Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver committed suicide at the age of 29, the Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee tweeted Wednesday.
A good dude. Always enjoyed talking to him. Dang, this is sad.
The Chargers released a statement on the passing of Oliver.
“Everyone in the Chargers family is sad today after hearing the news about Paul. He was part of our family for five years. At just 29 years old, he still had a lifetime in front of him. Right now all of our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.”
Oliver, who was a native of Kennesaw, Ga., was married with two children, according to The Telegraph.
His family issued a statement that the Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken tweeted.
“We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. We request privacy in the wake of this tragic loss.”
The Chargers selected Oliver, who played at the University of Georgia from 2004 to 2006 before being ruled academically ineligible, in the fourth round of the 2007 supplement draft.
Oliver briefly joined the Saints during the 2011 offseason but re-signed with the Chargers shortly later.
He didn’t appear in a game until 2008, and over parts of four seasons with the Bolts, he recorded 144 tackles, four interceptions, 11 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one sack. His best season came in 2010 when he made eight starts and recorded 62 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and broke up three passes.
Oliver’s most memorable game likely came during his last season at Georgia when he held Georgia Tech star receiver Calvin Johnson to two catches for 13 yards. He also made an interception in the game that Georgia ended up winning 15-12.
The death was difficult for Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt.
“I was crushed this morning when I heard it, quite frankly. I really haven’t been able to keep it off my mind to be honest with you,” Richt said. “We’ve got to find a way to reach out and help in any way we can. If there’s some way that the Bulldog Nation can rally around that family I hope everybody would be encouraged to do so.”