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Junior Seau, former NFL linebacker, dies of apparent suicide

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by jenny12, May 3, 2012.

  1. jenny12

    jenny12 Well-Known Member

  2. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    beyond sad, so sad for his family and friends.
  3. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    I gasped when I saw the headline for this earlier today. :fragile: Huge loss for the entire NFL community. Amazing, 12-time Pro Bowler, future first-ballot HOF lineback, but more importantly a great guy. Amazing work ethic, friendly to all, very active in his charitable work and in his community.

    So painfully reminiscent of David Duerson's death last year, even down to the method (gunshot wound to the chest). I would not be surprised if concussions sustained during Junior's 20-year NFL career contributed to the suicide.

    Junior actually survived a 100-foot drop when his car went off a cliff in 2010. He said he fell asleep at the wheel, but many thought then - and even more so now - that it was a suicide attempt.

    Junior leaves behind a big family, including three children. I saw his mom on TV a few minutes ago, she was sobbing "Take me! Leave my son alone." My heart goes out to his entire family. :(
    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  4. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Great player and person. RIP Junior.
  5. FSfan107

    FSfan107 Well-Known Member

    Wow, I never heard about that incident with his car. Anyways, this is so sad. RIP Junior Seau. My prayers go out to his family

    I wouldn't be surprised if the hits to the head he took contributed to his suicide, but I'm going to wait to hear more details before I jump to that conclusion.
  6. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    A suicide must be more tragic than other ways of dying prematurely. It leaves the survivors with a lot of questions and guilt. I am sorry to hear of Junior Seau's suicide. I wonder if there was a note of explanation or a phone conversation prior to this?
  7. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    No note. His ex-wife says he texted her and his three kids the day prior, saying simply "I love you" (source)
  8. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear this and doubly sorry for his mother and can't imagine what she and his kids must be feeling. Hope he rests in peace.
  9. NeilJLeonard

    NeilJLeonard Well-Known Member

    He was 43 years old. Far too young. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace from the personal demons that drove him to this.

  10. AYS

    AYS I'd rather have a pug for my president

    This is so very, very sad. His mother addressing the press was heart-wrenching to watch.
  11. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest

    :( So sad. Junior was one of the few seemingly all-around adored athletes.

    Startling bit of data:
    Wow, I hate speaking in :drama: dramatik cliches, but ""cursed" seems to be the best word to describe this ... so many early, sometimes random, demises.
  12. Rottie

    Rottie Well-Known Member

    ^ I saw that statistic too and was floored. Too sad and weird.
  13. skipaway

    skipaway Well-Known Member

    I've heard of several NFL player's brains being donated to research. They are finding some interesting data.

    Seau's Brain to Researchers
  14. Gazpacho

    Gazpacho Well-Known Member

    While suicide happens for all sorts of reasons, I do wonder whether the brain trauma inflicted from all those years in football played a role. There was a local football player who also committed suicide. He had a brutal history of concussions.
  15. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    Junior Seau will be missed.
    I hope that the donation of his brain for study will lead to more knowledge about - and better treatments for - head injuries to athletes.

    My sympathy to his family and friends.
    May he rest in peace.