The Pro Football Hall of Fame has released it’s initial list of nominees for enshrinement in August 2017. There are 94 former coaches and players on the list including 10 in their first year of eligibility. That list is headlined by former San Diego Chargers running back LaDanian Tomlinson.
Throughout the 2000’s Tomilinson was one of the premier running backs in the NFL. He rushed for 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns and caught 624 passes for 4,772 yards and 17 touchdowns.
However, his crowning achievement was the 2006 season. That was the year his nickname could’ve been changed from LT to TD. He set the single-season record rushing for 28 touchdowns. He also tacked on three receiving touchdowns to become the only non-quarterback, offensive player to score more than 30 touchdowns in a season. By comparison, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman never threw 30 touchdown passes in a season.
Other first-time nominees include former Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, former Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Hines Ward, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson, and former Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz, former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, former Tennessee Titans wide reciever Derrick Mason, former Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders
They join other notable returning nominees former 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens, former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher among others.