Former Georgia Bulldog and San Diego Charger safety Paul Oliver has died at the age of 29, according to UT San Diego.
“We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers,” the Oliver family said in a statement. “We request privacy in the wake of this tragic loss.”
Oliver was a huge standout at the University of Georgia after being ranked as the number one safety in high school. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. Oliver went on to sign with the Chargers where he played 57 games with 11 starts from 2008-11. He recorded 96 tackles and four interceptions during his career in San Diego.
“It’s heartbreaking for me personally, for our staff, for the Bulldog Nation I’m sure, and obviously for his family,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Although his death is not yet confirmed, according to the San Diego Union Tribune’s Kevin Acee: “Former Charger Paul Oliver is dead at 29. Committed suicide … A good dude. Always enjoyed talking to him. Dang, this is sad.”
Oliver was far too young to leave this world. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.