During his career, Seau was a 12-time Pro Bowler, a defensive player of the year, a member of the 90’s all decade team, and a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame. He is also a guaranteed NFL Hall of Famer. He also made a large impact off the field. In 1992, he started the Junior Seau Foundation to help deal with issues such as juvenile delinquency, alcohol abuse, and child abuse. He also started a clothing line called Say-Ow, and owned his own restaurant. His NFL career spanned 20 seasons in San Diego, New England and Miami. He never got a Super Bowl ring, but he did play in two championships. He is one of the best linebackers ever to play in the NFL.
I was shocked and saddened to hear that Seau was found dead in his home this morning of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. There will be plenty of speculation about the cause of this tragedy, and that’s not for me to determine. I’m sure there will be plenty of memories shared, and sadness expressed. I enjoyed watching Seau for many years, and it was a privilege to do so. Chargers fans were treated weekly to his fantastic play. The NFL, his community, and most importantly his family have lost a great man. Yes, I’m as die-hard a Bengals fan as you can find, but I loved watching Seau play, and I’m not embarrassed to say, I shed a tear when I heard that news. On a day where NFL players took to Twitter to protest player suspensions, I hope this reminds us all what is really important. RIP Junior Seau, leaving us far too early at the age of 43.