Junior Seau a former linebacker with three NFL teams, died on Wednesday at the age of 43. Police were called to his home by his girlfriend who said she found Seau unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound. Attempts were made to resuscitate Seau but were unsuccessful. Law enforcement authorities said they were investigating Seau’s death as an apparent suicide.
Seau was an All-American linebacker at the University of Southern California before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He played in San Diego from 1990 to 2002. He was instrumental in helping the team make it to their first Super Bowl in January of 1995, following the 1994 NFL season. Seau became the 8th member of that team to die at a very early age.
Seau played with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots after he left the San Diego Chargers. Following the 2009 season, Seau retired. He was an active member in the San Diego community where he grew up and opened a foundation in the city to help kids. He also was an owner of a restaurant in San Diego.
Seau survived an automobile accident in 2010 where he plunged over 100 feet down a seaside cliff. After the crash, he was arrested for domestic violence. There was no evidence of alcohol or drugs in the crash and Seau said he fell asleep at the wheel.
Over his career, Seau made 545 tackles and sacked the quarterback 56.5 times. He also made 18 interceptions. He was drafted fifth overall in the 1990 draft. He appeared in two Super Bowls, one with San Diego and one following the 2007 NFL season with New England.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of Seau’s home following the announcement of his death.