For the New York Giants, the motto is very simple: "Once a Giant, always a Giant." Unfortunately, the Giants lost one of their very own earlier this week when former offensive lineman Bryan Stoltenberg passed away at the age of 40.
Stoltenberg, a 1990 graduate of Clements High School and All-American, was a 6th round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1996. He played in 50 career games, including three for the Giants and 38 for the Carolina Panthers, before retiring at the end of the 2000 season.
Prior to being drafted by the Chargers, Stoltenberg played college ball at Colorado and helped pave the way for Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, who rushed for a school-record 2,055 yards in 1994.
"I was texting him from my basketball game the night before and he said he was feeling better," Clements football coach Keith Knowles said. "He said his ribs were still hurting but he enjoyed being around the boys, being back home, and then I got the message, and it was just a big surprise."
Stoltenberg is survived by his wife Laura and their three children. Coia is survived by his wife Connie and their five children.
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