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jeffb 05-02-2012 05:46 PM

Junior Seau dead at 43
 
http://www.newsday.com/sports/footba...home-1.3694776

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Former NFL star Junior Seau was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43.
Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest and lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. A gun was found near him, McCoy said.
Seau's mother appeared before reporters, weeping uncontrollably.
"I don't understand ... I'm shocked," Luisa Seau cried out.
Her son gave no indication of a problem when she spoke to him by phone earlier this week, she said.
"He's joking to me, he called me a 'homegirl,' " she said.
Seau was a standout linebacker with the University of Southern California before going to the San Diego Chargers -- his hometown team -- whom he led to the Super Bowl following the 1994 season.
"Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now. We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family," the team said in a statement.
Seau's death follows the suicide last year of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest.
Seau remained with the Chargers until 2003 and went on to play with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots before retiring after the 2009 season.
"Junior was a fierce competitor whose passion and work ethic lifted his teammates to greater heights. His enthusiasm for the game was infectious and he passed that on to everyone who was around him. He loved the game so much, and no one played with more sheer joy," Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said in a statement.
"Junior was one-of-a-kind. The league will never see anyone like him again," Dee said.
The Patriots also issued a statement expressing grief over Seau's death.
"This is a sad day for the entire Patriots organization, our coaches and his many Patriots teammates," the statement said.
In October 2010, Seau survived a 100-foot plunge down a seaside cliff in his SUV, hours after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the Oceanside home he shared with his girlfriend. The woman had told authorities that Seau assaulted her during an argument.
There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved in the crash and Seau told authorities he fell asleep while driving. He sustained minor injuries.
Seau spent parts of 20 seasons in the NFL, including his 1990-2002 stint with his hometown Chargers. He helped them to their only Super Bowl appearance, was voted to a team-record 12 straight Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro six times.
He amassed 545 tackles, 56 1/2 sacks and 18 interceptions in his career.
"Twenty years, to be part of this kind of fraternity, to be able to go out and play the game that you love, and all the lessons and the friends and acquaintances which you meet along the way, you can't be in a better arena," Seau said last August after the Chargers announced he would be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
Seau was the fifth pick overall in the 1990 draft out of Southern California, and stayed with the Charges until being traded to the Dolphins. He came out of retirement a few times to play with the Patriots in search of a Super Bowl ring and was with the team when they lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl following the 2007 season, which ended New England's quest for a perfect season.
More than 100 people gathered outside of Seau's home, only hours after he was found dead. Families showed up with flowers and fans wearing Chargers jerseys waited to get more news.
Seau was beloved in San Diego, where he created a foundation and had a popular restaurant that bore his name.

dfunkie1 05-02-2012 05:55 PM

that sucks, i was a big fan of him. i don't know how someone can shoot themselves in the chest in an attempt to kill themselves. if the report is true, it obviously worked, but it doesn't make sense.

LightsOut 05-02-2012 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Jackson Filth (Post 640968)
that sucks, i was a big fan of him. i don't know how someone can shoot themselves in the chest in an attempt to kill themselves. if the report is true, it obviously worked, but it doesn't make sense.

my thoughts exactly, wouldn't you shoot your head to make it painless

Grizz 05-02-2012 06:03 PM

Adam Schefter retweeted today that he is, I believe the 8th or 9th member of the 94 Super Bowl winning Chargers to pass away. That's a scary number.

LX 05-02-2012 07:33 PM

The dude from the Bears that shot himself in the chest last year did so in order that his brain could be studied. This concussion shit is getting really scary. And it's a daily affair in football. I heard Jack Youngblood interviewed by Jim Rome earlier this year, and he said that when he played he had some form of concussion every single day. He carried two ammonia capsules at all times just in case he blacked out. Now he played like a madman, but I think the kind of impact from bigger and faster bodies after his time playing would have meant more brains rattling around. I have to wonder how many more athletes are going to end up this way.

Toby 05-03-2012 05:43 AM

totally laim, so sorry to Seau's friends and family. He was one of the All-time Best NFL players.

Grizz 05-03-2012 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by LX (Post 640997)
The dude from the Bears that shot himself in the chest last year did so in order that his brain could be studied. This concussion shit is getting really scary. And it's a daily affair in football. I heard Jack Youngblood interviewed by Jim Rome earlier this year, and he said that when he played he had some form of concussion every single day. He carried two ammonia capsules at all times just in case he blacked out. Now he played like a madman, but I think the kind of impact from bigger and faster bodies after his time playing would have meant more brains rattling around. I have to wonder how many more athletes are going to end up this way.

Looking into concussion research is terrifying. I think it's completely realistic that there will be no football as we know it 50 years from now. Recent research says the day to day normal contact they go through is even worse than the big hits they take.

fancylad 05-03-2012 02:35 PM

i've never heard of him until yesterday.

Still i felt terrible watching his mother's statement. So sad. Especially when it seemed so unexpected.

DVS 05-04-2012 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 641143)
i've never heard of him until yesterday.

Still i felt terrible watching his mother's statement. So sad. Especially when it seemed so unexpected.

One of the best MLB ever (no joke in his prime in SD he was nasty). After hearing these problems time and time again and reading about all the lawsuits former players put on the NFL it really makes me rethink about being a fan of the NFL. Like the way I see it now if I ever have kids I think basketball and/or soccer are the only sports I'd like them to play.


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