| | EP 355 – Nick Hardwick After the NFL

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The Center of it All

Nick Hardwick [@NickHardwick] is proof that you don’t need to hammer your kids into playing one sport for their entire adolescence. After wrestling throughout high school and becoming a state champ, he headed to Purdue where he walked on and played about 16 games total, most of which were in his senior year as center. But Hardwick found himself as the third pick of the third round and started his incredible 11 year career with the San Diego Chargers. This week John and nick trade stories, lore of fellow teammates, and bask in the afterlife of the NFL…something Luke, Tex, and the rest of us common folk can hardly comprehend.

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Such an entertaining episode this week with Nick Hardwick [@NickHardwick], former center for the San Diego Chargers. Memories were revisited, some hilarious, some shocking, and a few that pulled at the ol’ heartstrings. We’ve got tales of delicious meals, tales of drinking one’s own urine, and the sweatiest crotch in all of pro football. And if the sweaty crotch bit didn’t sell you, there’s also some very technical O-line talk. It’s amazing what a decade in the NFL can do to your body, brain, and bank account. It’s Friday. You’re quarantined. You have nothing to lose.

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Head to instagram to learn more about @Renegade and @NickHardwick by searching both those handles.

And let me just say…I edit this podcast. I listen to it many times before it hits your ear. And if you think it sounds like shit, imagine what it sounded like before I worked my mediocre magic.


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


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