Jeromey Clary announces retirement

By Ernie Padaon

San Diego Chargers RG Jeromey Clary has announced his retirement today. He had a pair of hip surgeries in 2014 and was placed on IR with the injury. He spent 9 seasons with the team and will hang up the cleats today.

“I’m honored to have played for an organization like this. I’m grateful for everything and wouldn’t change a thing.” – Jeromey Clary

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Clary was selected by the Chargers in the 2006 NFL draft in the 6th round. He played college ball in Kansas State. He became the team’s starter at right tackle in 2007. He took over the starting job late in the 2007 season and in final 5 games of that season, the team ran for 880 yards and 8 touchdowns while the team went 5-0. Clary was put into the starting lineup to help the run game and he helped make it happen.

Clary was more known for his run blocking then his pass blocking abilities. He was the brunt of the criticism up front for a long time with his struggles at pass blocking. He had issues blocking against the speed rushers and had problems with penalties.

In 2011, Clary signed 4-year $20 million contact and the criticism toward Clary raised after that signing. Fans didn’t believe that he was worth that type of money. He never complained or talked trash, he just kept one working.

He was moved inside to guard when the Chargers drafted D.J. Fluker in 2013. Clary looked comfortable with the role at guard during the season and helped the team get into the playoffs. He couldn’t stay away from the injury bug though and required a couple of surgeries on his hip in the offseason. He wasn’t ever able to get back onto the field to play and now he is announcing his retirement. He was always known as a tough player. He would walk onto the field despite any injuries. If he could walk, he would likely be on the field.

He finishes his career with 93 games started in his career.

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