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Old 12-11-2010, 09:07 AM    (permalink
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Default Chargers Legends

It seems like I've always like the Chargers more than any team in the league, other than by beloved Packers.

I'm going to periodically document some players from the recent or way back past from the Bolts that I loved.

Let me know if you like these things otherwise I won't keep doing them. I already know who's next after....


Today, I begin with RB Lionel "Little Train" James.



Starring in the mid 80's, this little guy was Brian Westbrook or Devin Hester only not nearly as productive or with the same longevity. He actually only played from 1984-1988 (wow), and for his career, only had 231 carries for 1,062 yards (nice 4.6 per carry). But in 1985, he LED THE AFC with 86 catches -for over 1,000 yards- and was a short-lived superstar to Charger fans.

In that 1985 season James set the NFL record for all purpose yards (combined yards rushing, receiving, and returning kicks) in the history of the NFL with 2,535 yards. That same season he also set the record for receiving yards by a running back with 1,027 yards

His greatest game was against the Raiders in an overtime thrilling win.

November 10, 1985 – SAN DIEGO 40, RAIDERS 34 (OT)
Lionel James contributed 345 combined yards (168 receiving, 51 rushing, and 126 on kickoff returns) and scored the game-winner on a 17-yard run in overtime. Dan Fouts had his record sixth 400-yard passing game of his career.

Listed at 5-6, 171 pounds, this little guy was quick as hell, kind of like a Warrick Dunn but didn't last as long. I think that's the best comparison I can make size & style wise. Any other old-schoolers here, can you think of a better comparison as far as size, style, skills? I wonder why James didn't last & produce longer.

Here's a piece from Sports Illustrated that season. Fun stuff. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...3036/index.htm
Here's a clip:
Quote:
Because James was 5'6", 150 pounds, only one major college—Auburn—recruited him. And Auburn, 120 miles from Putney, was where James would go in 1980. He became a fixture in Pat Dye's wishbone and was tagged "Little Train." When Bo Jackson arrived on the Auburn campus two years later, he was tagged "Big Train." The two were inseparable. Jackson says, "Lionel showed me just how tough a football player could be."
Unfortunately, it seems Lionel has fallen on harder times lately. http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/11/...with_thir.html

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