Former Jets Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson Set To Retire
NEW YORK (WFAN) — 11-year NFL veteran and 2006 MVP LaDainian Tomlinson is set to retire.
The 33-year-old retires as the NFL’s fifth all-time leading rusher and will sign a ceremonial contract with the San Diego Chargers to retire a Charger. Previously, he hinted at retirement in January.
Tomlinson spent his first 9 years in the league with the Chargers before joining the New York Jets in 2010.
Known more for his elite years with San Diego, Tomlinson was also a star in his later years with the Jets. Tomlinson was rejuvenated under Rex Ryan and showed glimpses of his Pro Bowl ability.
Tomlinson ultimately joined the Jets in hope of capturing that elusive Super Bowl ring but was unable to do so with Gang Green. In 2010, the Jets fell short of reaching Super Bowl as they narrowly lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, 24-19.
As a Jet, he joined Walter Payton as the only two players in NFL history to gain 13,000 rushing yards and 4,000 receiving yards.
On January 1, 2012, Tomlinson passed Jerome Bettis to stand alone as the NFL’s fifth all-time rusher. He leaves the game with 13,684 career rushing yards and 4,772 receiving yards
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