Ladainian Tomlinson is an NFL great. The former San Diego Chargers running back will likely go down as a top five tailback of all-time. Some may even say he is the best the NFL has ever seen.
So when Tomlinson talks, we listen. If he is talking about who is the best running back in the NFL right now, it's worth listening up and finding out who he thinks it is.
Tomlinson was interviewed in the past week about who is his favorite player at his old position. Of course, the Adrian Peterson saga has meant that the former NFL MVP running back of the Vikings is now out of action, but regardless of his suspension, LT says he prefers a different tailback over the powerful runner. Bad news for Peterson.
But for Pittsburgh Steelers fans, it's great news. That because Tomlinson believes the Steelers' elusive tailback Le'Veon Bell is the best the NFL has to offer.
"Let me just say this: Right now, I would take Le'Veon Bell over any running back in the league," Tomlinson told NFL.com "He can do it all, people. He can run inside, he has the speed to turn the corner, he can catch the football, he's versatile, he's athletic. I love Le'Veon Bell."
And you can see why LT thinks that, with Le'Veon Bell a standout performer for the Steelers so far during the 2014 NFL season.
An outstanding performance by the back in week one helped Pittsburgh edge out Cleveland. The following week, he was the Steelers' only bright spark. And on Sunday Night Football, Bell destroyed one of the best run defenses in the league in the Steelers' terrific road win against Carolina Panthers.
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Comparing LT and Bell
But the big question remains with Bell, how good can he be? Can he be as good or get anywhere near the standards that the great RB LT set? Before we give our prediction, we should delve into the stats.
Tomlinson's stats obviously tower above Bell's at a glance. The immense amount of yards and touchdowns are incredible.
LT managed to get well over 1,000 yards rushing in his first eight seasons in the NFL. Bell only managed just over 800 yards in his rookie campaign last year.
But there is still hope for Bell. He definitely still has a chance to be an all-time great. Tomlinson only had under four yards a carry during his rookie season and that's what Bell managed.
LT had a massive second season and pushed on. That is what Bell is doing through three games in 2014, and it will be interesting to see if the Steelers' running back can live up to LT's plaudits in the coming years. Exciting times for Pittsburgh.