Sad news

As I’m sure many of you have already heard, Paul Oliver has passed away.

This is, indeed, how I’ll always remember him:

Oliver played at Georgia from 2004 to 2006 as a cornerback. He’s best known for his performance against former Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson on Nov. 25, 2006. Johnson, considered the best receiver in the NFL now, caught just two passes for 13 yards in that game and Oliver sealed the 15-12 win with an interception on the Yellow Jackets’ final possession.

The manner of his death makes me wonder about concussions, of course, but it’s way too early to tell about something like that.  In any event, my sincere condolences to his family for their loss.

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  1. D.N. Nation

    Oliver worked to better himself every year he was in Athens. DGD. Prayers to his family.

  2. DawgPhan

    bummer. thoughts for his family.

  3. It’s terrible news. Prayers go out for his family.

    I think one of the best plays I’ve ever seen a corner make was in that GT game where Oliver rakes the ball out of CJ’s hands in the end zone. No panic, no pass interference, just darn good DB play.

  4. cube

    We’ll miss you Paul. You were a Damn Good Dawg.

  5. heyberto

    Hate to hear about this. I hope his family is doing ok. Gotta be tough. DGD.

  6. Going to be a tough road to hoe for the family. Prayers sent…

  7. Peteydawg

    Really sucks, wonder what happened? Dgd

  8. doofusdawg

    Very sad indeed. Think I read he had a familial history of depression and suicide… a much stronger precursor than concussions. Regardless, a very sad day. I wonder if the team will have a little #8 on their unis saturday.

  9. Rebar

    Tragicall sad, prayers for his friends and family

  10. Tyler

    I was in the end zone right behind him when he intercepted that pass, sitting in the Tech student section, unfortunately.

    When he caught that ball, everyone just stopped, and I had to celebrate discretely.

    He was a damn good Dawg

  11. AthensHomerDawg

    “We gotta hang on… 105 seconds! BUT WE ARE TOO TIRED TO HANG ON!”
    Larry Munson UGa vs. Tech 2006

    Reggie Ball pass intercepted by Paul Oliver at the UGA 48, returned for a loss of 3 yards to the UGA 45.

    Thank you Paul. Thanks for stepping up when we needed a DGD to finish the drill.

    “We had a wolverine on Calvin Johnson the whole game,” defensive lineman Ray Gant said at the time. “Paul Oliver played like a champion today. He was on (Johnson) like white (on) rice.”

  12. uglydawg

    Praying for Paul’s family and remembering him as a DGD who made a lot of Bulldog fans happy and proud. May he be at peace between the ultimate hedges in heaven.

  13. Debby Balcer

    Praying for his family and friends.

  14. W Cobb Dawg

    Here in west Cobb County Paul Oliver was near legend – known by all and much beloved. He’s remembered as a great friend and competitor. He put Harrison H.S. on the map! The greatest Hoya and a DGD. He’ll be missed very much.

  15. Brandon

    Really sad news, there sure have been a damn lot of people over the years who have commited suicide who never had a concussion, in my book it’s entirely possible that this is just the latest pseudo science used by the Plaintiff’s bar to enrich themselves and that 10 years from now the whole connection will be proven bogus, its not like it hasn’t happened before, no refunds of course. Suicide is a great tragedy no matter what the circumstances I think that is all that needs to be said. I did rewatch that Tech game from 2006 before the season and Oliver’s coverage of Calvin Johnson in the endzone on a couple of those series was better than textbook, it was artwork. Prayers for him and his family.

    • adam

      Brain tissue can be damaged from repeated head trauma. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get a concussion for damage to be done. And the build up of scar tissue on the brain could definitely impact your emotions, self-control, etc. Anything that permanently messes with how your brain functions is a serious problem.

  16. Damn sad story. I saw the in the headlines that an Oliver had committed suicide and clicked the link hoping it wasn’t him. DGD. Reminds me a bit of the Kenny McKinley situation last year. Young guys that shouldn’t have been going thru the stuff from concussions that older players like Seau were. DGD and RIP.

  17. Spike

    Sad news, indeed.