So sad. Paul unexpectedly took his life on Sept. 24. in Marietta, Ga. The 29-year-old’s shocking death has the entire NFL reeling and his former teammates from the Chargers are completely heartbroken and devastated.
Football player Paul Oliver was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot on Sept. 24 in Marietta, Ga., according to authorities. The 29-year-old last played in the NFL in 2011 after five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, and a day after Paul’s tragic death, his former teammates tried to express their total grief and shock.
San Diego Chargers Devastated Over Paul Oliver’s Death
“He was a good friend of mine. Great guy. Great guy,” Quentin Jammer told USA Today. “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.”
That regret is just so sad and so tragic.
Former Teammates Grive Over Paul Oliver’s Suicide
Quentin wasn’t the only one who spoke out about the sad news. Eric Weddle, who was also close with Paul, said he’s “devastated.”
“I thought about it all practice,” he said. “Words can’t really express how as an ex-teammate — I was with him for five years — you have so many memories and so many thoughts. Football was the last thing I was thinking about out there today. It’s unfortunate. You feel for his family and his two kids.”
Eric went on to say that he regrets not being in touch with him more.
“Wish I would have reached out to him more and helped him in some way,” he said,” he said.
The team also issued a joint statement about their fellow teammate.
“Everyone in the Chargers family is sad today after hearing the news about Paul,” the team said. “He was part of our family for five years. At just 29 years old, he had a lifetime in front of him.”
It’s so sad what happened. We’re thinking of his friends and family during this difficult time.
— Nicole Karlis