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 against the New York Jets this season 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 been cleared to 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 a defensive lineman, but after going undrafted and signing with San Diego he was converted into a guard. He was gritty, hard-nosed and tough and earned playing time as a r...