Former NFL, USC offensive lineman Max Tuerk dies at 26

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LOS ANGELES – Max TuerkAll of America’s offensive lineman in Southern California, who was drafted by the Chargers, has died. He was 26.The family’s Tuerk said he died on Saturday while hiking with his parents on a favorite trail in the Cleveland National Forest, north of San Diego. No details were provided.

“Max loved his teammates, coaches and schools,” the family said in a statement. “Max is a love of son and older brother and his disappearance leaves a big hole in our hearts.”

Tuerk played for the 2012-15 Trojans. He was a freshman of All-American and All Pac-12’s first team selection in 2014. Three years of starter, he played under three head coaches – Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and d ‘Helton Clay.

“Heartbroken by the loss of Max Tuerk, ”Helton tweeted. “Amazing person, teammate, and Trojans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. ”

The Chargers selected Tuerk in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft, but a knee injury in his senior year affected his progress. Despite the Chargers on the list, he has been inactive throughout the season.

Prior to his second season, Tuerk, was suspended four games for violating the performance enhancing substances policy league. He said he tested positive after taking over-the-counter supplements.

After being released by the Chargers, it was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 and played a game before being cut in 2018.

Tuerk, who was from Trabuco Canyon, California, played soccer in Santa Margarita Catholic high school, where he helped the school win a title state in 2011.

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