Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson visited two high schools in Texas recently to announce the implementation of two new programs designed for teachers and students called “SMART”, which stands for Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training and is mostly for the teachers, and “SOAR” which stands for Students Outstanding Academic Rise. The schools that Tomlinson visited were Waco High and University High, and the former Charger is a alumni of the latter. The kids and staff were excited to get someone with such a big name on their campus and to promote things that work towards teaching the students about having a better future.
The five-time Pro Bowl player started playing football at the young age of nine, and eventually accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Texas Christian University where he played for three years. During his senior year, Tomlinson was recognized as a first team All-American player for having leading scores for yards and touchdowns in the NCAA. He entered the 2001 NFL draft and was selected as the fifth overall pick by the San Diego Chargers, with whom he played with for eight years before finishing off his last two years of his career with the New York Jets. The former player retired in 2012 with several NFL records and had his number 21 jersey retired by the Chargers on the same day.
Tomlinson visited two high schools earlier this month to promote new educational programs designed to benefit both teachers and students, in order to help them have the best opportunities for success in their futures.
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