You may have noticed something out of the ordinary during LaDainian Tomlinson’s retirement speech on Monday. He looked… happy. Like, truly happy—not Brett Favre happy. Perhaps that’s because he was being given the ultimate honor—the San Diego Chargers, with whom he racked up the majority of his 13,684 career yards—signed LT to a one-day contract so he could retire a Bolt. In return, he busted out a fetching summer bow tie/pocket square combo with just the right amount of San Diego Charger blue.

But did Tomlinson go out on top? Not really…

He never won a Super Bowl and he probably would just as soon forget about the last two years playing as a Jet. But then again, you don’t really need to go out on top when you’ve gone over the top and landed in the end zone as many times as LT did (162).

The only thing that surpassed Tomlinson’s athleticism over the years was his class, both on and off the field, evidenced once again Monday when he not only thanked his offensive line and attributed much of his success as a running back to them, but also the equipment department—the guys who took care of the pads and helmets and LT’s trademark tinted visor—for keeping him safe. “I’m healthy, I’ve got a great family, and I’ve got my whole life ahead of me,” he said in closing. “I have no regrets at all.”

That’s one happy dude.

—C.B.S.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • C. Brian Smith