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Nick Hardwick

Assistant Offensive Line


Chargers Legend and Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick returns home to the Bolts as assistant offensive line coach. A member of the club's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, Hardwick played 11 seasons for the Chargers, starting all 146 career appearances (postseason included) at center, blocking and protecting for some of the greatest players in league and franchise history, while paving the way for numerous memorable moments and record-setting performances. Hardwick was instrumental in protecting two of the league's top passers of this century, quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Drew Brees, as his Pro Bowl nod in 2006 coincided with Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson being named NFL Most Valuable Player after setting the record for most touchdowns scored in a single season in NFL history (31).

A third-round selection in the 2004 NFL Draft, Hardwick was a member of five AFC West Division-champion teams. The former All-Big Ten product out of Purdue returned to Central Indiana following his playing career, where he has spent the last two seasons coaching on the staff at Westfield (Ind.) High. Since retirement, Hardwick has also been heavily involved in the Chargers Legends program, helping to establish the connection and continue the fellowship between Chargers greats over the franchise's 60-plus-year history.