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HOF backs pool might shrink thanks to trends

Plenty of potential Hall Of Fame running backs are playing today. But offensive tendencies and market trends for older ball carriers might affect statistics and candidacies, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: June 4, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

LaDainian Tomlinson, Scouts Inc.'s top-rated running back in the NFL, is on pace for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Among the game's current crop of running backs, he tops my list of candidates for Canton coronation.

The San Diego Chargers star has the numbers and the dominance of a Hall of Fame back. It's hard for a modern-day running back to garner enough Hall of Fame support without 12,000 rushing yards on his résumé. Tomlinson ...

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