Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Kris Dielman to Officially Retire
The San Diego Chargers will start training camp for the first time in 9 years without one of their best lineman, and more importantly, one of the nicest players on the team. Guard Kris Dielman, who suffered a concussion late in the 4th quarter of a game against the New York Jets last year, is set to officially announce his retirement tomorrow during a press conference. Dielman didn't leave the game after suffering the concussion. On the team's flight home, Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure during the flight. Dielman has not played since then. It is sad to see anybody end their career due to injury. Dielman has been an outstanding guard for the Chargers, earning multiple trips to the Pro Bowl. While Dielman will be remembered as a great player on the field, we shouldn't forget about his character. Dielman, who was a free agent in 2007, was offered a huge contract by the Seahawks that year, yet Dielman turned it down to remain a Charger. To Dielman, San Diego was home. I have to respect the man for not chasing the money. It seems to be an all too common practice these days. Having someone do that is always a good thing to see. In the end Dielman will be remembered for his great play, his tireless effort, and his intelligence. So to Kris Dielman we wish the best of luck. San Diego will always think highly of you.