LaDainian Tomlinson Retires: Career by the Numbers

Jake WestrichSenior Writer IJune 18, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 18:  LaDainian Tomlinson holds a jersey with San Diego Chargers Dean Spanos, during his announcement of his retirement from professional football, after signing a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers and being immediately released by the club, at Qualcomm Stadium on June 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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After 11 seasons as an NFL running back, LaDainian Tomlinson is hanging up the cleats.

Tomlinson signed a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the San Diego Chargers, the team with which he spent his first nine seasons. Tomlinson's time with the Bolts included five Pro Bowl appearances, two seasons as the NFL's leader in rushing yards and a 2006 NFL MVP award. He was also a recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2006.

After accumulating more than 1,100 rushing yards in each of his first eight seasons with the Chargers, Tomlinson was slowed by injuries in 2009 and managed only 730 yards on 3.3 yards per carry. He was subsequently waived and signed with the New York Jets for the 2010 campaign. The year proved redemptive for Tomlinson, as he compiled 914 yards on 219 carries, an average of 4.2 yards per carry, and helped the Jets to an 11-5 record and a trip to the Conference Championship.

LaDainian Tomlinson's MVP Season: 2006
Rush Att Rush Yds Rush TDs Recs Rec Yds Rec TDs WIS
348 1,815 28 56 508 3 Simulate

Though a Super Bowl ring eluded Tomlinson, his name is firmly entrenched in the NFL record books. He ranks fifth in career rushing yards and seventh in career all-purpose yards. Tomlinson's 2006 campaign is the 18th-highest single-season rushing total.

NFL Records: Career Rushing Yards
Rank Player Yards Years Season High
1 Emmitt Smith 18,355 1990-2004 1,173 (1995)
2 Walter Payton 16,726 1975-1987 1,852 (1977)
3 Barry Sanders 15,269 1989-1998 2,053 (1997)
4 Curtis Martin 14,101 1995-2005 1,697 (2004)
5 LaDainian Tomlinson 13,684 2001-2011 1,815 (2006)

Tomlinson's 31-touchdown season in 2006 remains the most touchdowns scored in a single season. Shaun Alexander is second with 28 touchdowns, a feat he accomplished the year before. Tomlinson's 2006 campaign also puts him atop the list for most points scored in a season (186), besting Paul Hornung's 1960 effort by 10 points.

NFL Records: Career Total Touchdowns
Rank Player TDs Years Season High
1 Jerry Rice 208 1985-2004 23 (1987)
2 Emmitt Smith 175 1990-2004 25 (1995)
3 LaDainian Tomlinson 162 2001-2011 31 (2006)
4 Terrell Owens 156 1996-2010 16 (2001)
5 Randy Moss 154 1998-2010 23 (2007)

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