Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson currently sits at 6th in all-time rushing yards, having run for over 13,000 yards during his 11-year NFL career. As the centerpiece of the (then) San Diego Chargers offense during the 2000’s, Tomlinson’s teams won double-digit games four times in six years. That included a 14-2 record in 2006, a season in which Tomlinson ran for an NFL-high 1,1815 yards and had an NFL-record 31 combined touchdowns.
But when the Chargers got to the playoffs, opponents seemingly focused on stopping Tomlinson at all costs, limiting him to 3.6 yards per carry and six touchdowns in 10 career playoff games (only averaging 47 yards rushing per game). In 2007, Tomlinson was widely criticized by fans for not trying to play through an injury (that was diagnosed as a sprained MCL that would have hindered him greatly) as seemingly sulking on the sidelines during the game.