In an interesting interview with San Diego radio station Double X 1090 AM, Ladainian Tomlinson answered a number of questions, including his perceived role on the Chargers, whether or not he has played his last game in San Diego, and if retirement is in his near future.
In the interview, a dejected Tomlinson came clean on a variety of issues, not the least of which was his unhappiness with his role on the Chargers of 2009. LT clearly stated that every year's team is different, and while he had a career low in production, he wasn't happy with the number of opportunities afforded to him this past season.
"I think I did the things that I could do with this year's team," explains Tomlinson. "Every year, whatever the team needed me to do I gave my heart and soul to it. Whether it was giving me the ball 350 times and another 50-70 times catching the ball, I played my heart and soul for this team. But this year, I wasn't asked to do that type of stuff. My numbers were as low as they've ever been. So I felt that I did what I could, with this team."
So was Tomlinson used correctly this year? Was he happy with his role?
"No I wasn't," Tomlinson says. "I wasn't happy. No one is going to be happy with the least touches of their career. I don't know any running back that would be happy with that. Absolutely not, I wasn't happy with not touching the ball as much as I thought I would."
Given the direction of the Chargers offense, will Tomlinson be back in a Chargers uniform next year?
"I can't really answer that right now to be fair. I need to give myself a little more time before I could really say," says Tomlinson.
Is retirement something LT is considering at this time?
"No, I'm not ready to retire," states Tomlinson. "I still love the game. I have a lot of passion for the game, and I feel like I can contribute to it. So no, not at this time. I'm still chasing the dream of winning a championship. That's the number-one goal. You put your body through a lot to play this game, but you want to win a championship at some point and be able to know what it feels like to hold that trophy."
And as far as restructured contracts go, would LT consider taking less money?
"Nope," Tomlinson flatly replies.
SOURCE: Double X Sports Radio
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