Chargers' Legend Walt Sweeney Dies at Age 71

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Chargers' Legend Walt Sweeney Dies at Age 71

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Not even three full months ago, on a misty evening in San Diego, Walt Sweeney stood in front of a steak house, hiked up one of his pants legs and said to his dining companion, “Look at this, will ya? This one’s two inches shorter than the other one. That means, along with everything else, now I’m walking at a tilt.” If life had been a car, Sweeney would have been a tin can tied to the rear bumper. Alcohol . . . drugs . . . cigarettes of all kinds . . . sleepless nights . . . physical injuries . . . psychological issues that inspired suicidal thoughts. They’d all extracted their heavy tolls over the years. And now there was the shrugging disclosure, back in November, that knee surgeries had shrunk a leg...

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