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LaDainian Tomlinson | Running Back

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 215
College: TCU
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 1 (5) / LAC

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Chargers hired LaDainian Tomlinson as special assistant to the owner.
Tomlinson will remain with NFL Network, but he will help the organization with community outreach. It is a smart move for the Chargers as they attempt to gain a foothold in Los Angeles. Tomlinson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this August. Thu, Mar 30, 2017 09:25:00 AM

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Fred Roggin of NBC Los Angeles reports the Chargers are hiring LaDainian Tomlinson for a front office position.

It is not clear what Tomlinson's role will be. Considering he is still employed by the NFL Network, which is based in Los Angeles, he is likely being added in a ceremonial or community outreach role. Rolling out a Hall of Famer at team events is not a bad idea as the Chargers attempt to gain a foothold in LA.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 09:01:00 AM

Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson was one of five players elected into the 2017 Hall of Fame.

Tomlinson is joined by QB Kurt Warner, RB Terrell Davis, DE Jason Taylor, and K Morten Andersen. The Senior and Contributor committees also elected former Seahawks S Kenny Easley and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Tomlinson and Jason Taylor are the only first-ballots. Davis is the most controversial after missing the cut the last two years, but was voted in despite borderline credentials. Terrell Owens, Ty Law, John Lynch and Kevin Mawae were among the finalists not inducted in the 2017 class.
Sat, Feb 4, 2017 09:04:00 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco confirms he reached out to retired RB LaDainian Tomlinson.

"You couldn't help but think about it," Telesco said. Going on 34, Tomlinson had no interest in un-retiring. It says a lot about would-be "running back of the future" Ryan Mathews that San Diego's new braintrust is reaching out to the Chargers' running back of the past.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 08:45:00 PM

Retired RB LaDainian Tomlinson tells Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver that the Chargers wanted him to come back and play for them in 2013.

"At first I thought they weren't really serious, but they kept talking about it, and I realized it was real," Tomlinson said. "They said, 'You can come back and carry it 10 or 12 times a game. We'd like to have you here.' ... Mentally, going back would have been too hard." LT, 34 in June, retired following the 2011 season. It shows how little faith the Chargers have in Ryan Mathews as a workhorse back.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 09:23:00 AM

LaDainian Tomlinson explained on SportsCenter Monday that he didn't make a serious attempt to continue playing because his passion to play is gone.

Tomlinson reportedly "talked with" the Broncos before retiring, but the feeling wasn't necessarily mutual. "I definitely considered it," said LT. "I can't tell you exactly the percentages. But at the end of the day, mentally, I was done with football. And I knew that. But I was holding out hope that the passion would come back, that I would want to play again. But probably right around April, May, I knew that I was done with football."
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 12:24:00 PM

LaDainian Tomlinson says he "talked" with the Broncos before opting to retire.

"The only team I really gave a thought to was the Broncos, because of Peyton (Manning)," Tomlinson revealed Saturday. "(My agent) talked with them ... It made me pause a little (and think), ‘Was this what I really want to do?'" Manning and Tomlinson share an agent, so it's possible the talks were nothing more than a courtesy. We don't expect LT to ever play another down.
Sat, Jun 23, 2012 05:21:00 PM

LaDainian Tomlinson will sign a one-day contract with the Chargers so he can retire as a member of the organization.

A Hall-of-Fame lock, Tomlinson will go down as the best running back of the last decade. The five-time Pro Bowler spent nine seasons with the Chargers before wrapping up his career in a two-year stint with the Jets. He finishes with 13,684 rushing yards and 145 touchdowns on 3,174 carries, an average of 4.3 yards-per. In 2006, Tomlinson scored an NFL single-season record 28 rushing touchdowns. Adding to his impressive resume are 624 career receptions, which included a 100-catch season in 2003. Tomlinson is one of two tailbacks to achieve the rare feat. He ranks fifth all time in yards from scrimmage (18,456).
Sun, Jun 17, 2012 10:49:00 AM

Free agent LaDainian Tomlinson reiterated Friday that he's "pretty much done with football."

"I read a book to help me prepare," he said. "The league needs to more to help guys prepare." Tomlinson said last week he was ''95 percent'' retired, and that it would take the right situation for him to return. We wouldn't be surprised if the "right situation" was any situation. LT hasn't been getting any offers.
Sat, May 12, 2012 02:16:00 PM

SI's Jim Trotter confirms free agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson is strongly considering retirement.

Tomlinson claims he's ''95 percent'' retired, and added that it would take the right situation for him to return. Entering his age-33 campaign, Tomlinson hasn't drawn any interest and managed just 3.7 yards per carry as Shonn Greene's backup in 2011. If he does find work, it will be as a strict passing-down specialist.
Sat, May 5, 2012 07:57:00 PM

Free agent LaDainian Tomlinson says he's "open" to playing in 2012.

"Obviously I’m a free agent and I’m still open to playing," he said. "I am just taking my time through this free agency stuff just continuing to explore my options and make a decision here on my future depending on my options, so I’m excited about the future either way it goes if I continue to play or if I don’t." Tomlinson hasn't drawn any known interest in free agency, and looked near the end in 2011. If he finds work, it will be as a pass-catching third-down back.
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 08:55:00 AM

GM A.J. Smith indicated Monday that San Diego will not pursue former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson and WR Kassim Osgood.

"We have moved on years ago," Smith said of Tomlinson. "We wish him the very best in his search for the team he feels is the best fit for him. We are looking at four backs right now but we may slow down that search a little bit." Of Osgood, the always brusque Smith added, "Kassim wants to be a receiver and that just is not going to happen with us."
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 11:57:00 PM

Free agent LaDainian Tomlinson revealed Thursday that he still wants to "continue to play" in 2012.

Although he contemplated retirement immediately after the season, Tomlinson believes he's still a "viable option out of backfield." The 33-year-old won't be back with the Jets and could struggle to find a role as a passing-down specialist after running on fumes for the majority of last season. Perhaps he could rejoin Cam Cameron in Baltimore as Ricky Williams' replacement.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 07:46:00 PM

ESPN New York expects free agent LaDainian Tomlinson to retire.

Tomlinson looked out of gas for most of his age-32 season, and if he doesn't choose to retire by himself, the decision could be made for him in the form of a lack of interest on the open market. If LT does return for a 12th NFL season, it will be as a strict passing-down specialist.
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 11:02:00 AM

Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn't hold LaDainian Tomlinson's negative post-season comments against him.

LT said the locker room was as bad as he's seen in the NFL. "LaDainian's amazing. I hold him in the highest [regard]," said Johnson. "Everybody was frustrated at the end of the season. We won't hold him accountable for that." Turning 33 in June, Tomlinson is still unlikely to return to the Jets as a free agent.
Fri, Feb 3, 2012 11:18:00 AM

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