Former Chargers general manager AJ Smith dies at 75


Former Chargers general manager AJ Smith has died at the age of 75.

Smith's son Kyle, who is an assistant GM for the Falcons, and the rest of his family announced the news on Sunday afternoon. Smith was battling prostate cancer for the last seven years.

Smith served as the general manager of the Chargers from 2003 to 2012 and brought players such as Shawn Merriman, Vincent Jackson and Eric Weddle to the franchise. Despite Manning saying he would not play for the team, they selected Eli Manning first overall in 2004 and then exchanged his rights with the Giants for the rights to Philip Rivers and other selections, including Merriman in the first round. The authority used to select was also included.

Before joining the Chargers as assistant GM in 2001, Smith worked as a scout for several teams and spent 15 years working for the Bills. After parting ways with the Chargers, Smith worked as a consultant for Washington.


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