Originally written June 18, 2012 on Football Nation:
LaDainian Tomlinson has decided to call it a Hall-of-Fame career, as he announced he will sign with the San Diego Chargers and retire where it all started for the 11-year veteran. Tomlinson will retire in 5th place on the all-time rushing yards list behind only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin. What is even more impressive is that LT is in extremely rarified air when it comes to scoring touchdowns. In NFL history, only Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith have made it to pay-dirt more than LaDainian Tomlinson. NFL All-Time Rushing Leaders Emmitt Smith -- 18,355 Walter Payton -- 16,726 Barry Sanders -- 15,269 Curtis Martin -- 14,101 LaDainian Tomlinson -- 13,684 NFL All-Time Touchdown Leaders Jerry Rice -- 208 Emmitt Smith -- 175 LaDainian Tomlinson -- 162 Terrell Owens -- 156 Randy Moss -- 154 Norv Turner, who coached Tomlinson for much of his NFL career, said: “There have been very few players in the NFL who have meant as much to their team as L...
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