During 13 episodes in the opening season of Finding Center, Hardwick interviewed a handful of well-known individuals across a variety of industries, focusing primarily on what he calls the four F’s: fitness, family, food and football.
“I like talking to people, but I didn’t want to talk exclusively about sports on a daily basis.” says Nick. “I wanted to also talk to people who have written New York Times bestselling books, Harvard, Stanford and Yale doctors, and some of the leading experts in different fields.”
Nick’s strategy for securing interviews, inspiring others and kick-starting his podcast has been one that all current and former players have been encouraged to follow — use your platform.
“My intention is to try and figure out who my audience is, and determine how I can get useful information to them,” says Nick. “Selfishly, I love that I can write, DM or email someone and because I played in the NFL, they’re willing to talk to me.”
Nick’s drive to help former players is at the core of his post-NFL life. In fact, when giving advice to players who are contemplating retirement but are uncertain of what’s ahead, he keeps it real.
“It’s going to be rough for a while. The further out (of retirement) you get, the easier it becomes, but only if you put the work in on yourself. You’re going to get your soul ripped out momentarily, but if you’re willing to be patient and put in the work on yourself, your relationships and your career, you’re going to get that soul back and it’s going to be better.”