Ask 100 professional athletes whether they'd rather have a spot in the Hall of Fame or a championship ring and 99 of them will probably say the ring. Even if that's not how they really feel, the PC thing to do is to say the ring. It makes you look like an unselfish team player. The one guy who wouldn't say the ring? Well, that's LaDainian Tomlinson. Recently, he talked about retiring without a Super Bowl ring and admitted that he doesn't mind it because he's headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH anyway.
"[I'd rather be a] Hall of Fame player without a ring, because you've got to sacrifice so much individually just to be good," he said. "They draft you individually and you've got to back them up and make them right. I think, at the end of the day, even though I didn't win a Super Bowl ring, I felt like I backed them up for drafting me. I backed up the San Diego Chargers for picking me with the fifth pick."
That's certainly not the popular opinion. But, hey: Kudos to LT for being honest. See ya in Canton in a few years.
[via Larry Brown Sports]