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Chargers hire LaDainian Tomlinson as special assistant to owner

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It’s a pretty good step up from assistant to the traveling secretary, though it’s still hard to tell exactly what LaDainian Tomlinson will be doing.

The Chargers announced that the former running back has joined the team as special assistant to the owner.

The team release said Tomlinson “will support the organization and expand its community outreach as the franchise continues the transition to Los Angeles.”

“L.T. is one of the most beloved and iconic Chargers of all time,” Chargers owner Dean Spanos said in a release. “His active involvement in our fight for Los Angeles is vital, and he represents the very best of what it means to be a Charger on the field and in the community.”

The retired running back and future Hall of Famer is expected to remain in his current role with the NFL Network, according to co-worker Ian Rapoport.

But with his new ceremonial post, he continues to add to a pretty aggressive PR effort as the Chargers try to carve out their niche in L.A.

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45 Responses to “Chargers hire LaDainian Tomlinson as special assistant to owner”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 30, 2017 9:29 AM

    What a joke of a move, the selfish crybaby is made Special Assistant to the Owner.

  2. cobrala2 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:32 AM

    LT has a LOT of backtracking to do!

  3. chipper41 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:34 AM

    thats the best title they can come up with for their newly elected HOF running back? special assistant? whats so special about it?

    does the assistant job come with a full benefits package and two weeks vacation?

  4. thirdand43 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:39 AM

    Does this mean the end of his TV days? I have a hunch Mike Irvin’s seat at the desk may be vacant soon.

  5. factschecker says: Mar 30, 2017 9:45 AM

    IMO if you are currently employed by an NFL team then you can’t host a studio show. Conflict/s of interests would effect ones objectivity. You can do one or the other but you can’t do both. To me the NFLN is run about as wrong as something could be run. Pretty much a 1/8th of a step up from ESPN. Which ESPN (to me) is the gold standard of how not to run a network.

    He could always be brought in from time to time as a studio guest.

  6. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 30, 2017 9:50 AM

    Is he the errand boy?

  7. floridaslonechargersfan says: Mar 30, 2017 9:52 AM

    Dean can’t bare to show his face in public so the next best thing is to poke San Diego in the eye again by having one of its favorite sons carry the water in Los Angeles.

  8. scrp2 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:53 AM

    Will he be able to boss Phillip Rivers around? That’s what I want to see.

  9. skmad2014 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:53 AM

    Does he have any actual skills that translate to that? Isn’t this just post-playing career circumvention of the salary cap? “I’m an old rich guy, I’ll pay ex-players to hang out with me and that will make me cool.”

  10. ricko1112 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:58 AM

    Boo hoo hoo!

    The Patriots mocked us after we pooped our pants by doing the same dance we use to mock other teams!

    Boo hoo hoo!

  11. nyneal says: Mar 30, 2017 10:01 AM

    That’s great news. It will get him off the NFL Network and we won’t have to listen to him babble on anymore.

  12. zombiepatriot says: Mar 30, 2017 10:04 AM

    Maybe they have a bench in their offices that they do not want to float away.

  13. xpensivewinos says: Mar 30, 2017 10:05 AM

    Spanos once again grasping…………at…………straws.

  14. schmitty2 says: Mar 30, 2017 10:07 AM

    Nothing bad to say about LT when he was on the field..one of the best BUT as an analyst he is terrible. Brings nothing to the table and can’t speak clearly to save his life. What was the biggest head scratcher was him blasting Joey Bosa for holding out in training camp when he himself did the same exact thing years ago. Maybe he would be better off being Dean’s little sidekick.

  15. demolition510 says: Mar 30, 2017 10:11 AM

    Respect LT#2’s game. But member that time he was pouting and whining on the bench?

    LT2OL LT2OL

    Lawrence taylor is the Real LT

  16. scoops1 says: Mar 30, 2017 10:18 AM

    There is only 1 LT…..

    and its not some RB whose wheels kept coming apart during playoff time

  17. thrifty says: Mar 30, 2017 10:34 AM

    Totally a PR move.

