Thomas Jones, LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Westbrook Are Over the NFL Hill

March 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When someone says the word “broken down,” what springs to mind?
Your 1982 Buick? That thing in your basement that keeps ticking? Maybe even your grandparents?
In a bit of a contrast, NFL general managers will seemingly all return the same answer: 30-year-old running backs.
At the beginning of the NFL’s free-agent signing period, three of the best running backs of the past decade—LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Westbrook, and Thomas Jones—were all searching for new teams. Tomlinson and Jones have since caught on with new teams—the Jets and Chiefs, respectively, where each figures to share carries with younger running backs—while Westbrook is still on the market.
Tomlinson and Jones hold the top two spots in terms of rushing yards since 2005, and all three have recorded multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons in their careers. But L.T., Jones, and B-West also have something else in common: a birth date more than 30 years ago.

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