Adrian Dingle, who spent five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, died Tuesday at 45, Clemson University announced.
The defensive tackle played with the Chargers from 2000 to 2004. His best season came in 2003, when he made 37 tackles and collected six sacks while starting all 16 games.
Selected by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL draft out of Clemson where he was an All-ACC defensive end, the senior put up 10.5 sacks in 1998, which was a record at the time.
His 180 tackles are still 11th in Clemson history and his 23 sacks ranks sixth.
Dingle’s fiancee, Amy Bell, posted on Instagram that she was heartbroken for the man she called ‘my dude’. The couple were engaged since December 2019 and have two young children: son Adrian aged four and daughter Ava, two.
A cause of death has not been released by the family.