It's amazing to believe that a 33-year old man considers himself to be "graduating", but that's how LaDainian Tomlinson looked at it during his retirement press conference yesterday.
"I'm graduating today. I've been playing football 20-some years and so at some point it almost seems like school every year where you sacrifice so much and there is so much you put on the line, mentally and physically, with your body, everything,'' Tomlinson said. ''So today, I take the words of Junior Seau: I feel like I'm graduating. I really do, because I've got my life ahead of me, I'm healthy, I'm happy with a great family and I'm excited to now be a fan and watch you guys play.''
Usually when athletes step away from the game they love, they tend to get emotional, but there were no tears in the eyes of Tomlinson as the five-time Pro-Bowler was all smiles.
Tomlinson signed a one-day contract on Monday and retired as a Charger, who he played nine seasons with, and resided in New York for his final two professional football seasons with the Jets.
Tomlinson was joined by his wife LaTorsha, mother Loreane, son Daylen, and daughter Daylah.
As the New York Jets began their first public practice today, the predictable occurred. The media's obsession with their quarterback controversy has once again ramped up. For the past year Tim Tebow's unorthodox style of offense has been a prominent topic among sports critics, so it might be interesting to read something that is not criticizing him in every aspect. There are an abundance of fans who claim that he won't find the same success this year, especially with the move to the Jets, but who's not to say he won't continue to win? I never thought any quarterback could go a game having fewer than eight pass attempts; however, it works, which leads me to believe he could be the sought out hero for the Jets.
When I heard that Tebow was traded, I wasn't shocked at the fact ownership obtained the most prized "sports celebrity" that America has to offer because that's the nature of Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum. What I was shocked about was the fact that they brought in such a polarizing figure to compete with "franchise" quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was Rex Ryan's first draft pick as "the guy".