Adrian Dingle, a Clemson graduate, selected in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL draft, died Tuesday at 45, according to his obituary.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Adrian K. Dingle of Winthrop, MA, formerly of Holly Hill,” the Shuler-Marshall Funeral Home obituary stated. “Funeral arrangements are incomplete.”
The Daily Wire further reported:
Former NFL defensive lineman Adrian Dingle died earlier this week. He was 45 years old.
The only information that was available about his death was that it occurred on November 8. No cause of death has been released and there have not been any statements made by his family.
Dingle’s alma-mater, Clemson University, revealed that the former All-ACC defensive end died in a post on the school’s website.
Clemson highlighted his background and athletic achievements in their statement, noting that he went to Roberts High School in Holly Hill, South Carolina, where he was defensive MVP of the 1994 North-South High School All-Star game.
“Dingle lettered at Clemson in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 and served as a starting defensive end in each of his last three seasons. He helped the Tigers to three bowl games over his career,” the school said. “Overall, Dingle played in 46 games for the Tigers, including 34 games as a starter. He started all 12 games in 1996 as a sophomore when he had a career-high 68 tackles and 14 tackles for loss, six of which were sacks. In 1997, he missed a game due to injury but finished with 48 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.”
“As a senior in 1998, he posted 10.5 sacks, a Clemson single-season record at the time. He recorded 15 tackles for loss and 47 total tackles that year and was named second-team All-ACC. He also recorded a team-best 27 quarterback pressures,” the statement added. “He finished his Clemson career with 180 career tackles, 45 tackles for loss and 23 sacks. The tackle for loss total is still 11th in Clemson history and the sack total ranks sixth.”
Dingle was drafted in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers where he played in 70 games through the 2004 season.
“RIP to my teammate @AdrianDingle,” former NFL defensive lineman Marcellus Wiley tweeted. “We were just hanging, laughing, swapping war stories, and talking family. Rest easy big dog!”
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