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Jeff Staggs

1944 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Jeff Staggs Obituary
Staggs, Jeff 05/14/1944 ~ 09/17/2014 SAN DIEGO -- It has been said that "a father is a son's first hero." Our hero, Jeff died suddenly and peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, September 17, 2014. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 38 years, Sarah, sons Nathan, Jordan, Blaine and daughter-in-law Sarah, sisters, Christi Moore and Suzanne Hlavacek, and many, many family members and friends who adored him. Jeff's football career spanned nearly 15 years in San Diego starting at Point Loma High with Coach Bennie Edens, then to San Diego City College where he was a Junior College All-American. Jeff moved on to Don Coryell's team at San Diego State and his mother Barbara was forever grateful to Coach Coryell and his amazing staff for taking Jeff under their wings and helping him to find his passion and his calling. Jeff was honored to be inducted into the San Diego State Hall of Fame in 2009. In 1965, after his junior season, Jeff was selected as a "future" in the third round of the AFL draft by his hometown Chargers. He became a starting linebacker as a rookie with the Chargers in 1967 and was runner-up for the AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Jeff also played for the Los Angeles Rams and St. Louis Cardinals before concluding his career with the Chargers in 1974. "Football doesn't develop character. Football exposes Character," and Jeff was a true man of character. His greatest legacy was not football but rather the family and friends he touched. There wasn't a single friend he made, that he didn't keep. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Church of the Immaculata at the University of San Diego on Friday, October 3, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Fowler Athletic Center at SDSU. In lieu of flowers, the Staggs Family has asked that donations be made in Jeff's honor for a football student/athlete Scholarship at San Diego State: The Campanile Foundation - Aztec Club SDSU Athletics, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4313.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 28, 2014
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