Originally written June 18, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
There comes a time in life when we all realize that we're not as young as we once were. Unfortunately, this also happens in the sports world, that time when an athlete realizes he can longer run, catch, pass or jump like he once could and now it's time to hang it up and begin a new chapter as a former player. Well, former TCU star running back LaDainian Tomlinson, or "LT" as everyone calls him, has reached that point. After 11 seasons in the NFL, he will retire this week where it all started for him, in San Diego with a one-day contract that allows him to call it quits as a Charger, where he did his best work as a pro between 2001 and 2009. Of course, he is a Waco native who burst onto the national scene as a senior at TCU, when he led the nation with 2,158 yards rushing and also scored 22 touchdowns, earning the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back and finishing fourth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy. But his impressive...
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