San Diego Chargers Officially Pass the Torch: LaDainian Tomlinson Cut

February 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

While there will be plenty of time to look into what caused LaDainian Tomlinson's release and who’s to blame (including such nonspecific options as father time and no-one) for now time must be made to honor what he has done for the San Diego sports community.
For all of the flak the San Diego Chargers get as a perennial contender that has yet to make it to the Super Bowl, one needn’t look far into the past to have an appreciation for even the current ultimately disappointing degree of success.
When LaDainian Tomlinson was drafted, San Diego held the number one overall pick in the 2001 draft. In other words, they were the NFL’s worst team the year before, with a 1-15 record. The team ultimately traded that first overall selection (under the general consensus that it would be used on Michael Vick) to move down four slots and draft TCU’s star running back.
He showed he was worth the move instantly, putting up 1,236 rushing yards while catching 59 balls for 367 yard...

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