LaDainian Tomlinson To Resign With Chargers Before Announcing Retirement


LaDainian Tomlinson’s days with the NFL are over. The San Diego Chargers running back, who recently turned 33, will officially announce his retirement during a news conference on Monday.

But Tomlinson, who has played the last two seasons with the New York Jets, won’t be announcing his retirement in the Big Apple. Instead, Tomlinson will re-sign with the San Diego Chargers, the team that drafted him in 2001, before he announces his retirement.

The Washington Post reports that Tomlinson was drafted fifth overall during the 2001 draft. He is the all-time rushing and touchdown leader for the Chargers franchise. He rushed for 13,684 yards during his 11-year career, which puts him fifth on the all-time rushing list. He also scored 145 rushing touchdowns (second on the all-time list) and 162 total touchdowns (3rd all-time).

Both Tomlinson and Chargers president Dean Spanos will speak at the 2 p.m. ET news conference Monday.

The Chargers selected Tomlinson fifth overall in the 2001 draft and he is the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. He spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets after he was released by San Diego in 2010.

The 32-year-old Tomlinson ranks fifth on the all-time rushing list with 13,684 yards. His 145 career rushing touchdowns rank second, and his 162 total touchdowns rank third all-time.

ESPN reports that Tomlinson played 9 seasons with the Chargers and two with the New York Jets. In 2006, Tomlinson set the single season record for most touchdowns, 31, and was named the league MVP.

Tomlinson, and Chargers president Dean Spanos, will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET on Monday.