Ex-NFL Player, 29, Commits Suicide
Paul Oliver dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound, say police
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2013 6:16 AM CDT
Updated Sep 26, 2013 7:22 AM CDT
In this Sept. 4, 2009, file photo, San Diego Chargers cornerback Paul Oliver stretches prior to an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

(Newser) – The sports world is turning mournful eyes to Georgia, where former San Diego Charger Paul Oliver died Tuesday night from what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 29. The Union-Tribune reports that the incident occurred in his Marietta home in the presence of his wife and two juveniles; the former safety had two kids. CNN adds that police found his body at the foot of a staircase. Oliver played college ball at Georgia before joining the Chargers as a fourth-round pick in the 2007 supplemental draft. He played 57 games, with 12 starts, and was with San Diego until 2011.

USA Today notes he became a free agent last year. It shares several tough quotes, including this one, from former teammate Quentin Jammer: "Great guy. Great guy. ... 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..." (It's not this week's only gloomy football news.)

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Oct 9, 2013 5:19 PM CDT
in response to this story some very unintelligent comments there are. first in response to glrfc who clearly is an elderly republican from the south, if there was a generation of people who only know how to solve problems by killing it would without a doubt be the generation of older politicians of this country who can resolve issues with other countries only by going to war with them. secondly this story is basic all that glitters is not gold. our society is so caught up in fame and celebrity, but when it comes down to it we are all human beings with the same issues and problems. dude was extreme, but not the first time this happened athlete or non athlete. soldiers come home and commit suicide, people have bad marriages and commit suicide. who knows what this guys problem was, life is hard, he obviously needed some help.
Sep 26, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
What a sad young generation. All they know is kill. Kill each other, kill me and you, and even kill themselves. It is very sad. They don't have coping or problem solving skills. My deepest condolences to this young man's family. What a sad situation.
Sep 26, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
Is it me or what? I have noticed that many of our Millennial Generation Y folks have difficulties with or have no coping skills whatsoever. We have pamper and dummied them down so much that the only way out of any situation is to kill yourself. Far from the "Greatest Generation" that went off to war three times, pulled themselves out of the Great Depression or the Baby Boomers who may be self-centered and materialistic but still in love with life and so on... DANG! surely this is a wake up call to get this GY some serious help and teach future children coping skills in every situation instead of blowing your brains out in front of the wife and kids.