Former Chargers great Junior Seau was found dead in his home this morning, victim of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Seau, who also played for the Dolphins and Patriots in his illustrious career, was one of the Broncos’ fiercest opponents, leading Hall of Fame quarterback and team VP John Elway to tweet “Junior was a true competitor and a special player… He played the game the way it was meant to be played”.
Reactions of shock are pouring in from around the league, from current and former players alike. According to friends and family, he left no indication he was despondent in the days leading up to his untimely death. On a day when the league is dealing with the fallout of the bounty scandal and continuing to wrestle with the long-term effects of the game on its players, it begs the question of whether long-term head injuries contributed to the mental state of the famously hard-hitting Seau.
From this group of rabid Broncos fans, our condolences go out to the Seau family. As much as we hated to see Junior on the other side of the ball, our ill feelings were borne out of respect for his talent and passion for the game, and for anyone to pass at 43 is too soon.
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