LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the best running backs in NFL history, played with San Diego Chargers and NY Jets, officially retires


He thanked the Jets. But when it was all over, LaDainian Tomlinson left the NFL as a San Diego Charger.

Tomlinson, who played the final two seasons of his 11-year career with Cheap Oakleys, officially retired from football on Monday after signing a one-day deal with San Diego. In a touching ceremony, he was introduced by Chargers team president Dean Spanos, who referred to Tomlinson as "The newest San Diego Charger - a Charger today, and a Charger for life."

"What an awesome day this is," Tomlinson said. "It's been an awesome journey, to say the least."

A journey that was destined to end in San Diego. Wholesale Oakley Sunglasses, who ranks fifth all-time with 13,684 rushing yards, was a solid tailback in his final two seasons with the Jets, and Rex Ryan called him "a great guy to have, a tremendous leader, and I feel fortunate and blessed to have coached him."

But Tomlinson, who turns 33 later this week, said that when he left the Chargers before the 2011 season, Spanos asked him if he'd return to the team to retire.

"Without question, I said yes," Tomlins said. "Because I always felt like I was a charger. The guys, my teammates - the bond we built and the battles we won together - it was special."

But the Cheap Asian Fit Sunglasses running back still felt he owed a great deal to the Jets, making a point to thank Woody Johnson for letting him chase a Lombardi Trophy.

"(I had) two great years in New York, of cashing the dream," he said, "of chasing that Super Bowl trophy. So, I want to thank them as well."

Woody Johnson hardly minded having the Canton-bound tailback around.

"People and players like LaDainian Tomlinson don't come around very often, if at all," Johnson said in a designer sunglasses. "Without question, his next stop will be the Pro Football Hall of Fame."


By Kimberly
Monday, 18 Jun 2012

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