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Chargers News: Former Charger Max Tuerk dies at 26

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Chargers News: Former Chargers offensive lineman Max Tuerk has passed away at 26 years old.

Former LA Chargers offensive lineman and USC alumni Max Tuerk passed away on Sunday at the age of 26. USC announced the news via Twitter.

The cause of death has not yet been announced, nor has the date been of passing been confirmed.

Tuerk appeared in one NFL game with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.

Chargers News: Looking back at Max Tuerk’s football career

Tuerk was an All-American center with the USC Trojans and was one of the most exciting offensive line prospects heading into the 2016 NFL Draft. Tuerk’s was born and raised in Southern California, becoming a standout high school football player at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

Tuerk’s college football career began much earlier than anyone would have expected as he became the team’s starting left tackle during his freshman season. He eventually moved to interior offensive line, where he became one of the most coveted center prospects.

The LA Chargers selected Tuerk in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 66th overall pick. However, Tuerk never appeared for the Chargers. He did not play a single snap for the Chargers in his rookie season and was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 campaign for violating the NFL’s policy on PEDs.

Tuerk was then released by the Bolts and signed to the practice squad. Just 11 days after being assigned to the Chargers’ practice squad, the Arizona Cardinals signed Tuerk, where he would appear in his only NFL game.

Tuerk was released in the offseason prior to the 2018 NFL season. He wound playing only one snap during his NFL career, coming in a 23-0 Week 16 win against the New York Giants.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tuerk’s family, friends and anyone impacted in anyway by this untimely loss.

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