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LaDainian Tomlinson: This could be my last game

New York Jets LaDainian Tomlinson celebrates in front of Kansas City Chiefs Justin Houston after catching pass in NFL game in East Rutherford Reuters

LaDainian Tomlinson will play the 170th game of his NFL career on Sunday, and it may be the last.

Tomlinson said today that if the right circumstance arises he’d be up for playing a 12th season next year, at the age of 33, but he knows it’s possible that he’s finished.

“Yes, there is definitely a thought that this could be because you never know how things shake out,” Tomlinson said when asked if he has thought about Sunday’s Jets-Dolphins game being the last time he puts on a helmet. “For me, it just depends on the situation. I’ve said that before. I would love to keep playing, but if the situation is not right, then I won’t. This possibly could be my last game.”

Although Tomlinson said it would be a tough adjustment to be done with football, he said he looks back fondly on his years with the Chargers and Jets and wouldn’t walk away with regrets.

“Yes, it is weird, but this is how I see it: If it is my last game, I’ve enjoyed 11 years of playing football, playing a kid’s game [with] two great organizations,” Tomlinson said. “Obviously, being here the last couple of years, I’ve really enjoyed my time here. The fans have been great. My teammates have been great. The coaching staff. There is nothing I could complain about.”

Tomlinson is currently sixth in NFL history in rushing yards, and if he runs for 35 yards on Sunday he’ll pass Jerome Bettis for fifth place. He’s also third all time in touchdowns and second in rushing touchdowns. If this is his last game, we can pencil in the summer of 2017 as the year he’s enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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72 Responses to “LaDainian Tomlinson: This could be my last game”
  1. beastofeden says: Dec 29, 2011 5:11 PM

    LaDone

  2. billinva says: Dec 29, 2011 5:12 PM

    Is he sick of Rex’s mouth?

  3. cowboyhater says: Dec 29, 2011 5:12 PM

    Great back, and a great career. Too bad he couldn’t get to the big dance. First ballot HOF’er.

  4. shinook777 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:13 PM

    Only if Jets had Peyton Manning instead of this bloke called Sanchez, who apparently seems to worry more about the number of super models he’ll date instead of playing football!!!

  5. lockoftheweak says: Dec 29, 2011 5:15 PM

    Nice try but the real story is Jason Taylor

  6. textexington says: Dec 29, 2011 5:15 PM

    Ryan Grant has more Superbowl rings than L.T.

  7. kevinfromphilly says: Dec 29, 2011 5:17 PM

    I met LT once at a bar in Hawaii during Pro Bowl week. Couldn’t have been a nicer guy – signed autographs, posed for pictures, etc. A total class act.

  8. pacificamjr says: Dec 29, 2011 5:19 PM

    cant stand the jets, but LT isnt a jet, he’s a class guy

  9. captainvilfo says: Dec 29, 2011 5:19 PM

    thank God.

  10. scoops1 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:21 PM

    the sooner the better….

    theres only one LT and its not some RB whos wheels fall off come playoff time

  11. commandercornpone says: Dec 29, 2011 5:23 PM

    Visor Boy!

  12. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    Wonder if he regrets sitting on the bench with helmet on while Rivers played QB with a torn ACL. LaPansy.

  13. faulkana says: Dec 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    Biggest sissy in the NFL.
    Whiny little crybaby.
    Remind us again as to how classy you are, L.T..
    Good riddance.

  14. bjorntorock says: Dec 29, 2011 5:28 PM

    with the way the nfl is going I doubt anyone will touch his nfl single season TD record

  15. liljpeezy says: Dec 29, 2011 5:29 PM

    Seems weird to hear this guy’s career is over by 33, even by NFL standards. I know running back is the most brutal position in the sport, but how many of us would like to “retire” at 33 with millions in the bank?

  16. oscojoe says: Dec 29, 2011 5:29 PM

    Hmmm had a great first 7 or 8 years, best RB in the game. Then when he slowed down a bit he made excuses and bacame selfish.

    To bad he won’t get a ring maybe if he had ended his career with a winner he could have rode of in the sunset.

