Darrell Stuckey defined what it meant to be a Charger for seven seasons.
While his tenure with the Bolts came to an end after he was released with a failed physical designation, his impact on the team will last for a long time.
Shortly after the news broke, a number of his teammates weighed in on what Stuckey meant to them over the years:
QB Philip Rivers – "Darrell was awesome during his time here. The guy was repeatedly voted as captain, which says a lot. Obviously he's most known for his special teams play, but he was just a football player all the way through. And really, just what a great guy he is off the field. The work he did in the community was impressive. We'll certainly miss him and wish him the best."
WR Dontrelle Inman– "Stuckey is like a brother to me. He is an inspiration. He's taught me so much off the field, and what he did in the community; he's a special guy. I learned so much from him. He meant a lot to all of us and he changed us as people."
CB Jason Verrett – "Simply a positive dude, Stuckey was someone you could go to when you needed to talk about life. He always gave good advice. He was our special teams captain, and always came to work. He took his job seriously. He motivated us. But off the field, he showed me what it meant to be a professional. He walks and talks professionalism. He's a guy I truly respect. We're still going to be in contact, and I wish him the best."
LS Mike Windt – "We spent seven years together, and he's an unbelievable football player. But as anyone who has ever met him will say, he's one of the nicest and best people you'll ever meet. Just a great human being. He's a great father, a great husband and a great teammate. It's an honor to be friends with him. As a player, he was the most athletic person I've ever met in my life. It's not even a question. There's not enough good things I can say about him. Leadership-wise, he was an all-around good captain. He'll be a lifelong friend."
WR Tyrell Williams– "I'm very thankful for him. He taught me how to play gunner when I first got here, which helped me (make the team). He's just a great, awesome guy on and off the field. He's a great role model. He's someone I look towards on how to act, and how to be. He's a great example for how every player should act."
LB Joshua Perry– "Stuckey gave me inspiration and tricks of the trade on special teams, which meant a lot as a rookie. He's someone we all knew we could lean on off the field. He opened up his house to us, and I spent a lot of time with his family. We'll miss him a ton."
P Drew Kaser – "Stuckey means a lot to me. He's my mentor. He brought me under his wing when I first got here. He's such a great God-given athlete, but he's an even better person on and off the field. He was there for everyone, and was a coach to the rookies and younger guys."
K Younghoe Koo– "I only got to be around Stuckey for a couple months, but I could see why he was named special teams captain so many times. I didn't know him long, but he taught me a lot about character. He brought professionalism to the team every day, whether that was in the meeting room or while we were eating. Whatever it was, on or off the field, he brought positivity and energy."