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LaDainian Tomlinson draws high praise

Curtis Martin says LT is better at 31 than he was -- and that's saying something

Updated: August 19, 2010, 10:15 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

Forty-five minutes before LaDainian Tomlinson made his debut Monday night for the New York Jets, Curtis Martin was talking about running backs, age and heart. The specific subject was Tomlinson, who is 31 and trying to do what Martin did six years ago: Be young again.

The retired Martin, the Jets' all-time leading rusher, said Tomlinson is a better player at 31 than he was. To appreciate the significance of that statement, you have to know that Martin won the NFL rushing title at that age, ...

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