LaDanian Tomlinson’s Inspiring Hall of Fame Speech

When Chris and I embarked on the journey back in 2006 to make Tomlinson Hill, we had many moments of self-doubt. Did we have the right to tell this story? Was America finally ready to accept the reality of our shared history? Our motivation was to educate our audience to this incredible story and bring the truth to light. Since then, our country has changed in fundamental ways, with the nation’s first black President, and finally, at long last, widespread acknowledgement of the terrible truth of the inequity of the black experience in America. Change cannot begin in earnest unless we acknowledge the past, together.

On Saturday, LaDanian Tomlinson was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. I was so proud to watch him accept the reward for his dedication and passion to the sport he loved so much, but was even prouder to hear his inspiring speech about America’s unity.

“I firmly believe God chose me to help bring two races together under one last name, Tomlinson,” the longtime San Diego Chargers running back said. “I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team we can be, working and living together, representing the highest ideals of mankind, leading the way for all nations to follow.”

In what feels like dark times for our nation, I couldn’t be prouder of the work that Chris and I, LT and Loreane have done to contribute to this critical conversation.

Watch the entirety of the speech below.

LaDanian’s Inspiring Hall of Fame Induction Speech

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