Being a San Diego resident I’m going to try and put together some shirts to pay respects to a fallen star.
This breaks my heart. Don’t know the full details just yet but hearing this makes me wonder. Was it stress, money, hardship, family.
We can only speculate at this point. But the fact that he sent his 3 children and wife a text saying “I love you” before the incident occurs brings a tear to my eye.
Here are the reports as the have played out so far. As Reported my LA Times.
Former NFL star Junior Seau, 43, died at his Oceanside, Calif., home Wednesday.
The Chargers picked LB Junior Seau with the fifth pick of the 1990 NFL draft.CAPTIONBy Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY
“He was a local hero — he certainly gave back to the community and to the youth through his Junior Seau Foundation,” Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood told The North County Times. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Citing a source, the Times reports Seau’s body was found by a maid.
Responding to a 911 call, authorities descended on Seau’s residence around 12:35 p.m. PT.
In a tragic coincidence, Seau becomes the eighth member of the 1994 San Diego Chargers, who lost Super Bowl XXIX to the 49ers, to die at a young age. The others: Chris Mims, David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Lewis Bush, Curtis Whitley, Shawn Lee and Doug Miller.
San Diego native and current Dolphins tailback Reggie Bush tweeted:
“R.I.P Jr. Seau one of the greatest players to play the game! Damn this one hurts San Diego! One of the greatest to to come from the city.”
Seau played linebacker for 20 years in the NFL, earning 12 Pro Bowl nods while being named first-team all-pro six times. A USC product, he was drafted fifth overall by the Chargers in 1990 and played for the Bolts during his prime years from 1990-2002.
He joined the Dolphins in 2003 for a three-year hitch in Miami.
After a four-day retirement following the 2005 season — Seau deemed it a graduation into the next phase of his life at the time — he reversed course to spend four final seasons (2006-09) with the New England Patriots. He played sparingly the final two years, joining the club at midseason in both cases, but continued on at the behest of coach Bill Belichick, who valued Seau’s legendary work ethic and leadership skills.