The San Diego Chargers have set a press conference for Thursday afternoon, at which time offensive lineman Kris Dielman will announce his retirement.
For those who don’t remember, Dielman suffered a concussion on October 23 against the New York Jets, but refused to leave the game despite barely being able to stand at one point. Later that night on the team flight home, he suffered a violent seizure. As a result of that, the 31-year-old was placed on injured reserve and sat out the rest of the season.
Dielman has apparently decided that physically he can play again, but retirement will give him the best chance to lead a normal life. He is a fiercely competitive guy and is certainly one of the best guards in the NFL, so we know this could not have been an easy decision for him.
The 6’4, 320-pound Dielman played his college ball at Indiana as an offensive lineman before switching to the defensive line. After going undrafted in 2003, he signed with San Diego and was converted into a guard.
He was gritty, hard-nosed and tough and earned playing time as a result. By his fourth season he had become one of the best linemen in the game, and was a huge part of LaDainian Tomlinson’s record-breaking 2006 season.
He was named to the All-Pro team in 2008 and 2009, and reached four-straight Pro Bowls from 2007-2010.
It is sad to see Dielman bow out in this manner, since he probably had several great years still ahead of him, but in matters like this health and family should always come first. We have a feeling Dielman will somehow be involved with the Chargers even after retirement, since the team and the city of San Diego both love him.
We wish him well in his post-football career.