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LaDainian Tomlinson Biography

Birth Place:
Rosebud, Texas, United States
Football Player

Fast Facts

  • Has said his boyhood idol was NFL running back Emmitt Smith
  • Was the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft
  • Named the Most Valuable Player and Man of the Year by the NFL for the 2006-07 season
  • Oversees the Tomlinson Touching Lives Foundation, which helps underprivileged children and their families through initiatives such as youth football camps and holiday-dinner programs
  • Turned down a request to be the cover athlete on the Madden NFL 08 video game
  • Has his mother's image tattooed on his left shoulder
  • Holds an annual charity golf tournament


  • LaVar Tomlinson -- Brother
  • Oliver Tomlinson -- Father
  • Loreane Chappell -- Mother
  • Londria Tomlinson -- Sister
  • Herman Chappell -- Stepfather
  • Jewel Tomlinson -- Stepmother
  • LaTorsha Tomlinson -- Wife