Kris Dielman

Posted: April 8, 2013 by tklawitt in IU Football
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Kris Dielman was an absolute load at IU. He played offense and defense, playing both tight end and defensive line. Under Cam Cameron, Dielman excelled, particularly as a blocker. He was a huge part to the success of star quarterback Antwaan Randle El.

Dielman went on to earn All-Big Ten honors his junior year, and was an absolute beat on the defensive line after Cam Cameron departed for the NFL and Dielman’s future team, the San Diego Chargers. Dielman was named a captain his senior year, and went on to be undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft.

He was later signed by the Chargers, and was eventually converted from defensive tackle to offensive guard. Before long, Dielman was a staple on the Chargers offensive line, and was a crucial part to Hall-of-Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s record breaking season in 2006.

After that, Dielman went on to four Pro Bowls, and was a two-time All-Pro in 2008 and 2009.

His reputation throughout the NFL was that he was the football equivalent to the “Bash Bros” of the Mighty Ducks, and was the team’s tone-setting enforcer. That carried him to a successful career, but one that was cut short after 9 seasons and multiple injuries.

Dielman suffered numerous concussions, ultimately leading to a seizure on the team plane after leaving the game against the New York Jets in 2011. That would be Dielman’s last NFL game, as he announced his retirement in February of 2012.

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