SAN DIEGO — Former NFL player Terrence Kiel was killed Friday night when his car struck a wall and he was ejected, authorities said Saturday.
Kiel, 27, was a star at Texas A&M and played four seasons as a safety for the San Diego Chargers.
Police said Kiel was driving his 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at a high rate of speed in the Scripps Ranch area when he lost control, hit a curb and crashed into a wall.
In February 2007, he pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor drug charges involving sending codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. He was cut from the Chargers soon thereafter.
Kiel was sentenced to three years' probation that year by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sontag. Sontag dropped the felony charge, the Associated Press reported at the time, because Kiel completed 175 hours of volunteer work and underwent counseling for gambling.