Tomlinson charges ahead of Hall of Famer Jim Brown

December 8, 2009

Before the season began, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was miffed at Hall of Famer Jim Brown for calling Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings “hands down, the best running back in the NFL”. Aided by a cane, Brown returned to Cleveland Sunday night to watch Tomlinson pass him for eighth place on the career rushing list.

The Chargers star ran for 64 yards to give him 12,321 – nine more than Brown – and needs 419 more to pass Tony Dorsett for seventh. Tomlinson also became the fastest player ever to score 150 touchdowns, achieving the milestone in his 137th career game. In a sign of respect after his touchdown, Tomlinson pointed his finger at Brown who was following the game from a suite.

That’s the class that he shows,” Brown said afterward. “I wanted to come down here and show mine. I’m happy that he did it. It makes it special, because he’s a good human being. He’s a class individual, and I hope in these later years y’all treat him that way,” The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Tomlinson returned the compliment. “He transcended generations,” Tomlinson said. “I can remember my father talking about Jim Brown as a kid. He loved him. Everybody loved Jim Brown. Rightfully so, even today when you talk about great running backs, the majority of people would say Jim Brown was the best ever.”

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Photo: San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson (21) eludes a tackle by Denver Broncos to score a touchdown in Denver November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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