LaDainian Tomlinson to Retire With San Diego Chargers on Monday

By Dan Parzych

After 12 seasons, LaDainian Tomlinson has decided to call it a career as the potential future Hall of Fame running back will sign with the San Diego Chargers on Monday and retire from the team that selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Tomlinson spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets and finished his career with 13,684 rushing yards (fifth all time) and 145 touchdowns (second all time).

As one of the most dominant running backs for a majority of his career, Tomlinson will always be remembered as one of those players that fans wish they could have seen him won a Super Bowl considering how many talented teams he played for over his career. After the Chargers decided to part ways with him following the 2009 season, Tomlinson joined the Jets with the hope of winning that Super Bowl he worked so hard for throughout his career, but the closest he ever came to one was when the team fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship during the 2010 season.

While his production level may have been on the decline over the last three seasons, it’s difficult not to forget the three-year span from 2004-06 when Tomlinson rushed for a total of 4,612 yards and 63 touchdowns. 2006 also happened to be Tomlinson’s best season in the NFL when he recorded 2,323 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with 31 total touchdowns–28 of which came on the ground to give him the single-season rushing record.

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