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January 10, 2013 | By Sam Farmer and Rosie Mestel
Junior Seau, among the greatest linebackers in NFL history, suffered from degenerative brain disease when he fatally shot himself in May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday, another blow to a league whose former players say they were never warned about the dangers of head injuries. More than 2,000 former players are suing the NFL, contending the league never properly addressed the problems with head injuries and in many cases withheld information about the long-term effects associated with them.
September 11, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Oceanside home of the late NFL star Junior Seau has sold for $1.975 million. Built in 1997, the three-bedroom, 21/2-bathroom beachfront house contains 2,238 square feet of living space. The lower level features an additional bedroom and bathroom as well as a three car-garage. The former San Diego Charger linebacker went on to play for the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots before retiring in 2010. He died in May at 43 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. John Beran of ERA Ranch & Sea Realty handled the transaction.
August 21, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
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.
July 26, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The beachfront San Diego County home of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau is on sale for nearly $2.3 million, nearly three months after the San Diego Chargers great committed suicide on the property. Seau bought the 2,238-square-foot home in 2005 for $3.2 million, according to U-T San Diego. In early May, the body of the 43-year-old was found in the home , the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. Now real estate agent John Beran has listed the three-bedroom, 2.5-bath property at 604 S. The Strand in Oceanside as a "wonderful seaside home" that "boasts amazing ocean views.
June 18, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson officially retired Monday, signing with the San Diego Chargers so he could call it a career with a franchise where he played nine seasons. "Some guys you watch play and say, 'I wonder if he will wind up in the Hall of Fame?'  LT answered that question a long time ago," Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said. "He is one of the greatest and most versatile running backs to ever play the game. He helped this organization return to relevancy in the NFL and gave all of us a lot of exciting moments we'll remember forever.
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.
May 12, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Chris Horner had perhaps his most successful year as a cyclist in 2011. He won the Amgen Tour of California, finished second in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, a celebrated one-day race, and finished fourth at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Yet what most cycling fans remember about Horner's 2011 racing is something Horner doesn't. During the seventh stage of the Tour de France last July, Horner crashed. He suffered a concussion, broken nose and broken ribs. But despite being woozy and dazed, Horner got back on his bike and finished, though he had no idea where he was or even quite what he was doing.
May 11, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Hall of Fame receiver Art Monk is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed against the NFL and helmet maker Riddell Inc. over long-term injuries as a result of concussions. The 82-page lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles last week along with two similar ones, with the three encompassing 193 former players. The suits were filed by the L.A.-based firm Girardi Keese. According to NFLConcussionLitigation, which first reported the latest litigation, more than 2,000 former players are currently suing the league over concussions.
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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