Former USC, NFL Lineman Max Tuerk Dies at 26 During Hike with Family
Tuerk played for the school from 2012 to 2015 and was a freshman All-American and an All-Pac-12 first-team selection during the 2014 season, according to ESPN.
Tuerk also played for coach Lane Kiffin, who reacted to the loss in a post to social media.
"This is awful. So sad. Praying for family and friends," Kiffin wrote on Twitter. "I always loved Max and one of my favorites. #FightOnForever, Max!!!!"
Tuerk was drafted by the then-San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. After testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, he was released from the team a year later. The Arizona Cardinals signed Tuerk after his stint in San Diego, and he was released in 2018.
Tom Telesco, general manager of the Chargers, said Tuerk "had a tremendous passion for football and a quiet toughness that those who didn't know him might have underestimated, but all of us who knew him appreciated."
He added: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Max's family during this extremely difficult time."
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