Jets’ Tomlinson defies the odds

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:46 PM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - LaDainian Tomlinson said he would “run through a wall” for New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.

On Sunday, it was more like running through swiss cheese.

Considered to be too old by the San Diego Chargers during the off-season, L.T. shredded the porous Buffalo Bills defence for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Jets’ 38-14 humiliation of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Tomlinson, 31, scampered for more than 100 yards for the first time since 2008 en route to surpassing Dallas Cowboys great Tony Dorsett for seventh spot on the all-time rushing list. He had not run for this many yards in a game since Dec. 7, 2007.

“I always knew he would be outstanding when we signed him,” Ryan said. “He’s been even better than that.”

In the process, Tomlinson is shutting up a lot of critics who claimed he was over the hill.

“I know what age I am but it doesn’t mean I can’t play,” he said.

“I think sometimes you categorize most players with all players. Well, all players don’t slow down when they get to 30 or 31. Some players just defy the odds.

“I like to say I’m that type of player.”

He certainly was all of that Sunday.

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