ATHENS - Former Georgia defensive back Paul Oliver has died. The San Diego Tribune reported that Oliver, 29, committed suicide.
Oliver was married with two kids.
A native of Kennesaw, Oliver lettered at Georgia from 2004-06, then played for the San Diego Chargers from 2008-11. He played in 57 games for the Chargers, starting 12 of them.
The most memorable game of Oliver's career came in 2006, when he held Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson to two catches for 13 yards. Oliver also made an interception in the final minute to seal a 15-12 Georgia win.
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Georgia head coach Mark Richt called the news "heartbreaking."
"I was crushed this morning when I heard it, quite frankly. I really haven't been able to keep it off my mind to be honest with you," Richt said. "We’ve got to find a way to reach out and help in any way we can. If there’s some way that the Bulldog Nation can rally around that family I hope everybody would be encouraged to do so.”
Oliver was a Parade All-American coming out of Harrison High School. He redshirted his first year at Georgia, then played mostly as a reserve the next two seasons. He emerged into a bigger role in 2006, finishing fifth on the team in tackles. The Chargers selected him in the fourth round of the supplemental draft during the summer of 2006.