Tomlinson retires a Charger

Joined by his family and several former teammates, LaDainian Tomlinson ended his brilliant 11-year NFL career the same way he started it — with the San Diego Chargers. The running back signed a one-day contract with the Chargers on June 18 and then announced his retirement.

Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, and Chargers president Dean Spanos hold up Tomlinson's #21 jersey at a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. The news conference was held so that Tomlinson could re-sign with the Chargers and then retire as a Charger. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, and Chargers president Dean Spanos hold up Tomlinson's #21 jersey at a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. The news conference was held so that Tomlinson could re-sign with the Chargers and then retire as a Charger. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, and Chargers president Dean Spanos hold up Tomlinson's #21 jersey at a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. The news conference was held so that Tomlinson could re-sign with the Chargers and then retire as a Charger. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson speaks during a news conference at the teams' facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. He signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson speaks during a news conference at the teams' facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. He signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson speaks during a news conference at the teams' facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. He signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, jokes around with Chargers tight end Antonio Gates during a news conference at the team's facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, jokes around with Chargers tight end Antonio Gates during a news conference at the team's facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, jokes around with Chargers tight end Antonio Gates during a news conference at the team's facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, sits with his son Daylen, wife LaTorsha Tomlinson, and daughter Dayah, during a news conference at the team's facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, sits with his son Daylen, wife LaTorsha Tomlinson, and daughter Dayah, during a news conference at the team's facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, left, sits with his son Daylen, wife LaTorsha Tomlinson, and daughter Dayah, during a news conference at the team's facility, Monday, June 18, 2012, in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement after an 11-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
FILE - This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson celebrating after scoring in front of Denver Broncos linebacker Jamie Winborn, left, and linebacker Nate Webster during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Diego. Two years after leaving under unhappy circumstances, Tomlinson returns to the Chargers to sign a one-day contract and then announce his retirement after 11 mostly brilliant NFL seasons.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
FILE - This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson celebrating after scoring in front of Denver Broncos linebacker Jamie Winborn, left, and linebacker Nate Webster during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Diego. Two years after leaving under unhappy circumstances, Tomlinson returns to the Chargers to sign a one-day contract and then announce his retirement after 11 mostly brilliant NFL seasons.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
FILE - This Dec. 28, 2008 file photo shows San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson celebrating after scoring in front of Denver Broncos linebacker Jamie Winborn, left, and linebacker Nate Webster during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Diego. Two years after leaving under unhappy circumstances, Tomlinson returns to the Chargers to sign a one-day contract and then announce his retirement after 11 mostly brilliant NFL seasons.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson shakes hands with fans after a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson shakes hands with fans after a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson shakes hands with fans after a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson speaks at a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson speaks at a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson speaks at a news conference held at the San Diego Chargers facility Monday, June 18, 2012 in San Diego. Tomlinson signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

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