LaDainian Tomlinson Career Stats
As many of you might know, one of the all-time greats has officially hung up his cleats after signing a one-day contract to retire with his original team, the San Diego Chargers, earlier this week. After 11 seasons in the NFL, 9 with the Chargers and 2 with the New York Jets, Ladainian Tomlinson has decided to call it quits to spend more time with his family.
Tomlinson has been on record as saying that he still has some left in the tank and he can still contribute to an NFL team, but that the mind took a beating over time. Some might wonder if he really did have anything left since his numbers had been rapidly declining over the past couple years, and some may wonder if the presence of a certain “holy” quarterback was too much for him to bear. However, the real fans, the one’s who knew his career the best, will undoubtedly assure any doubters that this man deserves to be taken at his word.
In a time of wide receivers named Ochocinco, shirtless divas doing situps in their driveways, wife-beaters, adulterers, and drug addicts, this man was a beacon of light. As one of the classiest and most productive players in the NFL’s storied past, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that LT is a sure-fire first ballot hall of famer. After amassing career totals that place him in the upper echelon of the NFL’s historic figures, any HOF voter who does not route him directly to Canton deserves to have their voting rights taken away. (see stats, records, career rankings, and award below)
I for one have been an 11-year fan of LT’s and he will be sorely missed for many reasons. The obvious is to say that we will miss his productivity, his multiple skill-set, and his ability to attack the goaline like few players ever have, but I will miss his heart and dedication to doing things the right way. Every player who has come across Tomlinson has spoken about his humble demeanor and never has there been someone with an unkind word to say (minus some butt-hurt Raiders fans). It was his class that defined him and ultimately it will be his class for which he will be remembered.
Thanks for the good times LT!
A quick peek at Ladainian Tomlinson’s Career Stats:
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