LaDanian Tomlinson has been the most phenomenal Running Back in the NFL and the San Diego Chargers for nine years. He has run like the wind and broke records on the football field to be considered one of the best players to ever play the game. But then, yesterday Team President Dean Spanos met with him and gave him a pink slip letting him know his services will no longer be needed. Spanos tried to explain. “I told him that in the 26 years that I’ve been in this business, it was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do,” Spanos told The Associated Press. “I’m not close to a lot of the players, but there’s a handful that I’ve been close with, and he’s probably the closest. It was really difficult to tell him. But out of respect, I wanted to tell him earlier rather than later.”
Well, according to AP, Tomlinson was due a $2 million check in early March along with a $5 million salary for 2010. Spanos, with all his many tears he’s shed, the real deal may be that he wanted to tell him before he had to pay him another dime. Unless his contract stipulated he get the $5 million no matter what. But given his speed and agility, if he wants to continue to play at 30, he will land with another team pretty quickly.
Spanos also had this to say about Tomlinson, “[he] was very, very gracious and very respectful” during their meeting. “He had his typical smile. He was just as good as could be, as respectful as could be. Just really, like he is, first class.” Well their loss. I, for one, am glad to know that he is truly the guy representing United Way charity. He’s a great person as well as athlete.
Read here to see the full story on this astounding player. Good luck wherever you land.