LaDainian Tomlinson to call it a career

Published June 17, 2012

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The NFL's fifth all-time leading rusher LaDainian Tomlinson will sign with the San Diego Chargers on Monday and announce his retirement.

The Chargers drafted Tomlinson with the fifth overall selection of the 2001 draft and he spent nine years with the franchise, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl.

Tomlinson, who owns or shares 28 Chargers records, was the NFL MVP in 2006 when he rushed for a career-best 1,815 yards and 28 touchdowns. His 31 total TDs that year still stands as a league record.

"There have been very few players in the NFL who have meant as much to their team as LT did during his career here," Chargers head coach Norv Turner said. "In particular, his MVP season in 2006. It would be hard to find a back who's led the league in rushing and caught over 100 balls in separate seasons. It speaks volumes to his abilities and what he was capable of doing."

He was released by San Diego in 2010 and played the last two seasons with the New York Jets.

In 170 career games with San Diego and New York, Tomlinson has amassed 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns on 3,174 carries.

His 145 rushing touchdowns rank him second all-time behind Emmitt Smith.

He was also a threat in the passing game, adding 4,772 yards and 17 scores on 624 career receptions.

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