May 3, 2012 |
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 3, 2012 |
Through her tears, Luisa Seau said that there had been no warning of this. How could her son, Junior, who had so much promise in his life and during a glittery football career, want to kill himself? "I don't understand," she wailed. But Seau, 43, a star linebacker at USC and for his hometown San Diego Chargers, apparently ended his life Wednesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Oceanside home. Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend went to the beachfront home about 9:30 a.m. and found him dead in a bedroom.
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August 21, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Football star Junior Seau had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system when he committed suicide, and an initial examination of his brain showed no apparent damage from his years of football, according to the autopsy and toxicology reports released Monday by the San Diego County medical examiner. Also, his girlfriend, Megan P. Noderer, told police that Seau, 43, had given no indication he planned to kill himself, according to the investigative narrative attached to the autopsy report.
May 2, 2012 |
A few months ago, the radio daughter and I were in Las Vegas for March Madness and she said she heard Junior Seau was signing autographs across the hall. I bounced from my chair, and at my age bouncing doesn't come so easily anymore. But just the mention of his name prompted this incredible feeling of joy, and what a delight it would be to say hello again to someone always so full of life. How do you not remember someone who took it upon himself to work with the basketball daughter?
January 7, 1987 |
Don Montamble, Oceanside High School coach, likes to talk about the "two seasons" his basketball team has had since beginning play in November. The first season lasted five games, all losses. But in its new season, Oceanside is 6-1, winning the Lt. James Mitchell Tournament and placing third in the Mt. Carmel Invitational.
September 1, 1991 |
Linebacker Junior Seau stalked off the field, removed his helmet and hurled it to the turf. Then he carried his tantrum to the Charger defensive coaches. "We weren't getting a sack," Seau said. "I couldn't believe it. We should have put more pressure on the quarterback. I'm telling them, 'Blow off the scheme we're using and do something else. Do what we've practiced.' "We were losing, I'm frustrated and I'm thinking, 'Do something more, Junior.' " It was an exhibition game.
September 3, 1993 |
Dale Lindsey clicked off the projector. He had run about a dozen plays featuring the San Diego Charger defense. It might have been called a highlight film. Junior Seau was the highlight. "You want more?" asked Lindsey, the Chargers' linebacker coach. "How much time do you have?" No mas, thank you. In his varying alignments at linebacker, with a few plays at defensive end as well, Seau had gone mano-a-mano with offensive players of virtually every job description.
September 18, 1992 |
Like many a pass-rusher before him, USC linebacker Willie McGinest holds a certain disdain for opposing quarterbacks. "I have respect for quarterbacks, but it's not my job to like them," McGinest said. "It's my job to destroy them. They're the bull's-eye and I'm the bull." McGinest, however, has missed his mark more than he would have liked.
October 14, 2009 |
Junior Seau is back with the New England Patriots, coming out of retirement for a third time to sign a contract Tuesday for a 20th season as an NFL linebacker. The signing of the 12-time Pro Bowl player was announced by Versus, the television network on which Seau has a show. The Patriots have not announced the signing. Irsay: No to Rush Rush Limbaugh's bid to buy the St. Louis Rams ran into opposition within the NFL, when Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed to vote against him and Commissioner Roger Goodell said the conservative commentator's "divisive" comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider.
September 20, 2009 |
The New England Patriots have some injury problems at linebacker, have some needs to address right now, and Junior Seau says he'd like to help. Just get back to him in a few months. "I have my phone open in November and December for the Pats if they need help," Seau told Sirius NFL Radio. "That's about it. I'm not waiting for the call. I'm just letting them know that. They understand that if they need any help going further into the postseason or in the midst of December, which is a crucial time.