May 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; A detailed view of a hat left at the impromptu memorial in front of Seau

Morning Dump

Oceanside, San Diego County — Junior Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl player who was the fist-pumping, emotional leader of his hometown Chargers for 13 years, was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43.
OCEANSIDE, CALIF. — 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.
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Junior Seau, a homegrown superstar who was the fist-pumping, emotional leader of the San Diego Chargers for 13 years, was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43.
You’re Roger Goodell, the law and order judge of sports commissioners, and you threw the book at the New Orleans Saints’ bounty hunters. You did so in an age in which safety has become a searing issue and the post-career problems and tragedies of former players have grown too common to ignore.
Junior Seau, a former National Football League linebacker who was voted an All-Pro six times in his 20-year career, has died. He was 43.
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.

The world of sports lost a beloved figure on Wednesday when former NFL star Junior Seau was found dead in his home of an apparent suicide. He was 43.

The owner and head coach of the San Diego Chargers grappled with the news Wednesday of the sudden passing of standout linebacker Junior Seau, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said they’re treating the shooting death of Junior Seau, a former National Football League linebacker voted an All-Pro six times in a 20-year career, as a suicide.

(Reuters) – He was nicknamed “Tasmanian Devil” for his aggression, energy and intensity on the gridiron in an NFL career that spanned 20 years and led to 12 successive Pro Bowl selections, while off the field, Junior Seau was a champion of children’s causes.

Banks was among those who were shocked by the news of Seau’s apparent suicide on Wednesday. The legendary linebacker, who played for three teams — the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots — during a 20-year career, died of an apparent suicide in his Oceanside, Calif., home on Wednesday. Seau was 43.

Coach Jim Harbaugh issued a heartfelt statement Wednesday afternoon in response to the apparent suicide of Junior Seau, who during his 20-year career played with Harbaugh on the San Diego Chargers in 1999-2000.

He will forever be associated with the San Diego Chargers for reasons both triumphant and tragic. But the coda to Junior Seau’s brilliant 20-year NFL career came here in New England, where he spent 38 regular-season games over four seasons proving how a player of such individual distinction could become a wonderfully enthusiastic role player and teammate.

Seau and his family emerged from a tunnel, and stood near the home sideline he used to rule. Seau looked regal in a suit adorned with a traditional Samoan money lei, which marks moments of celebration. This was one of the biggest parties of Seau’s life. The Oceanside kid was being inducted into the Chargers’ Hall of Fame, and he was being presented by Dan Fouts, another face of the franchise.

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  • CindiSpears

    I made it about half way through before my tears made it too hard to read.  My heart “say ow”.