(6/18/12)LaDainian Tomlinson's brilliant NFL career will officially end when he ceremoniously rejoins the San Diego Chargers for a day. The Chargers said Sunday that Tomlinson, who was the NFL MVP in 2006 with San Diego and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history, will re-sign with the team on Monday and then announce his retirement. Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and became one of the biggest stars in team history, helping revive the Chargers after the devastating Ryan Leaf years and turning them into a force in the AFC West. He spent the first nine years of his career in San Diego. He played the last two seasons with the Jets. Tomlinson had said recently that he might continue his career if the right opportunity was available. Some fans hoped the Chargers would bring back Tomlinson as a third-down back, but that appeared impossible as long as general manager A.J. Smith was in control.
L.T. on brink of retirement
(5/7/12)LaDainian Tomlinson, who turns 33 next month, is expected to retire from the NFL, The Sports Xchange reports. He's the fifth-leading rusher in league history with 13,684 yards and will be remembered as one of the best all-purpose running backs to play the game. Last season he averaged 3.7 yards a carry, but he helped in the passing game with 42 catches, fourth most on the team. However, he said immediately after the season ended at Miami in Week 17 that he was seriously contemplating retirement. He told Sports Illustrated that he'd still consider playing if the right opportunity came along.
LT undecided about future
(1/1/12) Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson paced the team on the ground with 56 rushing yards on 11 carries during New York's 19-17 loss to Miami in Week 17. Tomlinson, whose rushing output was also a season high, finished with 10-plus carries for the first time this year. Earlier this week, the 32-year-old hinted at retirement if he doesn't land a job with suitable a contender. He also said he would not sign for the league's minimum salary.
LT preparing for final game?
(1/1/12) Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson is active for Week 17 against Miami after being hampered by a quadriceps issue in practice last week. Tomlinson, who hinted at retiring at the end of this season earlier this week, was considered probable on the team's injury report.
LT playing last game?
(12/30/11) Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson (quadriceps) was listed as probable for Week 17 against Miami. Sunday's game could mark the end of Tomlinson's distinguished career as the veteran hinted the outing could be his last. "You never know how things shake out," Tomlinson told the Newark Star-Ledger on Thursday. "For me, it just depends on the situation. I've said that before, I would love to keep playing but if the situation isn't right then I won't. And this possibly could be my last game."