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Retired Chargers Player Found Dead!

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2021 has not even a very good year for professional athletes. It seems that every couple days tragedy strikes a professional sports organization when we learn that either a current or former player has passed away.

Tragedy most recently struck the Los Angeles Chargers when we learned that former defensive end Leroy Jones passed away earlier this week. You can see the part of the obituary below that highlights his NFL career in San Diego.

After playing college football at Norfolk State University, Jones joined the CFL and played for the Edmonton Eskimos for two seasons. He became eligible for the NFL draft in 1975, and he was chosen in the second round by the Los Angeles Rams, who later traded him to the San Diego Chargers. Jones played for the Chargers until 1983, and he was a member of the team’s famed 1980 defensive line known as the “Bruise Brothers.” He went to the playoffs with the Chargers in the 1981 season, playing in the legendary “Epic in Miami” playoff game, called one of the greatest games in NFL history. Jones blocked a kick in that game, which helped lead to the Chargers’ overtime victory.

crediT: legacy.com

In other NFL news, former Chargers running back Ladainian Tomlinson turned 42 yesterday! SBNatiom wrote an article yesterday highlighting all of Tomlinson’s football accomplishments in honor of his birthday. You can check those out below:

Single-season record for rushing touchdowns (28) and total touchdowns (31)

2006 NFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year, First-Team All-Pro

5x Pro Bowler (2002, 2004-2007)

NFL rushing leader (2006, 2007)

NFL rushing touchdown leader (2004, 2006, 2007)

Tied the NFL record with 18-straight games with a touchdown

San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers Hall of Fame

NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame (2017)

NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team

His No. 21 jersey retired by the Chargers

Doak Walker Award winner (2000)

Consensus All-American at TCU (2000)

Held the NCAA single-game rushing record with 406 yards (1999)

TCU retired his No. 5 jersey

credit: sbnation.com
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