How many more years will Nick Hardwick play?

By Ernie Padaon

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick (61) celebrates after a win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Will this be Nick Hardwick’s last season in the NFL? There were questions on if he was going to play this season, but he put that to rest saying that he wanted to play in Philip Rivers’s best season in the NFL. He is back for this season and will be anchoring the middle of the offensive line. Will he be in the center of the action in the following year?

Hardwick has had a great career anchoring the line for the Chargers. He was drafted in the 3rd round out of Purdue in the 2004 draft, the same draft that we brought in Philip Rivers. He has been in the middle of the offensive line for a decade, but will be hanging up the cleats soon.

Just a couple of seasons ago, one of his best friends on the offensive line, Kris Dielman, was forced to shut down his career early after a scary concussion. That forced Hardwick to think twice about playing the game he loves, but he is back on the field.

Time is running out on Hardwick’s time in the game. Getting back into the playoffs rejuvenated him. The team just has to take the next steps and get into the big game. He has the right quarterback throwing the ball.