Former New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has announced that he will retire from the NFL as a member of the San Diego Chargers. Tomlinson, as reported by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, will sign a free agent contract with the Chargers so that he can retire as a member of the team where he played for nine seasons.
Easily considered one of the greatest running backs of all time, Tomlinson rushed for 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns during his career. Tomlinson was more than just a runner. He caught 647 passes for 4,772 yards and 17 touchdowns during his career as well.
With the Jets, Tomlinson rushed for 1,194 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2010, he led the team with 914 rushing yards and a total of 1,282 yards from scrimmage. Former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer frequently leaned on his running backs in the passing game, feeding Tomlinson the ball for 94 receptions in two years with the Jets.