Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 12/29/11



New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson acknowledged today that this weekend’s contest against the Miami Dolphins could be his final game in the NFL. The 32-year-old Tomlinson will be a free agent at the end of the season and considering his limited production over the past two seasons in New York it’s not out of the question that he wouldn’t catch on elsewhere next season.

Tomlinson spent the first nine years of his career with the San Diego Chargers where he firmly established himself as one of the great running backs of all-time. Tomlinson broke records repeatedly while with the Chargers and annihilated previous records for the youngest running back to attain certain milestones.

He was the NFL’s MVP in 2006 after a ridiculous season in which he rushed for 1,815 yards and an incredible 28 touchdowns. He also caught 56 passes for 508 yards and three more scores.

That might be the best single-season a running back ever has in the NFL and it will stand as a benchmark against which all other great years will be measured.

 

Tomlinson will easily be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He has been a five-time Pro Bowler and a six-time All-Pro selection. He also holds a ton of NFL records, here is a not-so-brief list of a few:

-Single-season touchdown record (31)
-Single season rushing touchdown record (28)
-Most points scored in a season (186)
-Most games with two or more rushing touchdowns (38)
-Most games with three or more rushing touchdowns (12)
-Most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (18)
-Most consecutive games with two or more rushing touchdowns (eight)
-Most consecutive seasons with 1,300-plus rushing yards (six)
-Most seasons with 10 or more rushing touchdowns (nine)
-Most seasons with 13 or more touchdowns (seven)
-Most seasons with 14 or more touchdowns (six)
-Most seasons with 15 or more touchdowns (six)
-Only player to have 18 or more touchdowns in four different seasons
-Sixth on all-time rushing list (13,628 yards).
-Fifth on all-time yards from scrimmage list (18,377 yards).
-Second all-time in rushing touchdowns (145).
-Third all-time in touchdowns scored (162).

That is one hell of a resume and while as a Chargers fan I’d like to see Tomlinson end his career on a high note playing well and getting consistent carries, it would be hard to argue with him hanging it up after this season. He is far too great to be remembered simply as a situational back on an average Jets team.

Leg injuries have robbed Tomlinson of some of the burst and wiggle from his earlier days, but we’ll always remember him for the guy he was back in 2006 when he was setting records and absolutely dominating the NFL.

If Sunday is his final game I wish him well. No player in NFL history has given me more enjoyment as a viewer than Tomlinson and he has always been one of the nicest, classiest guys in the league.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL says referee did nothing wrong by using index card

Colin Kaepernick wants to buy the Carolina Panthers

John Skipper resigns from ESPN over substance addiction

Seahawks likely to move on from ‘Legion of Boom’ after season

Jackson admits Kizer could be benched before end of season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jerry Richardson selling Carolina Panthers amid investigation

Roy Williams honored late Pat Summitt during game at Tennessee

Burfict responds to Smith-Schuster's TD celebration

Antonio Brown taken to hospital for further evaluation

Captain Munnerlyn calls benching ‘slap in the face’

Twitter reacts to Thomas Davis' dirty hit on Davante Adams

The 'Marvin Lewis can't lose' quiz

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

A holiday shopping list for each MLB team

Catching up on the biggest stories of the young NBA season

Top takeaways from NFL Week 15

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

With Ezekiel Elliott returning, can the Cowboys realistically make the playoffs?

Studs and duds so far in NBA season

Making sense of MLB's buyers, sellers heading into 2018

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Catching up on the biggest stories of the young NBA season

The 'Marvin Lewis can't lose' quiz

A holiday shopping list for each MLB team

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker