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

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3
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Career Stats
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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

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Bio

The Chargers’ Lineman of the Year three years running (2011-13), and a member of the Chargers 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, Hardwick has long been a steadying force for the team’s offensive line.

In 2013, Hardwick was named the team’s lineman of the year and co-most inspirational player after starting all 16 games and playing the most snaps of any of the team’s offensive linemen. It marked the fourth straight year in which he started every game. With Hardwick calling out the blocking schemes up front, the Chargers allowed just 30 sacks in 2013, tied with Chicago for fourth-fewest in the league. Those sacks resulted in just 150 yards in losses. It was the league’s second-lowest total.

Besides his role in pass protection, Hardwick had a big hand in the offensive line blocking for more than 100 yards on the ground in 12 of 16 regular-season games, including four straight and seven of the last eight to close out the 2013 season. It included a regular-season-best 186 yards in the regular-season finale against Kansas City that vaulted the Chargers into the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Over the last four games of the regular season, all wins, the Chargers rushed for 144, 177, 148 and 186 yards against the New York Giants, Denver, Oakland and the Chiefs, respectively.

The fact that Hardwick has started the last 66 regular-season games is pretty remarkable when considering that in 2009 he 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. It includes his first full-season back (2010) when he started all 16 games for the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense, leading to his first selection as the team’s co-most inspirational player.

This offseason, Hardwick took additional steps toward improving his overall conditioning by adhering to the Paleolithic diet, a low-carb diet that’s rich in proteins and fats. It consists mainly of eating fish, grass-fed pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2006 and an alternate four times (2007, 2008, 2011, 2013), Hardwick has been a starter since his rookie season in 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. Hardwick earned the money to pay for his flying lessons by collecting golf balls at a local driving range, but his 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. Before doing so, however, he went on a rigorous eating binge and added 45 pounds to his 195-pound frame. Hardwick ended up making the squad as a walk-on scout-team defensive tackle and a year later, he became the Boilermakers’ starting center and an all-conference performer.

Hardwick maintains close ties to his alma mater where his wife, 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. He guided the players through the NFL Lockout in 2011. Hardwick 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. They now have two children as son, Theodore, was born in Nov. 2013.

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. He and teammate Jeromey Clary helped launch a program called Touchdowns for Kids in which money is raised for every touchdown the Chargers score during the season and as a group, the Chargers’ offensive line donates $100 for every touchdown the Bolts score. Hardwick also lends his support to foster care and adoption programs. In May, he participated in the “Live Well San Diego 5K” to help raise funds needed for the two critical causes.

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 three years running (2011-13), and a member of the Chargers 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, Hardwick has long been a steadying force for the team’s offensive line.

In 2013, Hardwick was named the team’s lineman of the year and co-most inspirational player after starting all 16 games and playing the most snaps of any of the team’s offensive linemen. It marked the fourth straight year in which he started every game. With Hardwick calling out the blocking schemes up front, the Chargers allowed just 30 sacks in 2013, tied with Chicago for fourth-fewest in the league. Those sacks resulted in just 150 yards in losses. It was the league’s second-lowest total.

Besides his role in pass protection, Hardwick had a big hand in the offensive line blocking for more than 100 yards on the ground in 12 of 16 regular-season games, including four straight and seven of the last eight to close out the 2013 season. It included a regular-season-best 186 yards in the regular-season finale against Kansas City that vaulted the Chargers into the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Over the last four games of the regular season, all wins, the Chargers rushed for 144, 177, 148 and 186 yards against the New York Giants, Denver, Oakland and the Chiefs, respectively.

The fact that Hardwick has started the last 66 regular-season games is pretty remarkable when considering that in 2009 he 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. It includes his first full-season back (2010) when he started all 16 games for the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense, leading to his first selection as the team’s co-most inspirational player.

This offseason, Hardwick took additional steps toward improving his overall conditioning by adhering to the Paleolithic diet, a low-carb diet that’s rich in proteins and fats. It consists mainly of eating fish, grass-fed pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2006 and an alternate four times (2007, 2008, 2011, 2013), Hardwick has been a starter since his rookie season in 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. Hardwick earned the money to pay for his flying lessons by collecting golf balls at a local driving range, but his 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. Before doing so, however, he went on a rigorous eating binge and added 45 pounds to his 195-pound frame. Hardwick ended up making the squad as a walk-on scout-team defensive tackle and a year later, he became the Boilermakers’ starting center and an all-conference performer.

Hardwick maintains close ties to his alma mater where his wife, 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. He guided the players through the NFL Lockout in 2011. Hardwick 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. They now have two children as son, Theodore, was born in Nov. 2013.

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. He and teammate Jeromey Clary helped launch a program called Touchdowns for Kids in which money is raised for every touchdown the Chargers score during the season and as a group, the Chargers’ offensive line donates $100 for every touchdown the Bolts score. Hardwick also lends his support to foster care and adoption programs. In May, he participated in the “Live Well San Diego 5K” to help raise funds needed for the two critical causes.

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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