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LT: "I am contemplating retirement'

Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:49 pm
Is the end coming for an all-time great? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

LaDainian Tomlinson, without question, is a slam-dunk Hall of Famer. And it's possible we might have seen the end of his career, as the running back said on Friday that he's "contemplating retirement."

"I am contemplating retirement," Tomlinson told the Scott and BR Show on XX1090 AM in San Diego Friday. "That's what I told my coaches and told my agent and everybody. That's exactly what it is. This is the first time in my playing career that I've actually, honestly thought about this may be it for me. That's kind of where I am right now."

It's crazy to think that Tomlinson won't be playing in the NFL next year, but it also seemed crazy to think of Tomlinson in a jersey that didn't feature a lightning bolt on it, and the past two years he's spent with the Jets.

And it's also worth noting that Tomlinson admitted the question from the hosts was a "good question" -- he doesn't honestly know if he'll retire. And Tomlinson could end up playing again in 2012. He just wants to find that ring and is tired of suiting up without it being a legitimate possibility.

"I just think after 11 years of ... getting close and not getting it done," Tomlinson said. "It's getting tough for me to start over on that journey again."

When pressed about the issue, Tomlinson admitted that it was a "new team" he'd be looking for and probably not the Jets, though he wouldn't rule out a return to New York.

"That's hard to say, I can't say either way, honestly," Tomlinson said when asked if he wanted to go back to the Jets. "I think anything is open you guys. I'm not going to say 'no.' And I'm not going to say 'yes' either."

Tomlinson is fifth all-time in the NFL in rushing yards and he's third all-time when it comes to touchdowns scored with 162, behind only Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith. The majority of those came when LT was a member of the Chargers and the running back said he wouldn't be entirely opposed to a return stint with San Diego.

"Yeah, I absolutely would consider it," Tomlinson said when asked about being a role player with San Diego.

Now that would be a story -- Tomlinson returning for one final run in San Diego. I'm not entirely sure it would ever happen, if only because of the burnt bridges left in the wake of Tomlinson's departure from San Diego.

But if it did happen (and, again, it's unlikely), it would be a pretty big story. Almost as big as seeing one of the greatest running backs in NFL history walk away from the game. Which is also a possibility.

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Since: Jan 13, 2013
Posted on: March 17, 2013 2:38 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

Stupid is as stupid does...

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:46 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

After missing out on popular opinion with his retaining of Turner and AJ, Spanos would actually bring some of these fans back if he signed LT to a one-year contract.  It would actually be a big boost to what could become a ticket-selling nightmare.  Spanos needs to do something to "bring the fans back."  Besides signing an impact LB and possibly DB, LT would be a charming public relations move.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:32 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement' everyone a favo<span style="color: #000000;">r, sign that one day contract with the Chargers and go off into retirement. Fact is that Thomas Jones was better suited for the Jets than LT

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:00 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

Everyone is spot on!  Never liked this guy with his "Me, Me, Me" attitude.  Good player, yes....Bad Teammate, yes....  That game where he sat there with his helmet on at end of bench, sealed his fate with the football fan community....Sort of like Cutler did last year!

San Diego would never take him back, unless it was for league minimum or just for a day to retire a Charger.  Just like when the released him and franchised Sproles....that shows that no matter the cost, they didnt want his selfish attitude!

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:55 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

Anybody that repeatedly claims themselves as being "classy" is a narcissistic punk. LT has EVERYBODY fooled as to the type of person he is.

Good riddance!


Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:51 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

Nobody is Barry Sanders - Barry was one of the best on one of the ugliest teams.  If Barry had a half way decent team to play for he would have had 2 Super Bowls.

L.T. is a whiner and did quit during the game against the Pats in the playoffs.  He has a great career but would rather have someone else as my running back.

He should go back to San Diego but its probably not in the cards. 

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:41 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

Don't think for a moment that LT left the Chargers willingly. First AJ got rid of his fullback (Lorenzo Neal), Then he (AJ) claimed that LT didn't have it anymore (Jocob Hester was the supoposed Fullback). His last year with the Chargers he averaged a meager 3.3 YPC . However the Charger running game was so bad that Darrin Sproles only averaged 3.4 YPC. AJ told LT to get out of town rather than pay him 2.2 million and turned around and franchised Sproles for 7.7 million.  Thats a lot of money for .1 YPC. AJ is an idiot and always will be. Why would LT want to comeback to San Diego when the village idiot is still in charge.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:29 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

patriotnation i couldnt have said it better myself. LT is one of the best of all time but he never came through when it counted. And phil is a competitor! 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:19 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

Who cares about the biggest "me" person in the NFL, Ladanian Tomlinson, except maybe Jets and Chargers fans.  In my opinion he is the biggest whiner there is.  I cannot forget the playoff game against the Pats where he sprains his MCL, never takes his helmet off, sits by his lonesome at the end of the bench, not cheering his team on, while Phillip Rivers plays through the game with a torn ACL.  That sums it all up!

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:08 pm

LT: 'I am contemplating retirement'

LT the best thing for your career would be to come back to SD for one year, win a ring and retire. Please dont betray us again and go to another rival of the chargers. 

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