Sad news to pass along: Shane Olivea, a starting offensive lineman on Ohio State’s 2002 national championship team, has reportedly passed away.

Olivea was 2-time All-Big Ten (2002, 2003) and landed with the San Diego Chargers as a 7th-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. In his first 2 seasons, Olivea started 31 of 32 games for the Chargers, landing him a 6-year, $20-million extension. Unfortunately, Olivea’s time with the Chargers came to an end in 2008 when he was released following multiple failed substance tests for pain medication.

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Olivea signed with the New York Giants after his release, but was placed on injured reserve and eventually released due to a back injury. He later played in the UFL in 2010 and ’11.


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Former teammates were among the first to share the news on social media.

Olivea was 40 years old.