LaDainian Tomlinson to sign one day contract and retire as a San Diego Charger
According to a report on espn.com, LaDainian Tomlinson will sign a one day contract with the San Diego Chargers and retire today at 11:00 PST. Tomlinson was the fifth pick in round one of the 2001 NFL Draft. During his illustrious career, LT was a six time All-Pro running back, a five time Pro Bowler, led the NFL in rushing touchdowns three times, led the league in rushing yards twice, led the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2003, won the 2006 MVP award and set a record for most touchdowns by someone who was not a quarterback with 31 in 2006. Tomlinson finished his 2008 season with 11 rushing touchdowns, which added to his career total and surpassed Marcus Allen for second place on the all-time list.
Tomlinson’s last season with San Diego came in 2009. After Tomlinson played his last game with the Chargers, he was second all-time in rushing touchdowns with 138, third all-time in rushing/receiving touchdowns with 153 and eighth all-time in rushing yards with 12,490. After nine seasons and a heartfelt speech following his release, Tomlinson spent two seasons with the New York Jets. Tomlinson added to his career total by passing Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson and Jerome Bettis on the all-time rushing list. Tomlinson will finish his career second all-time in rushing touchdowns with 145, third all-time in rushing/receiving touchdowns with 162, fifth all-time in rushing yards with 13,684 and fifth all-time in yards from scrimmage with 18,456.
Tomlinson rushed for at least 1,100 yards and had at least 10 rushing touchdowns in his first eight seasons. LT was also known for his charity and volunteer work because he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2006. When the time comes for his eligibility, LT will enter the Hall of Fame as one of the best running backs in NFL history.