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Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:05 pm
 
DielmanBy Josh Katzowitz

San Diego’s Kris Dielman has been one of the best offensive guards in the league, but after suffering a scary seizure on the Chargers flight home from their Oct. 23 contest vs. the Jets, Dielman is close to announcing his retirement, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

It’s not a stretch to believe that this decision, which could be announced as early as Thursday, is a direct result of suffering a concussion early in the fourth quarter against  New York -- it went undiagnosed at the time -- and then being allowed to fly back with the team afterward.

On the flight, Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure, and a few weeks later, he was placed on the IR list. That incident led the NFL to place mandated officials in league press boxes to monitor potential head injuries.
 
The Union-Tribune writes that Dielman -- a four-time Pro Bowler -- wants to play, but that he won’t on the advice of doctors who are looking to his future. Of course Dielman wants to play. After colliding with Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, a wobbly Dielman waved off an official who had approached to make sure he was OK. The Chargers, who expected Dielman to return in 2012, said at the time that they handled Dielman’s injury appropriately.

If Dielman does, in fact, retire, he’ll leave a $4.5 million salary (and a $1 million bonus) on the table, and considering he was scheduled to be a free agent after the 2012 season, he could have made tens of millions of dollars more.

To Dielman, though, apparently his health is worth more than that.

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Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

Dielman, you were great! You ran over some good foes over the past several years and you've done this coming out of the non-football hotbed of Hoosierdom and undrafted at that!!! Please call it a career and know you have made ChargerNation very proud of you!

You took less money to stay in SD and we, the fans, very much appreciated that! Oh, and I know #17 appreciated that, too!
I wish you the very best in all you do and pray that God will bless you and yours! 



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:55 am
 

Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

After reading some of the posts on this thread,how in the hell does Phillip Rivers play last season has anything to do with Kris Dielman's impending retirement? This is a severe blow to the Chargers offensive line, especially they are probably going to release Marcus McNeill and keep Jared Gaither at LT. The Chargers will probably plug in Tyrone Green in his place or look into the free agency market.



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Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:09 pm
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Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:08 pm
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Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

Not a good argument tarheelsunc50.

I agree Rivers had a bad year and nobody was talking a
bout his performance this year regular season.

You can hate on him all you want because he played for one of your instate rivals. However there is no question in his ability nor in  his play, that he is a top tier qb in the NFL. Throwing for over 4600 yrds with 27 tds and having an offense line that gave up 30 sacks is him having a bad year. 
Most teams would sell the farm to get those yard and td stats out of thier qbs. Yes he had a turn over problem this year but if you go back and look at those mistakes you will see that the Chargers offfense line was in shambles most of the year.

How do you get overrated when your not talked about and still put up numbers like that? Get a clue before typing next time. If you have no facts then you have nothing.
  

 



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

Philip Rivers was surely the reason they missed the postseason this past season. How many times did he turn the ball over when the team had a decent shot to win? Blame Norv Turner if you want but he doesn't instruct Rivers to give the ball to the other team. He's the most overrated QB in the league by far, Billy Volek would be a safer option even.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:09 pm
 

Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

Truely a dumb post by CacaFaced!

Philip Rivers has never been the cause for a playoff loss. If I'm not mistaken he is a big part of why they even won any playoff games at all since he took over qb duties.

Missing 30 yard field goals and db's intercepting passes and then fumbling them back to the opponent have been the causes of playoff dissapointments.
 
 Next time do your homework before spoting off about things you know very little about.
 



Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

sorry that all of your hard work couldn't make Philip Rivers a winner.  Maybe in your next life god will give you a great post season QB instead of regular season hero.



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

Kris - Thanks for all the great years as a Charger and for keeping Philip Rovers upright.  You will be missed.  But your decision is the right one - it's great to have played the game and get out with your health.  I know your Grandkids will appreciate THE Decision! Cool


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