    But no he had to listen to Rex and all the promises.

  17. kyleortonsarm says: Dec 29, 2011 5:31 PM

    He’s no Hall of Famer. I bet Kyle Orton would have a better shot at getting in.

  18. jonny8675309 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:31 PM

    Ryan Grant?? Really? Get a life! Lol

  19. habsman says: Dec 29, 2011 5:32 PM

    Self proclaimed “Classy Guy”.

    You won’t be missed.

  20. fittytuckin says: Dec 29, 2011 5:32 PM

    @kevinfromphilly

    And if he were in a bad mood and didn’t want to be bothered you’d be talking about how he’s a punk with no class. Right?

  21. thefnlimit says: Dec 29, 2011 5:34 PM

    Good guy, great career. HOF bound. All the commenters saying negative things are just trolls that hate their own lives so much they feel the need to trash talk. Seriously, some of you people are just pathetic.

  22. duanethomas says: Dec 29, 2011 5:37 PM

    I hate when athletes say “playing a kids game”…..kids game stay in the playground like marbles and king of the hill. All four major leagues were games invented for men to be played by men. Do these guys learn anything in college?

  23. ogre2010 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:46 PM

    It was fun watching him play!! From the days at TCU till his glory days as a Charger.

  24. ijahru says: Dec 29, 2011 5:52 PM

    biggest crybaby in NFL history. Missed time this year after Julien Edelmann tackled him

  25. bozosforall says: Dec 29, 2011 5:59 PM

    beastofeden says:
    Dec 29, 2011 5:11 PM
    LaDone

    __
    wussofeden = LaDouche

  26. mrgroovesd says: Dec 29, 2011 6:00 PM

    I enjoyed watching him play when he was with the Bolts. Kinda sad when he left because I knew that there wouldn’t be another RB like him for the Bolts in a LONG time. Mathews is good but not great like LT. Best of luck to one of the best Chargers to ever play.

  27. bozosforall says: Dec 29, 2011 6:01 PM

    faulkana says:
    Dec 29, 2011 5:24 PM
    Biggest sissy in the NFL.
    Whiny little crybaby.
    Remind us again as to how classy you are, L.T..
    Good riddance.

    __
    Classier than any Pats player…or fan for that matter.

  28. nflsucker says: Dec 29, 2011 6:02 PM

    Hard to understand all the hating here. He played for years on feeble Chargers teams, and was essentially The Guy for all those years. Quite a career, and I wish him the best at whatever he does.

  29. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 29, 2011 6:15 PM

    He looked like he hated every second in the NFL !

  30. sixburghrules says: Dec 29, 2011 6:21 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    Wonder if he regrets sitting on the bench with helmet on while Rivers played QB with a torn ACL. LaPansy.
    —————————————————–
    Don’t know exactly what you are referring to but LT has had a good career in the NFL and seems to be a reasonably good person you a**wipe!

  31. footballisking says: Dec 29, 2011 6:22 PM

    Does his hall of fame bust in 2017 properly display him sitting on the sidelines every playoff game with a jacket on?

  32. sixburghrules says: Dec 29, 2011 6:24 PM

    faulkana says: Dec 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    Biggest sissy in the NFL.
    Whiny little crybaby.
    Remind us again as to how classy you are, L.T..
    Good riddance.
    ——————————————————-
    I bet you’d like to tell him that to his face p*ssy!

  33. raqaiw says: Dec 29, 2011 6:27 PM

    scoops1 says: Dec 29, 2011 5:21 PM

    the sooner the better….

    theres only one LT and its not some RB whos wheels fall off come playoff time
    _____________________________________

    I’m guessing you’re referring to the known drug addict and under-age prostitute abusing sex offender.
    Easy pick as to which LT is better, and it ain’t the sex offender.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/22/lawrence-taylor-to-become-a-registered-sex-offender-today/

  34. geniusesq says: Dec 29, 2011 6:30 PM

    Man, I feel old. Seems like he’s been in the league forever. But, he’s only 33.

