Emotional Dielman says goodbye

March, 1, 2012
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San Diego guard Kris Dielman conducted an emotional news conference Thursday to announce his retirement.

The news conference was attended by several teammates, coaches and team employees. An under-the-radar mauler, Dielman was reportedly full of emotion as he was forced to prematurely end his career at the age of 31. Teammates were reportedly choked up, too.

"I gave everything I had,” Dielman said. “It ended a little early but it is the right thing to do. I had a blast.”

Dielman is retiring because physicians warned him of potential long-term effects of a serious concussion he suffered at the New York Jets in October that ended his season. Dielman suffered a seizure on the plane flight home that night. Here are my thoughts on the end of a great career.

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Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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