Summer Rewind – LaDainian Tomlinson Retires
June 18th, 2012 – A Great Retires
Future Hall of Famer, LaDainian Tomlinson retires after a career in which the running back torched NFL defenses week after week. Tomlinson officially signed a 1-day contract with the San Diego Chargers and called it quits after 11 seasons. He played his first 9 seasons in San Diego, after being picked 5th overall in the 2001 NFL Draft, and he played his final 2 seasons in New York as a Jet.
Tomlinson truly is one of the greatest running backs to play the game. He finished his career with the 5th most rushing yards of all-time with 13,684 yards, finished with 145 rushing touchdowns (2nd all-time), scored 162 total touchdowns (3rd all-time), and was the league MVP in 2006 when he had over 2,300 all-purpose yards and scored 31 touchdowns (28 rushing, 3 receiving – 186 points), setting the single-season records for touchdowns and points. That’s just a few of his accomplishments though. He was a 5-time Pro Bowler (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and was a First Team All-Pro from 2004-2007. For more on his accomplishments check out this link to Database Football.
As a fan, you couldn’t help but respect Tomlinson. He was the consummate professional who never got in trouble with the law, just went out and played every week at a high level. He is just an all around good guy. If there was ever a player that epitomized what a role model should be, LaDainian Tomlinson was him. He is one of the greatest, most talented players to ever play the running back position and one of the most professional players you will ever see. He never was able to win the Super Bowl, but even that shouldn’t tarnish the incredible career that Tomlinson had and you can be sure that we will be hearing from Tomlinson again in 5 years when he is inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
L.T. Career Highlights – uploaded by chargersboltz
For a little bonus, the Nike “Leave Nothing” commercial. I suggest watching the commercial as it is and then pull up “Mind Heist” by Zack Hemsey (from Inception trailer), mute the commercial and begin both (the muted commercial and “Mind Heist”) at the same time. Watch the muted Nike commercial and enjoy.
Nike – Leave Nothing (Fate) Extended Version