After hearing of Junior Seau‘s death, I was in total shock. I was taking a nap and woke up to an email from our editor, Josh, asking me to write about his death. I couldn’t believe it. Sure, I didn’t actually know Seau, but the Patriots are like a family I feel connected to, and he was a part of that family. I sat down to write this article yesterday afternoon, but I ended up staring at a blank page for a long time. How was I supposed to write a feature about Junior Seau that does the man justice?
Most people knew him for his production on the field. He was the face of the San Diego Chargers for a long time, and later became an integral piece of the Patriots team that accomplished a 16-0 season. That Super Bowl loss burns even deeper now, because it robbed Seau the ring he so deserved but never received. He was a strong veteran leader and bought into the “Patriot Way” wholeheartedly. His leadership and class weren’t only exemplified on the field, but off the field in his service to others.
In 1992, Seau founded the Junior Seau Foundation to empower children through the support of child abuse prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, recreational activities, anti-juvenile delinquency efforts and complimentary education programs. He called everyone “buddy,” but it was more than just a name; he truly cared for those around him. Although most of his Hall of Fame career was with the Chargers, he captured the hearts of everyone in New England. The hearts of everyone here at Musket Fire go out to Seau’s family. Rest in peace, buddy.
Once a Patriot, always a Patriot.
Musket Fire would like to ask everyone to join us in a moment of silence on May 5 at 5:55PM for 55 seconds in memory of Junior Seau.