View Photo Gallery: During a 20-year career, Junior Seau played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He is survived by three children.

Junior Seau was one of the NFL’s most feared linebackers in his prime. And over the course of his 20-year career, he became one of the sport’s great personalities and most respected individuals.

In the immediate wake of the stunning news that the 43-year-old longtime San Diego Charger was found dead at his home Wednesday, past and present players shared their grief on Twitter.

I Just heard the sad news that Jr. Seau has Passed away. One of the greatest sports figures from San Diego. #tragic

— Terrell Davis (@Terrell_Davis) May 2, 2012

Don’t think anyone truly understands how hard it is to play in this league. Seau played 20yrs. 1 of the greatest of our gen. Rest peacefully

— Chris Ogbonnaya (@ChrisOgbonnaya) May 2, 2012

Damn this one hurts San Diego! One of the greatest to to come from the city.

— Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) May 2, 2012

Seau is the one and only autograph I have ever got in my life. I wrote him a letter when I was in high school he sent me a picture and a hat

— eric barton (@ericbarton50) May 2, 2012

My prayers and condolences to the family of one of the NFL’s greatest linebackers to ever play the game.. Junior Seau.. R.I.P

— Chad Ochocinco (@ochocinco) May 2, 2012

So saddened by the news of Junior Seau’s passing. The hearts of the Trojan family go out to his relatives and friends.

— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) May 2, 2012

Junior was a true competitor and a special player. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Seau family.

— John Elway (@johnelway) May 2, 2012

Thoughts and prayers with Junior Seau’s family.. Sad, sad day for football #55 #RIP

— Ryan Kerrigan (@RyanKerrigan91) May 2, 2012

God Bless Junior Seau & his family! My heart & condolences go out 2 his family. May u RIP!

— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) May 2, 2012

Junior Seau was a phenomenal player. This is such a tragedy. May God be with his family. Hope he found peace.

— ryan clark (@RealRClark25) May 2, 2012

JUNIOR SEAU one of the greats!! Lord bless his soul. @NFL we need more suicide and depression advocacy during and post career

— Will Allen 26 (@WillAllenWAF) May 2, 2012

I’m heart goes out to Junior Seau & his family. Watched him as a kid & he represented a lot of great things.

— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) May 2, 2012

Prayers to the family and friends of the NFL Great Junior Seau

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 2, 2012

Wow this is a tough one.. When I was a frosh in HS Junior Seau worked the Jay Fiedler Football camp and at the end of one of the days he...

— Eric Olsen (@EOlsen69) May 2, 2012

Challenged any1 to a 1 on 1. Being one of the ‘big’ kids, I was volunteered by my buddies and went up in front of the whole camp to face...

— Eric Olsen (@EOlsen69) May 2, 2012

This monster of a man. Shaking in my cleats, he gave me a wink before a coach gave the cadence. He let me pancake him. And he sold it too...

— Eric Olsen (@EOlsen69) May 2, 2012

I can’t even tell you how good I felt at that moment; it changed me forever. The whole camp cheered for me, a chubby kid that didn’t know...

— Eric Olsen (@EOlsen69) May 2, 2012

If he even liked football. From then on I was addicted. All thanks 2 this 10 time all-pro that felt like making some snot-nosed kid’s day...

— Eric Olsen (@EOlsen69) May 2, 2012

Doesn’t seem like much but it meant a lot to me. Sorry for the essay just had to share. RIP Junior I’ll never forget what you did for me.

— Eric Olsen (@EOlsen69) May 2, 2012

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