The tragedies of Junior Seau and the ’94 Chargers

Posted: May 2, 2012 by vindanton in Pro Sports

By: Christian Fazzini

Junior Seau 1969-2012

The world of sports was shocked this afternoon as it was reported by several media outlets that former Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau was found dead in his California home from what police are calling an “apparent suicide.”

Seau is a shoe in for Canton. Playing in 12 Pro Bowls, recording 1,526 tackles, 56.5 sacks, 18 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles in his star studded career.

“He wasn’t just a football player, he was so much more,” said Chargers President Dean Spanos. “He was loved by everyone in our family, our organization and throughout the NFL. This is just such a tragic loss. One of the worst things I could ever imagine. My prayers go out to Junior’s family. It’s heartbreaking.”

Seau’s family was also shocked by the sudden passing of their beloved family member.

“I don’t understand … I’m shocked,” said Luisa Seau, Junior’s mother, as she cried uncontrollably in front of the media when the news broke late this afternoon.

As good of a player Seau was, he fell short of winning a Super Bowl twice in his 20 year career. Seau came short of hoisting the Lombardi trophy in 1994 with the San Diego Chargers, and again with the New England Patriots in 2007.

With his death, Seau is now the eighth member of the 1994 San Diego Chargers team who has passed away. Here are the others.

One week after receiving his A.F.C. championship ring, ‘94 San Diego Charger member and Linebacker David Griggs, was killed in a car accident, he was 28.

In ‘96 another member of the ‘94 Chargers was suddenly killed. Running back Rodney Culver, who at the time was 25, was killed in a plane crash.

They say lighting never strikes twice; tell that to former Charger linebacker, Doug Miller. In ‘98 Miller, 28, was killed after being stuck by lighting twice while camping in Colorado.

Center Curtis Whitley was 39 when he died of a drug overdose in 2008.

Another member of the Chargers also died in 08’. Chris Mims was 38 when he died of an enlarged heart.

Former running back Shawn Lee and former linebacker Lew Bush both died in 2011 after they both suffered heart attacks. Lee was 44, Bush was 42.

What is going on here?

Eight people in 18 years, not to mention all of the deceased players did not make it to the age of 45. I could not even fathom the heartbreak and fear that other players from that team have been experiencing. Could anyone ever explain a coincidence like this?

Coincidence or not, all of these deaths were tragic times, and one cannot help but to feel sorry for the victims’ families.

Throughout his 20-year stint with the NFL, Seau displayed character, class and his hard-working nature on and off the field. It is a dark day in the world of sports due to the loss of a great man, Junior Seau. May he rest in peace.

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