RB LaDainian Tomlinson to Retire With The San Diego Chargers

Former San Diego Chargers/New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson will re-sign with the San Diego Chargers for one day in order to retire as one.  Tomlinson was drafted in 2001 out of Texas Christian by San Diego after one of the most famous draft-day trades of all-time took place, giving the Falcons the #1 pick that would end up being Michael Vick.  Tomlinson will end his career as the 5th leading rusher of all-time with 13,684 rushing yards, over 3000 attempts, 4772  yards receiving, and 162 total TDs (145 rushing TDs is second all-time).  He made 5 Pro Bowl appearances, and won MVP in 2006 after rushing for 28 TDs, 31  total, setting the NFL Record for total TDs in one season, including 1,815 yards.

His departure from San Diego was rough, the Chargers wanted to make Rivers the guy, and Tomlinson was getting older, to top it off, LT and GM AJ Smith never really saw eye to eye.  After the false injury report in the 2008 AFC Championship, Tomlinson looked as if he had quit on the team, when in actuality he couldn’t go due to an injured knee. He angered AJ Smith when he informed media of his multitude of injuries heading into the 2008 playoffs.

Tomlinson’s last two seasons as a Charger were plagued by toe injuries, yet he was still able to pull off 1100 and 700 yards respectively.  But his two seasons as a Jet were less than stellar, totaling 1194 yards on the ground and 7 TDs.

Regardless, LT will go down as a Hall of Famer, first ballot, and is an upstanding character, on and off the field.  LT will go down as one of the greatest running backs of all-time, wish him the best in his post-football career.



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