LaDainian Tomlinson Retires After 11 NFL Seasons


Kent C. Horner/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Five-time Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson announced his retirement Monday, after signing a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers selected Tomlinson with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft out of TCU. He played nine seasons in San Diego, becoming the franchise all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. The four-time first-team All-Pro spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets.

“I always felt like a Charger,” Tomlison said Monday. “The guys, my teammates, the bond we built, the battles we went together, it was special.”

Tomlinson leaves the gridiron ranked fifth on the all-time rushing list with 13,684 yards. He is second on the all-time rushing touchdowns list with 145 and is third on the all-time total touchdowns list with 162.

Tomlinson won the NFL’s MVP award in 2006, when he totaled a league single-season record of 31 touchdowns.

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