Former New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson returned to his old stomping grounds on Monday, the future Hall of Famer appearing at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center with a crew from the NFL Network.
And with him, he brought his infamous calf tattoos, but unlike when he played here, the dates are filled in.
Tomlinson played two seasons with the Jets, signing in 2010 and then playing in 2011 in what was his last year in the league. Before a single snap of the offseason in 2010, Tomlinson had a tattoo of the Jets logo inked on his right calf, opposite a San Diego Chargers logo on his left calf. Underneath the bolt logo was a dateline that read “2001 – 2010” marking his time with the AFC West team.
While with the Jets, Tomlinson had the logo inked along with “2010 -” with no end date. It has subsequently been filled in to indicate his retirement. And technically Tomlinson is right as his last game with the Jets came on New Year's Day, a 19-17 loss at the Miami Dolphins.
That was a memorable game for all the wrong reasons as wide receiver Santonio Holmes had to be kicked out of the team's huddle and was eventually benched.
Tomlinson watched practice from the sideline and was chummy with the same media members who covered him during those two years in New York. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley saw his former teammate during the stretching portion of practice and came over to give him a hug. Both Tomlinson and later Kerley played their college football at TCU.
Of the members of that 2011 squad, Tomlinson's last year in the league, only 11 currently are on the Jets roster.