One of the Greatest Linebackers to Ever Play the Game
UPDATE – Junior Seau, Oceanside High School alum from the Class of 1987, was inducted into the National Football League’s Hall of Fame on August 8 in Canton, Ohio. He is the first Oceanside High Pirate and the first Samoan to be inducted.
As quoted from the Bleacher Report, “So many young people are driven by ambition, pride, vanity, greed or necessity. Seau was driven by love, humility, family and fear—fear, he told Sports Illustrated, of being an average player. The honor of his family name, his ancestry and his community of Oceanside all rested on his shoulder pads; he went all out every second he had them on.”
It is the ultimate honor for an NFL player, and there is no better representation for football than the tremendous athlete, humanitarian, community supporter, and team leader than Seau.
The enshrinement ceremony was broadcast live on ESPN. The inductees in attendance gave the acceptance speech. Seau, who died in 2012, had a video package produced by NFL films and his daughter, Sydney, 21, spoke briefly and answered questions from an NFL network correspondent when the golden bust of her father was revealed.
The Hall of Fame does not allow live speeches on behalf of posthumous inductees, however, they did allow Sydney to speak live at the ceremony, but it was not the full speech she prepared. Sydney spoke to the New York Times and here is her nine minute speech about her father, Junior Seau .
The other inductees along with Seau include Ron Wolf (Green Bay Packer’s GM), Charles Haley (DE in SF and Dallas), Mick Tingelhoff (Center, Minnesota Vikings), Will Shields (14 year lineman for KC Chiefs), Bill Polian (six-time NFL Executive of the Year is best known for drafting Peyton Manning when with the Colts), Tim Brown (WR Oakland Raiders) and Jerome Bettis (RB Pittsburgh Steelers).
On Friday, August 7, 2015, Sydney Seau accepted her father’s honor of enshrinement at the Gold Jacket dinner. Click on ‘honor’ to see video.
Chargers to honor Junior Seau’s Hall of Fame induction
August 8, 2015 – “The San Diego Chargers will honor and pay tribute to Chargers and San Diego icon and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau prior to the team’s regular-season home opener against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 13 (on “White Hot Sunday” wearing white uni’s). The tribute will take place prior to kickoff on the 50-yard line at Qualcomm Stadium and will feature a special video followed by an address from Sydney Seau.
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ESPN (August 6, 2015)– Former Chargers linebacker leaves a legacy of caring
Junior Seau Foundation Pledges $500K for Rady Urgent Care Center
August 6, 2015 – The Junior Seau Foundation has given $500,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital to grow a pediatric urgent care center in the legendary linebacker’s hometown of Oceanside.
Ben Metcalf, a spokesman for Rady Children’s Hospital, has said the donation will help increase the capacity of the existing urgent care center in Oceanside, which is the Rady’s fastest growing urgent care center.
The Oceanside facility also has the Sanford Children’s Clinic and other Rady services, such as developmental services, outpatient psychiatry and child abuse prevent and treatment.
Junior Seau elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
February 2015 – First-year candidate NFL linebacker Junior Seau, Oceanside High alum, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 31. Junior is one of eight members of the Class of 2015, which were selected from 18 nominations.
HOF inductions will be August 6-9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. Junior will be honored posthumously. He, at one time, told NFL ESPN reporter Jim Trotter that should he be elected, he wanted his only daughter, Sydney, to present him in the Hall. Sydney, 21, is currently a student at USC where Junior graduated and was a star football linebacker. Junior has three sons, Tyler, 26, Jake, 20, and Hunter, 15. Jake is a freshman at Duke University where he plays lacrosse.
Junior played for the San Diego Chargers from 1990-2002, the Miami Dolphins from 2003-2005, and the New England Patriots from 2006-2009. He retired from pro football after the 2009 season after participating in two Super Bowls (one with the Chargers and one with the Patriots) but not winning those games to receive a Super Bowl ring.
Words from Bill Belichick, who coached Junior when he played on the New England Patriots:
“I can’t imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it,” Belichick said. “The one word that comes to me when I think of Junior in life and football is passion. He’s a very passionate guy, a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm.
“First guy in the building in the morning, watching film, lifting weights, ready for practice, always loved to practice, flying around on the practice field, energy before the game on the sideline, during the game. An emotional player, but a smart player.
“Everybody in the locker room loved Junior. They loved what he did and they loved the way that he interacted with the team. He was a great player. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach him.”
Tiaina Baul Seau, Jr. was born January 19, 1969, in San Diego, California, the fifth child of Tiaina Seau, Sr., and Luisa Mauga Seau of Aunu’u, American Samoa. After Junior was born, the family moved back to American Samoa for several years before returning to San Diego; Junior did not learn to speak English until he was seven years old.
Junior attended Oceanside High School from 1984 – 1987. While at OHS, he lettered in football, basketball, and track & field. OHS inducted Junior in its Hall of Fame in 2010. Junior’s suicide in 2012 was painful and shocking to the close-knit community of Oceanside. On October 24, 2014, Oceanside High School honored Junior Seau’s parents with his retired #11 OHS Pirate jersey.
CONGRATULATIONS TO A PIRATE FOR LIFE, RECEIVING THE ULTIMATE CAREER HONOR IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! OUR BEST TO JUNIOR’S FAMILY.
FOR NFL HALL OF FAME INFORMATION ABOUT THE INDUCTION CEREMONY: AUGUST 6-9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio —NFL Hall of Fame
Junior Seau Hall of Fame recognition product to celebrate Jr’s achievement for this exemplary award can be purchased. Oceanside Pride at its finest!