  18. u4iadman says: Mar 30, 2017 10:38 AM

    Not HOF material.

    And cant stand to listen to him babble on tv.

  19. bubbybrisket says: Mar 30, 2017 10:55 AM

    Mar 30, 2017 10:38 AM
    Not HOF material.

    And cant stand to listen to him babble on tv.

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    Uhh no, LT is going to the HOF, whether you like it or not.

  20. dcpatfan says: Mar 30, 2017 10:57 AM

    smh……

    “L.T. is one of the most beloved and iconic Chargers of all time,” Chargers owner Dean Spanos said in a release.”

    as he pats him on the head…..

    really LT?

  21. pancaketaco says: Mar 30, 2017 10:58 AM

    Did the NFL give this idea to Spanos and offer to pay half his salary as a way to free up his seat on NFLN?

  22. santamoss says: Mar 30, 2017 11:00 AM

    LT: I’m assistant owner-

    Jim Halpert: -Assistant TO the owner.

  23. granadafan says: Mar 30, 2017 11:21 AM

    santamoss says:
    Mar 30, 2017 11:00 AM
    LT: I’m assistant owner-

    Jim Halpert: -Assistant TO the owner.

    ================================================

    That’s what White House staffers and Congressmen/ Senators have to constantly tell Steve Bannon that HE is not the president.

  24. imodan says: Mar 30, 2017 11:30 AM

    nyneal says:
    Mar 30, 2017 10:01 AM
    That’s great news. It will get him off the NFL Network and we won’t have to listen to him babble on anymore.
    ————————————–
    I’ll miss him. I was learning a second language.

  25. miklib says: Mar 30, 2017 11:36 AM

    This instantly adds class to the front office. Just ask LT, he’ll tell you.

  26. rohlo71 says: Mar 30, 2017 11:42 AM

    Hes keeping Ladanian around in a high profile role for when the nfl decides it in nfl’s best interest the Chargers to move back to san diego after someone ponies up money to build a stadium and gets things sorted out down there.ladanians role at that point is that he is beloved in san diego and will be the positive bridge PR wise to take hatred away from spanos to when and if the chargers up back in san diego.

    Let’s face it everyone Chargers will NEVER be accepted in LA ,even the raiders and rams last time they were there when they didnt win had bad attendance.raiders had horrible attendance at colliseum in early 90’s and they actually have a fanbase their that dwarfs anthing chargers would have.The rams have diehards and a fanbase that dwarfs anything chargers have up there as well and if they arent einning they dont draw well.

    This chargers in LA thing is a test run to first see if it works for spanos.The big reason he also has taken the team up there for now(and it hasnt been mentioned) was to make sure the raiders didnt move back into the LA market forcing them to get their deal elsewhere that ended up being vegas.Once raiders had their new home spanos would not have to worry about if it doesnt work in LA and decides to go back down to,san diego if stadium deal surfaces he doesnt have to worry anymore about raiders anymore moving back to LA.

    It will be a process over the next several years to see what the end game is for real,for now it’s the LA Chargers charade ,if raiders can move back to oakland like they did before and rams can move back to LA then the Chargers sure as hell could eventually move back to San Diego.maybe them actually going to LA for now is the fire that needed to be lit underneath peoples ass in san diego!!!!

  27. dawoger says: Mar 30, 2017 11:44 AM

    What a great idea for minisoda! They could hire Adriana peterbeater as a special assistant to the team’s child day care manager.

  28. tootitan says: Mar 30, 2017 12:12 PM

    Good thing there’s no conflict of interest here!

    LT is the SA to the TO of the SDC while he works for NFLN (unintelligibly) discussing NFL issues involving the NFLPA, the CBA, etc.

