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NFL Star Ladainian Tomlinson Retires; Best ‘Ringless’ NFL Greats

Mon., Jun. 18, 2012 1:22 PM EST
by Jelani Rooks

Today marks the end of Ladainian Tomlinson’s illustrious career that saw more highs than lows. Tomlinson, who was the 2006 NFL MVP, will go down as one of the NFL’s greatest running backs.  That year, he set league single-season records for rushing touchdowns (28), overall touchdowns (31) and points scored (186). He also ran for a career-high 1,815 yards for the first of back-to-back rushing titles.

Tomlinson, who spent the first nine years of his career with the San Diego Chargers and the final two with the New York Jets, will retire with 13,684 rushing yards, fifth all-time in the NFL behind Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin. His 145 rushing touchdowns are second to Smith’s 164 and his 162 overall touchdowns are third to wide receiver Jerry Rice’s 208 and Smith’s 175.  However, for all Tomlinson’s talent he was unable to turn these amazing stats into an NFL title.

Check out other NFL greats who either didn’t, or have yet to reach the promise land.

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