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Another NFL player commits suicide; Ex-Chargers DB Paul Oliver dies from gunshot wound

Another NFL player commits suicide; Ex-Chargers DB Paul Oliver dies from gunshot wound

Jersey Girl Sports fam, we’ve lost another life in the sports world. Ex- San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver died Tuesday night of a self inflicted gunshot at a residence in Marietta, Ga., Mike Bowman, public information officer for the Cobb County Police Department, said Wednesday.

Oliver, who was 29 played for the Chargers from 2007-2011. His death came as a shock to many family members and friends, including Quentin Jammer who played with Oliver five seasons with San Diego

 “He was a good friend of mine. Great guy. Great guy,” Jammer told USA TODAY Sports. “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.”

Jammer is correct, but there could be something more. In light of the recent lawsuit settlement between the NFL and former players, murmurs about head injuries have already started to surface. Still those who knew him and worked with him are saddened including the Chargers organization:

“Everyone in the Chargers family is sad today after hearing the news about Paul,” the team said in a statement. “He was part of our family for five years. At just 29 years old, he had a lifetime in front of him.”

I am always shocked at these kinds of deaths. Suicide is a cry for help from those feeling hopeless leaving behind unanswered questions and a void that may never be filled. Oliver leaves behind a wife and two children.

Let;s keep his family in our prayers.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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