  35. mikebyrne1502 says: Dec 29, 2011 6:30 PM

    Wow really this guy is one of the best of all time and people write the guy off like he was Clinton Portis.

  36. bdert says: Dec 29, 2011 6:31 PM

    Always had a sense of entitlement… never liked the guy.

  37. zinn22 says: Dec 29, 2011 6:36 PM

    When healthy Tomlinson has been very good on 3rd down. Since he came back he looks to have some explosion left. Its obvious he cannot be a full time back but he could be very effective for a few more years in the 3rd down role.

  38. insider7 says: Dec 29, 2011 6:38 PM

    No one left to b*tch to.

    Who are you going to badmouth after you retire? The paperboy? Who are you going to blame when things go wrong? The pet dog?

    Can’t wait to do the “Lights Out” dance when this self-centered whining nitwit leaves the game.

  39. sdfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2011 6:40 PM

    LT’s HOF career > Some bitter old man hiding behind a screenname

  40. mightyleemoon says: Dec 29, 2011 6:43 PM

    No need to use a pencil. You can ink it in right now. There is no way he is not a first ballot guy.

  41. playmaker21 says: Dec 29, 2011 6:51 PM

    LT was the best RB in the NFL over the past 10 years. Unfortunately, LT played in an era when rules de-emphasized the RB position. 100% First Ballot HOFer.

    I remember my first year playing fantasy football was 2001, LT’s rookie season. I took him in the 6th round and began following him and the San Diego Chargers rise from division doormats to the class of the AFC West for nearly a decade. As a matter of fact, the “21” in my screen name is an ode to LT.

    It saddens me a bit that a class act like LT did not, and all likely hood, will not win a Super Bowl. But then again neither did a lot of all time greats like Marino, Fouts, Barry Sanders, Randy Moss, Tony Gonzalez, and Anthony Munoz among others

  42. nflfollower says: Dec 29, 2011 6:58 PM

    “If the right circumstances arise”—-aka playing for a team that has a legitimate QB. Must be tough playing on an offense with a QB who was traded up for in the 1st round but doesn’t have an NFL arm. No wonder LT is discouraged.

  43. indyseriesnick says: Dec 29, 2011 7:03 PM

    he didnt stop till AP was down so LT could laugh at him

  44. packerpride03 says: Dec 29, 2011 7:14 PM

    Choke artist!!! Where’s your visor LT?

  45. ambitoos says: Dec 29, 2011 7:27 PM

    If Marty had stayed with the Chargers, LT would have broken all the records. Turners passing offense killed LT. We miss him at Childrens Hospital in San Diego also.

  46. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2011 7:39 PM

    ogre2010 says:
    Dec 29, 2011 5:46 PM
    It was fun watching him play!! From the days at TCU till his glory days as a Charger.
    ***************************************************
    Ah yes, the “Charger glory days.” :)

  47. patsfiend says: Dec 29, 2011 7:41 PM

    He’s only been “classy” since he’s been with the Jets. Seems to come with old age. A little bit of a whiner while in S.D. Definite HOFer though, either way. He won’t be the only whiner in there.

  48. cereal blogger says: Dec 29, 2011 7:53 PM

    He looks better this year than last year. In a limited role he can still produce, he’s not going to get top dollar any more but if he still wants to play & is willing to accept a lower salary, he still has a place….

  49. grogansheroes says: Dec 29, 2011 8:02 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Dec 29, 2011 6:01 PM
    faulkana says:
    Dec 29, 2011 5:24 PM
    Biggest sissy in the NFL.
    Whiny little crybaby.
    Remind us again as to how classy you are, L.T..
    Good riddance.

    __
    Classier than any Pats player…or fan for that matter.

    —————————————————-
    Hey trollzosforall, I think it is funny saying how Pats players and fans have no class at all when you are a Jets fan, of which the fans and the players are the least classiest people on earth. I know you have a man crush on Belichick because he left you guys at the alter, knowing what type of fans and team the Jets are. Kind of like the girl you break up with and stalks you. And it’s sad that he came to New England and won all those games and championships. Seek help, it is OK. But most of all, have fun in school next week.

