walt sweeney dies san diego chargers legend Walt Sweeney dies of pancreatic cancer   San Diego Chargers legend was 71San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer and former star offensive lineman Walt Sweeney has passed away that the age of 71.

Sweeney was a first-round draft pick for the Chargers in 1963, and is credited with helping the team win the American Football League championship. He was named AFL All-Star in 1964 and 1965, and played in the NFL Prow Bowl for three consecutive years, from 1970 to 1972.

The football standout played at Syracuse before spending 9 seasons with the Chargers, followed by two seasons with the Washington Redskins.

The Associated Press reports a judge ordered the NFL to pay Sweeney $1.8 million in disability payments in 1997 due to claims his teams gave him drugs that caused him to become an addict. That ruling was appealed and overturned.

A statement on the Chargers’ website calls Sweeney “one of the greatest Chargers in franchise history.”