As part of its 100th season, the NFL is releasing an All-Time team of its 100 greatest players.
Just one week after LaDainian Tomlinson was snubbed on the list of the greatest running backs, linebacker Junior Seau was revealed to be part of the team selected on Friday. The argument can be made that they are the two greatest players in franchise history, as we argued here.
It was bad to leave Tomlinson out of the group but if Seau would have been omitted as the greatest linebackers and defensive linemen were revealed, it would have been reason to quit watching this NFL Network special.
Seau was one of a kind, a player who literally had no weakness.
He was the leader of the team’s defense from the moment he was chosen with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1990 draft. He was the quarterback of the defense on the field, seeing and feeling everything as well as anyone to ever play the position.
He finished his career with over 1,800 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions. Among many accolades, he was selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times in a row and was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.
He could diagnose plays and make an immediate impact whether it be helping against the run, blitzing the quarterback or dropping back into coverage. He could do it all and for many years, he WAS the San Diego Chargers, helping the team get to its first and to this day, only appearance in the Super Bowl.
On top of that, he was a fixture in the community. Born in Oceanside, California, he attended USC and then spent 13 seasons with the Chargers before playing for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. Unfortunately, he will receive this honor posthumously, just as he did his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Seau died in May 2012, breaking the hearts of his family and millions of fans around the world.
On the football field, Seau was as good as any linebacker that has ever stepped on a playing field in an NFL game. It is nice to see his outstanding level of play still being recognized with honors such as this one.
Congratulations to this great player and great man. If you were to poll hundreds or thousands of Chargers fans and ask who the greatest player in team history was, the answer you’d likely hear the most would be Junior Seau.