Former Georgia star Paul Oliver passes away at age of 29, reported suicide

Photo: GATA Dawgs/Twitter

Photo: GATA Dawgs/Twitter

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.

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.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked about the sudden, totally unexpected loss suffered in the Bulldogs Family.

The official Georgia Football Twitter feed said about all you can in a tragic moment such as this.

  • lisa

    oh chargers im sorry for your lose oh may I say my condolices from all of us here charger fans were so sorry and to his family were so sorry hes was a good dude.