Late Junior Seau elected to Hall of Fame

September 17, 2020

first_imgThe late USC All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Jan. 31. Seau was the only first-time eligible candidate elected into the class of 2015. His induction ceremonies will be held on Aug. 7 through Aug. 9 in Canton, Ohio. He was represented by his sons in the announcement ceremonies.Seau is among a 2015 class that includes Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Tim Brown, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Wolf and Bill Polian.The former Trojan linebacker was a letterman in 1988 and 1989, and earned All-American first team and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1989. During his tenure at USC, the Trojans went 19-4-1 and made two Rose Bowl appearances. He made 107 tackles while donning cardinal and gold, including 33 for a loss. He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.With Seau’s induction, USC now has 12 Pro Football Hall of Famers. Seau will join the ranks of fellow Trojans Marcus Allen, Red Badgro, Frank Gifford, Ronnie Lott, Bruce Matthews, Ron Mix, Anthony Munoz, O.J. Simpson, Lynn Swann, Willie Wood and Ron Yary.Seau was drafted fifth overall in the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and played 20 years in the league. Seau is the only defender in the history of the NFL to play 20 years in the league. He left the Chargers after the 2002 season and played for the Miami Dolphins (2003-2005) and the New England Patriots               (2006-2009).Seau was selected to 12 Pro Bowl teams, was an All-Pro eight times and appeared in Super Bowls XXIX and XLII. Seau helped the Chargers reach their sole Super Bowl in 1994, resulting in a loss to the 49ers. At the conclusion of his NFL career, Seau had recorded 1,849 tackles with 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions.Seau’s legacy ended tragically with his suicide on May 2, 2012, at age 43. Following his death, tests done on his brain revealed that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease linked to frequent head trauma common in the NFL, and can cause insomnia and depression, both of which plagued Seau.Aside from his performance on the field, Seau is remembered for his commitment to community service through the Junior Seau Foundation, which helps at-risk children in the San Diego area.last_img

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