Former NFL great Junior Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, was found dead in his Oceanside California home today, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 43.
Not a good news day for the NFL.
If Seau committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, it is similar to the way former Chicago Bears great Dave Duerson ended his life. Duerson shot himself in the chest on February 17 — the method used so that his brain could be examined for symptoms of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a trauma-induced disease common to NFL players and others who have received repeated blows to the head.
Seau is now the eighth member of the Chargers 1994 Super Bowl losing team to die, all of them obviously prematurely.