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May 5, 2012 | By Sam Farmer and Rick Rojas
OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Junior Seau spent Monday morning surfing in San Clemente and that afternoon playing in a charity golf tournament in Dana Point. He joked with his playing partners, was the first to offer fist bumps after clutch putts, sought out course workers to pose for pictures with him and seemed like a retired NFL superstar without a care. Less than two days later, in a bedroom of his beachfront home in Oceanside, while his girlfriend was at the gym, Seau, among the greatest linebackers in football history, put a handgun to his chest and pulled the trigger.
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May 2, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The death of Junior Seau, one of the greatest USC Trojans of all time and a player whose number, 55, is handed out very judiciously by the Trojans, has cast a pall over the campus as news of his death has spread. Athletic Director Pat Haden: "We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children. Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history. He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55. " Football Coach Lane Kiffin: "This is a very sad day. The USC football program and the entire Trojan family extends our condolences to Junior's family.
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June 1, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Nancy Emsley says she once lectured Junior Seau about the dangers of taking a powerful sleep-aid drug without getting a full night's sleep afterward. "He just rolled his eyes," the friend and workout partner of the late football star said. Emsley's account, part of a USA Today article on the days leading up to Seau's suicide last month, is quite telling. It paints a picture of a seemingly carefree guy who also took powerful drugs, sometimes not as directed, to combat a sleep disorder.
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January 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Advanced tests conducted by the National Institutes of Health on the brain of football star Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May, showed he had signs of a degenerative brain disease, the Associated Press reported. The examination of Seau's brain showed "abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)," the kind of injury associated with repetitive head injuries, the AP said. An initial autopsy on Seau performed by the San Diego County medical examiner found no apparent damage to his brain from years of football.
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May 2, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For Booster Shots
Former NFL star Junior Seau's death by apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound follows a pattern of suicides by other high-profile football players who suffered from long-term effects of repeated brain injury. That list of players includes Andre Waters of the Philadelphia Eagles and Terry Long of the Pittsburgh Steelers. And just last year, former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest, but not before requesting that his brain be donated to science so that researchers could study the long-term effects caused by concussion and other repeated brain injuries.
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May 3, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
OCEANSIDE -- The family of deceased NFL star Junior Seau has decided to allow researchers to study his brain for evidence of damage as the result of concussions, San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said. "The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn't want to make any emotional decisions," Mitchell told The Times on Thursday night. "And when they came to a joint decision that absolutely this was the best thing, it was a natural occurrence for the Seau family to go forward.
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May 4, 2012 | By Tony Perry
The city of Oceanside on Friday released the frantic 911 call made by Junior Seau's girlfriend after she returned to his home and found him dead. The dispatcher can be heard trying to get details from the woman. "Is he breathing?" she asks, in a calm voice. "I don't think so," comes the agonized reply. Seau's girlfriend arrived at the oceanfront home about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and found Seau dead in one of the bedrooms, a gun in the bed beside him. "Oh my God, I need an ambulance," the girlfriend says, her voice thick with crying and heavy breathing.
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May 3, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Junior Seau's career at USC was like his life: remarkable but too short. Seau delivered too many hits to call him a one-hit collegiate wonder, yet he somehow forged a lasting legacy in only a few short, brilliant bursts. In 1989, he ransacked opposing backfields with a ferocity and flair that transcended football generations. "I tapped Juniors picture every single day before heading out to practice at USC," former Trojans linebacker Brian Cushing — born in 1987 — tweeted after learning of Seau's death Wednesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
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May 10, 2012 | By Riki Ellison
Riki Ellison was a middle linebacker at USC in 1978, '79, '80 and '82, and played with the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders from 1983 to 1992 . The following is a letter he wrote with his feelings on the suicide of Junior Seau: Here I stand on the sands of Waikiki with the sounds of rolling, soft waves gliding gently upon the wet sands of retreat. The stoic Diamond Head stands in raw contrast to the Pacific waters, its unmistakable beauty a commanding presence.
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August 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
Rookie linebacker Junior Seau reported to the San Diego Chargers training camp this morning, a day behind schedule. Seau, the club's first-round draft pick, missed Sunday night's appointment to sign the five-year, $4.525 million deal to which he verbally agreed Thursday while vacationing in the Mexican resort of Cancun. His agent, Steve Feldman, called general manager Bobby Beathard to inform him that Seau had missed his plane and would be brought to camp by Feldman upon arrival in San Diego.
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