Buccaneers Sign Paralyzed Rutgers DT Eric LeGrand
Junior Seau Dead At Age 43
Earlier in the day we brought you a happy tale from the NFL, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed paralyzed Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.
Now we bring you some very sad NFL news, as it has been reported that former Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau is dead at the age of 43.
The news came out earlier today, as Seau’s body was discovered by his girlfriend inside his Oceanside, California home this morning. She called 9-1-1 at 9:45 am PT, telling dispatch that she had found him unconscious in his bedroom with a gunshot wound in his chest and a handgun nearby. At the moment, authorities are investigating the incident as a suicide.
According to TMZ, Seau sent a text message to his ex-wife and kids last night saying “Love You.” They all responded, but didn’t believe anything was wrong at the time. His family members also didn’t see any signs of depression in Seau over the past couple of weeks, and many of them couldn’t believe what had happened when they arrived at his home to console one another this morning. At one point during an interview, Seau’s mom broke down, saying “Take me, take me, leave my son, but it’s too late.”
Seau played 13 of his 20 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers. He was drafted by the Chargers with the fifth-overall pick in the 1990 out of USC, and played in 12 Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls before retiring in 2009 as a member of the New England Partriots.
Perhaps the saddest fact from this tragic story comes via ESPN, who noted that Seau is now the eighth member of the ’94 Chargers – who lost in Super Bowl XXIX to the 49ers – to pass away at a young age. The others include Chris Mims, David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Lewis Bush, Curtis Whitley, Shawn Lee and Doug Miller.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Junior Seau. He was a great competitor on the field and in the bull riding ring as well, and he will always be remembered for that. May he rest in peace.
UPDATE: Here is a great story about Seau, via Eric Olsen’s Twitter feed:
Hat Tip – [ABC News]