Hardwick could retire at age 30

AP

We’ve already written this month about how the Chargers are going to have to rebuild their offensive line this offseason.

And that was before we knew center Nick Hardwick may retire at the age of 30. Hardwick is reasonably healthy, but he’s thinking of walking away from the game.

“I love football,” Hardwick told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune this week. “It’s a hard decision. There is a lot that goes into it. It’s heavy. So I’m not willing to think about it right now.”

Hardwick is set to be a free agent and would do well on the market as a quality starter that still has good years left. He’s third among active Chargers in games started.

“You see the older guys, the alumni who have long term issues, and it makes you think. It’s not scary; it’s just part of weighing the decision,” Hardwick said.

Guard Kris Dielman is also considering retirement because of his concussion issues. Left tackle Marcus McNeill wants to keep playing, but he has spine/back issues.

The first job for the next Chargers coach may be finding an offensive line.

8 responses to “Hardwick could retire at age 30

  1. It’s nice to know that the issues with the Chargers will continue into next season. I hope Rivers learns how to run faster in the offseason, he’ll need it.

  2. Everyone always forgets, that you play about 13yrs of football before making it to the NFL. If he’s saved his money and has his health, more power to him.

  3. See Earl “The Tyler Rose” Campbell lately? Eight years in the NFL 118 games, retired at 30 years old. He averaged 352 carries a year over his first four years, over that same time he averaged 1614.25 per season with 13.75 touchdowns per year. The man is 56 years old and he’s barely ambulatory if his arthritis will allow him to walk, otherwise he has to use a wheelchair. Sure he was a running back, the most punishing running back to put on a uniform, I guess it all comes down to how you play the game and what you’re willing to sacrifice.

  4. romoscollarbone says:
    Dec 30, 2011 12:01 PM
    Everyone always forgets, that you play about 13yrs of football before making it to the NFL. If he’s saved his money and has his health, more power to him.

    Hardwick quit playing football when he was a freshman in High School and didn’t pick it back up until his sophmore year at Purdue when he walked on for the 2001 season. He’s only been playing 10 years.

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