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He knew the Chargers were going to release him following the 2009 season, so when it happened he was preparded for free agency. Recently, the Hall of Fame running back reflected on the process of finding a new team after spending nine years in San Diego.
“He (Dean Spanos) asked me to come in and talk to him, you know, as soon as I could,” Tomlinson told NFL.com. “I think I rushed right down to the complex because I knew what was about to happen.”
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Tomlinson was quickly courted with meals, limousines, and much more by the Minnesota Vikings, who wanted to pair LT with Adrian Peterson.
The NFC Championship appearence of the prior year combined with the allure of teaming up with Peterson was huge, yet there was a bigger factor for Tomlinson still in the works.
“I remember before I made my decision, talking to Brett Favre, trying to get it out of him,” Tomlinson recalled, refering to the quarterback’s hesitation to play another year. “I remember him saying, ‘Uhh, LT I don’t know. I’m just not sure if I wanna play anymore.'”
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The rest was easy for Tomlinson, who wanted nothing more than to be on the field again.
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