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Former Charger Shawn Lee passes at 44

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Our NBC colleague and good friend Rodney Harrison, a rookie member of the Chargers’ Super Bowl team of 1994, called to advise that his former teammate, Shawn Lee, died over the weekend at the age of 44.

NBC San Diego reports that the team has confirmed Lee’s passing.

Lee is at least the sixth member of the 1994 Chargers to die entirely too young.  Defensive lineman Chris Mims passed in 2008 at age 38 due to an enlarged heart.  Offensive lineman Curtis Whitley died in 2008 of a drug overdose.  He was 39.

Linebacker Doug Miller was struck by lightning in 1998, at age 28.  Running back Rodney Culver died in a 1996 plane crash.  Linebacker David Griggs perished in a 1995 car accident.  He was 28.

The cause of Lee’s death has not been disclosed.

We send our condolences to Lee’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches.

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18 Responses to “Former Charger Shawn Lee passes at 44”
  1. jc1958cool says: Feb 28, 2011 6:10 PM

    wow!

  2. mchool42 says: Feb 28, 2011 6:14 PM

    RIP

  3. beastofeden says: Feb 28, 2011 6:19 PM

    You are never too old to live

    or

    Too young to die

  4. 2011to2020lions says: Feb 28, 2011 6:20 PM

    RIP May God’s Spirit comfort all the family and friends

  5. brasho says: Feb 28, 2011 6:22 PM

    I feel extra bad here. I just called my friend (Shawn’s cousin) to offer my condolences and he didn’t even know. Soooo, I was the bearer of band news… not good.

  6. getweird4u says: Feb 28, 2011 6:40 PM

    Hope this wasn’t another suicide

  7. hobartbaker says: Feb 28, 2011 6:40 PM

    What are the chances of being struck by lightning when you were a San Diego Charger? Pretty slim, I’d say.

  8. thetooloftools says: Feb 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    Google “Steelers and steroids” some time.
    It is what is is.

  9. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 28, 2011 6:59 PM

    Griggs and Lee were Dolphins too I believe

  10. goodguyjohn says: Feb 28, 2011 7:22 PM

    Very, very sad however – not surprising. Many begin “juicing” their bodies in college to get drafted and get huge contracts.

    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell that today’s elite college athletes are completely juiced on HGH. Just watch them on TV. Look at their speed, their strength and their rippling/bulging muscles.

    Get used to this kind of story. The NFL does not test blood for HGH because the union won’t allow it. If this keeps up, which it will, there won’t be a strong union because most of the players that make up the union will be dead of the effects of HGH.

  11. brasho says: Feb 28, 2011 7:38 PM

    Just heard from the family. Shawn Lee had been living in Raleigh, NC. Pending autopsy, he was diabetic and could have died from complications from diabetes.

  12. brasho says: Feb 28, 2011 7:40 PM

    thetooloftools says:
    Feb 28, 2011 6:43 PM
    Google “Steelers and steroids” some time.
    It is what is is.

    ++++++++

    Shawn Lee never took steroids, he barely worked out. He was just a naturally strong big clogger in the middle of the line. When he was in shape he weighed 330, I just heard a recent guess that he was over 400.

  13. rtr2003 says: Feb 28, 2011 10:13 PM

    2011to2020lions says:
    Feb 28, 2011 6:20 PM
    RIP May God’s Spirit comfort all the family and friends

    ________________________________
    Really? 4 people gave that thumbs down?

  14. thewritefayeway says: Feb 28, 2011 10:46 PM

    Thank you brasho for confirming that my cousin didn’t use steroids. It is sad that people assume things about people without knowing them. He was ill. He passed. We are mourning.

  15. newagerocker says: Feb 28, 2011 11:50 PM

    Damn, I didn’t realize Griggs was a Charger, I knew he was drafted by Miami. I actually used to sit next to him in study hall in high school. I guess a lot can happen in 17 years. RIP Shawn

  16. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 1, 2011 2:27 AM

    thetooloftools says:
    Feb 28, 2011 6:43 PM
    Google “Steelers and steroids” some time.
    It is what is is.
    ————————————-

    Google “first NFL team ever to use steroids” and you’ll get the 1963 San Diego Chargers.

    It totally is what it is, chum.

  17. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 1, 2011 2:29 AM

    P.S. Better learn your ‘roid history before you go out-of-nowhere dragging in another team, for no good reason.

  18. 303bengalguy says: Mar 1, 2011 2:32 AM

    That’s a scary number of deceased from a single draft class! A young one at least… Weird.

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