A legend has decided his time is up after an 11 year career in the National Football League. LaDainian Tomlinson has decided to sign a one day contract with the team who drafted him with the San Diego Chargers and will retire as a San Diego Charger. A classy move nonetheless from one of the classiest and most respected guys in the league. Tomlinson’s is one of the most productive and versatile running backs in the history of the National Football League. No player could impact a game like LaDainian Tomlinson. Effective at running the football inside and outside the tackles, LT could also catch the ball as well. He was excellent as lining up as a receiver and defenses really had a tough time stopping him, he was that good of a player. He will always be remembered for his stellar 2006 season in San Diego. The Chargers were the AFC’s best team and LT was clearly the best all around back in the game at that time. Every week when the Chargers played, he was always scoring and getting better week by week. In that season, he set NFL records by scoring 14 touchdowns in a span of 4 games, 16 touchdowns in a span of 5 games and 19 touchdowns in a span of 6 games. This also included a trio of 4 touchdown games against the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. LT scored his 29th touchdown in just the 13th game of the season that year. He would finish that year with 31 total touchdowns (28 rushing, 3 receiving) and was named the league MVP as well. After 2006, injuries sidelined LT and many felt his age had something to do with his decline in production. The Chargers would eventually release LT in 2010 and he would end up being signed by the New York Jets. He was used more as a 3rd down back in the later parts of his career. It would’ve been nice to have seen him win a Super Bowl title, that’s the reason you play this game but the Chargers and Jets always fell short. Nobody deserved to win a ring more than LaDainian Tomlinson. He is a top ten back of all time in my opinion and will be remembered as the guy who could run for a touchdown, catch and score and even throw the ball for a touchdown too. He’s a class act who will be missed.
Tomlinson calls it a career after 11 seasons