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Nick Hardwick
C #61
Height:
6-4
Weight:
305
Age:
32
College:
Purdue
Hometown:
Indianapolis, Ind.
Experience:
11

Quick Stats (2013):

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16
GS
16
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 135 135
2013 SD 16 16
2012 SD 16 16
2011 SD 16 16
2010 SD 16 16
2009 SD 3 3
2008 SD 13 13
2007 SD 12 12
2006 SD 16 16
2005 SD 13 13
2004 SD 14 14
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 HOU L 28-31
2 @PHI W 33-30
3 @TEN L 17-20
4 DAL W 30-21
5 @OAK L 17-27
6 IND W 19-9
7 @JAC W 24-6
9 @WAS L 24-30
10 DEN L 20-28
11 @MIA L 16-20
12 @KC W 41-38
13 CIN L 10-17
14 NYG W 37-14
15 @DEN W 27-20
16 OAK W 26-13
17 KC W 27-24

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Bio

The Chargers’ Lineman of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and a member of the Chargers 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, Hardwick has long been a steadying force as the senior member of the team’s offensive line.   

Hardwick was one of only two linemen to start every game last season on a line that saw three different starting left tackles, and two different starters at both left guard and right tackle. He now heads into his 10th NFL season in 2013 having started 50 straight games at center and a total of 119 for his career.        

Hardwick had one of his best seasons as a pro in 2012, though for a time he contemplated stepping away from the game and from the only city he’s played in as a professional. After the 2011 season ended, Hardwick became an unrestricted free agent, he had recently become a new father, and he had just watched one of his best friends and linemates - left guard Kris Dielman - retire after suffering a serious concussion. All three factors led Hardwick to ponder whether he wanted to continue playing football, and if he did, whether he wanted to play it in San Diego or make a fresh start elsewhere. But when the dust settled just prior to the start of free agency, Hardwick decided that home is where the heart is, and he opted to sign a new three-year contract with the Chargers. It was a big decision for Hardwick and his family, but having the chance to continue his career in the same city where he started lifted a huge burden from the shoulders of he and his wife, Jayme. 

With all the accolades, it’s hard to believe that just four seasons ago in 2009, Hardwick suffered an ankle injury so severe that it nearly ended his career. He missed 13 games that season, but returned in time for a late-season push to the playoffs and he hasn’t missed a game since. Charged with calling out the blocking schemes and making changes at the line of scrimmage, Hardwick shares a close bond with quarterback Philip Rivers.             

When Hardwick returned from the ankle injury and started all 16 games for the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense in 2010, teammates honored him with a share of the team’s Emil Karas Memorial Award as its most inspirational player.               

A Pro Bowl selection in 2006, Hardwick has been a starter since his rookie season (2004). The Chargers have rushed for at least 1,700 yards in all but one season that he has started at least 12 games, including a team-record 2,578 yards in ’06.

Hardwick grew up in Indianapolis. As a youth, he played hockey on an international traveling team and was a standout prep wrestler. With wrestling as a possible ticket to fulfill his dreams of becoming a Marine aviator, Hardwick went to Purdue on a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship. One of his father’s cousins, Joe McCormick, was a former Air Force pilot and he inspired Hardwick to acquire his pilot’s license before he turned 18. He earned the money to pay for his flying lessons by collecting golf balls at a local driving range. But Hardwick’s mission was altered after former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees led the Boilermakers to the 2001 Rose Bowl. Hardwick saw the excitement it generated on the Purdue campus, and the following fall he decided to walk on to the school’s football team. A year after earning a spot as a scout team defensive tackle, he became the Boilermakers’ starting center and earned all-conference honors.    

Hardwick maintains close ties to his alma mater where Jayme also competed as a member of the school’s women’s soccer team. In 2007, he endowed an annual football scholarship that is given to a walk-on player who earns it, just as Hardwick did. And in 2008, Purdue presented him with the Drew Brees Mental Attitude Award, presented by the Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Hardwick became the fourth former Boilermaker to receive the award.         

Owner of a management degree from Purdue, Hardwick is the Chargers’ union representative and he guided the players through the NFL Lockout in 2011. He sharpened his business acumen when he attended the NFL’s Business and Entrepreneurial Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. It is a special program where NFL players and front office employees spend a week learning a broad range of business topics from some of the country’s most well-known educators.     

