wpostServer: http://css.washingtonpost.com/wpost

The Post Most: Sports

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/tv-listings-dc
Follow on Twitter PostSports |  On Facebook Fan on Facebook |  E-mail alerts: Redskins  and Sports |  RSS  RSS
Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Disbelief at Junior Seau’s passing

I’m in disbelief at Junior Seau’s passing

First and foremost I’d like to offer my deepest and sincerest sympathies to Junior’s family. I’ve known Junior for years and have always been a fan of his. I often referred to him as the original Ray Lewis. His charisma and passion for the game was unmatched. It provided the blueprint for 52 of the Ravens.

But this post isn’t about Junior’s football career. It’s about the person. He has always worked so hard to provide opportunities for young people in the San Diego area. His foundation has raised amazing amounts of money for scholarships and other programs geared toward helping kids.


Junior Seau and LaVar Arrington
I went to his golf outing this year, just a month or so ago. I couldn’t know it would be the last time that I’d see him. He would graciously come on my show and talk about football and other NFL topics.

So many guys who genuinely cared about him and his cause converged on San Diego for the golf tournament. We had an awesome time. We talked, we laughed and we reminisced about the times we had in the past. We were playing his mini -guitar on the golf course, singing and laughing.

He was just an amazing guy. You’d have no problem saying you wished you could be more like him.

Junior and his family are some of the most spiritually driven people I’ve been around. That’s why I’m having the hardest time believing that Junior would take his own life.

There will be many references made that he shot himself in the chest so his brain could be studied. I just don’t believe he would kill himself, and before the authorities close this investigation and rule it a suicide, I hope they dig long and hard for all the facts.

Junior is too unselfish a person to have done something to put his mother, father and the rest of his family through this. I can’t fathom that the man I knew was in such bad shape that he’d apply this solution to the problems in his life.

Junior was so full of life and energy. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. His wit and charm were always the highlight when he was around. He was of sound mind, very sharp, always picking on people in that joking way of his.

I will admit this is the Junior I came to know, so if there’s more to the story I was unaware.

Regardless of how or why, a man that I called my friend is gone.

I truly believe everything happens for a reason, even when the situation sometimes is way too painful or complicated to figure out. He truly will be missed and he was, without a doubt, one of the greatest.

May you rest in peace, my brother.

By  |  01:24 PM ET, 05/03/2012

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company