The episode of A Football Life: LaDainian Tomlinson that I linked to is no longer available on YouTube. I’ve linked to the NFL channel to the official trailer.
As I’ve blogged before, NFL Films asked me to walk LaDainian across Tomlinson Hill and tell him what I’ve learned about our families’ histories. We met at the house his grandfather Vincent built in 1946 after Albert Tomlinson, a distant cousin of mine, ended cotton sharecropping on the Hill and forced the African Americans to consolidate in a village he laid out for them. Albert gave the oldest families the land and helped finance the construction of new homes in what is known as Tomlinson Hill. LaDainian spent his early childhood visiting the small bungalow to visit Big Mama Julie. Vincent passed away before LaDainian was born. Over the last decade, though, the house has fallen into disrepair and is no longer salvageable.
I make four appearances in the film, at the beginning and end and twice in the middle. I had taken off my tie for the interview, but forgot to unbutton the top button on my shirt, which is why I look goofy. But I hope you look past that and enjoy the glimpse of Tomlinson Hill.