San Diego Charger Paul Oliver commits suicide
|San Diego Charger Paul Oliver commits suicide|
Paul Oliver died from a self-inflicted gunshot in Marietta, Ga., on Tuesday night, authorities said, leaving his former teammates and coaches stunned and wondering what had happened to the 29-year-old who last played in the NFL two years ago.
Oliver played for the Chargers from 2007-11, where he was a teammate of Quentin Jammer, now with the Denver Broncos.
"He was a good friend of mine. Great guy. Great guy," Jammer told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean, the early reports were that he committed suicide, and he just didn't seem like that type of guy. You never know what somebody is going through, what's going on in somebody's life."
"I hadn't talked to him in a while. I wish now I could reach out to him. If I'd have known," Jammer said, his voice trailing off.
Oliver killed himself with a handgun at about 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, said Mike Bowman, public information officer for the Cobb County Police Department, though Bowman said Wednesday he did not know the location of the wound.
Jammer recalled Oliver as a talented player whom the Chargers converted to safety after Oliver arrived in San Diego in 2007. The Chargers released Oliver in the 2011 offseason, but re-signed him later that year because of injuries to other players. Oliver also spent time with the New Orleans Saints.
Chargers free safety Eric Weddle, another of Oliver's close friends on the team, said he was "devastated."
Weddle said he talked to Oliver about a year ago. "Wish I would have reached out to him more and helped him in some way," he said.
The Chargers selected Oliver in the fourth round of the 2007 supplemental draft, and he played in 57 games, with 12 starts. He became a free agent in 2012.
"Everyone in the Chargers family is sad today after hearing the news about Paul," the team said in a statement. "He was part of our family for five years. At just 29 years old, he had a lifetime in front of him."
At the University of Georgia Oliver earned the school’s Most Improved Defensive Player Award after the 2005 season. He later went to the supplemental draft and was picked up by the San Diego Chargers.
Oliver was survived his wife, Chelsea, and two children. Funeral arrangements had not been announced.