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NFL Star LaDainian "L.T." Tomlinson Selling San Diego Mansion


September means cooler weather, crunchy apples and football. It's also the beginning of the home selling season.

After nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers, LaDainian "L.T." Tomlinson was released by the team in 2010, and subsequently picked up by the New York Jets as a free agent. Though the five-time NFL Pro Bowler is beginning his second season on the opposite coast, he has only just gotten around to placing his palatial San Diego home on the market.

Technically located within the city of Poway, Tomlinsin paid $3.5 million for the 13-acre estate back in 2004. If all goes to plan, the player stands to make a tidy profit from the purchase, with a current asking price of $5,210,000.

And just what do you get for your $5 million? All the features you might expect from the domicile of a well-paid football legend!

  • A full-size basketball court
  • Tennis court
  • A resort-style swimming pool
  • Private theater (pictured below, with a classic car as a throw-in)
  • Outdoor cabana with BBQ area
  • Detached guest quarters
Though Tomlinsin has been away from San Diego for a year and a half, it is hard to overstate his importance to the town and to the Chargers franchise. The player ranks eighth on the all-time rushing list with 12,490 yards. His 138 career rushing touchdowns rank second, and his 153 total touchdowns rank third. He was designated the league's Most Valuable Player in 2006, after setting single-season records with 31 touchdowns and 186 points.

Current Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was quoted at the time of Tomlinsin's release as saying, "What L.T. has meant to this town and to this team, in nine years, the impact he's had both on and off the field, we may never see that again. You're not just going to replace L.T. himself. He was more than a running back."

While die-hard Chargers fans who have yet to recover from the loss of their favorite marquee player can still watch Tomlinsin in action with the Jets all season, perhaps living in the home where he once hung his cleats is better still.

Do you want to run into the real estate end zone by purchasing L.T.'s mansion?
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Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at ThinkGlink.com and The Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and is Chief Content Strategist at RealtyJoin.com, a community for real estate investors.
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