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The San Diego Chargers released five-time Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson today.
The 30-year-old Tomlinson, who is the Chargers’ all-time leading rusher, ran for 730 yards and averaged a paltry 3.3 yards per carry.
Chargers president Dean Spanos issued the following statement:
This is a part of the business that I hate, and it’s particularly hard when you’re dealing with someone I consider a friend, Spanos said. Change involving great players is never easy. I respect LT as much or more than any player I’ve ever known. And no one appreciates his contributions to this organization more than I do. That is why this is such a difficult announcement for me to make.
It has been a privilege to work with him and witness his entire career. I’m proud of him and grateful to him for the way he has carried himself both on and off the field.
No matter where he chooses to continue his career, in my mind LT will always be a San Diego Charger. His legacy as one of the greatest running backs the game has ever seen will be as a Charger.
At age 30, it will be difficult for Tomlinson to regain his past glory. He’ll land somewhere but his days as a number one running back are likely over.
Stating that he did not want to take a paycut to return to San Diego in 2010, this move was clearly inevitable.