Running back LaDainian Tomlinson will be inducted Sunday as the 37th member of the Chargers Hall of Fame, and the fourth ex-player to have his number retired.
Ceremonies will take place this afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium when the Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs.
After being drafted out of Texas Christian University in 2001, Tomlinson ran for 12,490 yards in nine seasons in San Diego, scoring 138 touchdowns on the ground and 15 more on pass receptions.
His best statistical year was 2006, when he rushed for 1,185 yards and 28 touchdowns, and caught 56 passes for three more scores. That was the year the Chargers went 14-2 in the regular season but lost their first playoff contest to the New England Patriots.
Tomlinson, who lives in Texas, said at a news conference today that having his number retired is a tremendous accomplishment.
“This says I made a big impact on this organization,” Tomlinson said. “I’m proud of that.”
The other ex-Chargers whose numbers have been retired are receiver Lance Alworth, 19; quarterback Dan Fouts, 14; and linebacker Junior Seau, 55.
Fans should also be aware of increased security, in light of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.
The National Football League issued a statement last week saying that while there are no known stadium threats in the U.S., fans should avoid bringing bags to the games. If it is essential to bring a bag, it must be in compliance with the league’s clear bag policy, which requires that it be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.
Fans are, however, encouraged to bring nonperishable food, which will be given to the San Diego Food Bank. Collection bins will be positioned around the stadium parking lot.
— City News Service