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Nick Hardwick tells Chargers he’s coming back

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Chargers center Nick Hardwick has decided against retiring.

Hardwick, who said after the Chargers’ playoff loss that he was thinking of calling it a career, instead told the Chargers on Saturday that he intends to play at least one more year.

“I told them I expect to play next season,” Hardwick told U-T San Diego. “I’m excited about it.”

The 32-year-old Hardwick, who is heading into his 11th season and the third year of a three-year contract, had head and neck injuries last season that made him think it might be time to call it quits. But after some rest he decided that he wants to keep going.

“I wanted to take a month off where I didn’t have to think about football,” Hardwick said. “I just wanted to be honest with where my body is, where my brain is, where we’re at and where we want to go. Just give an honest assessment. My body feels great. My brain feels great. I do think there’s better football ahead of me.”

That’s good news for the Chargers, who now know they won’t be losing the veteran leader on their offensive line.

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16 Responses to “Nick Hardwick tells Chargers he’s coming back”
  1. kwjsb says: Feb 22, 2014 5:48 PM

    There’s 1 team out of the Alex Mack sweepstakes

  2. seatownballers says: Feb 22, 2014 5:48 PM

    Good guy. Bad ink

  3. johnthehillboy says: Feb 22, 2014 5:49 PM

    Watch the concussions bro.

  4. meatcarroll says: Feb 22, 2014 5:56 PM

    Good player for a long time. Hope he goes out on his terms instead of being forced by an injury.

  5. thevikesarebest says: Feb 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    You must be sad u can’t come to the Vikings next season.you have to settle for a inferior franchise.come to MINN if you want to WIN.SKOL

  6. chinahand11 says: Feb 22, 2014 6:01 PM

    Good player, anchors the line, great leader, never quits, I’m glad the Bolts have another year with him. Man, you Vikes fans who post on this site are disgraceful. Sheesh.

  7. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 22, 2014 6:02 PM

    Six rings.

  8. screamingsheep69 says: Feb 22, 2014 6:34 PM

    He was going to retire and open a candle shop in Dallas. Oh, Mr. Hardwick!

  9. bostonian13 says: Feb 22, 2014 6:34 PM

    I always wonder if Those two people who always comment on the Vikings or steelers believe in their own stupidity? These article and most, have nothing to do with those teams.

  10. souldogdave says: Feb 22, 2014 6:45 PM

    And Smith is a Rat.

  11. tdl8 says: Feb 22, 2014 6:49 PM

    ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says:
    Feb 22, 2014 6:02 PM

    Six rings.

    ————————————————–
    Actually NYC, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Philly all have more major sports championships than Pittsburgh!
    NYC has 55 total, Pittsburgh only has 14 so you have a long way to go to be the “City of Champions!”

    Heck, you aren’t even the #1 “City of Champions” in your own state!!!! Philly has you beat by 2! HaHaHa!

  12. cluelessdufus says: Feb 22, 2014 7:14 PM

    Not all Vikings fan are like that. Just 95% of them are. Hardwick is still a good center and if can stay healthy, he will go out of on good terms. One of the 5% of Vikings fans that isn’t trolling.

  13. ontboltfan says: Feb 22, 2014 11:34 PM

    Solid center since he came into the league. Bolts used to have one of the best OLs in the league w him, Kris Dielman and Marcus McNeil all probowlers.

  14. pike573 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:44 AM

    “My brain feels great”. Ouch. When you even have to say that, not good.

  15. seanb20124 says: Feb 23, 2014 7:25 AM

    Must have met with his financial planner.

  16. raiderapologist says: Feb 23, 2014 10:01 PM

    He likes paychecks more than rings.

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