Spring 2021 Magazine

LaDainian Tomlinson hosts Turkey Drive feeding 2,100 families

NFL Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson made sure several thousand families in the Fort Worth area didn’t miss out on a Thanksgiving meal.

Tomlinson, 38, partnered with grocery store Tom Thumb and hosted a turkey drive. The annual event in its seventh year helped feed 2,100 less fortunate families, according to NBCDFW.

Tomlinson received help from several hundred volunteers, who came together at the Texas Christian University campus to help. He played college football for TCU from 1997-00.

“So now, years later to be back here doing something positive is truly rewarding,” Tomlinson said to NBCDFW.

Tomlinson’s heart for serving others is shown through the “Tomlinson Touching Lives Foundation.” On the website, he mentions how he wants to be remembered not only for the success he had on the field, but also the lives he touched off it.

“My hope is someday my legacy is based on how I’m defined as a husband, father, colleague, citizen and what I contribute to the community, not what I did for a living,” Tomlinson said on his foundation’s website.

Tomlinson, a devote Christian, spoke further about the importance of serving one another during his Hall of Fame speech this past August.

“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,” Tomlinson said.