Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/20/14
LaDainian Tomlinson— who was the NFL MVP in 2006 and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history— is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.

The San Diego Chargers said Sunday that Tomlinson would re-sign with the team and announce  his retirement from the NFL during a Monday press conference.

Tomlinson— who will turn 33 on Saturday— was the fifth pick out of TCU by the Chargers in the 2001 NFL Draft and spent the first nine years of his career in San Diego before joining the New York Jets as a free agent in 2010.



The five-time Pro-Bowl selection had his finest years wearing a lightning bolt on his helmet and rushed for 12,490 yards with 138 touchdowns for San Diego.  He is the Chargers all-time leading rusher.  In two seasons with the Jets, Tomlinson gained 1,194 yards with seven TDs.

Tomlinson twice led the NFL in rushing (2006, 2007) and will finish his career ranked as fifth on the all-time list (13,684 yards) behind Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and former-Jet Curtis Martin.

The five-year clock for Tomlinson's Hall of Fame eligibility will start counting down Monday.  Expect  L.T.* (* the other L.T.) to join those running backs in Canton as well.


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