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Tomlinson: It's Halloween every Sunday in Oakland

Jets fans show their enthusiasm for their team

Jets fans show their enthusiasm for their team during a Jets practice at Hofstra University in Hempstead last year. Here, Mark Sanchez hands off to LaDainian Tomlinson. (Aug. 25, 2010) Photo Credit: David Pokress

You could say LaDainian Tomlinson is a little familiar with "The Black Hole."

The future Hall of Fame running back played in Oakland once per season during his days with the Chargers. In fact, it didn't take Tomlinson long to delve into his memory banks and flash back to a particular moment, one that took place nearly a decade ago.

Tomlinson recalled that fateful night on Oct. 20, 2002 when the Chargers and Raiders were playing in overtime.

"It was my first time in my years in San Diego, and it was the first time we won in Oakland," Tomlinson said. "I happened to make the winning [19-yard] touchdown run, and when I got to the end zone, everybody piled on me. Pretty soon, they started throwing stuff at us -- beer bottles, everything.

"We hurried up and got off the field and celebrated in the locker room because we didn't want to celebrate on the field."

Tomlinson said there's just something about playing in Oakland that's a wee bit different than other venues around the NFL.  

"It is one of the toughest places to play and probably one of the weirdest places to play," Tomlinson said, "just because the fans are really into it. But it's Halloween every Sunday. Whenever you go there, people are dressed up and into it. Certainly, their team feeds off their crowd." 


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