When it comes to the Chargers retiring uniform numbers there’s 19, 14, 55 and soon there will be 21.
Bolts legend LaDainian Tomlinson will have his number 21 uniform retired when he’s inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame during the 2015 season. The official ceremony will take place Sunday, November 22 at halftime of the Chargers-Chiefs game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
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Tomlinson will be the 4th player to have his number retired the Chargers, joining Lance Alworth (19), Dan Fouts (14) and the late Junior Seau (55).
“There’s no question LaDainian is a first ballot Hall of Famer. His contributions off the field to the community of San Diego are as important as what he did on the field. What he did on the field was monumental,” said Fouts, in speaking about Tomlinson.
After 11 fantastic seasons on NFL fields, Tomlinson retired in 2012. When LT retired he was the league’s fith all-time leading rusher (13,684 career yards) and its second most prolific scorer (145 career rushing touchdowns).
Tomlinson was the Chargers first-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. During his 9 seasons with the team, LT became one of the most popular and decorated Chargers in history.
LT’s 2006 NFL Most Valuable Player Awards is the highlight more of than 100 team and league awards to his credit.
“Some guys you watch play and say, ‘I wonder if he will wind up in the Hall of Fame?’ LT answered that question a long time ago. He is one of the greatest and most versatile running backs to ever play the game. He helped this organization return to relevancy in the NFL and gave all of us a lot of exciting moments we’ll remember forever,” former Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said.
A formal press conference for Tomlinson’s number retirement will be held on Thursday at Chargers Park.