In December 2011, the Hardwicks became first-time parents. Hudson Harold Hardwick, was born the night before the Chargers’ nationally-televised game against the Baltimore Ravens and the next night, NBC showed America a picture of baby Hudson during the broadcast of the game.              

Hardwick  has been involved in a number of charitable causes throughout his career, but his main devotion is to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (MCLEF), an organization that raises money to provide advanced education for the children of Marines and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.         

In his free time, Hardwick enjoys reading, drawing and spending time at the beach with his family.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (66), April 24, 2004…signed July 29...signed six-year contract, June 16, 2006 and three-year deal, March 14, 2012.

2012: Helped Chargers rush for season-high 148 yards and two touchdowns in Sept. 16 win over Tennessee...anchored line that didn’t allow any sack yards in 42 passing plays, while Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes in Dec. 9 win at Pittsburgh for Chargers’ first-ever regular-season win in Steel City. 2011: Chargers’ Lineman of Year...Pro Bowl third-alternate...anchored line in season-high 206-yard rushing day Oct. 9 at Denver...part of offensive line that earned Madden Protectors Award after not allowing any sacks in 26 pass plays and helping to block for 153 rush yards and touchdown in season-ending win at Oakland. 2010: Chargers’ co-Most Inspirational Player...offensive line blocked for 180 rush yards and allowed just one sack in 41-10 win vs. Arizona Oct. 3...offensive line named Madden Most Valuable Protectors after season-high 207 yards rushing in 31-0 win vs. Kansas City Dec. 12. 2009: Injured left ankle Week 1 at Oakland and inactive next 13 games... returned for Dec. 25 win at Tennessee and helped Chargers rush for 166 yards. 2008: Pro Bowl third-alternate…inactive Weeks 1-3 (foot)…Week 14 at Kansas City, left in 3Q (concussion), but started following week when Rivers threw career-high four touchdowns in 41-24 win at Tampa Bay… anchored team-record 289-yard rushing performance in AFC West-clinching win vs. Denver Dec. 28…blocked for 167-yard rush night in Jan. 5 Wild Card win vs. Indianapolis as Bolts scored game-winning touchdown on 22-yard run in overtime. 2007: USA Today Sports Weekly All-NFL and USA Today All-Joe…Pro Bowl second-alternate…Oct. 7 at Denver, offensive line cleared way for 214 yards rushing… injured foot Oct. 14 vs. Oakland and inactive Weeks 7-10…returned Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore… anchored 191-yard rush effort in 24-10 win at Kansas City Dec. 2, including touchdowns of 31 and 28 yards in third and fourth quarters to break 10-10 tie…blocked for 274 yard rush game, then second in team history, with no sacks Dec. 16 vs. Detroit…no sacks in Jan. 13 Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis and offensive line had perfect blocks as Billy Volek scored game-winning touchdown on one-yard quarterback sneak in fourth quarter. 2006: Pro Bowl…241 rush yards and three touchdowns with no sacks in 40-7 win vs. Tennessee Sept. 17…150 yards rushing Week 3 vs. Baltimore, which was ranked No. 1 in NFL vs. run and surrendering 34.3 rush ypg coming into contest…216 rush yards Oct. 29 vs. St. Louis...offensive line named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after Nov. 19 win at Denver…anchored 265-yard rush game, then fifth-best in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17. 2005: Paved way for 268 yards rushing, then third in team history, and no sacks in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Sept. 25 vs. New York Giants…no sacks and 183 rush yards Oct. 2 at New England to end Patriots’ NFL-record 21-game home win streak…injured ankle Oct. 16 vs. Oakland and inactive Weeks 7-9…returned Week 10 vs. Buffalo...created running lanes for 202-yard rush effort, including game-winning touchdown run in overtime, at Washington Week 11…line blocked for 206 rush yards in 26-17 win at Indianapolis Dec. 18. 2004: ESPN.com All-Rookie…injured knee Oct. 3 vs.  Tennessee and inactive Weeks 5-6…starting offensive line Chargers Alumni Players of Week following Nov. 28 win at Kansas City…injured ankle in Wild Card vs. N.Y. Jets…returned for one play and but suffered knee injury and didn’t return.

