LT Announces Retirement From The NFL
June 18, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- TCU legend and future Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson announced his retirement from the National Football League Monday.
Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers before officially retiring. He was with the Chargers his first nine seasons before playing the last two years with the New York Jets.
Tomlinson was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2006, when he set league single-season records with 31 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points. He finished his career as the NFL's fifth all-time leading rusher with 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns.
"LaDainian Tomlinson has been a great ambassador on and off the field for TCU, college football and the NFL," TCU football coach Gary Patterson said. "What he's meant to the game cannot be measured."
As a senior at TCU in 2000, Tomlinson won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back while placing fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. He is the Horned Frogs' all-time leading rusher with 5,263 yards.
Tomlinson topped the nation in rushing his final two seasons. He had 1,850 yards in 1999 and 2,158 in 2000. As a junior, Tomlinson ran for an NCAA single-game record 406 yards in a 52-24 victory over UTEP. He totaled 5,263 career yards and 54 rushing touchdowns.
The Waco, Texas, native owns 14 of TCU's 17 rushing records.
Tomlinson was the fifth overall pick by the Chargers out of TCU on April 21, 2001.