LaDainian Tomlinson confirmed today what many had expected all offseason, that the future Hall of Famer would be hanging them up. Tomlinson will officially retire with the Chargers on Monday, after signing a 1 day contract with the team. Tomlinson spent 9 years with the Chargers after being selected with the 5th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft and had all of his best years with the team. Even though he didn’t go out on the best terms in San Diego, it still makes a lot of sense that he’d retire with them. When he goes into the Hall of Fame, likely after waiting only 5 years, it will be wearing a Chargers helmet.
Tomlinson, who turns 33 next week, spent the last 2 seasons with the New York Jets, but was a shell of his former self, managing just 914 yards and 6 touchdowns on 219 carries in 2010 and 280 yards and 1 touchdown on 75 carries last season. Tomlinson holds the single season record for touchdowns and ranks behind only Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith all-time in touchdowns. His 13684 rushing yards rank 5th all-time behind Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, and Curtis Martin, while his 18456 all purpose yards rank 7th. He is definitely the best back of the past decade and deserves entrance to Canton on his 1st try.