Adrian Dingle, a defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers for five seasons, died Tuesday at the age of 45, according to Clemson University.
Dingle was a Chargers player from 2000 to 2004. His best season came in 2003, when he recorded 37 tackles and six sacks while playing in all 16 games.
Dingle was drafted in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Chargers out of Clemson, where he was an All-ACC defensive end. As a senior in 1998, he set a school record with 10.5 sacks.
— Marcellus Wiley 🧢 (@marcelluswiley) November 10, 2022
His 180 tackles are still 11th in Clemson history and his 23 sacks ranks sixth.
“RIP to my teammate @AdrianDingle,” former Charger Marcellus Wiley tweeted. “We were just hanging, laughing, swapping war stories, and talking family. Rest easy big dog!”
A 2003 San Diego Tribune story about Dingle being made a starter by head coach Marty Schottenheimer referred to him as “one of the most reserved players on the team.”
“I’m going to go out there and do the same thing I’ve been doing, try to play the best I can to help the team win,” Dingle said. “There’s no extra excitement. You’ve got the same job to do.”
In the first game of the year, he responded with six tackles and two sacks against the Chiefs.
A cause of death for Dingle was not released.