DENVER - NOVEMBER 22: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers rushes against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Whether or not LaDainian Tomlinson left his heart in Texas, I'm not sure. But the Waco-native did leave a pair of diamond studs that are worth about as much. Last time the Chargers visited North Texas, Tomlinson lost the 1.64 carat icebergs while playing at Texas Stadium in his rookie season.
They were worth about $30,000.
This experience, along with playing against the Cowboys--the team Tomlinson watched as a child each week growing up in Waco--in Texas Stadium--to which Tomlinson made a few trips as a child to watch the team live--and meeting Emmit Smith made it an unforgettable trip. Oh, and Tomlinson's team won. I had repressed that fact.
“Obviously, losing my earrings is one thing that sticks out in my mind," Tomlinson said in the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I’ll never forget that ... But I remember us winning, I remember talking to Emmitt Smith before the game. I remember being emotional before the game. Having my family there, running out of Texas Stadium where I visited a couple times as a kid to watch a game, and also every Sunday, watching the Cowboys.
"So it was a pretty emotional day for me."
This time, the nine-year veteran Tomlinson will head to North Texas with the knowledge that he may never come back again. Needless to say, he fancies this as being an important stop on the Chargers' schedule, for more reasons than playoff jockeying.
“You know, the fact of the matter is, you look at your career and my last time was in my rookie year,” Tomlinson said. “I’m in my ninth year ... the schedule says that, I don’t know, I might not play there again, and so it’ll be special.”