Schultz to Tomlinson: Congratulations

Published 8:28 pm Saturday, August 5, 2017

Lamar football coach Mike Schultz issued a short statement via Twitter about former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.

The statement was captured in a text message that Schultz posted. Schultz was offensive coordinator at TCU from 1998-2008, having coached Tomlinson in the first three of those years.

“Congratulations to LaDainian Tomlinson for being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Schultz said. “I’m honored to have been a part of this outstanding athlete’s life. I’m truly proud of his accomplishments on and off the field, and of the way he always represented himself and the game of football with honor and dignity.”

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In his news conference during Lamar’s team media day last Sunday, Schultz said Tomlinson is an example his players can follow because Tomlinson wasn’t offered many scholarships to major schools. TCU, North Texas, New Mexico and Baylor offered Tomlinson when he came out of Waco University High in 1997.

“You can’t measure heart,” Schultz said. “It’s hard to measure heart. LaDainian was one of the hardest working players I’ve ever been associated with. Unbelievable strength and unbelievable work ethic.”

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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