San Diego Chargers center will retire today
According to Nick Shook of NFL.com, Nick Hardwick, age 33, of the San Diego Chargers will announce his retirement at a news conference scheduled for 12:30 pm eastern time today.
Hardwick was drafted out of Purdue as a center by the Chargers in 2004, the same year they drafted quarterback Phillip Rivers. During his 11 seasons in the NFL, he started in 136 games, 108 of those coming with Rivers between 2006 and 2013.
It was known that Hardwick would be retiring after the 2014 season but only within the Chargers organization. After a week one injury that sidelined Nick for the entire season, his career was prematurely ended. Even though it was a secret to the public, any Chargers fan who paid attention could notice Hardwick losing considerable weight during the season, dropping from 305 pounds to 208. Which was an indication that his playing days were over.
In week two of this season, Rivers even wore Hardwick’s number 61 in place of the 17 on his helmet.
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