Also extraordinary is the way he scores touchdowns.
Entering the 2005 season, the 5-foot-10, 221-pounder has scored a rushing touchdown in 12 consecutive games, one shy of tying the record currently shared by a pair of former Washington Redskins:
Pro Football Hall of Famer John Riggins (1982-83) and George Rogers (1985-86).
Tomlinson has rushed for a score in 16 of his past 17 games. The Chargers host Dallas on Kickoff Weekend and in Week 2 visit AFC West rival Denver. The Broncos were the last team to deny Tomlinson a rushing touchdown – Week 3 of last season in Denver.
Asked to point out what makes the Chargers' 25-year-old rusher so successful, co-record holder Riggins says, "Vision first, instinct second. Chaos is the one constant in a line of scrimmage at the snap. Backs that can see and feel daylight are more successful than the ones that lack these assets."
Another Hall of Famer cites Tomlinson's multi-talents.
"He has great combination of speed, power and vision," says Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders. "And he can catch the ball out of the back field. He is like Marshall (Faulk) – you have to cover him on every play.
"I tried to score on every play," adds Sanders, "and I think L.T. likes to challenge himself like that."
"I have high goals," said Tomlinson. "I want to surpass the 2,000 mark and lead the league in rushing."
A look at the all-time longest streaks of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown:
|PLAYER||RUSH TD STREAK||TEAM||YEARS|
|John Riggins||13||Washington Redskins||1982-83|
|George Rogers||13||Washington Redskins||1985-86|
|LaDainian Tomlinson||12||San Diego Chargers||2004-Present|
|Lenny Moore||11||Baltimore Colts||1963-64|
|Emmitt Smith||11||Dallas Cowboys||1994-95|
|Emmitt Smith||11||Dallas Cowboys||1995|
|Priest Holmes||11||Kansas City Chiefs||2002|