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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sanchez drew Tomlinson to Jets

By Jane McManus

The choice was between the Jets and the Vikings, and veteran running back LaDainian Tomlinson opted to go with a quarterback who had just led his team to the AFC title game, rather than play a guessing game with Brett Favre.

Tomlison said he wanted to play with Mark Sanchez.

"He was probably the main reason that I came here, honestly,” Tomlinson said.

Tomlison said that after watching Sanchez at USC and in his first year with the Jets, the quarterback just seemed to have something special.

In retrospect, that decision looks pretty smart. The Vikings have been mired in controversy, firing head coach Brad Childress after he struggled to hold the locker room and find common ground with Favre.