Canton, Ohio, may be 1,200 miles from Fort Worth, Texas, but that’s not stopping TCU coach Gary Patterson from attending a Hall of Fame induction for one of the program’s greatest running backs amid preseason practice.
Patterson will fly to and back from Canton between practices to attend former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, according to Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Patterson is set to depart from Fort Worth after a team scrimmage on Saturday morning, attend the ceremony in Canton and then head back to Fort Worth overnight in time for Sunday’s work, according to Mendez.
Patterson said he “had no doubt about it” when deciding to make the expedited trip to see Tomlinson receive the honor, according to Mendez. Tomlinson, who played at TCU from 1997 to 2000, is set to join Sammy Baugh and Bob Lilly as the only Horned Frogs to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Tomlinson is joined by six others — among them former quarterback Kurt Warner and running back Terrell Davis — in the 2017 induction class. The ceremony will air on NFL Network at 7 p.m. ET.