In high school, Seau was quite the athlete. He played basketball and ran track at Oceanside High School but football is where he really excelled. He started at tight end and as expected linebacker. He was named the offensive MVP and lead his Pirates team to the San Diego 2A championship.
After high school, he attended the University of Southern California or USC. His freshman year he never saw the field but he used that to make himself a better student. His final year at USC in 1989, he racked up 19 sacks and was first team All-American.
Junior Seau was drafted by the San Diego Chargers fifth overall in the 1990 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he started 15 of 16 games and recorded 85 tackles. The next year, he boosted it up to 129 tackles and seven sacks and went to the Pro Bowl for the first time and will do so eleven more times in a row. In 1994 he took his Chargers to the franchises only Super Bowl run in a 49 to 26 loss.
In 2003 he was traded to the Miami Dolphins. He started 15 games that year and helped his team to a 10-6 record. 2004 to 2006 he had injury after injury which led to his released by the Dolphins in 2006. In 2006 he announced his retirement that lasted four days.
In 2007, he played for the New England Patriots. He was a part of what could have been the NFL's second perfect season, but lost Super Bowl XLII 17 to 14. He would play and finish his career with the Patriots and retire for a second time on January 13, 2010.
His NFL career stats are as follows:
3 Forced Fumbles
12 straight Pro Bowl appearances
8 times First Team All Pro
2 times Second Team All Pro
2 AFC Championships
2 Super Bowl Appearences
as well as other NFL prestige’s awards.
Junior we apprieciate the games you played and the entertainment you provided for us. It's a shame someone couldn't have been there for you at the time. You will be truly missed.
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