Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By STEVE EUBANKS  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Former University of Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver died in an apparent suicide on Tuesday evening. Oliver was 29 years old. Details are few, but his death was confirmed by the Oliver family on Wednesday afternoon in a statement to the San Diego Tribune: We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. We request privacy in the wake of this tragic loss. The newspaper reported on Wednesday that the Kennesaw, Ga., native committed suicide. Oliver played cornerback at Georgia from 2004 to 2006, and was best known by fans for his stellar performance against Georgia Tech in 2006. Tasked with covering Calvin Johnson, now considered one the best receivers in the NFL, Oliver held Johnson to just two catches for 13 yards and no touchdowns. Oliver also sealed the victory of the Dawgs with a late interception. He was taken in the supplemental draft by the San Diego Chargers in 2007 and played sporadically from 2008 through 2011. Olivers highlight reel included four career interceptions and a 40-yard fumble return against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. The Chargers, a team that lost one its legends, linebacker Junior Seau, to suicide in 2012, also put out a statement that read: 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. Georgia athletics officials plan to release an official statement late on Wednesday. In the meantime, head coach Mark Richt told reporters he was "crushed" by the news. It's heartbreaking for me personally, for our staff, for the Bulldog Nation I'm sure, and obviously for his family, Richt said. 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. Weve got to find a way to reach out and help in any way we can. If theres some way that the Bulldog Nation can rally around that family I hope everybody would be encouraged to do so. Olivers former teammates also spoke out after learning the news. Former Bulldog and current Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin tweeted, So sad to hear about my dawg Paul Oliver, while Olivers former Georgia teammate and Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson went to social media to offer prayers of support for the family.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eddie Lacy defends Mike McCarthy for weight loss comments

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson ineligible for season

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, U.S. Open with knee injury

Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks

Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker