San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Kris Dielman will announce his retirement on Thursday at a press conference. Dielman was originally signed as an undrafted free agent defensive tackle out of Indiana in 2003, but the Chargers quickly converted him to an offensive guard and was starting on the Chargers offensive line by the 2005 season. Dielman started 97 games for the Chargers, making four Pro-Bowl's and being selected to the All-Pro team twice in his career.
"He's universally respected by the players and coaches around the league, who voted him to the AFC Pro Bowl squad four times. He's respected by his teammates, who voted him Lineman of the Year three times. And he's a fan favorite. It was the fans who voted him to the Chargers' 50th Anniversary Team as one of the franchise's 50 greatest players," Chargers President Dean Spanos said in a release by the team. "Kris has had a career to be proud of and we're all tremendously proud of him."
In November, Dielman suffered a concussion against the New York Jets and then suffered a seizure during the plane ride back to San Diego. Dielman wound up going on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Many believe that this scare forced Dielman's hand into retiring a bit earlier than he would have liked.
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