The San Diego Chargers organization was rocked in May 2012 when legendary linebacker Junior Seau took his own life. Sadly, history has repeated itself.
Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune reported Wednesday that ex-Charger defensive back Paul Oliver committed suicide at the age of 29. "A good dude," Acee tweeted of Oliver. "Always enjoyed talking to him. Dang, this is sad."
The Chargers confirmed Oliver's passing and issued the following statement: "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's family also issued a statement, via Acee's colleague Michael Gehlken:
"We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers," the family said. "We request privacy in the wake of this tragic loss."
The Chargers used a fourth-round pick in the 2007 supplemental draft to take Oliver, a Georgia product. Oliver made his debut for the Chargers in 2008, then played 57 games over the next four seasons. His most productive season came in 2010, when he started eight games at safety. He finished the year with 44 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Oliver briefly joined the Saints during the 2011 offseason, then was released with an injury settlement. He re-signed in San Diego a short time later. Oliver had not played in the NFL since the end of the 2011 season and was a free agent.