Former Purdue standout retires from the NFL
San Diego, CA. -(Feb. 2, 2015) Citing a year ending injury that started the 2014 season, former Purdue standout and San Diego Charger Nick Hardwick announced that he will retire from the NFL on Tuesday.
Hardwick started 136 games for San Diego before landing on the injured reserve list after the first game of the 2014 season with a neck injury.
During his career with the Chargers, Hardwick was named to the Pro Bowl in 2006, was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008, and was named to the Chargers 50th Anniversary Team.
Despite Hardwick’s success on the pro level, he never played football beyond his freshmen year at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, instead opting to participate in wrestling where he was a three-year letterman and where he won a State Championship in his weight division.
It wasn’t until his Sophomore year at Purdue that he elected to give football another try, and joined the Boilermakers as a walk-on after some encouraging from his friend Drew Brees.
Hardwick switched from playing defense his Sophomore season to offense his Junior year where he earned all-Big Ten honors.
San Diego selected Hardwick in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL Draft.