The San Diego Union Tribune reported in an interview with LT today his playing days with the Chargers are over. As reported by SDUT Tomlinson said, “I don’t believe I’ll be back in San Diego. I’ve accepted it”
In March of last year, the Chargers restructured LT’s contract and resigned him through 2011. LT’s lack of performance on the field in the 2009 season forces the Chargers and LT to come to a difficult decision. For the first time in his 9 year career with the Bolts, Tomlinson ran for less than 1000 yards. Some of the blame for that can fall on the fact he was injured in the 1st game of the ’09 regular season against the Raiders on MNF, missing games in weeks 2 and 3. The O-line was patched up. Also, the team’s offensive philosophy was driven primarily by their strength, the passing game. LT didn’t have one game where he rushed for over 100 yards this season.
But the fact remains, LT’s yards per carry in the ’09 regular season was a paltry 3.3 ypc. That’s a full yard less than his career avg of 4.3 ypc and 2 yards below his peak of 5.3 ypc in 2003.
Any genuine Chargers fan will continue to admire and respect LT for what he’s accomplished with the Bolts and for the city of San Diego. LT was the franchise’s most valuable building block recovering from a disastrous 1-15 season in 2000 making the Chargers 5-time AFC West title champions during his career in SD.
Future HOF’er Ladainian Tomlinson’s achievements over the last 9 seasons will be remembered for years to come. I”m proud to have witnessed some of his greatest moments as a season ticket holder during his run in SD. He will be sorely missed.
Sundays will not be the same at Qualcomm Stadium. Best of luck to you LT!