04/27/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LaDainian Tomlinson CRIES In Goodbye Press Conference (VIDEO)

The San Diego Chargers released running back LaDainian Tomlinson on Monday, ending an outstanding nine-year career with the team that earned him a spot on the NFL's All-Decade team.

On Wednesday, Tomlinson spoke with the media in an emotional address. A teary Tomlinson told the press that "sometimes emotions [are] what makes a person. And as you guys know, I've always worn my emotions on my sleeve. For that, I'm not sorry."

While he was clearly sad to be leaving his longtime team, the running back also said that he is "excited for the future." Scroll down to see his comments.