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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

LT Still the Key

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Are the Eagles better without Brian Westbrook? Are the Giants better without Brandon Jacobs? Would the Vikings have been better without Adrian Peterson and relied on just Chester Taylor? Probably not.

So there's no way the Chargers are better off without the great LaDainian Tomlinson. Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game and there's no denying Tomlinson always appears injured come playoff time. But it's unfair to L.T. that he's being criticized or even questioned in any capacity. If he can't play, he can't play. But L.T. is a warrior and will try if he can. I'll take Tomlinson at 75% with Darren Sproles.

When the Chargers season was supposedly over, gone, done, finished, it was the leader in L.T. who kept the team focused. He didn't whine or complain the way we see so many other star athletes do when they were losing. He played hard and his numbers improved when the team needed it most down the stretch. That's the sign of a star.

He went all out to get the Chargers to where they are right now. And that may have cost him his agility for the rest of this post-season. Others, like Sproles and Philip Rivers, will have to continue picking up the slack for the team to survive Pittsburgh. But if L.T. wants to give it a go -- he's earned his chance. He's the reason they're even in this position.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  January 5, 2009; 6:20 AM ET  | Category:  San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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