Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau has died of a gunshot wound. TMZ Sports broke the news earlier today with multiple media sources now confirming the story. It has now also been confirmed that the former star committed suicide. A call was made to 911 around 10:00 AM after gunshots were heard coming from his home in Oceanside, California. By the time law enforcement arrived he was already deceased.
Seau was a standout player in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots. He was honored as a member of the NFL 1990s All Decade Team. Seau was selected to 12 Pro Bowls and was a 10 time All Pro linebacker. He retired from the game in 2010.
Seau was drafted fifth overall in the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers after a college career at USC. He started his career with a bang and was named an alternate to the 1991 Pro Bowl. He wold make the first of 12 consecutive selections to the NFL’s all star game the next season. He had a career year in 1994 with 155 tackles and led the Chargers to Super Bowl XXIX.
In 2003 he was traded to the Miami Dolphins. He would spend the last few years of his career with the Dolphins and Patriots. Those years were spent plagued by injuries. His first year with the Dolphins he recorded 133 tackles, but things quickly went downhill from there. Age and injury finally caught up to Seau, and his decline continued for the rest of his career.