Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/1/12
It’s easy to get caught up in the playoff implications and several of the records and milestones that could be broken and reached this weekend, but another story should be highlighted: will the Jets game on Sunday be the last for future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson?

The three time All-Pro is 32-years-old and has been in the league for eleven years. The San Diego Chargers picked him fifth overall in the 2001 NFL draft. He rushed for at least 1,000 yards in every season with San Diego except his last. Tomlinson lead the NFL in rushing twice and rushing touchdowns three times. It’s hard to think of a running back that was better than Tomlinson during that span.

After a down year, for him, in 2009, Tomlinson found new life with the New York Jets. He rushed for 914 yards and scored six touchdowns helping the Jets return to the AFC Championship in 2010. Unfortunately, much like the rest of his career, Tomlinson came up just short of playing in the Super Bowl.

Tomlinson admitted in the lock room this week that this could be his final game. He only has 64 rushing attempts for 224 yards and one rushing touchdown this year. His contract with the Jets expires at the end of the season.

"It just depends on the situation. I’ve said that before,” Tomlinson said according to Yahoo Sports. “I would love to keep playing, but if the situation is not right, then I won’t. This possibly could be my last game.”

Obviously, if the Jets make the playoffs, Tomlinson will have at least one more game. His hopes remain dim as New York needs to win and hope Cincinnati, Tennessee and either Oakland or Denver loses to guarantee Tomlinson another game.

Then if this is his final game, he should go out with a bang. Tomlinson is already third on the all-time touchdowns list with 162 and is 35 yards away from passing RB Jerome Bettis for fifth on the all-time rushing list. He has amassed 13,628 rushing yards during his career with a 4.3 yards per carry average.

He was the Walter Payton, the Barry Sanders of his era. He was the “LT” of his generation. Ironically, Sanders never played in a Super Bowl either and Payton didn’t until the end of his career.

If the Jets don’t make the Super Bowl this season, maybe that’s enough to will “LT” back for another year.
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