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LaDainian Tomlinson to Join San Diego Chargers, Immediately Retire

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Expect to see more of this on Monday. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Expect to see more of this on Monday. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Former Chargers star Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson had previously mentioned that he was 95% retired. Now there are two things in that previous statement that are about to change: LaDainian Tomlinson will no longer be a former Charger, and his retirement level will bump up from 95% to 100%.

The team announced this morning that LaDainian Tomlinson will sign as a member of the San Diego Chargers, only to retire immediately. Tomlinson will announce his retirement from the National Football League in a retirement press conference to be held at Chargers Park tomorrow morning at 11:00 am, (Monday, June 18). The press conference will be streamed live on Chargers.com, so those of us who have to work during that time will still be able to watch it (provided your employer doesn't block access to Chargers.com, then, well, sorry).

Say what you will about the whole "sign a one-day contract for the team then immediately retire" stunt that some players and teams pull, this will make a lot of people happy. Since being drafted in the first round of the 2001 Draft, Tomlinson played nine of the best seasons of any Chargers Running Back, breaking and setting numerous records along the way. After two wayward seasons spent in New York, it'll make many Chargers fans happy to see him rejoin the team and retire as a member of the San Diego Chargers.