    Maybe he’s exempt from the “conflict of interest” designation because nobody has a clue what he’s saying when he’s behind the desk at NFLN.

    Either way, what a move, Mr. Spanos! Another souvenir to pin on your office wall alongside all those bridesmaid garters. Maybe someday before 2099 the Chargers will actually take a step up from being the bridesmaid of the NFL to actually winning a championship. Or something! But, with decisions like this one coming from the top of the executive ladder, I wouldn’t bet money on it.

  29. irsaysneedle says: Mar 30, 2017 12:16 PM

    but, just like when he played, he gets to take ‘big games’ off…and cry about it afterwards….a shame to the HOF, he is.

  30. guyjuneguyjune says: Mar 30, 2017 12:19 PM

    “iconic” SAN DIEGO player, NOT iconic Carson/La-La-Land player. This is nothing but hype from the liar Spanos and his new FAKE NEWS PR man. Do you mean to tell me that you’d purchase over-priced tickets in Carson instead of the following options? LA Dodgers, LA Lakers, LA Angels, Disneyland, LA Clippers, Universal Studios, LA Rams, LA Kings, USC Football, UCLA Football, UCLA Basketball, Knotts Berry Farm, Six Flags and the BEACH (which is free). The entertainment dollar is spread thin in La-La-Land.
    Carson City’s excessive ticket prices for an “intimate viewing experience” is a pathetic and false claim from the deceitful Spanos “MOB.”
    The teams players don’t like or approve of this disastrous “RELOCATION” by the NFL. Wait until the Raiders players get hit the face everyday by HOT CLUBS and black jack and brothels everywhere in LAS VEGAS. Goodell and NFL owners are ruining the league’s history, standards and traditions. PATHETIC!

  31. pastabelly says: Mar 30, 2017 12:27 PM

    The Chargers are best off going to St Louis. It’s a major market that will do some form of stadium deal. They would be an instant in-state rival to the Chiefs. This move makes too much sense.

  32. thun5der says: Mar 30, 2017 12:29 PM

    hahaha, you have to be kidding me. The dude is a total moron

  33. straighcashhomey says: Mar 30, 2017 12:31 PM

    LT was a clown and will always remember him sitting on bench against Pats with dark visor on and jacket. Talked a big game but never backed it up in playoffs when it counted

  34. denverscott says: Mar 30, 2017 12:35 PM

    factschecker says:
    Mar 30, 2017 9:45 AM
    IMO if you are currently employed by an NFL team then you can’t host a studio show. Conflict/s of interests would effect ones objectivity. You can do one or the other but you can’t do both. To me the NFLN is run about as wrong as something could be run. Pretty much a 1/8th of a step up from ESPN. Which ESPN (to me) is the gold standard of how not to run a network.

    He could always be brought in from time to time as a studio guest.

    Good thing your opinion is worthless. Conflict of interest? Do you even know what that means? As far as being biased,so what. Almost every commentator is a former player that obviously has a soft spot for his former team but big deal. They make comments, they give OPINIONS. They don’t set the betting line. They don’t negotiate players contracts. They are commentators. What about Brandon Marshall? Is his situation a conflict of interest? If you must say something negative about every person in every article then at least bring something meaningful to the table.

  35. rohlo71 says: Mar 30, 2017 12:42 PM

    pastabelly says:
    Mar 30, 2017 12:27 PM
    The Chargers are best off going to St Louis. It’s a major market that will do some form of stadium deal. They would be an instant in-state rival to the Chiefs. This move makes too much sense.

    —————

    Spanos will never leave the state of california!!!!

  36. grumpysal says: Mar 30, 2017 12:42 PM

    “,Knotts Berry Farm,”

    anyone know what their draft board looks like? I really think they have a great shot at a sleeper in the 4th round.

    you pretty much nailed it, the Chargers will be very last thing that someone in that area will pony money up to go and see.

