LaDainian Tomlinson to Retire as a Charger
Next stop, Canton.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has announced his retirement Sunday after eleven seasons in the NFL. Tomlinson will sign a one day contract with the San Diego Chargers and officially retire with the team, where he spent nine seasons. The decision to retire a Charger was expected despite a previous riff between Tomlinson and Chargers’ General Manager A.J. Smith.
Here are some career highlights of Tomlinson’s:
- Holds the record for most touchdowns (31) and rushing touchdowns (28) in a single season
- Holds the record for most points scored in a season (186) (Was a 45+ year record held by Paul Hornung)
- Scored 2+ touchdowns 38 times in his career
- Six consecutive seasons of 1,300+ rushing yards
- Nine seasons with 10+ touchdowns
- Five consecutive seasons with 15+ touchdowns
- Four-time first-team All-Pro
- NFL MVP (2006)
- Ranks fifth all-time in rushing yards
- Ranks second all-time in rushing touchdowns
- Finished career with 13,684 rushing yards, 145 rushing touchdowns, 4,772 receiving yards, and even seven passing touchdowns
LaDainian Tomlinson retires sharing or holding 35 NFL records all-time. His impressive career will be remembered by many Chargers fans for years to come, and that celebration will undoubtedly detour in Canton in five years.