Retired San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was among 15 finalists named Tuesday for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with three others with San Diego ties.
Tomlinson was a six-time All-Pro who ranks fifth in National Football League history with 13,684 yards rushing, seventh in all-purpose yards with 18,456 and third in touchdowns with 162.
Ex-Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis played at Lincoln High School in San Diego before moving on to Cal State Long Beach and the University of Georgia.
With the Broncos, Davis won the Super Bowl twice and was the league’s Most Valuable Player once across four spectacular seasons. His final three years were injury-plagued, however, and he retired in 2001.
Former Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety John Lynch, also a local product from Torrey Pines High School, lasted 15 seasons as a hard-hitting defensive back. He intercepted 26 passes during his career, in which he made the Pro Bowl nine times.
Don Coryell, who died in 2010, developed his “Air Coryell” offense as the head coach at San Diego State University and brought the aerial attack to the NFL with the then-St. Louis Cardinals and later the Chargers. He compiled a 111-83-1 coaching record in 14 seasons, which included six playoff appearances.
He’s already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
–City News Service