Sports Commentary: San Diego Chargers great, Junior Seau, found dead

New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau during a game against the Oakland Raiders, Dec. 14, 2008 | Photo author JJ Hall, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Junior_Seau.jpgm, Source http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_junes/3119981865/, Wikimedia Commons

Sports Commentator Patrick Blake is host of the Blake’s Take show, airing weekdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio Southern Utah Sports Network – 96.7 FM 1450 AM – with live stream online at http://www.KZNUsports.com. Reporting from live TV broadcasts and multiple media.

COMMENTARY – Junior Seau was found dead in his Oceanside, Calif., home from what is being reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Seau was found by his girlfriend around 10 a.m. The Oceanside police chief said, “Mr. Seau was found in a bedroom by his girlfriend this morning.”

Many are comparing Seau’s death to former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson who killed himself last year by shooting himself in the chest and leaving a note that he wanted his brain donated to the study of football related head injuries.

No note has been reported found yet at Seau’s home, though he did text his kids and ex-wife last night.

Seau’s family and friends showed up at the house after finding out about the death. Seau, an American Samoan was in the house deceased while his family and friends showed up. In the Samoan culture you are to see the body before its taken away.

Seau’s mother and father were at the house and the mother gave an emotional speech to the media. “Please save my son, take me lord not him,” she said from outside of the home where her son’s body lay motionless inside.

Seau’s sister also spoke to the media and asked that everyone respect the family and leave them alone at this time.

This is not the first time something like this has come up with Seau. In 2010, he drove his SUV off a 30-foot cliff after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Seau said he fell asleep at the wheel and it was not a suicide attempt.

Seau is considered one of the best linebackers of all time.

Out of high school, Seau went to USC where he played three seasons for the Trojans and became a first team-All-American in the 1989 season.

After college, Seau was drafted fifth by his hometown San Diego Chargers. Seau played for the Chargers for 14 seasons. Seau went to 12 consecutive pro bowls with the Chargers. Seau helped lead the Chargers to the Super Bowl in 1994. After an injury-plagued 2002 season, the Chargers traded Seau to Miami.

Seau played three seasons in Miami. Most of his time spent in Miami was on injured reverve. After the 2005-2006 season Seau retired, for the first time.

Seau came out of retirement just four days later when he was signed with the New England Patriots. Seau made it back to the Super Bowl in 2007 but came up short once again. Seau played four years in New England before announcing his retirement in January 2010.

In all, Seau played 20 years in the NFL. Seau ended his career with 1,524 tackles, 56 ½ sacks, and 18 interceptions.

Seau, 43, is survived by his three children, daughter Sydney, and sons Jake and Hunter.

For more sports talk, tune into Blake’s Take weekdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio – 93.1 FM 1450 AM – or online streaming live on KZNU Sports website: www.kznusports.com

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