It was a move football fans saw coming for the past couple of seasons. LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the most exciting running backs to never appear in a Super Bowl, has called it a career. Tomlinson, 32, and well on his way to 33, has stated that he could easily continue to play in the NFL–physically, he feels good…yet the game takes an expensive mental toll, and Tomlinson is a family-focused guy who is ready to spend some quality time with his loved ones.
Playing the final two seasons of his career with the NY Jets, the former TCU Horned Frog signed a 1-day deal with his former NFL squad, the San Diego Chargers, in order to retire with that familiar, electric bolt on his shoulders.
In his 11 years in the NFL, L.T. racked up 13,684 yards (5th all time) and 145 touchdowns. The once-perennial Pro Bowler was named the 2006 NFL MVP, after breaking multiple single season records, including an impressive 31 touchdowns.
It’s unfortunate that football fans will never get to enjoy Tomlinson in the big game, and scoring a Super Bowl ring, but it is safe to assume that we’ll all be able to enjoy his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame at some point in the not too distant future.