Tomlinson, now an analyst for NFL Media, retired in 2012 after 11 years in the NFL. The fifth pick in the 2001 draft, the Texas Christian product played nine seasons with the Chargers and rushed for 138 touchdowns while with the team. Tomlinson’s banner year was 2006, when he rushed for a league-record 28 scores, won the rushing title, and was named NFL MVP by the Associated Press. Tomlinson also won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2006.
“Few players, if any, have meant more to this franchise than LT. He was the heart and soul of this team through one of the most successful decades in our history,” Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said in the news release.
But the back affectionately known as “L.T.” was always destined to return to San Diego, and he did on June 18, 2012, ceremonially re-signing with the team and then retiring. And though it took the team nearly three years to announce the retirement of Tomlinson’s No. 21 jersey, the Bolts never re-issued the number after Tomlinson left.