This day was going to come, and it is here - former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson will retire from the NFL on Monday after he signs a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers.
He played 11 NFL seasons at a position where guys have a hard time lasting four or five. He finished his career with 13,684 rushing yards, and averaged 4.3 yards per carry.
There may not be a single more important player in the modern era for TCU than LT. As former teammate Aaron Schobel noted to me in an interview shortly after he retired last year, "LT is the guy built that thing."
LT is a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but there is some sadness that he never reached a Super Bowl in his career with either the Chargers or Jets.
Of all the professional athletes I have ever had the chance to cover, LT may be the most decent, gentle and professional. He very much cared about his job, and took his responsibilities very seriously.
He also is very loyal to his alma mater, and prideful of Fort Worth.
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