons. RB Darren McFadden averages 5.3 yards per carry as starter (52 att., 274 yards)…TE Zach Miller led team with 56 rec. for 778 yards (13.9 average) & became 1st Raiders TE to lead team in rec. & yards since TE Todd Christensen in 1986…Rookie WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (1st round, No. 7) will make NFL debut…Since ’07, LB Thomas Howard (7) is tied for 1st in NFL for most INTs among LBs (Brian Urlacher)…CB Nnamdi Asomugha was named to AP All-Pro team in ’08…LB Greg Ellis will make Raiders debut after spending 11 seasons w/Dal…Last season, KR-CB Justin Miller became 1st player in club history w/2 KR-TDs in season…WR-PR Johnnie Lee Higgins set single-season club high with 3 PR-TDs in ’08.
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Norv Turner and his medical staff will get together Saturday and decide the status of several players for the Chargers’ preseason opener against the Seahawks. The decision has already been made for first-round pick Larry English as well as Stephen Cooper and Ryon Bingham. They won’t play.
The team held an hour-long walkthrough Friday morning which served as the final prep for Saturday’s game. Norv has told his starters to “be prepared to play a half,” but they might not play that much. He’s still undecided on LT.
Darren Sproles was back Friday after the birth of his daughter and was beaming as he talked about her. That was a neat conversation.
One funny part from Thursday’s practice I didn’t note anywhere, during a goalline period, the third-team offense was on the field against the first-team defense. LT stood behind the huddle and fired up the defense by chanting, “You can’t run!” There’s a group in the north end zone that regularly chants that saying whenever opponents get stuffed on the ground. It was a funny moment.
See you Satruday at the Q!
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Tuesday’s afternoon practice had a little different feel and ended with a few laughs, which seemed like a great way to break up what is perhaps the longest week of training camp. The Chargers spent a good portion of the day working on their version of the Wildcat offense, or the “Wild Frog” as Norv Turner called it in reference to former TCU Horned Frog LaDainian Tomlinson being at the center of it.
Turner joked that with the league’s leader in touchdown passes flanked wide and a four-time Pro Bowl tight end becoming an offensive tackle, the system won’t become a fixure, but the Chargers could use it in certain situations. Turner likes the idea of finding more ways to get LT into space.
The other “fun” part of practice came on the last play. During a red zone period, Jamal Williams batted down a Rivers pass and yelled a bit in celebration. But the ball bounced right back to Rivers, who took off running outside. Williams gave chase in the open field but tripped and fell forward, which drew a huge round of laughs from Williams’ teammates. Rivers finished the run and made it to the end zone.
Another comical moment came when Jeromey Clary and Ryon Bingham were playfully boxing after a play and some thought camp’s first skirmish had developed. As a couple guys stepped in to break it up, Bingham told them they were just playing. This group really seems to work well together and enjoys being around each other.
Another moment that made me smile was the long conversation I had with former Chargers wide receiver John Jefferson. I’ll have a story up soon telling why he’s on hand for a couple of days. He’s an extremely nice guy and it was fun getting to chat with him.
Eric Weddle returned to the field after a few days off with a bum ankle. It was good to see him back out there running around. Larry English flashed during the afternoon as well. My money is on him having at least one sack Saturday night.
I opened by saying this is the longest week of camp. Here’s why: last week there was still something new to it. At the end of the week the games start. We’re at the point where guys are just ready to start hitting another colored jersey. That comes Saturday.
Don’t forget about tomorrow night’s public practice! It’s the last open one of camp. Hope to see you there!
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There were 12,957 fans at Qualcomm Stadium tonight for the Chargers’ first public practice of training camp. According to Jim Steeg, there were 7,500 hot dogs sold as well. It was nice to hear the fans again cheering plays, yelling at players and getting involved in practice. We had so much fun we’ll do it again Saturday morning with FanFest.
The players certainly enjoyed having the fans around as well.
“I think it brings an exta bit of energy,” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “It’s got to be an impressive deal for our young players. It’s kind of a start for them to be in the stadium and get going. It really helps them in terms of getting going for the season.”
The defense definately stole the show tonight. The emphasis of practice was the two minute drill. The offense has two minutes to drive the field and the period ends when the defense either comes up with a turnover or a stop or time runs out. Steve Gregory ended one drive with a hit on Antonio Gates to break up a potential touchdown pass. Antonio Cromartie intercepted a pass to end another, and on the next play Clinton Hart stepped in front of Kris Wilson and came away with a pick.
The catch of the night went to LaDainian Tomlinson. On a goal-to-go play, Philip Rivers was forced out of the pocket to his left and arched a high pass to LT. Jyles Tucker did everything he could to break it up, but LT positioned himself perfectly and hauled in the over-the-shoulder catch.
Buster Davis was back on the field after missing some work, although Larry English took the night off with a sore hamstring. English’s injury isn’t major, just one of those things they don’t want to make worse by getting him on the field.
I had a great time chatting with Brian Wilson and Darren Bennett tonight. I got to join the duo for a segment on Xtra Sports 1360, the home of the Chargers, and it was great talking Bolts football with those guys.
There’s a special teams practice in the morning and then the full squad will get back after it tomorrow afternoon.
Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Antonio Gates, Buster Davis, Clinton Hart, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry English, Norv Turner, Philip Rivers, Steve Gregory
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