02 May 2012
We're just getting the details, but apparently all-time great linebacker Junior Seau has been found dead in his San Diego home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. From what I gather, he had a really hard time leaving football behind.
I don't know much about Junior Seau's personal life or what he was doing after football but I do know about his greatness on the field. When I was lucky enough to be chosen to vote for the NFL Network's Top 100 of All-Time show, I thought Seau was the biggest name missing from the ballot, and I gave him a write-in vote in my top 50. He's a sure Hall of Famer. Twelve Pro Bowls, six-time first-team All-Pro. He made it to two Super Bowls, but lost them both, with the 1994 Chargers and 2007 Patriots. His best defense was probably the 1998 Chargers, who finished second in defensive DVOA but were dragged down by the horrible Leaf/Whelihan offense. That team had only two defensive Pro Bowlers, Seau and Rodney Harrison. But they were really, really good.
I hope his family finds comfort.
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