May 2, 2012 |
NFL great Junior Seau was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Oceanside on Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports. Seau, 43, among the best linebackers in NFL history, was found by his housekeeper with a gunshot wound to his chest, the North County Times reported, citing an unnamed source. A former USC star, Seau was selected fifth overall in the 1990 draft by San Diego. He played for the Chargers from 1990-2002, then spent three years with the Miami Dolphins before finishing his career with New England.
May 7, 2012 |
Ronnie Lott did his best to stay composed during Monday afternoon's unveiling of the 2012 early watch list for the "Lott IMPACT Trophy. " USC defensive back T.J. McDonald and UCLA linebacker Patrick Larimore were among the 42 players selected as candidates for the ninth Lott award , named after the former USC and NFL Hall of Fame defensive back. Lott was emotional as he offered closing comments in Newport Beach, less than a week after the death of former USC and San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau.
May 4, 2012 |
Junior Seau's girlfriend who made the 911 call to report his self-inflicted gunshot wound was frantic during a nearly nine-minute conversation with the emergency dispatcher. The recording of the call was released Friday by Oceanside officials after numerous requests by media organizations. AUDIO: Seau 911 call "Oh my God, I need an ambulance," the girlfriend of the former USC and NFL linebacker said as she cried. "Oh my God.... My boyfriend shot himself. " Seau's girlfriend, who said she had been at the gym for about an hour, returned to his oceanfront home about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and found him dead on a bed with a gun beside him. PHOTOS: Junior Seau | 1969 - 2012 "Help is on the way," said the dispatcher, who advised the woman to perform CPR on Seau.
May 4, 2012
The death of NFL star Junior Seau was officially ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday. Officials are awaiting the family's decision regarding the study of Seau's brain for evidence of repetitive injuries. Seau was discovered dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in his beachside home in Oceanside on Wednesday morning about 9:35 a.m., according to the report. Officials have not determined an exact time of death. Dr. Craig Nelson, deputy medical examiner, conducted a forensic autopsy Thursday, including a full examination of Seau's body and organs and a collection of appropriate specimens for laboratory studies, including toxicology and microscopic examination of organs and tissues.
May 3, 2012 |
The upbeat spring practice that first-year UCLA Coach Jim Mora was enjoying was significantly marred Wednesday by the death of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau. Mora, an assistant with the San Diego Chargers from 1985 to 1991, coached Seau for two seasons and was shocked by the news of his apparent suicide. “He loved life and had a tremendous impact on the young people that he touched through his work in the community,” Mora said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his beautiful children.” PHOTOS: Junior Seau | 1969 - 2012 Seau played for the Chargers from 1990 to 2002 and spent a total of 20 seasons in the NFL. “I had the honor of coaching Junior when he first came into the league and from Day 1 his passion for the game was infectious,” Mora said.
May 3, 2012 |
Junior Seau's apparent suicide has left many of his former teammates stunned and saddened, searching for answers as to why. "I'm sorry to say, Superman is dead," said Shawn Mitchell, a chaplain for the San Diego Chargers. "All of us can appear to be super, but all of us need to reach out and find support when we're hurting. " Being from the San Diego area, Seau quickly became one of the most beloved Chargers of all time after he joined the team, and his popularity only grew after he led the team to the 1995 Super Bowl.