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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 January 1969San Diego, California, USA
Date of Death 2 May 2012Oceanside, California, USA  (self-inflicted gunshot wound)
Birth NameTiaina Baul Seau Jr.
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Junior Seau, was a native of Oceanside, CA. He attended Oceanside High School where he lettered in football, basketball, and track. Parade magazine named him to its High School All-American team simply as an athlete and refused to specify a particular sport. In 2010, Junior was inducted into the Oceanside High School Hall of Fame. Upon graduation, Junior accepted a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, where he was named unanimous first-team All-American before being drafted fifth over all in the 1990 N.F.L. draft by the Chargers, who played 40 miles south of his hometown. A 12-time Pro Bowler, Seau played 13 seasons with the Chargers and was one of the team's most popular players. In the 1994 season, he led the team to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 49-26. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selected him for the 1990s All-Decade Team. Seau was traded to the Dolphins in 2003, and after three injury-plagued seasons he was released. He signed a one-day contract with the Chargers in August 2006 to announce his retirement. But four days later, he signed with the New England Patriots and was a member of the 2007 team that went undefeated in the regular season, losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl. His last season in the N.F.L was 2009. He finished his career with 1,524 tackles, 56 ½ sacks and 18 interceptions. The circumstances of Seau's death raised comparisons to the former Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson. In February 2011, Duerson shot himself in the chest, saying in a note that he wanted his brain donated to the study of football head injuries. Though remembered as a hard-hitting, inspirational linebacker, Seau did not have a documented history of concussions. He missed several games in his career with leg and chest injuries. In October 2010, he sustained minor injuries when he drove his S.U.V. off a 30-foot bluff after being arrested on suspicion of domestic assault. The police said he fell asleep at the wheel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: K.P. Manning

Spouse (1)

Gina Deboer (1991 - 2002) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (16)

Has announced that the San Diego Chargers has released him so he can seek a free-agent deal. (14 March 2003)
Named to the Pro Bowl 12 times.
The 5th of 7 children.
An ethnic Samoan, his parents, Tiaina Sr. and Luisa, were born on the island of Aunuu in American Somoa.
Did not begin speaking English until he was 7.
Drafted in 1990 by the San Diego Chargers in the 1st round (5th pick) out of USC.
He and ex-wife Gina Seau have 3 children: daughter Sydney Seau (born on Friday, August 27th, 1993) and sons Jake Ryan (born on Wednesday, October 18th, 1995) and Hunter Tiaina (born on Monday, September 11th, 2000). Seau's first son Tyler Seau was born in June 1989 by Melissa Waldrop.
Surname pronounced say-OW.
He and now-ex wife Gina posed for the 2000 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
His Seau's The Restaurant was named "Best Sports Bar" by the San Diego Restaurant Association.
A member of the Laurel Elementary School (Oceanside, California) Hall of Fame.
According to the autopsy report released by the San Diego County medical examiner, Seau was completely sober when he shot himself in the chest and his cause of death has been ruled as a suicide.
(Thursday, January 10th, 2013) Following a post modem examination of his brain, his family announced that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease caused by repeated head trauma.
On Tuesday, April 16th, 2003, the Miami Dolphins acquired Seau from the San Diego Chargers in exchange for an undisclosed 2004 draft choice. [April 2003]
"Retired", first time on Monday, August 14th, 2006. Said no team wanted or needed him. Then New England Patriots called said they needed him. Signed with the Patriots on Friday, August 18th, 2006. [August 2006]
He was released by the Miami Dolphins, on Monday, March 6th, 2006.

Personal Quotes (5)

If you look at the history of the game it has happened to every great player: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen. You can go down the list, that there is transition.
Whenever you get in that situation in the course of a game, you hope to get one tackle. To make three tackles is a career in the National Football League.
It's one game. After one game, you're going to be in first place or last place. We're in first place.
Whenever the defense needed to get off the field, we didn't execute. We recognize that, and hopefully it won't happen again.
When you're putting your kids to bed and their prayer at night is 'God, please let Daddy win, sometime,' you know it's getting bad.

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