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Tom Nalen to Retire?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by When Lightning Strikes, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. When Lightning Strikes

    When Lightning Strikes Well-Known Member

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    Dirty Sumbiatch

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/s...e=NFLHeadlines

    Longtime Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen, who hiked the ball to Broncos' legendary quarterback John Elway during the Broncos' two-year Super Bowl championship run and the team's last on-field link to the Super Bowls, is expected to retire, according to three NFL sources.

    The decision is not official but it is the expected plan of the 37-year-old center. It is believed Nalen has yet to file his retirement papers but has begun the process.

    The decision doesn't come as a surprise. Nalen hasn't played since October 2007. He spent the past 11 games of that season on injured reserve with a bicep issue. He missed all of 2008 with a knee injury. Nalen has lost several pounds in recent months and sources said he is no longer physically able to play.

    He goes down as one of the team's all-time great players. A late draft pick and a former practice squad player, the Boston College product was a longtime star. He will be remembered as Elway's center during the Broncos' Super Bowl years and the anchor of the premier run-blocking offensive line in the NFL over the course of the past two decades. Nalen was known for his tenacity and his toughness and his brilliant technique in the zone-blocking system. Nalen will likely get some Hall of Fame consideration.

    Nalen is not expected to make a formal announcement on his retirement. His quiet goodbye fits his personality. Nalen rarely agreed to be quoted for interviews and he was an eager supporter of the Broncos' offensive lineman's stance of not talking to the media in the late 1990s and for several years of this decade. Privately, Nalen was warm and known around Denver's facility for his wit.

    Bill Williamson covers the AFC West for ESPN.com.
     
  2. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Awwww... a knee injury??? say it so.

    Good riddance to that POS
     
  3. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    enjoy retirement jerkface!
     
  4. powayslugger

    powayslugger Feckless Slappy

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    this basturd belongs in the chop blockers hall of shame... how many guys knees did he ruin in his frigging career? Seems only appropriate karma to me.

    Good riddance jerkoff.
     
  5. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    So long dirtbag. :icon_finger:

    Wasn't he the shethole that clipped JMal and broke his ankle?
     
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Good riddance to bad rubbish!
     
  7. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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  8. auctoritas

    auctoritas BoltTalker

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    Too bad it did not happen sooner...I for one won't miss him.
     
  9. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Good riddance.
     
  10. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    won't miss that dirty cheap shotting bastard
     
  11. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

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    I just wish Igor could have *****-slapped him one more time. :yes:
     
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