Memorial held for star football player

Fans appreciating Junior Seau, by attending memorial at Qualcom Stadium

 

Hello world,

On May 11, 2012, there was public memorial held in San Diego, California. The memorial was held for legendary linebacker Junior Seau. The public memorial was held at Qualcom Stadium, and was attended by more than twenty thousand fans. In attendance were fans who donned Junior Seau jerseys. The jerseys worn were from all the collegiate and professional sports teams Junior Seaus played for during his time  in College Football, and the National Football League.The fans wore Junior Seau jerseys from his playing days at  the University of Southern California, the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins, and the New England Patriots. Even his cousin made a custom jersey of all the professional teams he played for during his time in the National Football League. Among the people in attendance were his former teammates in start running back LaDainian Tomilson, Dan Fouts, former San Diego Chargers coach Bobby Ross, San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos, and former division rivals in John Elway from the Denver Broncos. Also Peyton Manning, and San Diego native John Lynch were in attendance.

During the memorial, San Diego Chargers Owner made it official, and announce the retirement of Junior Seau’s number 55 jersey being retired. Only two Chargers jersey were retired, in the franchises history of football. The two jerseys retired other than Junior Seau, were quarterback Dan Fouts, and Lance Alsworth. Both players wore the number nineteen, so only two numbers are retired in Chargers history.

Junior Seau took his life away on the second of May, 2012. It was shocking news, since Junior Seau always had such an upbeat personality. He seemed to always be so happy, and just loving life. Especially since he comes from a Samoan ethnic background. He was known for his catch phrase “buddy.” People close with Junior Seau, always mentioned how he used to say the word buddy to everyone. Even strangers in San Diego recalls him mentioning the word buddy to them. He just made everyone feel like they were friends. Even I have a story of Junior Seau. I was with my older cousin at a nice restaurant. It was a normal day, and out of no where we see Junior Seau walking into the restaurant. I told my cousin, “Look, it’s Junior Seau.” My cousin noticed, and tried to make it seem like it was no big deal. And my cousin looks at me, and say’s “watch this.” I notice my cousin shout out towards Junior Seau, and told Junior, “Aye yo Junior, whats up. Its Ehsan.” And then Junior flashes this huge smile and told my cousin, “What’s up. How’s it going buddy.” And that was it. My cousin came back towards me with the biggest grin. Before, my cousin could say anything. I asked, “Did he call you buddy? Junior tells everyone buddy. So please just sit down.” That was the coolest part of Junior. He was a great man on the field, but a way better man off the field. If you ask anyone who had an encounter with Junior Seau, most of the times they will say the touching experience they had with Junior Seau. Here are players reaction to Junior Seau’s death.

Tiaina Baul Seau Jr. (Junior Seau) was born January 19, 1969, in San Diego, California, the fifth child of  Tiaina Seau, Sr, and Luisa Mauga Seau. He lived a humble life in Oceanside, California. His brothers and Junior shared the garage as a bedroom. He later attended Oceanside high school, and lettered in three sports. He lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. After high school, he attended the University of Southern California, and played football for three years. After entering the National Football League draft, he desperately wanted his hometown team(San Diego Chargers) to draft him with the fifth overall pick in the 1990 draft. Junior Seau dream came true. He was selected with the fifth overall pick.

His career in the National Football League was absolutely stellar. He played in a impressive twenty years of professional football. Quite impressive, since the National Football League career average for a player is three and a half years. And if you look at rookies entering the league, then the average is six years according to the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Still quite impressive for all the years played in the NFL. Junior Seau was named to twelve consecutive pro bowls,  was an all-pro(best players in the NFL at respective position) eight times, part of the NFL 1990s all decade team, and posted a staggering one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine tackles, fifty-six and a half sacks, and eighteen interceptions in his career.

Junior Seau was heavily involved in his hometown community. He started the Junior Seau Foundation, during the early 1990s. His foundation have helped needed families in San Diego, helped develop recreational centers for youth, scholarships, and many more. He is beloved in San Diego California, since he was a hometown hero. He did everything for San Diego, through his playing days in high school, to his thirteen stellar years with the San Diego Chargers, and most of all through his effort in San Diego. Junior Seau will be remembered in San Diego.

Goodbye,

Mansoor Paghmani

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