  37. hillarystandswhenshepees says: Mar 30, 2017 12:52 PM

    He can pick up the dry cleaning.

  38. rustytrumbone says: Mar 30, 2017 1:03 PM

    Maybe he is the fall guy they Chris Carter talked about.

  39. ricko1112 says: Mar 30, 2017 1:18 PM

    While Rivers played through a torn MCL in the 2007 playoffs against NE, Tomlinson pretended to be too hurt to play. That way he didn’t have to take any of the blame and could toss his team under the bus.

  40. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 30, 2017 1:40 PM

    This is nothing more than a marketing ploy for a team that moved to a town that did not want them. Put a well known name out there to try to generate interest.

  41. lobzila says: Mar 31, 2017 1:57 AM

    LT, I get the playing for them for most of your career, but did you have to sell your soul to them as well?
    Where is your dignity man? You moved out of San Diego for a reason, twice. You now live in Texas with you family. I defended you when you got hurt in the play offs, but this?

  42. tony721 says: Mar 31, 2017 3:49 PM

    Disgusting.
    Shame on you LT!

  43. yourunclerico says: Mar 31, 2017 7:43 PM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Mar 30, 2017 1:40 PM
    This is nothing more than a marketing ploy for a team that moved to a town that did not want them. Put a well known name out there to try to generate interest.
    ===========
    how the hell do you know if LA wanted them? I know plenty of people there that were thrilled ! infact, who is sold out? oh yeah, the Bolts – that nobody wanted, right.
    and at ridiculously high prices.
    maybe you should just focus on your crappy bills team. you have nothing to say about what LA wants.

  44. rohlo71 says: Apr 1, 2017 5:21 PM

    yourunclerico says:
    Mar 31, 2017 7:43 PM
    bobthebillsfan says:
    Mar 30, 2017 1:40 PM
    This is nothing more than a marketing ploy for a team that moved to a town that did not want them. Put a well known name out there to try to generate interest.
    ===========
    how the hell do you know if LA wanted them? I know plenty of people there that were thrilled ! infact, who is sold out? oh yeah, the Bolts – that nobody wanted, right.
    and at ridiculously high prices.
    maybe you should just focus on your crappy bills team. you have nothing to say about what LA wants.

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    You are in denial if you dont think majority of LA could care less about the chargers.there is a reason they were booed out of the staples center when they showed the LA chargers logo on the big screen scoreboard then they hold a rally for them in englewood and in a city of over 20 million people only 150 people show up ??? Keep drinking that spanos kool aid homer!!!you are in the minority as an LA Chargers scab fan!!!!

    LMAO and you are bragging about them selling out the stubhub center?????? Come on really forst off majority of those seats were bought to make money off of by ticket agencies and scalpers.it will be a raiders home game when they play there as it will be a aplit to majoity of visiting teams fans when they play the broncos and chiefs and most of the other teams on their schedule.

    Second its the 30,000 seat stub hub center. Not sure selling that out is anyrhing to brag about let alone it took just over two months to do so.as where the rams sold out in an hour 70,000 seats.stub is 30kseats as where the average nfl stadium holds about 65,000 seats.the,chargers from 2003 to 2016 had an average of about 67,000 fans per game in san diego in a stadium that holds 72,000 fans.the chargers attendance would be embarrasing in the Rams stadium when it opens in englewood.

  45. yourunclerico says: Apr 2, 2017 10:34 AM

    rohlo71 says:
    Apr 1, 2017 5:21 PM
    bla bla bla lies lies lies
    ==========
    I took the time to reply to your ridiculous post. The mods, in their normal “wisdom” deleted said post. I am used to it. that’s all they seem to do around here.
    Its ok. When you visit your local library and are able to see this post, just know i was lmao at your ignorance and will completely enjoy the LA Chargers destroying your little team of gangster trash next year. dont count on going +.500 two years in a row when you are more comfortable in the basement, like the previous 13 years!
    enjoy saggy!

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