Found June 20, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
The last time that running back LaDainian Tomlinson held his No. 21 Chargers jersey in his hand, the prize ball carrier was filled with mixed emotions of gratefulness and anger. Gratefulness because of the opportunities given by the San Diego Chargers to perform on a high level in the NFL and anger due to not being able to finish his football playing in San Diego. Tomlinson retired from the NFL Monday and despite spending the past two seasons with the New York Jets, he returned to his former team to sign a one-day contract with all smiles, as he will be forever remembered as a Charger, especially in Canton. “This is a special, special day for me, just as it is for all Chargers fans,” said Chargers President Dean Spanos.  ”Few players, if any, have meant more to this franchise than LT. He was the heart and soul of this team through one of the most successful decades in our history.” “I couldn’t wait to watch him play because I knew I would see something special every week,” he added....

Raider Fans Not Sad to See LaDanian Tomlinson Go

Whether you disliked LaDanian Tomlinson, or outright hated him (that’s about the range for Raider fans) you had absolutely no choice but to respect him as a player. He was fifth on the all-time rusher’s list with 13,684 yards. The final yard marker for 145 of those was the endzone. He had one MVP season [...]

Morning Playbook - Looking back at LaDainian Tomlinson's TCU career

Happy retirement LaDainian Tomlinson. Congratulations to future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson on retiring from a successful NFL career. Tomlinson retired Monday as the fifth all-time leading rusher and second on the rushing touchdown list in NFL history. Of course, before he became one of the top running backs in the pros Tomlinson was lighting up defenses...

LT Is An Entitled Prick

LaDainian Tomlinson was one of the best backs in the NFL for a long time – and he’s not set to retire – but he always thought he was better than he was. He had the best blocking fullback in the league in front of him and an unreal offensive line. Once that stopped, he stopped being productive. His reputation of being one of the “classiest” palyers in the NFL is off base...

How LaDainian Tomlinson helped TCU get on path to the Big 12

TCU star’s impact on Horned Frogs is not forgotten LaDainian Tomlinson’s TCU career remains among the best in college football history. Photo: Dallas Morning News. The moment LaDainain Tomlinson first touched a football in a Pop Warner game, the legend started. Tomlinson, a Waco, Texas native, would go on to have one of the most successful careers in the National Football League...

LT definitely someone we could all root for

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 "...

The Terrible Podcast – Tomlinson, Mendenhall, Camp QB’s, OLine & More Episode

Season 2, Episode 118 of The Terrible Podcast is up and David Todd and I start off with a hat tip to LaDainian Tomlinson, who announced his retirement on Monday. Is LT a first ballot Hall of Famer? We think so, easily. He was a hell of a fantasy football back to have as well. Rashard Mendenhall turned 25 on Tuesday and we discuss if this will be the last one he celebrates in Pittsburgh...

The Legend of Ladainian

Most of the world failed to witness that, before retiring Monday, LT was a living legend.   Sometimes, we struggle to witness greatness when it should be most tangible. That is especially true in the world of sports. Names like Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Earl Campbell become immortalized in the lore of football, rendered superhuman, mythological, and untouchable. They are the...

No current veteran NFL RB will break Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record

Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson signed a one-day contract to retire yesterday as a member of the franchise which drafted him in 2001. Tomlinson, a two-time NFL rushing leader finishes his career as the fifth leading running back with 13,684 yards. As the NFL game becomes more of a passing led offense, with teams creating more two-back tandems in backfields...

Morning Huddle - NFLPA's outside counsel pushes back

And to think this will all be behind us in the very near future. I'm missing Bountygate already! The NFLPA's outside counsel released a statement yesterday regarding Bountygate that can be found here. It's no secret that I almost never favor the NFLPA over the NFL, and this is no exception. To my less-than-unbiased perspective, the statement only sounds like a lot...

Dropping Back In NFL History: L.T. Hangs 'em Up

This week, after a quick visit to 1943 to check out the merged Steelers/Eagles team (the Steagles), it seemed it would be a waste of plutonium fuel to make such a short jump to put together a profile of LaDainian Tomlinson. Instead, I left the “Wayback Machine” in the garage, removed the Flucks Capacitor (invented by Alphonse Flucks, born Dec. 12, 1923; died July 7, 1817) and...’s Gil Brandt says Barry Sanders is second-best RB of all-time senior analyst Gil Brandt has been around football for a long, long time.  Upon LaDainian Tomlinson’s retirement this week, Brandt decided to rank his top ten running backs of all-time.  At 79 years old and having worked as the vice president of player personnel of the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988 and as an analyst since then, Brandt is certainly well-qualified to...
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