Could future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson be playing his last game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins?
The New York Jets running back didn't give a clear-cut answer to reporters on Thursday, but he did say that he would wait and see what happens once the season is over whether or not to continue playing in the NFL. Tomlinson, 32, will be finishing up his two-year deal with the Jets and only needs 35 more yards to pass Jerome Bettis for fifth on the all-time list for rushing yards.
I would love to keep playing, but if the situation is not right, then I won't, Tomlinson said. This possibly could be my last game.
However, Tomlinson said that if chooses to extend his career, he would prefer to play for a contending team, something the Jets may not be next year considering the step back they've taken this season. Right now, the Jets need serious help just to clinch a wild card spot.
I played this game a long time, he said. I don't want to go to someone that's going to lose every week. That's not going to be fun. If it is my last game, I've enjoyed 11 years of playing football--playing a kids' game. Two great organizations. Obviously being here the last couple of years, I've really enjoyed my time here. The fans have been great. My teammates have been great. The coaching staff. There's nothing I can complain about.
Tomlinson, who also spent nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers, has rushed for close to 14,000 yards and has scored 145 touchdowns. He holds the record for most touchdowns in a season (31), has won two rushing titles (2006 and 2007) and an MVP (2006) and has been named to five Pro Bowls ('02, '04, '05, '06 and '07).