LaDainian Tomlinson Impressed Everyone, Even Chiefs Fans, With Hall Of Fame Career

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 18: LaDainian Tomlinson holds a jersey with San Diego Chargers Dean Spanos, during his announcement of his retirement from professional football, after signing a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers and being immediately released by the club, at Qualcomm Stadium on June 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

In Kansas City, most are respectful of LaDainian Tomlinson's career. He was a true superstar and deserves his eventual Hall of Fame entrance.

Kansas City Chief fans are very familiar with a football great that announced his retirement on Tuesday. LaDainian Tomlinson never scored less than 10 touchdowns per season while playing in a San Diego Chargers uniform. It was a brilliant career for an outstanding running back. It was also one that was brutal for Chiefs fans to watch and endure on Sunday's.

This is especially true when considering what happened after Tomlinson's rookie season. The Chargers replaced HC Mike Riley and OC Norv Turner with former Chiefs HC Marty Schottenheimer, whom promptly "Martyballed" LaDainian Tomlinson up and down the field for not an single inch less than 1,335 yards in five seasons. That isn't even factoring in the special talent LT had for catching the ball out of the backfield. He was truly a nightmare for defenses and a dream for Fantasy Football aficionados across who possessed him on their rosters.

It only took the Chargers winning 14 games and LaDainian Tomlinson having one of the best seasons in the history of the NFL, scoring 31 times in 2006, for the Chargers to thankfully come to their senses and fire Schottenheimer.

At least that is how it felt from a Chiefs fans point of view.

Every single season during LaDanian's tenure in San Diego, it seemed they were a favorite to win the Super Bowl according to some media outlets. Of course, those predictions never came to fruition and Tomlinson will go down as another great athlete to never win the ultimate prize in football.

However, LaDainian will still go down as one of the greatest backs in the history of the NFL. Many of the top media pundits around the country are talking about LT's accomplishments or hinting at the Hall of Fame:

In Kansas City, most are respectful of LaDainian Tomlinson's career. He was a true superstar and deserves his eventual Hall of Fame entrance.

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