  50. mmcdan133 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:04 PM

    For a 6 year stretch between 2001-2007, this was Ladainian Tomlinsons average season:

    1521 yards rushing, 482 yards receiving, 18 total tds.

    I can’t think of another back who had that kind of run for that long. He was an absolute juggernaut. Sure, he hung on too long, but don’t let that confuse just how great this guy was.

    One of the 10 greatest players of all time.

  51. konichiwabtches says: Dec 29, 2011 8:15 PM

    Let your boss punk you like the chargers did to him and tell me you wouldn’t be whining.
    This guy got done dirty in SD as soon as norv got to town
    There was no place for him in the pass happy offense
    The O-line couldn’t open up a can of soda, and then they pushed Lo Neal out bc there was no place in Norvs offense for him.
    Of course LT’s numbers started going down, and they made him the scapegoat for it and pushed him out the door.
    LT is a class guy and a great player, give him the credit he deserves.
    And get off the AFC champ game garbage, I dont see anyone calling AP a punk bc he’s not playing out the season.

  52. tikibarbersthesaurus says: Dec 29, 2011 8:19 PM

    Season on the line, and LT delving into “me me me” talk instead of deferring those question and focusing the interview on the game ahead. Someone’s been taking Tiki Barber’s career advice.

    Miami 24 – Jets 9

  53. mistrezzrachael says: Dec 29, 2011 8:20 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 29, 2011 5:24 PM
    Wonder if he regrets sitting on the bench with helmet on while Rivers played QB with a torn ACL. LaPansy

    That will always be my memory of him..on the bench..didn’t even try to play…wanting no part of NE.

    In fact, the guy disappeared in December & January.

    Not to mention , phony as a $3 bill…fit right in w/jets…all talk.

    Happy 43rd anniversary jet fans

  54. chsmd2001 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:29 PM

    Two future Hall of Famers in Tomlinson and Taylor could be sharing the field for each of their last games.

  55. Amadeus says: Dec 29, 2011 8:35 PM

    There’s only one LT and his name was Lawrence Taylor

  56. tiproast says: Dec 29, 2011 8:37 PM

    For a 6 year stretch between 2001-2007, this was Ladainian Tomlinsons average season:

    1521 yards rushing, 482 yards receiving, 18 total tds.

    I can’t think of another back who had that kind of run for that long. He was an absolute juggernaut. Sure, he hung on too long, but don’t let that confuse just how great this guy was.
    It took me about one second to think of a better back.

    Take a look at Jim Brown’s whole career. Similar numbers, but shorter seasons (12 & 14 games).

  57. terrellochouno says: Dec 29, 2011 8:39 PM

    Get some rest, LT. Take some nice “you” time. You’re already the greatest RB I’ve witnessed in my 20 years of watching football. Don’t make me hate you like Favre did.

  58. TheWizard says: Dec 29, 2011 8:50 PM

    Classier than any Pats player…or fan for that matter.

    Don’t hear the Pats calling themselves classy.

    That’s idiot-speak.

    Figures that you would understand it well.

  59. nflwatcher says: Dec 29, 2011 8:58 PM

    My lasting memory of him will be riding a stationary bike on the sidelines during crunch time.

  60. alewatcher says: Dec 29, 2011 9:09 PM

    LdT had a decent season this year. I could see him back for another season in limited usage.

    It’s too bad he was stuck in SD for his best years and never got a shot at a ring. Wish he showed a little more toughness, but then again, it’s his body, and his body is his living.

  61. OldGrayRunningbackRetirementHome says: Dec 29, 2011 9:18 PM

    “Mama’s don’t let your babies grow up to be Running Backs, Let em’ be Lineman and Safeties and such”.

  62. vincentbojackson says: Dec 29, 2011 9:40 PM

    He played his last game a few years ago.

  63. jc327 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:55 PM

    Wow, might be the last game for two great players and future HOFers.

  64. richm2256 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:58 PM

    mmcdan133 says:
    One of the 10 greatest players of all time.
    ———————————————————
    You really should watch more football ……Mrs. Tomlinson.

