The coaches at University High in Waco, Texas, tried to teach the move for years after LaDainian Tomlinson was gone.
Start as if running a traditional sweep or stretch play, then cut back hard the other direction. But instead of planting with the outside foot, as most runners do, the coaches tried to get players to do it Tomlinson's way: cut off the inside foot.
After many futile efforts, the coaches figured out what NFL fans have discovered during his six-year career with the San Diego Chargers: Tomlinson is a singular talent.
"Every time we'd try to teach it, the kids would fall down," said LeRoy Coleman, University's varsity coach of 26 years. "Human beings aren't supposed to be able to do that running full speed like that. But LaDainian has that amazing strength and balance that he could do it."
And not really even know it.
"I asked him one time when he was visiting, 'How do you do that?'" said Walter Brown, Tomlinson's running backs coach at University. "He just smiled and said,Read More »from Cut above the rest