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Free Agency Roundup: Rex Hadnot

Posted Jul 30, 2012

The San Diego Chargers were active in free agency this offseason, adding top-end talent to an already rich roster. Here’s your chance to get to know the newest Chargers as we continue our preview through training camp with center-guard Rex Hadnot.

Just days after the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chargers added an experienced veteran to their offensive line with the signing of center-guard Rex Hadnot.

Hadnot spent the 2010-11 campaigns with the Arizona Cardinals, where he started all 16 games at right guard in ’11.

He was a sixth-round pick (174) of the Miami Dolphins in 2004 where he spent his first four NFL seasons  (2004-07) and then spent  the 2008-09 seasons in Cleveland before signing with Arizona. His career totals include 113 games played with 93 starts and has started at four different positions: right guard (71), center (19), left guard (2) and tackle (1).

Hadnot is a native of Lufkin, Tex., and Lufkin High School, where one of his teammates was former Chargers safety Terrence Kiel, who died in a car accident in 2008.

He is the creator of the Joshua’s Wishing Well Foundation. It’s in honor of his younger brother, Joshua, who died when he was just 11 years old. Joshua was born with three holes in his heart and despite several surgeries, passed away at the age of two. During visits to the hospital in Galveston, Tex., where Joshua was being treated, Hadnot and his mom, Eva Denise Ashworth, often stayed in the local Ronald McDonald House that was affiliated with the hospital. Ever since, he has continued to support the Ronald McDonald House through his foundation, while also reaching out to assist single mothers going through the difficult times of dealing with a sick child.

Since 2008, he has hosted a free football camp for kids ages 7-18 back in Lufkin. The camp instruction is free, but he is able to raise funds through concession sales and other means which support Joshua’s Wishing Well.

Hadnot is married to Kathryn, and has seven children, four boys and three girls. The boys are Jacob, Joshua, and twins Justin and Tristan. The girls are Kalyn, India and Kassidi.

One of his cousins is former Texas Tech running back James Hadnot, a third-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1980. He played with the Chiefs from 1980-83. Another cousin is former NBA and ABA basketball player Jim Hadnot.

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