Former Georgia Bulldogs and San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver has passed away. Oliver, who was an NFL free agent, has reportedly taken his own life.
Former Charger Paul Oliver is dead at 29. Committed suicide … A good dude. Always enjoyed talking to him. Dang, this is sad.
— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) September 25, 2013
The Kennesaw, Georgia native chose to stay close to home after being rated the No. 1 cornerback in the nation by Rivals. By the time he was a junior, he had developed into one of the top corners in the SEC.
Oliver’s most memorable game came against in-state rival Georgia Tech in 2006. Tasked with having to guard All-American Calvin Johnson, Oliver rose to the occasion. He held Johnson to a mere two catches for 13 yards, broke up three passes, intercepted one and even forced a fumble.
He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 2007 Supplemental Draft and remained on the team through 2010. Oliver tried to catch on with New Orleans before re-signing with San Diego in 2011.
The situation surrounding his apparent suicide has yet to be reported as of writing. Oliver’s family, however, has released a small statement regarding the tragedy.
Statement from Paul Oliver’s family: “We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. We request privacy in the wake of this tragic loss.”
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) September 25, 2013
Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked about the sudden, totally unexpected loss suffered in the Bulldogs Family.
Mark Richt says he “was crushed this morning” when he heard of Paul Oliver’s death. “I really haven’t been able to keep it off my mind.”
— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) September 25, 2013
The official Georgia Football Twitter feed said about all you can in a tragic moment such as this.
Thoughts and prayers go out to former Bulldog Paul Oliver’s Family during this time. #DGD
— Georgia Football (@WeRunThisState) September 25, 2013