  65. bullcharger says: Dec 30, 2011 2:39 AM

    Good riddance. He was certainly talented in his time and he’ll go to the hall, but for a guy that proclaims to be all class he is really a completely classless guy. He’s all about himself and his stats. He’s not a team guy at all. He whined about SD as soon as he left and thought he was mistreated by Norv and A.J. Smith. He pretends to be soft spoken and do things the right way, but he’s so worried about his image he never did the things that were needed to actually win games when it counted. With the teams they had, he should have 2 Super Bowls at least. He shouldn’t be anywhere near the top 10 backs of all time.

  66. steelbreeze676 says: Dec 30, 2011 2:42 AM

    Classiest guy I’ve ever seen whine and kick and scream.

    It’s not over though Rex said they have a playoff game.

  67. dougydougdoug says: Dec 30, 2011 2:48 AM

    Pretty amazing that LT was as durable as he was. Yes, he started to break down in these final seasons (the main reason SD cut him loose) but he sure played at a HOF level for substantially longer then most backs. Especially, Vincent Bo Jackson, right? Sure, he was exciting. NFL & MBA. But what good did any of that do? Body failed him early, and completely. So much for that.

  68. mmcdan133 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:39 AM

    It says alot about a fanbase when this amount of hatred spills forth for the best player that ever wore their uniform.

    Stay classy, San Diego.

  69. tatatoothy says: Dec 30, 2011 7:45 AM

    Tomlinson did have a tremendous career and will likely be a first ballot HOF’er.

    But even his greatest supporters can’t wipe away that image of him sitting on the bench against New England, in the biggest game of his career, while his quarterback played with a torn ACL, nearly willing that team to a victory.

    I’m not a Chargers fan, but I remember watching that game getting angry seeing him sitting there, hiding behind his helmet the entire time, while Rivers looked like he was willing to cut his career short to get that one taste of a Super Bowl championship.

    That’s the difference between a great player and a great winner and leader.

    And as great a player as he was, and as nice a guy as I’m sure he is, that image will never leave him. And he never got that close to a Super Bowl again to erase it.

  70. grilledjesus says: Dec 30, 2011 9:05 AM

    alewatcher says:
    Dec 29, 2011 9:09 PM
    It’s too bad he was stuck in SD for his best years and never got a shot at a ring.
    ————————————————-
    You’re kidding right? He went to the playoffs 5 times with the Chargers, that sounds like a hell of a better shot at a ring than if he was playing in Buffalo or Detroit all those years. He was a good RB, he just couldn’t will his team to win a big game.

  71. grilledjesus says: Dec 30, 2011 9:08 AM

    mmcdan133 says:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:39 AM
    It says alot about a fanbase when this amount of hatred spills forth for the best player that ever wore their uniform.

    Stay classy, San Diego.
    ————————————————-
    Who’s trolling on Dan Fouts?

  72. siaaa says: Dec 30, 2011 4:05 PM

    by far the most productive RB of the past decade. watched him carry the 2-14 Chargers on his back to 14-2. gave the city of SD a lot of pride and was just as great off the field with his charity and th joy he brought to poor kids in town by hosting them at home games. Never heard: LT arrested for drunk driving or beating his wife or wrecking his car at 150 mph or molesting a teen age girl in a hotel room like the so called “Real LT”
    Chargers never recoverded from his decline or later loss. they became a terrible red zone team after he left.aside from not making the play offs, they have lost 3 in a row to the raiders and maybe four by sunday. I dont remember them ever losing to the silver & black when LT was there. as far as the NE playoff game, you have to go back to the Colts game the week before and the play he got hurt on. his knee was completley twisted to where he fumbled the ball not from the hit but from the pain. thats not something you recover from enough to play an NFL football game just a few days later.
    sure Rivers played through the pain but at QB and not RB where you have to make the cuts and get hit on every play. His major fault was sitting on the sideline with the helmet on and not cheering his team. that didnt look good on TV.
    for all those haters, how many nfl touch downs do you or your favorite RB have? he has 162 along with over 13000 rushing yards. if you cant respect that, youre just not a real football fan.

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