Two weeks ago, the presented the Pro Football Hall of Fame with several pieces of memorabilia from LaDainian Tomlinson's record-breaking season in 2006. Those artifacts have now found a permanent spot in Canton with the completion of a new display that features Tomlinson, the NFL's Most Valuable Player from last year.
In what has become an annual event, the Pro Football Hall of Fame pays tribute to the NFL's MVP each season. Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Steve Perry traveled to San Diego on April 12 to accept Tomlinson's complete uniform as well as a record football during the Sports at Lunch event held by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
|Displays honoring the past two NFL MVPs are on exhibit at the Hall of Fame.
Tomlinson's helmet, jersey, pants, and shoes along with the football he carried to set a new NFL touchdown record were given to Perry. With the completion of the new display case, the pieces are now prominently featured in the Hall's Pro Football Today exhibition area.
In 2006, LT rewrote the NFL record book by scoring an astonishing 31 touchdowns. The football donated to the Hall of Fame was the one that LT used to cross the goal line for his 29th touchdown of the season. With that score, he surpassed the single-season mark for touchdowns set one year earlier by Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks. Tomlinson finished the year with 31 TDs and 186 points to break the long-standing NFL mark of 176 points scored by Hall of Famer Paul Hornung for the Green Bay Packers in 1960.
More on LaDainian Tomlinson:
Tomlinson's 2006 season, game-by-game
Sets Consecutive Rushing TD mark
Ties Lenny Moore's TD streak
NFL's First 1000/100 Man
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Sports at Lunch at the San Diego Hall of Champions