Terrence Kiel
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Personal information
Date of birth: November 24, 1980
Place of birth: Lufkin, Texas
Date of death: July 4, 2008(2008-07-04) (aged 27)
Place of death: San Diego, California
Career information
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
Debuted in 2003 for the San Diego Chargers
Last played in 2006 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x Honorable mention All-Big 12 (2001–2002)
Tackles     276
Interceptions     4
Sacks     2
Stats at

Terrence Dewayne Kiel (November 24, 1980 – July 4, 2008[1]) was an American safety in the National Football League. He played his entire career for the San Diego Chargers (2003–2006) after being drafted by them in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M.

Early yearsEdit

Kiel was born in Lufkin, Texas. As a senior at Lufkin High School, he posted 115 tackles, five interceptions, and three recovered fumbles. He scored four returning touchdowns, including three on punt returns. He also blocked five kick attempts, including three PATs. He received Class 5A all-state mention honors for his efforts.[2]

College careerEdit

Kiel played college football at Texas A&M University from 1999 to 2002. In his freshman year, he played in 11 games, posting nine tackles, including seven solo. As a sophomore, he started in 10 of 11 games, making 57 tackles (41 solo). He also defended six passes and tied for the team lead with his four interceptions. For that season, he received honorable mention All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press.[3] As a junior, he started in all 12 games, posting 92 total tackles, including a team-high of 65 solo hits. He recorded one interception and broke five passes. He also had four games where he posted double-digit tackles. In his senior year, he received all-Big 12 honorable mention honors by the league's coaches[4] and Associated Press[5] after posting a team-high of 95 tackles.[2][6] In the same season, he helped the team upset then-#1 Oklahoma by intercepting the Sooners' final pass of the game.[7]

Professional careerEdit

Kiel was selected by the Chargers with the 62nd overall pick, in the second round in the 2003 NFL Draft. Over his four seasons with the Chargers, he played in 59 games and started 51.[8] He posted 278 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.[9] He was cut on March 1, 2007, and was declared a free agent the following day.[10]

Off-the-field problemsEdit

In July 2003, Kiel was shot three times during an alleged attempted carjacking incident at a southwest Houston mall parking lot. The assailant, described as a man in his young teens or early 20s, fled the scene. None of Kiel's injuries were serious and he was shortly released by the hospital.[5]

In September 2006, Kiel was arrested for multiple drug charges including possession, possession with the intent to sell, and transportation of a controlled substance. Police came to the Chargers practice facility and arrested him. He was released after posting a $1,550,000 bond.[11][12]

In January 2007, he was cited for publicly urinating outside a San Diego nightclub, but the city dropped the charge.[13] In February 2007, he pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. He was released by the Chargers after his plea and was sentenced to three years of probation. The felony charge was dropped after he volunteered for 175 hours and underwent counseling for gambling.[8]


On July 4, 2008, San Diego police reported that Kiel had died in a car crash. He was driving back home from a party thrown by Chargers player Stephen Cooper when his 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo hit a wall and he was thrown from the car.[14]

The autopsy report stated that Kiel died due to mechanical asphyxia. His funeral was held in his hometown, Lufkin, Texas.[15][16]


  1. "Former Chargers safety killed in car accident". The San Diego Union-Tribune (Union-Tribune Publishing Co.). July 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Terrence Kiel".
  3. Sports - AP All-Big 12 teams 12/01/00
  4. Two Huskers Named First-Team All-Big 12 -—Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Hospital releases Kiel after shooting".
  7. "Complete Play-by-Play".
  8. 8.0 8.1 Perry, Tony (July 6, 2008). "Former San Diego Chargers player Terrence Kiel dies in car crash". Los Angeles Times.,0,4904705.story. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  9. Bissinger, Buzz (August 16, 2008). "Dying the Dream". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  10. "San Diego Chargers Transactions - 2007 San Diego Chargers Transactions - 2007".
  11. Chargers safety Kiel arrested at practice, San Diego Union-Tribune, September 27, 2006
  12. Leinwand, Donna (2006-10-18). "DEA warns of soft drink-cough syrup mix". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  13. "Police: Former Chargers safety Terrence Kiel dies".[dead link]
  14. Associated Press, Police: Former Chargers safety Terrence Kiel dies. Accessed July 4, 2008[dead link]
  15. "Funeral Service Set For Terrence Kiel".
  16. "100s gather for Kiel's funeral".

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