EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11: LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
LaDainian Tomlinson has reportedly resigned with the San Diego Chargers to retire with the team that drafted him, ending the career of one of history's greatest running backs.
After completing his two-year contract with the New York Jets and not receiving much free agent interest, future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson is saying goodbye to the NFL, according to a report.
Chargers will announce today that they're signing LaDainian Tomlinson, so he can retire a Charger.— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) June 17, 2012
He didn't help himself by fanning the flames of the locker-room blowup that seemed to derail the Jets' season and criticizing the decision-makers' handling of Mark Sanchez. He also went on record that the bounty scandal that has decimated the Saints organization and dominated offseason headlines is "part of the game," also an ill-advised move for a soon-to-be-33-year-old free agent running back with more mileage on his wheels than anyone else in the league.
So, it appears the storied career of Tomlinson is over. He finishes second on the all-time list in career rushing touchdowns with 145, fifth in rushing yards with 13,684 and fifth in attempts with 3,174. He also had 624 career receptions, behind only Marshall Faulk among tailbacks.