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Before Ray Lewis, There Was Junior Seau

One of the biggest shocks I’ve ever experienced happened earlier today while listening to Sirius/XM NFL Radio.  I heard that Junior Seau died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest earlier this afternoon.

I must admit I felt a bit of sadness.  I even shed a few tears while watching his mom crying during a police press conference and former teammate and friend Marcellus Wiley become emotional while talking about Seau on ESPN.

I remember following him as a member of the San Diego Chargers when I was in high school.  Hell, I remember controlling Seau while playing Super Tecmo Bowl way back when (and yes, I am showing my age here).

One more thing to add for the new jacks out there: while Ray Lewis is the man in the present-day NFL, but Junior Seau personified toughness and leadership before Lewis came into the NFL.  Go look Seau up on YouTube and you will see for yourself.

It’s just hard – REALLY hard – for me to believe that Seau is gone.  RIP, Junior Seau.

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