Spring 2021 Magazine

LaDainian Tomlinson says God gave him his ability and purpose

On Saturday Night, LaDainian Tomlinson delivered one of the most inspiring speeches you’ll ever here, as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The NFL’s single-season record holder for touchdowns and the 5th leading rusher in history, stood on stage in Canton, Ohio and shared for 26 minutes. Tomlinson spoke of his creator, and how important his relationship is with the Lord.

“The principle reason I’m standing here, is God, who gave me my ability, my purpose,” said Tomlinson. “Since I was a child, I’ve had a very personal relationship with God.

L.T. said that knowing where his athletic gifts came from when he was younger, was what drove him and helped him achieve success as a football player.

“God gives us all the ability to envision and achieve our destiny. My blessing was knowing this at an early age and recognizing, it came from Him.”

But the speech wasn’t done there.

Tomlinson opened up many eyes at the end of his speech, by pleading for America to come together.

“Football is a microcosm of America,” Tomlinson said. “All races, religions and creeds, living, playing, competing side by side. When you’re part of a team, you understand your teammates — their strengths and weaknesses — and work together toward the same goal: to win a championship.”

“Let’s not choose to be against one another. Let’s choose to be for one another. … I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team we can be, working and living together, representing the highest ideals of mankind, leading the way for all nations to follow.”