The San Diego Chargers have announced that they will retire LaDainian Tomlinson’s number 21 when he is inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame at halftime of the Chargers-Chiefs game on November 22.
Tomlinson will become only the fourth player to have his number retired by the organization, joining Lance Alworth (19), Dan Fouts (14) and the late Junior Seau (55) as the only players to receive the team’s highest honor. In addition to his number being raised to the rafters at Qualcomm Stadium, Tomlinson will also become the 38th member enshrined in the Chargers Hall of Fame and have his name forever placed in the team’s Ring of Honor.
“This is a special, special opportunity for the Chargers family and all Chargers fans,” said Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos.
“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. I couldn’t wait to watch him play every week because I knew I would see something special. And that’s what he gave all of us: special memories we’ll carry with us forever.”
Tomlinson retired from the NFL in 2012 as the league’s fifth all-time leading rusher (13,684 career yards) and its second-most prolific scorer (145 career rushing touchdowns). He most certainly will be a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame selection when he becomes eligible in 2017.
The Chargers’ first-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft (fifth overall), and during nine seasons in San Diego (2001-09). He set or tied a total of 28 team records, including marks for career rushing yards, rushing touchdowns in a season and total touchdowns.