COLLEGE: Second-team All-Big Ten...Purdue Pit Bull Award for tenacity and intensity as senior…Academic All-Big Ten as junior…walk-on in 2001 and earned scholarship in 2002… played at Purdue from 2001-03…economics degree.

PERSONAL: Born in Franklin, Indiana…three wrestling letters at Lawrence North High in Indianapolis…member of state championship wrestling team…played football as freshman.

The Chargers’ Lineman of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and a member of the Chargers 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, Hardwick has long been a steadying force as the senior member of the team’s offensive line.

Hardwick was one of only two linemen to start every game last season on a line that saw three different starting left tackles, and two different starters at both left guard and right tackle. He now heads into his 10th NFL season in 2013 having started 50 straight games at center and a total of 119 for his career.

Hardwick had one of his best seasons as a pro in 2012, though for a time he contemplated stepping away from the game and from the only city he’s played in as a professional. After the 2011 season ended, Hardwick became an unrestricted free agent, he had recently become a new father, and he had just watched one of his best friends and linemates - left guard Kris Dielman - retire after suffering a serious concussion. All three factors led Hardwick to ponder whether he wanted to continue playing football, and if he did, whether he wanted to play it in San Diego or make a fresh start elsewhere. But when the dust settled just prior to the start of free agency, Hardwick decided that home is where the heart is, and he opted to sign a new three-year contract with the Chargers. It was a big decision for Hardwick and his family, but having the chance to continue his career in the same city where he started lifted a huge burden from the shoulders of he and his wife, Jayme.

With all the accolades, it’s hard to believe that just four seasons ago in 2009, Hardwick suffered an ankle injury so severe that it nearly ended his career. He missed 13 games that season, but returned in time for a late-season push to the playoffs and he hasn’t missed a game since. Charged with calling out the blocking schemes and making changes at the line of scrimmage, Hardwick shares a close bond with quarterback Philip Rivers.

When Hardwick returned from the ankle injury and started all 16 games for the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense in 2010, teammates honored him with a share of the team’s Emil Karas Memorial Award as its most inspirational player.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2006, Hardwick has been a starter since his rookie season (2004). The Chargers have rushed for at least 1,700 yards in all but one season that he has started at least 12 games, including a team-record 2,578 yards in ’06.

Hardwick grew up in Indianapolis. As a youth, he played hockey on an international traveling team and was a standout prep wrestler. With wrestling as a possible ticket to fulfill his dreams of becoming a Marine aviator, Hardwick went to Purdue on a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship. One of his father’s cousins, Joe McCormick, was a former Air Force pilot and he inspired Hardwick to acquire his pilot’s license before he turned 18. He earned the money to pay for his flying lessons by collecting golf balls at a local driving range. But Hardwick’s mission was altered after former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees led the Boilermakers to the 2001 Rose Bowl. Hardwick saw the excitement it generated on the Purdue campus, and the following fall he decided to walk on to the school’s football team. A year after earning a spot as a scout team defensive tackle, he became the Boilermakers’ starting center and earned all-conference honors.

Hardwick maintains close ties to his alma mater where Jayme also competed as a member of the school’s women’s soccer team. In 2007, he endowed an annual football scholarship that is given to a walk-on player who earns it, just as Hardwick did. And in 2008, Purdue presented him with the Drew Brees Mental Attitude Award, presented by the Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Hardwick became the fourth former Boilermaker to receive the award.

Owner of a management degree from Purdue, Hardwick is the Chargers’ union representative and he guided the players through the NFL Lockout in 2011. He sharpened his business acumen when he attended the NFL’s Business and Entrepreneurial Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. It is a special program where NFL players and front office employees spend a week learning a broad range of business topics from some of the country’s most well-known educators.

In December 2011, the Hardwicks became first-time parents. Hudson Harold Hardwick, was born the night before the Chargers’ nationally-televised game against the Baltimore Ravens and the next night, NBC showed America a picture of baby Hudson during the broadcast of the game.

Hardwick has been involved in a number of charitable causes throughout his career, but his main devotion is to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (MCLEF), an organization that raises money to provide advanced education for the children of Marines and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

In his free time, Hardwick enjoys reading, drawing and spending time at the beach with his family.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (66), April 24, 2004…signed July 29...signed six-year contract, June 16, 2006 and three-year deal, March 14, 2012.

