Tomlinson eager to see growth of Chargers

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson stressed how important it was for him to sign a long term deal with the San Diego Chargers to see and be part of the turnaround. After a 12-4 season, however, he understands the work is just beginning

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson still has some things on his to-do list.

He got the Chargers to the playoffs last season, before they were brushed aside in overtime by the Jets. And that just fueled Tomlinson's desire to get a certain piece of jewelry.

"I would still love to have a Super Bowl ring," he said.

Tomlinson got through the offseason workouts without feeling any twinges in his groin. That area limited his practice time last year and kept him from his usual form in the games.

He still rushed for 1,335 yards and 17 touchdowns, firmly etching his reputation as being among the NFL's elite backs. And while shooting for a Super Bowl this season, Tomlinson has a few individual goals in mind as well.

"There are still some things I want to accomplish, like leading the league in rushing -I would love to do that," said Tomlinson, who went to his second Pro Bowl in February. "I would still love to have 2,000 (rushing) yards in a season."

If he does it this season, it will be at the expense of some of the NFL's best teams. The Chargers have a killer schedule, which includes both Super Bowl teams and road games at Indianapolis and against the Jets.

Plus, the Chargers will no longer sneak up on teams after going 12-4 and winning the AFC West title.

Tomlinson said rivals will say, "When we get ready to play (the Chargers), we better be ready to play."

Tomlinson is ready to build on the Chargers shocking season, and add to his legacy as the Chargers' best backs ever.


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