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ralph wiggum
02-22-2010, 05:42 PM
The San Diego Chargers released running back LaDainian Tomlinson Monday afternoon (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4936783)

Tomlinson played nine seasons in San Diego, but at the age of 30 and with declining numbers, Tomlinson has been anticipating his release for the past month.

"This is a part of the business that I hate, and it's particularly hard when you're dealing with someone I consider a friend," Chargers president Dean Spanos said in a statement. "Change involving great players is never easy. I respect L.T. as much or more than any player I've ever known. And no one appreciates his contributions to this organization more than I do. That is why this is such a difficult announcement for me to make."

Tomlinson ranks eighth on the all-time rushing list with 12,490 yards. His 138 career rushing touchdowns rank second, and his 153 total touchdowns rank third.

He was the NFL's MVP in 2006, when he set NFL single-season records with 31 touchdowns and 186 points. Tomlinson won the NFL's rushing title in 2006 and '07.

A former first-round pick, Tomlinson rushed for only 730 yards in 14 games last season and had a 3.3-yard rushing average. He struggled on first down during the Chargers playoff loss to the New York Jets.

Speedy
02-22-2010, 05:45 PM
A great but uniquely humble player. Never given to big touchdown celebrations just a trademark flipping of the ball to the official in the endzone.

NJCardFan
02-22-2010, 07:43 PM
Unfortunately with running backs, when they lose it, they lose it. Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James, and now LT. All 3 great backs but their skills eroded like a beach during a hurricane. He'll end up somewhere. Maybe Houston or Dallas(he's from Texas).

Speedy
02-22-2010, 07:49 PM
Unfortunately with running backs, when they lose it, they lose it. Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James, and now LT. All 3 great backs but their skills eroded like a beach during a hurricane. He'll end up somewhere. Maybe Houston or Dallas(he's from Texas).

With running backs it is a 300 carry season that burns them out. I think that every runningback that has had a 300 carry season has slid and never recovered. It is a shame though because 300 carries usually means that you are doing really and helping the team. If you had not done well in the preceeding 299 carries, you would not have the ball handed to you a 300th time.

Bubba Dawg
02-22-2010, 09:33 PM
I like the guy and wish him well.