2012: Helped Chargers rush for season-high 148 yards and two touchdowns in Sept. 16 win over Tennessee...anchored line that didn’t allow any sack yards in 42 passing plays, while Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes in Dec. 9 win at Pittsburgh for Chargers’ first-ever regular-season win in Steel City. 2011: Chargers’ Lineman of Year...Pro Bowl third-alternate...anchored line in season-high 206-yard rushing day Oct. 9 at Denver...part of offensive line that earned Madden Protectors Award after not allowing any sacks in 26 pass plays and helping to block for 153 rush yards and touchdown in season-ending win at Oakland. 2010: Chargers’ co-Most Inspirational Player...offensive line blocked for 180 rush yards and allowed just one sack in 41-10 win vs. Arizona Oct. 3...offensive line named Madden Most Valuable Protectors after season-high 207 yards rushing in 31-0 win vs. Kansas City Dec. 12. 2009: Injured left ankle Week 1 at Oakland and inactive next 13 games... returned for Dec. 25 win at Tennessee and helped Chargers rush for 166 yards. 2008: Pro Bowl third-alternate…inactive Weeks 1-3 (foot)…Week 14 at Kansas City, left in 3Q (concussion), but started following week when Rivers threw career-high four touchdowns in 41-24 win at Tampa Bay… anchored team-record 289-yard rushing performance in AFC West-clinching win vs. Denver Dec. 28…blocked for 167-yard rush night in Jan. 5 Wild Card win vs. Indianapolis as Bolts scored game-winning touchdown on 22-yard run in overtime. 2007: USA Today Sports Weekly All-NFL and USA Today All-Joe…Pro Bowl second-alternate…Oct. 7 at Denver, offensive line cleared way for 214 yards rushing… injured foot Oct. 14 vs. Oakland and inactive Weeks 7-10…returned Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore… anchored 191-yard rush effort in 24-10 win at Kansas City Dec. 2, including touchdowns of 31 and 28 yards in third and fourth quarters to break 10-10 tie…blocked for 274 yard rush game, then second in team history, with no sacks Dec. 16 vs. Detroit…no sacks in Jan. 13 Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis and offensive line had perfect blocks as Billy Volek scored game-winning touchdown on one-yard quarterback sneak in fourth quarter. 2006: Pro Bowl…241 rush yards and three touchdowns with no sacks in 40-7 win vs. Tennessee Sept. 17…150 yards rushing Week 3 vs. Baltimore, which was ranked No. 1 in NFL vs. run and surrendering 34.3 rush ypg coming into contest…216 rush yards Oct. 29 vs. St. Louis...offensive line named Chargers Alumni Players of Week after Nov. 19 win at Denver…anchored 265-yard rush game, then fifth-best in team history, in 20-9 win over Kansas City Dec. 17. 2005: Paved way for 268 yards rushing, then third in team history, and no sacks in ESPN Sunday Night Football game Sept. 25 vs. New York Giants…no sacks and 183 rush yards Oct. 2 at New England to end Patriots’ NFL-record 21-game home win streak…injured ankle Oct. 16 vs. Oakland and inactive Weeks 7-9…returned Week 10 vs. Buffalo...created running lanes for 202-yard rush effort, including game-winning touchdown run in overtime, at Washington Week 11…line blocked for 206 rush yards in 26-17 win at Indianapolis Dec. 18. 2004: ESPN.com All-Rookie…injured knee Oct. 3 vs. Tennessee and inactive Weeks 5-6…starting offensive line Chargers Alumni Players of Week following Nov. 28 win at Kansas City…injured ankle in Wild Card vs. N.Y. Jets…returned for one play and but suffered knee injury and didn’t return.

COLLEGE: Second-team All-Big Ten...Purdue Pit Bull Award for tenacity and intensity as senior…Academic All-Big Ten as junior…walk-on in 2001 and earned scholarship in 2002… played at Purdue from 2001-03…economics degree.

PERSONAL: Born in Franklin, Indiana…three wrestling letters at Lawrence North High in Indianapolis…member of state championship wrestling team…played football as freshman.

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