Former Chargers offensive lineman Nick Hardwick will not return to the team’s radio booth next season. Hardwick himself made the announcement in a post on the Chargers’ website.
Hardwick, who since retiring has spent one year as a sideline reporter for the team’s radio broadcasts and the last two years as its color analyst, says that having to commute to Los Angeles for games has taken a toll on his family. He cites his sons’ schedule as the motivation for his departure.
The thing I value most in life is my family, and I believe that the time devoted to a subject should be in alignment with one’s values. Simply, I am no longer able to miss out on as many weekends with my family as the football season requires.
The post includes some kind words for Hardwick’s radio team, including Chargers’ play-by-play man Josh Lewin and reporter Matt “Money” Smith.
I learned a tremendous amount from Josh when I was first getting into the broadcast game, especially about preparation and professionalism. And last year with Matt was a blast, as anyone who has spent time with him knows well. He’s a pro, and we shared quite a few laughs and called some great games!
Nick Hardwick will continue to co-host mornings alongside Judson Richards on XTRA 1360 in San Diego. In his post on the Chargers’ website, Hardwick says that he and his wife also recently opened a gym in San Diego.