During the 2006 NFL season, LaDainian Tomlinson set several NFL touchdown scoring records and received numerous honors and awards including the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award and the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2006 for his Charitable contributions to his communities. 

He played the majority of his 11-year career with the San Diego Chargers, who selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Tomlinson was selected to five Pro Bowls, was an All-Pro six times, and won two rushing titles (2006 and 2007). At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career rushing yards (13,684), seventh in all-purpose yards (18,456), second in career rushing touchdowns (145), and third in total touchdowns (162). He has been elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, TCU Hall of Fame and in 2014 the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame, and 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist.     

Tomlinson attended University High School in Waco, Texas, where he played basketball, baseball, and football. He currently resides with his wife and 2 children splitting their time between the Dallas Fort Worth and San Diego communities for his charitable giving.