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Nick Hardwick considering retirement during “time of quiet and reflection”

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Chargers center Nick Hardwick turned in a strong season in 2013, starting every week and playing well despite a nagging neck injury that lasted through most of the season.

Hardwick also played in both playoff games, returning for last week’s loss to Denver after suffering a concussion against the Bengals in the team’s postseason opener. Those experiences in a 10th NFL season have left him in a “time of quiet and reflection (to) see where we’re headed” in terms of continuing his playing career. Whatever decision he makes, Hardwick has been sure to savor everything that happened during the season.

“The older you get, the more you know that every game is valuable and every game could be your last,” Hardwick said, via U-T San Diego. “You realize how special each one of the games are and how awesome of an opportunity it is. You just learn to enjoy it more, relax and enjoy the moment.”

Hardwick is set to make $3.4 million in 2014, which is the final year of his current contract with the Chargers. General Manager Tom Telesco said he thought Hardwick played at a Pro Bowl level this season, suggesting that the Chargers would like to wait at least one more year before contemplating a move away from someone who has started 135 games for them since joining the team.

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10 Responses to “Nick Hardwick considering retirement during “time of quiet and reflection””
  1. 619sdfan4life says: Jan 19, 2014 11:58 AM

    Give us one more year nick. You have been a rock and constant on that line. Give us one more year and see what we can do. God Bless

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 19, 2014 12:32 PM

    He might as well retire because he’ll never win a ring with the Chargers.

    And it’s all about the rings.

  3. icanspeel says: Jan 19, 2014 12:43 PM

    Hardwick and Rivers are best buds, so if Hardwick does end up retiring it will be for good reasons such as health. Hope he returns though since he was the anchor of the patchwork O-Line.

  4. screamingsheep69 says: Jan 19, 2014 12:48 PM

    Oh, Mr. Hardwick!

  5. carlsbadboltfan says: Jan 19, 2014 1:07 PM

    This isn’t the first time Hardwick has talked about retiring. Chargers do have a capable replacement in Ohrnberger.

  6. zeddicuszorander says: Jan 19, 2014 1:12 PM

    Nick’s put in a solid career….and would hate to see him hanging it up. I think he’ll play at least one more year.

  7. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 19, 2014 1:23 PM

    Sweet tats bro

  8. 619sdfan4life says: Jan 19, 2014 4:49 PM

    One more year Nick.

  9. boltdaddy says: Jan 20, 2014 9:52 AM

    C’mon Nick this could be the year. The Bolts found their mojo again, 2014 looks a lot better than 2013 did.

  10. jaialaicharger says: Jan 20, 2014 10:39 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 19, 2014 12:32 PM
    He might as well retire because he’ll never win a ring with the Chargers.

    And it’s all about the rings.

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