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USC family reacts to Junior Seau’s death

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Prior to becoming a sure-fire, first-ballot NFL Hall of Famer with the San Diego Chargers, Junior Seau was an All-American linebacker at USC and one of the fiercest, most instinctive players at his position to ever grace a collegiate field.

Sadly, and as you have no doubt heard in some way, shape or form by now, Seau’s life ended earlier Wednesday at the age of 43, reportedly by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest.

The how’s and why’s and myriad other difficult, painful questions will be raised in the coming days and weeks, but, for now, Seau’s death has left a huge extended family grieving and grasping for answers to the unanswerable.  In statements released by USC shortly after Seau’s death was confirmed, both athletic director Pat Haden and head coach Lane Kiffin touched on a loss that’s reverberated across the sports world.

“We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children,” Haden said in his statement regarding a player whose final season at USC in 1989 ended with unanimous first-team All-American honors. “Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history.  He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55.”

“This is a very sad day.  The USC football program and the entire Trojan Family extends our condolences to Junior’s family,” Kiffin said of Seau, who leaves behind three children. “He was one of the greatest Trojans of all-time.  Our team and fans were very fortunate to see him just a couple of weeks ago at our Spring Game at the Coliseum.  He will be deeply missed.”

Trojans past and present took to Twitter as well in the immediate aftermath of the stunning news, sharing their thoughts on the loss of one of the all-time greats in the storied history of USC football:

 

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15 Responses to “USC family reacts to Junior Seau’s death”
  1. seanmmartin says: May 2, 2012 4:14 PM

    Would never expect this in a million years…

  2. alligatorsnapper says: May 2, 2012 4:56 PM

    So hard to believe. Was such an inspiration to so many others, especially the youth and children. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends…so sad.

  3. patsfiend says: May 2, 2012 5:28 PM

    Got my SC cap on. Going to pour a little out in Junior’s honor later tonight. Sorry for his kids, his family. I’m not looking forward to the after-story on this, as I’m sure there will be one.

    One of the greatest Trojans, Chargers, and SoCal athletes of them all. #55. Rest in peace, Junior.

  4. Deb says: May 2, 2012 5:51 PM

    Oh dear God, no … I had not heard. Have been running around all day and media-free until now. Gasped aloud at this headline. No matter how talented, how driven, or how successful people seem, we never know the terrible struggles they may have. What a tragedy. May God be with all those who love him, and may he have peace.

  5. kozbee says: May 2, 2012 7:15 PM

    Prayers go out to the Seau family and those from Southern Cal and San Diego.Hall Of Famer.

    Junior Seau R.I.P

  6. mountaineer50415 says: May 2, 2012 7:16 PM

    I am so sorry for his mother. No one deserves such a tragedy. When someone takes their own life there is never enough answers for the mother. Nothing anyone can do for Junior but we can all pray for his mother.May God bless and keep you.

  7. rosesacl says: May 2, 2012 7:32 PM

    WTF…. Are you kidding me?

  8. showerswithsandusky says: May 2, 2012 8:03 PM

    Every man has the right to punch his own clock. Enjoy life on the other side 55.

  9. pdcooper08 says: May 2, 2012 9:16 PM

    I am in total shock right now over the current events and my heart is broken. This man was an Idol of mine.

    Prayers to the entire Seau clan. Jr you will be missed in so many ways.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jr both when he was at SC and with the Chargers. Spent time with him and his restruant and broke bread with him.

    I can’t even imagine how much the city of San Diego and his family are grieving the loss. Jr, you where a special man amongst men, and your memories with last forever. To the Biggest Trojan of them all, RIP, you where loved by many.

  10. tuckfexas says: May 2, 2012 11:25 PM

    It’s all about the concussions & there’s a reason why he shot himself in the chest & not the head.

  11. florida727 says: May 3, 2012 1:15 AM

    showerswithsandusky says:
    May 2, 2012 8:03 PM
    Every man has the right to punch his own clock.

    —————————————————-

    Sorry, I know this will come across as insensitive, but no, no one has the right to “punch his own clock”. Quite frankly, it is undeniably the single most selfish and cowardly act a human being can perform… let alone the hardship it causes those left behind.

    I hope this was an unfortunate ‘accident’ and NOT a suicide. I had a close friend who took his own life while his girlfriend was berating him on the phone because his business partner embezzled a couple million from him. You never know what demons someone suffers from. But in the end, it’s a person’s own choice to commit this kind of act; it’s their responsibility, and we should never judge them. Sympathies to those left behind in such a horrific way.

  12. alligatorsnapper says: May 3, 2012 4:04 AM

    florida727:

    Thank you. I just did not know how to put my thoughts into decent words to respond to such idiocy.

    My thoughts and prayers go forth for the beautiful family and close friends of Junior and the entire San Diego and USC communities who are truly suffering at this time.

  13. showerswithsandusky says: May 3, 2012 12:08 PM

    @florida727 & alligatorsnatch

    Man has right to jump ship just like a woman has a right to abort an unwanted child. If Junior was done with his life then I say go ahead and pull the trigger. It his life not yours or anyone else’s. At least he didn’t take a bunch of innocent people with him like some tools do.

  14. florida727 says: May 3, 2012 5:08 PM

    “showers…”, if you read this, try reading a Bible some day. You’d be amazed what you might learn if you open your mind to such things. Terminating a pregnancy by the way is murder. Plain and simple.

  15. showerswithsandusky says: May 4, 2012 9:42 AM

    Read it? I wrote IT!

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