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LaDainian Tomlinson to Retire as a Charger

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The former All-Pro running back is set to retire today after being resigned by the San Diego Chargers.

LaDainian Tomlinson to Retire as a Charger

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One of the greatest running backs in NFL history is retiring today after an illustrious eleven-year career.

LaDainian Tomlinson, 32, is saying his goodbyes today after a career which included an NFL MVP in 2006, five Pro Bowl appearances and three first-team All-Pro selections. Tomlinson will retire as a San Diego Charger, where his career started in 2001 as the fifth overall draft pick. Tomlinson spent his first nine years in the league in San Diego before spending the last two years with the New York Jets.

The Chargers re-signed Tomlinson today to honor his career in San Diego.

Tomlinson leaves the NFL as the league's fifth all-time leading rusher with 13,684 yards. He also ranks fifth all-time in attempts (3,174), second in rushing touchdowns (145) and third in total touchdowns (162). Tomlinson is arguably the best player ever to play for the 'Bolts, ranking first in Chargers' history in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He also holds the single season record for most total touchdowns in a season with 31 scores in 2006.

Personally, I love the idea of "LT" retiring as a Charger. Everyone will always remember him as a Charger and this is a fitting place for him to end his career. It will definitely be an emotional news conference for Tomlinson who was embraced by the city of San Diego during his career. LT was truly a class act in the league and I always enjoyed watching him play growing up. It's disappointing he couldn't have ended his career on a higher note (maybe with a Super Bowl) but regardless, Tomlinson should be remembered as one of the greatest rushers in NFL history.

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