He was an NFL idol…
One of the all-time, best football players ever. Players were in awe of the man who dominated defenses for 20 seasons. And now it appears that Junior Seau, age 43 and sure Hall of Fame football star, took his own life.
His girlfriend called the police and they could not help Seau when they arrived. Junior was gone. Shot himself in the chest with his own gun. The gun was in the room by his lifeless body. The man many consider the best linebacker of all time was dead. Only two years after he left the game.
All this today in Oceanside, California not far from where Seau’s 15 year career with the San Diego Chargers went down.
It’s one of the most surprising suicides in modern sports.
Junior was loved by everyone. He was the face of the Chargers even today after he played for New England at the end of his career, including one more Super Bowl. He had it all – loving fans, children, a foundation, his own show. And we would think, plenty of money. He was still handsome and young at age 43.
So many players leave the game broke, but not this guy. Many NFL players can’t live without the cheers, but they still cheered Junior.
Pro’s need people to know who they are and trust me everyone knew who Junior Seau was. All the way up until he took his life.
One of his best friends and teammate, Marcellus Wiley was interviewed shortly after Junior was found dead. Wiley said he and almost every player looked up to Seau. Nobody suspected he was in trouble or had mental problems. In fact, they would go to Junior for advice – even recently.
He was the BIG DOG. nobody could hurt Junior Seau.
Many feel Seau was leaving a message to the NFL because he shot himself in the chest, not a normal way to go. It’s thought he may have done this so doctors could examine his head and brain for post career problems due to constant hits and head Trauma.
They call it CTE. There have been a few other recent suicides where a player shot himself in the chest for possibly the same reasons, like Chicago Bear Dave Duerson. The odd thing to me is there doesn’t appear to be a note left. If Junior was so far gone with mental pain and anguish but wanted to help after his death, why no note, no explanation?
Here was a man who worked hard, grabbed the brass ring and held it his entire adult life.
Nobody seems to have a bad word to say about the man. Yet with his career ending on the field, at a time he should have been happy and enjoying life…he ends it all. Again, why?
Personally I think Junior was one of the greatest players ever to put on a helmet and Ihate to see this happen.