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Former NFL player Junior Seau dead at 43

Former NFL player Junior Seau dead at 43

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  • The NFL lost a legendary player on Wednesday.

    The San Diego Chargers confirmed on Wednesday that their former star linebacker Junior Seau died, apparently of a gunshot wound in his home in Oceanside, Calif.

    It is unclear whether the former athlete, who played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, killed himself. He is survived by three children.

    A member of the coveted 1990s All-Decade team, No. 55 Seau led the Chargers to a Super Bowl berth during the 1994 season. A record 12-time Pro Bowl selection, Seau played his college years at the University of Southern California before being drafted fifth overall during the 1990 NFL Draft. According to ESPN.com, Seau collected 545 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions during his 20 seasons in the NFL. He is most likely a future NFL Hall-of-Famer.

  • One of the first reliable sources to break the news was TMZ's Harvey Levin, who heard about cops at his home early on Wednesday:
  • Here's a video from ESPN.com, with remarks from NFL commentator and friend Chris Berman. "He remained a boy after all those years, almost 20 years, in the NFL," Berman said.

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