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RIP, Junior

Very sad news today: the death, seemingly by suicide, of Junior Seau, one of the all time greats of American football.

Junior never played for any of my teams... but he always played hard, with as much joy as ferocity. He was still a young man, only recently retired, and in a couple more years he is sure to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

It's a sad day for all football fans.

Rest in peace, Junior.

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Jason Gillispie
May. 3rd, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
It's very sad indeed. It has hit me harder than I would have thought; suicide is always a tough way for someone you love to go.

It's very chilling to see someone that seems happy take their own life, and by accounts from interviews that seems to be the case. I can only hope that his family can eventually gain solace with the tough ending their loved one had.

To add an important point: I hope the NFL brain center is able to study his brain to check to see if he had CTE. He never was recorded for a concussion, so if he does have CTE; then it'll show that a)CTE can occur even without concussions or b)his concussions were hidden. This is still very new and there could be a number of reasons he took his own life, but it's vital to see if his playing contributed to his demise.

It's a very sad day indeed for the sport, and a soul devastating one for a family.
arvernian
May. 6th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
His family has apparently decided to donate his brain to science so they could study what may have happened. Kudos to them for making a very difficult decision that could potentially help others and perhaps yield some good out of a tragedy.
matthew_at
May. 3rd, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
#55
I started paying attention to football and rooting for my hometown Chargers in the early 1990s. There were some pretty good years then -- the Super Bowl run of 1994-95 for example -- but there were some extremely lean years as well. The Ryan Leaf debacle of 1998 set the franchise back a number of seasons until another icon, LaDainian Tomlinson, assumed the powder blue mantle, but we always had Junior Seau. Even when the team sucked -- and the Bolts were really, really bad at times -- #55 still played with passion and generated excitement. But he was more to the city than that. He was a native son. And he was a huge presence in the community, running a very successful restaurant (named Seau's) in Mission Valley, just down the street from the stadium. He also was very active in community service, as are many athletes, but seeing Junior on the nightly newscast at a local elementary school or charity event, that huge smile flashing like a lightning bolt across his face, seemed different, more special somehow.

He was Our Guy. He personified sports in a market where there hasn't been much success. And for 13 years, he was the face of the Chargers franchise. His apparent suicide is heart-breaking, like a punch in the gut. Even though I only met him once -- when I asked for his autograph while he was eating at a restaurant (I was a stupid kid, interrupting his dinner conversation, but he still smiled and signed for me anyway) -- I still feel like I lost someone I knew.
alice_the_raven
May. 3rd, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
This was very sad. He had ties to my home state and he was well loved.
Bob Stark
May. 3rd, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
It's a tragic loss for the family, and a tough pill for football fans to swallow, but what concerns me most is the possibility that Seau was suffering from some head trauma-related disorder.

If that is the case, then tragedies like this could spell the end of football.
little___hobbit
May. 3rd, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)
He never played for any of my teams either, but it is sad news indeed.

One wonders just what had made him so desperate to choose to end his own life :(
teriegarrison
May. 3rd, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
As a long-time died-in-the-wool Chargers fan, I'm left stunned by this news. Peace and hugs to Junior Seau's family, friends, and loved ones.

Edited at 2012-05-03 07:55 am (UTC)
just_jenni
May. 3rd, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
Shocking news indeed. I remember Junior well. :(
dmedicus
May. 3rd, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
Sad indeed. Junior Seau was one of my favorite players. Have to rank him in the top 5 of them. He was always one of the good guys. When he signed with the Dolphins I was really excited. So sad to see him go, esp. in the manor that it was.
cryptaknight
May. 3rd, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
I saw the news yesterday. As someone who grew up in San Diego, I am immensely sad. He had such an impact on my home town.
coscaram
May. 3rd, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
He made a lasting impression, on every community that he played for.
My favorite memory is when he broke his arm (severely), during a game, had an air cast put on and returned to the sidelines, to support his team mates.

Football aside, this is very sad, indeed.
superscienceser
May. 3rd, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
No, no, no!
No, black wings, black words; sadly I only heard this ill news here first. RIP, Junior: good night and God6peed.
chrispiers
May. 3rd, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty upset. He was a real leader when he was with the Patriots (my favorite team). I respected him so much.

I love football, but there is something very dark about the average age of NFL players being only 55. I think it's the concussions. I hope this brings some attention to it and some adjustments can be made to either the game or the gear.
lno
May. 3rd, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Deaths like his and Duerson's make it difficult for me to be a NFL fan. I made the (hypocritical?) decision to financially boycott the league over the reinstatement if Michael Vick despite still watching the games and cheering for my fantasy football players, but I am having a hard time condoning the NFL's approach to head injuries, which is what I would be doing if I continued to watch.
torome86
May. 3rd, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
It is a real shame
I really enjoyed watching him play and it really hurts that he had to choose that path. The most painful part was that they put his mother on television. I wish they hadn't done that.
sara_miko
May. 4th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
I lived in San Diego for 10 years, and while I was never a Chargers fan - I respected Junior and LT, they were good players, no one had anything bad to say about either of them, and they were very respected as people and humanitarians for the San Diego community. It was a shock for me to hear of it, because it's something no one expected. RIP Junior and love and blessings to his family and friends.
nycfalcon
May. 4th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
It's especially painful when a parent has to bury their child. He was one of my favorites.
memyselfandrye
May. 5th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
@Jason
I would think the concussion would be hidden. Sports has a lot to answer for, forcing players to play injured (and the psychological encouragement to play injured to A) help the team and B) not look like a sissy counts as forced to me).

There were a string of suicides of NHL enforcers during the summer of 2011. Wade Belak is the most similar to this case if you ask me. A guy who always appeared happy, joked all the time, was recently retired... he even had an impending sports broadcast position coming up. Seemed like he had every reason to live and the will to do so...

My condolences go to the family and friends of Junior Seau and all other victims of suicide.

There is a lot of blame that goes around during tragedies such as this, but it is always misplaced when directed at the person who committed suicide.

I am surprised this is not a theme explored in A Song of Ice and Fire. Is there another suicide other than Ashara Dayne's? I am sure many warriors have suffered concussions, and I would think would fall victim to the same kind of thing. Maybe Merrett Frey would have, if he had not been hanged.
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