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Two with Big 12 ties in Hall of Fame class

5/22/2014

LaDainian Tomlinson is among the 16-man College Football Hall of Fame’s 2014 class announced on Thursday. He is one of two members of the class with Big 12 ties, joining coach Jerry Moore.

Tomlinson, a former TCU running back, won the Doak Walker Award and was a consensus All-American in 2000 after rushing for 2,158 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. Playing in the WAC at the time, Tomlinson finished his career with 5,387 rushing yards (5.7 yards per carry) and 56 touchdowns. He is TCU’s all-time leading rusher and holds 14 of 17 rushing records at the school. Tomlinson is the 11th Horned Frog to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

“LT was a great player for TCU and in the NFL,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said in a release. “Even more, he’s been a great ambassador for our University. He represents what’s great about the game of football.”

After his time at TCU, Tomlinson went on to star in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers, earning MVP honors in 2006 while rushing for 1,815 yards and setting a single-season record with 28 rushing touchdowns. He is the NFL’s fifth all-time leading rusher with 13,684 yards.

Moore coached at Texas Tech from 1981-85 before leading FCS power Appalachian State to three straight FCS national titles from 2005-2007. He went 242-135-2 during stints at North Texas, Texas Tech and Appalachian State.