LaDainian Tomlinson Says The Chargers Asked Him To Come Out Of Retirement
LaDainian Tomlinson is enjoying retirement as he displays his analyst talents on NFL Network and Sirius XM radio. Tomlinson spent some time with Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports recently and let him in on some blockbuster information.
Tomlinson told Silver that the San Diego Chargers and their new regime asked him to come out retirement and play for the Bolts.
“I met [new general manager] Tom Telesco and [rookie head coach] Mike McCoy at the [NFL scouting] combine, and they asked me to come back and play,” Tomlinson said. “I saw [executive vice president] John Spanos at a restaurant in Indy, and he introduced me to them, and they brought it up. At first I thought they weren’t really serious, but they kept talking about it, and I realized it was real. They said, ‘You can come back and carry it 10 or 12 times a game. We’d like to have you here.’ ” Though flattered, Tomlinson said he didn’t seriously consider the offer: “No, because when I made the decision to walk away, I wrestled with it long and hard, and I knew it was final. Once I retired, that was it. My mind is in a different place. Mentally, going back would have been too hard.”
New head coach Mike McCoy will definitely have to answer about Tomlinson’s slip of the tongue, but fan base wise, it would have definitely been a positive for the new Chargers regime.