San Diego to retire LaDainian Tomlinson’s No. 21

Former TCU Horned Frog and San Diego Charger LaDainian Tomlinson will have his No. 21 jersey retired during halftime in Week 14 of the 2015-16 NFL season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While a Horned Frog from 1997-2000, Tomlinson finished fourth in Heisman votes (2000) and led the NCAA in rushing for two years. He’d proceed to the pros, after posting 5,387 rushing yards and 56 TDs at TCU. Five years after his collegiate campaign, TCU retired his jersey in 2005.

Famed for his 2007 season, LT’s nimble footwork and ability to shed and evade tackles permitted his 28 end zone visits.

Once a well-oiled machine, LT slipped through the cracks at age 30. In his final two seasons with the Jets, LT logged just shy of 1,200 yards – from 2001-2008, LT rushed for over 1,200 yards per season.

Accounting for his time spent in San Diego and New York, Tomlinson ran for 13,684 yards, scored 145 times, while also serving as a productive wide receiver – 624 receptions for 4,772 yards and 17 TDs.

Tomlinson will be the fourth Charger to have a number retired. Amongst his other colleagues are Dan Fouts (14), Lance Alworth (19) and Junior Seau (55). Along with the ceremony, Tomlinson will be inducted into the Chargers’ Hall of Fame.

Notable athletes to wear No. 21:

Sammy Sosa, Dominique Wilkins, Charles Woodson, Peter Forsberg, Stan Makita, Deion Sanders, Tim Duncan, Roberto Clemente

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