SEATTLE - DECEMBER 07: (FILE PHOTO) Junior Seau #55 of the New England Patriots jogs on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 7 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle Washington. According to reports Seau drove his SUV off a cliff October 18 2010 after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and released. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
It is being reported around the web that former San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau was found dead earlier on Wednesday of a gun shot wound. Police are investigating the shooting, but according to TMZ.com it appears that Seau shot himself in an apparent suicide.
Reports are poring in that Seau was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Another former NFL player, Dave Duerson, also shot himself in the chest in order to allow his brain to be examined postmortem. How sad is it that, if true, guys like Duerson and Seau are so sick - and know they are sick - but can't do anything about it but to pay the ultimate price.
Studies into Duerson's brained showed a degenerative brain condition stemming from multiple concussions. If studied, what will Seau's brain show? None of that matters now, the NFL lost another player, the 8th from the Chargers 1994 AFC Championship team.
In 2010, Seau was involved in a car accident when the SUV he was driving went over a cliff. Seau claimed at the time that he had fallen asleep at the wheel and was not trying to harm himself.
Seau left the FL as one of the all-time greats at linebacker, narrowly missing out on a Super Bowl win in 2007 with the New England Patriots. Seau was a 12-time Pro Bowler and 6-time all-pro during a 20-year career with the Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. His last season in the NFL was 2009.
One has to wonder if all the troubles Seau experienced after his playing career could be attributed to concussions - we've seen troubled stories like this in the recent past.
Seau leaves behind 3 children and an ex-wife. He was 43-years old. Our thoughts go out to all of Seau's fans, specifically San Diego Chargers fans. he was a thorn in the Broncos side for many, many years.
RIP Junior Seau