LaDainian Tomlinson, 32, to retire as a San Diego Charger | NFL
LaDainian Tomlinson, who ranks fifth on the NFL career rushing list, will retire as a San Diego Charger. Tomlinson, 32, played his first nine seasons for the Chargers before spending the last two seasons with the New York Jets.
SAN DIEGO — LaDainian Tomlinson's brilliant career will officially end when he ceremoniously rejoins the San Diego Chargers for a day.
Chargers officials said Tomlinson, who was the league's most valuable player in 2006 with San Diego and is the fifth-leading rusher in NFL history, will re-sign with the team Monday and then announce his retirement.
Tomlinson, 32, spent the first nine seasons of his career in San Diego. He played the last two seasons with the New York Jets and retires with 13,684 yards rushing.
In the 2006 season, Tomlinson set league records with 31 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points. He rushed for a career-high 1,815 yards that season, giving him the first of two consecutive rushing titles.
Tomlinson surpassed the record of 28 TDs scored in the 2005 season by Shaun Alexander of the Seahawks.
The Chargers released Tomlinson in February 2010. He was slowing down because of injuries and age and his role was reduced in a pass-oriented offense. If they had kept Tomlinson, the Chargers would have been on the hook for a $2 million roster bonus, along with a $5 million salary.
Tomlinson carried 75 times for 280 yards last season for the Jets.
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