ESPN – The LaDainian Tomlinson problem has been resolved. Kudos to all involved for making it right… Tomlinson will sign a contract with the Chargers on Monday and immediately retire. A news conference will be held at the team’s facility to celebrate his tremendous career. In 2017, Tomlinson will shuffle into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot and he will be remembered solely as a San Diego Charger… He doesn’t belong anywhere else. This is the guy who helped turn around a lost franchise when he was drafted in the first round in 2001. This is a guy who made the Chargers must-watch action, especially when he dominated the NFL in 2006, setting an NFL record with 28 rushing touchdowns. Aside from his sublime running abilities, one of Tomlinson’s greatest assets is his fast smile. Expect plenty of grins Monday when a special reconciliation occurs in San Diego.
I couldn’t agree more. Kudos to all involved for making this happen. The biggest fraud of his generation is retiring as a member of the most smug, self-satisfied, underachieving team of its era. The guy who spent his career being the perfect Fantasy player but who folded when it counted retires with the franchise that puts up huge numbers every year but has never won a damned thing. It’s perfect. Of course there’ll be the usual fawning from the national press today as they fall all over themselves to remind us about how classy LT is. That it wasn’t all just about his sublime running abilities or his fast smile; it was also about how classically classy his classiness was. Something that Tomlinson himself liked to remind us of when he wasn’t delighting in Shawne Merriman’s stupid sack dance, whining about the Patriots, ripping Bill Belichick, throwing a hissy fit when he left San Diego, calling out his Jets teammates on his way out the door or pouting on the bench in the 2007 AFCCG after coming through in the clutch with 5 big yards on 2 carries. Aside from those and hundreds of moments like them, Tomlinson was as classy as they come. It’s like Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted the spoons.” And now LT will get into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, and be talked about like he was St. Thomas Aquinas. But around here he’ll always be remembered for having as much class as he has rings: Zero. @JerryThornton1