Great LT article:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/2004-09-01-lt-mission_x.htmCARSON, Calif. — It's not every day you walk into the testosterone-heavy world of an NFL locker room — with its super egos, muscle mania and gut checks — and find a man willing to talk about crying.
But LaDainian Tomlinson, the best player on maybe the worst team in the NFL, has already proven he is not to be considered ordinary. And not only because last season he became the first NFL player to rush for at least 1,000 yards and catch 100 passes. (Related item: Chargers team report)
Flash back to Sept. 14. The Denver Broncos spoiled the San Diego Chargers' home opener with a 37-13 rout that made Tomlinson sick to his stomach. Never mind that Tomlinson, aka "LT," had a typically impressive performance with 120 yards from scrimmage.
As his team stumbled to a 0-2 start with myriad breakdowns, Tomlinson saw another long season ahead. It felt much like the despair when he would step to the plate and strike out while playing Little League baseball. Losing hurt.
So LT wept.
Right in the middle of that locker room at Qualcomm Stadium after the game, for his teammates to witness — and feel his pain.
"I cried, I couldn't help it," Tomlinson recalled during a break in camp. "I knew we weren't going to be that good, and it was hard to deal with.
"But that's just me. I've always been that way, particularly when losing. It's just something about failing. I guess that's why I train so hard. I've always been afraid of failing."