The upcoming NFL season is still in question, but Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has been training for it without hesitation.
The future Hall of Famer said he’s “optimistic” about the lockout’s eventual end and happy to take on the role of third-down back behind Shonn Greene, where he expected to be this late in his career. Tomlinson, 32, spoke with amNewYork on Wednesday in Times Square to help launch the new TV series “Necessary Roughness” (Wednesdays, 10 p.m., USA).
It’s been said that the lockout is giving veteran players extra rest, allowing their bodies to heal. Do you agree?
Yeah, I guess in some way — if you handle it the right way. You can’t just not do anything, I don’t care who you are — because you’re not going to be in shape when it’s time to roll. But it is helpful to not do so much pounding and really be able to take care of yourself and spend more time with your family.
What are you looking forward to improving most from last season?
The [playoff] games, when we played on the road against Pittsburgh and New England — I think that’s going to help us. So I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond in different places that we play.
How does Rex Ryan compare to other coaches you’ve had?
He’s the most fiery, intense, passionate coach I’ve ever had. He speaks exactly what he feels. ... He’s really a players’ coach. Everybody on our team loves to play for him.
What do you think of the Jets’ draft picks?
I like our draft picks. I really do. Our coaches and Mike Tannenbaum really have a good feel for our team and what needs to be done, so they always seem to make some really good picks.
How many more seasons do you think you have left?
I don’t know. I can’t really put a number on it. It’s a feeling you have to have, to say that it’s time to move on — so I’m not sure.
Is it frustrating that this lockout is happening toward the end of your career?
No, I don’t look at it like that, really. Right now, nothing has been affected except for some offseason workouts.
I noticed you don’t have a Twitter account. Why not?
I am kinda old-school in that sense. I feel like Twitter didn’t help me. It wouldn’t help me, so I never [joined].