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Q&A: Nick Hardwick

Posted Oct 14, 2010

The seventh-year center reveals the toughest NFL teams to block, how he prepares for games and talks about his tattoos.

Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick has started every game for the Chargers this season after an injury limited him to three last year.

He's played 76 regular-season games for the Chargers since San Diego drafted him in the third round in 2004.

A vocal leader on the field, Hardwick calls out blocking signals for the entire offensive line.

He answered questinos from fans Thursday.

Jonathan Linder; Los Angeles

What was the most exhausting or intense NFL game you have played so far in your career?

The playoff game against the Colts two years ago when we beat them in overtime.

Arman R; San Diego

What’s your best memory playing in the NFL?

The Indianapolis game was also the most memorable.

Mike Rodr; Boonville, Mo.

Which NFL team is the hardest team to block and why?

There are a couple of teams that are hard to block. Steelers and Patriots.  They play real base looks. You can’t get a double team, and it’s real hard to play.

Mark Widdoss; Fallbrook, Calif.

You are viewed as the ‘glue’ and/or ‘motivator’ of the offense. What additional training/focus would you like to see added to keep our offense adaptable and improve our ability to control penetration?

I’d like to see consistent focus and effort in practice. What we usually see in practice shows up in a game. That effort over the long haul pays dividends in the end.

James Swiney; San Diego

Are there any calls you make on an every-play basis, such as identifying the front or mike linebacker? Do you have a preference of facing an odd or even front?

I do make calls on every play. I can’t exactly tell you what they are otherwise I would be giving some secrets away. I really don’t have a preference whether we play an odd or even front. They both present unique challenges and we have to be able to adapt our game to those challenges.

Michael Eads; Fresno, Calif.

Did you feel that you were going to play in the NFL from an early age? If you did, what team did you envision yourself playing for growing up?

No I didn’t. I didn’t play football until my sophomore year in college. I walked on the team at Purdue and went on with it from there. I didn’t have any idea I would be playing in the NFL. I just figured I’d have a normal job like everybody else.

Juan Corona; Burbank, Calif.

What gets you mentally prepared before a game?

There are a lot of checks and a lot of plays I run through. Every play has its own unique circumstances that you have to run through, visualize the fit, and how it will play out. You do that over and over. I probably do that five solid times a game.

Rick Wilbur; Waverly, N.Y.

With all the injuries to the long snapper this year is there any way you could fill in at the position?

No. No chance. That’s a completely specialized position and I don’t have the skills for it.

Michele Blevins; Tucson, Ariz.

Does playing center and being right smack in the middle of things have any impact on your arm tattoos?

No. The bruises don’t show up which is a good. I have some cuts, bruises and scars that popped up recently.

Miguel Lopez; Lemon Grove, Calif.

How many tattoos do you have?

I have three big tattoos.

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