Junior Seau played 19 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He was selected to 12 straight Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro 10 seasons in a row. He is a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and the San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team.
Seau brought joy to the fans of the NFL for almost two decades and his work within the community has served many people. Seau recorded 1,524 tackles, 56.5 sacks, 18 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, 18 fumble recoveries and 23 pass deflections in his career.
Seau passed away May 2, 2012 after he shot himself in the chest. His death has officially been ruled a suicide.
The following are the top five Junior Seau moments.
#5 Drafted by San Diego Chargers
Seau was drafted fifth overall by the Chargers in the 1990 NFL Draft. He quickly became a force on the field and one of the most popular players among the San Diego fan base. In his rookie season he started 15 of the 16 games and recorded 85 tackles.
#4 Pro Bowls
Seau was elected to an incredible 12 consecutive Pro Bowls from 1991-2002, all 12 seasons he played with the Chargers. He was named an alternate in his first Pro Bowl in 1991 after recording 129 tackles and a career-high seven sacks. During his 12 Pro Bowl seasons, Seau only missed a total of eight games. Over that span he collected 1,288 tackles, 47.0 sacks and 15 of his 18 total career interceptions.
#3 AFC Championships and Super Bowls
In 1994, Seau helped lead San Diego to their first and only AFC Championship victory. He recorded 19 tackles in the game and was a huge reason why the Chargers were able to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-13. San Diego went on to lose their first and only Super Bowl appearance to the San Francisco 49ers 49-26.
While playing for the New England Patriots in 2007, Seau went to his second and last Super Bowl. The Patriots were undefeated up until losing to the New York Giants 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. Seau’s last chance at a championship ring came up just short.
#2 Junior Seau Foundation
Seau created the Junior Seau Foundation in 1992, his third season in the NFL. The Foundation’s mission is to educate young people on drug and alcohol awareness while providing recreational opportunities and educational programs. The Foundation gives out an annual award to the individual who best demonstrates the mission statement of the Junior Seau Foundation over that past year. They are known as the “Legend of the Year.”
#1 San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame
Junior Seau retired on January 13, 2010 and was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of fame on November 27, 2011 in front of a sold-out crowd at Qualcomm Stadium during a game against the Denver Broncos. Chargers Hall of Famer Dan Fouts was the person who introduced Seau.