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With a powerful speech calling for “Team America” to be a place for inclusion and opportunity, LaDainian Tomlinson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The 2017 roster of entrants into the shrine was deeply impressive: fellow running back Terrell Davis; quarterback Kurt Warner; defensive end Jason Taylor; safety Kenny Easley; placekicker Morten Andersen; and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Count one of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, among those who feel wide receiver Terrell Owens should have a bust in Canton, Ohio.
LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner headline the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, joined by former Seahawks standout Kenny Easley.
No one will wear No. 21 for the San Diego Chargers again. The team will officially retire running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s jersey during a Nov. 22 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team made the announcement on Thursday with Tomlinson looking on. “I’m speechless and don’t know what to say about it,” Tomlinson said. “It’s amazing.” Tomlinson was just that in his nine seasons with the Chargers and was the NFL MVP in 2006. Tomlinson, a five-time Pro Bowler who retired following the 2011 season after also spending time with the Jets, is the fourth Charger to have his number retired. He joins Lance Alworth (No. 19), Dan Fouts (No. 14) and Junior Seau (No. 55). Tomlinson set or tied 28 club records, including rushing for a franchise-best 12,480 yards. – AP
LaDainian Tomlinson’s brilliant NFL career will officially end when he ceremoniously rejoins the San Diego Chargers for a day. The Chargers said Sunday that Tomlinson, the fifth-leading rusher in league history, will sign with the team today and then announce his retirement. Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and spent the first nine years of his career with the Chargers. He played the last two seasons with the New York Jets. Tomlinson won the MVP in ’06, when he set NFL single-season records with 31 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points. He ran for a career-high 1,815 yards that year, giving him the first of two straight league rushing titles. Tomlinson finishes his career with 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns. – AP