Posted September 25, 2013

Ex-Charger Paul Oliver reportedly commits suicide

AFC West, San Diego Chargers
Paul Oliver spent four years with the San Diego Chargers.

Paul Oliver spent four years with the San Diego Chargers. (John W. McDonough/SI)

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.

35 comments
ShelleBelle
ShelleBelle

Please be sensitive when posting.  Understanding why people choose suicide is very hard. It
takes a compassionate and loving view. If you or someone you know is struggling, try to read the book, When The Devil Visits. This lady lost four family members to suicide and she has a unique perspective.

Colleen M Edwards
Colleen M Edwards

Craig I assume you went to  harrison I went to McEachern and knew Paul....  He was an awesome guy!!!! Paul I will miss you, you were a great guy dont know why something like this could happen you had your whole life in front of you.  RIP Paul I will never forget you.

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

And this is why the NFL is fining guys for helmet to helmet hits. It really is a safety issue. The money only goes to charity.

Craig Saylor
Craig Saylor

I knew Paul in high school he was a great person from a great family. Any person making such horrible comments is despicable and probably hasnt accpmplished anything as significant as what paul accomplished. RIP PAUL

bggatbdl
bggatbdl

The real issue is the Republican's Party's smearing of ObamaCare, which for the first time will allow women, children, minorities, and gays access to the same health care that everyone else enjoys.  Had ObamaCare been in effect for a longer time, this man would have gotten the treatment he needed and he would be alive.  His family should sue the criminals in the Republican Party for wrongful death.

joeshine730
joeshine730

a lot of these ex players go broke and have no degree and have nothing to fall back on and their woman run off when the money runs out. Bang it's over.

K-Jun
K-Jun

He had several years in the NFL so made some pretty good money during that time. Sometimes you just have to face facts and get on with your life. 

Doubt this had to do with concussions but this young man is gone none the less. Sorry for the family's loss/ It is a sad day when a young man takes his own life. 

Martha3
Martha3

Interesting how the writer chose a pic that didn't show his face. So much for humanizing a man.. we should only see him as an athlete. Who cares about his countenance as long as we can make out his name on the back of a jersey?

NeilCassidy
NeilCassidy

You spend your entire 20's playing or trying to get the chance to play pro football.  You probably focused on football instead of academics in college.  You're a 29-year-old, and turning 30 feels like a big deal.  The prospect of doing an ordinary job feels like a big come-down after being treated as a semi-celebrity since adolescence.  Though this may in fact be, not every case of depression is concussion-related.  Sometimes, tragically, it's just a case of perspective terribly lost.   

Bureaucratic_inertia
Bureaucratic_inertia

He was a Dang good dawg and it shocks me to hear this. The other day I was thinking back to his game against GT in 2006 when he more or less kept Calvin Johnson in check... thinking I hadn't heard of him in a while... and well... here this goes.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Dang. Sorry to hear that. Who knew what was going on with him? I am hoping he wasn't suffering from the same disease that Junior Seau did. 

rickochey
rickochey

how many of these can be tied to Dr. Chow?

101philosopha101
101philosopha101

@ShelleBelle How would you know why people chose suicide when they are dead and can't reveal the reason? And don't talk about 'attempted' suicides, those are just pleas for help.  You are taking the same judgmental approach you think others are taking.  I don't care what the family of the suicide victim has to say, no one can say why someone takes their lives but the one who did it.


Now screw off.

MikeKing
MikeKing

@bggatbdl I guess an NFL player just does not make enough money to afford health care.  Got it.  

DavidGoren
DavidGoren

@bggatbdl 

I can't stand it when jerks bring politics into a story that has nothing to do with politics. Find a nice Democratic message board. There's lots of them.

gfree05
gfree05

Hopefully you do realize you are mentally ill, and will get your own help?  Your Obama-don't-care is responsible for *millions* of workers being thrown from full-time into part time work and OFF of their health insurance.  That is documented.  Even the reliably liberal unions can't stand it.  But at least Sandra Fluke will get her birth control for free, the poor dear.

Ebullient
Ebullient

@bggatbdl  We have no idea if he would have gotten proper treatment under Obamacare had it already been in effect for a long time.  It's not knowable.  Besides, as long as he's been an NFL player, he's had the ability to get the best medical and mental health care available.  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@bggatbdl Hey, deep thinker:  Your beloved insurance monstrosity is not scheduled to go into effect until October 1st, 2013.   The only parts of it that have been delayed so far have been when Barry decided to delay the employer mandate and to give a waiver to his friends in congress so they don't have to use the same insurance that you and I do.

SeanSutton
SeanSutton

@bggatbdlSTFU dude...how dare you use this tragic event to spew your political rhetoric....quit trolling the blogs and get a life...

RickWood
RickWood

@bggatbdl Since you know so much about this person and his situation you should have done something to get him help.

Colleen M Edwards
Colleen M Edwards

@joeshine730 Paul was a great guy and had a wonderful family.  Please dont speculate on something you know nothing about!!!


Matthew W
Matthew W

@K-Jun  

Probably not as he was a 4th Round Supplemental Draft player and spent just 2007-2010 in the NFL. 

DavidandTracyAgee
DavidandTracyAgee

@Martha3 Writers don't pic the pictures.  That doesn't change the point you are trying to make but the blame, if there is any, doesn't belong to the writer.