Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Former Chargers LB Walt Sweeney dies at 71

Walt Sweeney, a San Diego Chargers legend and fan favorite, has died at 71.

Sweeney died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday.

Sweeney was drafted by the Chargers out of Syracuse in the 1963 AFL Draft, and stayed with the them when the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. He is currently in the Chargers Hall of Fame.

Sweeney made nine AFL All-Star Game/Pro Bowl appearances in his career. He also played in 181 consecutive games at one point.

Of his 13 NFL seasons, 11 of them were in San Diego. The other two were with the Washington Redskins.

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