SAN DIEGO -- Walt Sweeney, a standout offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at 71.
Sweeney played in either the AFL All-Star Game or the Pro Bowl for nine straight seasons and played in 181 consecutive games.
In 1997, a judge ordered the NFL to pay Sweeney $1.8 million in disability after he claimed drugs his teams gave him made him an addict. The ruling was overturned on appeal.
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