May 3, 2012- Former NFL star linebacker Junior Seau was pronounced dead on Monday after attempts to save his life were not successful. Police in Oceanside, California said the girlfriend of Seau reported finding Seau unconscious and with a chest wound. A gun was near him when police arrived and his death is being investigated as a possible suicide.
Seau was not only a great football player, he also helped the community and gave back his entire life. Seau’s mother could not believe her son was dead. She said they had talked earlier in the week and he had been joking with her and sounded fine.
Seau played college football for USC and then was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, whom he helped lead to the Super Bowl after the 1994 season. He and seven other members of that Super Bowl team that lost have died well before their time.
Dave Duerson, a former player for the Chicago Bears committed suicide in 2011 by shooting himself in the chest.
Seau played with San Diego until the 2003 season and then went on to play with Miami and New England. He eventually retired for good following the 2009 season. Many athletes, friends and fans reacted to his death on Twitter. They praised; his work ethic; how he helped his community through his foundation; and how he loved football so much.
He played close to 20 seasons in the NFL and finished with 545 tackles, 18 interceptions and 56.5 sacks.