LA Chargers News

Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Dennis Thurman was jogging on a treadmill Wednesday, watching TV, when he learned of Junior Seau’s death. The news that shook the NFL struck the New York Jets defensive backs coach like a bolt of lightning.

The 1994 Chargers were the only team in franchise history to go to a Super Bowl — they lost, 49-26, to Steve Young and the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX — but over the years a sobering series of tragedies has cast a pall over that achievement.

The heaps of flowers and candles continue to grow outside the Oceanside home of Junior Seau, the all-pro linebacker who died Wednesday of what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Gary Plummer hopes the death of his former teammate Junior Seau sparks a change in the way the NFL sends its players back into society.

Marty Schottenheimer coached against a Junior Seau team for 11 seasons and coached him for one year with the San Diego Chargers.

SAN DIEGO —- Quentin Jammer walked by media members gathered outside the Chargers’ locker room without a word. When asked to comment on departed former teammate Junior Seau, the Chargers’ senior member turned a shoulder and said, “Sorry, guys. I’ve got to run.”

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.

On Jan. 2, 1982, my dad, brother and I huddled around the TV in my parents’ bedroom and watched Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow get carried off the field after he beat the Miami Dolphins practically by himself in what many regard as one of the best games ever.