Tomlinson still the focal point

LaDainian Tomlinson's role as the focal point of the Chargers offense hasn't changed much. Throw a touchdown here. Run for a touchdown there.

On his touchdown pass from last Sunday's game:

LaDainian Tomlinson: "I played a little quarterback when I was younger, junior high mostly. I was a backup when I was a freshman in high school, but that was the only time I played quarterback."

On the Chargers being 0-9 in the last nine games in which the difference was four points or less:

LaDainian Tomlinson: "At the time, we never really think about that you're 0-9, or it's not going your way. You're trying to win the game. For whatever reason, it just hasn't happened for us. I can't stand up and say that there's a reason why that happens to us. Hopefully, our luck has to turn in our favor with all the good players we have on our team."

On feeling like his role has changed this year with QB Philip Rivers:

LaDainian Tomlinson: "Not really. I've always been an all-around type of back. Run, and catch, and even-flow and do everything. When Drew [Brees] was here, I did the same thing, and now it's just continuing on as Philip gets more comfortable with the offense. I'm being more balanced and used in a more balanced way."

On the Chargers passing more last week:

LaDainian Tomlinson: "He's [Rivers] definitely getting a little more comfortable, so I think that has something to do with it. He's picked up the offense well. He's been with the offense for three years now. I think when it comes to see how comfortable he is with the offense, they open him up more to throw the football."

On his idols as a kid:

LaDainian Tomlinson: "I started playing the position…I wanted to be a running back because of Walter Payton. At six years old, I'm watching him and really enjoying what he did. I wanted to be a running back. I watched Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders were my two favorite runners."

On if he picked up anything from watching his idols:

LaDainian Tomlinson: "I really don't try to emulate anything that they do. I try to have my own game. I really did admire them growing up. The way they ran with so much grace, skill. It was something, obviously, that I wanted to have in my game. At the same time, I try to be my own person."

On the phrase ‘Play with Passion' that is located on the side of his children's shoes:

LaDainian Tomlinson: "It is something that I've been living by since I've been playing. Playing with passion. I think it comes from being overlooked so many times, even in high school by recruiters being overlooked. And then for a large majority of the time in college, being overlooked too."


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