LaDainian Tomlinson’s day has come
By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer June 18, 2012 2:18PM
FILE - This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson celebrating after scoring in front of Denver Broncos linebacker Jamie Winborn, left, and linebacker Nate Webster during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Diego. Two years after leaving under unhappy circumstances, Tomlinson returns to the Chargers to sign a one-day contract and then announce his retirement after 11 mostly brilliant NFL seasons.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
SAN DIEGO — LaDainian Tomlinson has signed a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers and announced his retirement after a brilliant 11-year NFL career.
Tomlinson, about to turn 33, says it’s time to move on and enjoy his family. He says he’s still physically capable of playing but that the game takes a mental toll.
Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and became one of the biggest stars in team history. He was with the Chargers for nine seasons before playing the last two seasons with the New York Jets.
Tomlinson was voted NFL MVP in 2006, when he set league single-season records with 31 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points.
Tomlinson finishes his career with 13,684 yards, fifth all-time, and 145 touchdowns.