R.I.P. Junior Seau

Junior Seau in 2008
Junior Seau in 2008

The former NFL player Junior Seau (Photo ©JJ Hall) died yesterday in his home in Oceanside, California. Apparently he shot himself in the chest.

Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr. was born on January 19, 1969 in San Diego, California, from a family of American Samoa. Shortly after his birth, his family returned to their island of origin and only after several years they came back to San Diego.

At the high school, Junior Seau played various sports. At the University of Southern California, he couldn’t play during his first year because the score of his entrance exam was too low. In the last two college seasons, he was elected in the first All-American team as a linebacker.

In 1990, Junior Seau was selected in the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers as the fifth overall pick. Soon, he became one of the most popular players of the team. In his second year, he played in the Pro Bowl and it was the first of twelve consecutive Pro Bowls. In 1995 he played Super Bowl XXIX, losing to the San Francisco 49ers.

In 2003, Junior Seau went to the Miami Dolphins but in 2004 an injury to a pectoral muscle caused him to lose about half season and in 2005 he missed most of the season because of an Achilles tendon injury.

In 2006, Junior Seau announced his retirement from professional but a few days later he signed a contract with the New England Patriots. In November however he broke his arm. In 2008 he played Super Bowl XLII, losing to the New York Giants.

In 2010, Junior Seau announced his intention to retire again, however there was never an official retirement. On November 27, 2011 he was included in the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.

On May 2, 2012 was found by his girlfriend at his home with a gunshot wound to his chest and the rescue couldn’t revive him.

It seems that Junior Seau took his own life but now the police are investigating. Many comments have already been made about the fact that in recent years there have been other deaths among NFL players who had just ended their career or were still active.

There will be too much time for comments, now there’s the tragedy of the death of a great player who was still a young man who could’ve still had decades of life.

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