Hardwick retires after anchoring Chargers line for 11 years
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Center Nick Hardwick has retired from the NFL after anchoring the San Diego Chargers' offensive line since his rookie season of 2004.
Hardwick says he decided at the start of the 2014 season that it would be his last. He suffered a neck stinger in the opener and was placed on season-ending injure reserve.
Hardwick had nerve problems during the 2013 season that he says "started to spiral out of control. My hands were numb for weeks at a time. ... It became a little reckless to continue to move forward."
The 33-year-old Hardwick started all 136 games he played in, including 67 straight.
Quarterback Philip Rivers and coach Mike McCoy got emotional while talking about Hardwick at a news conference.