The folks at the Pro Football Hall of Fame put out one fire when they agreed to let the daughter of Junior Seau speak at his induction ceremony on Saturday. However, they now have a bunch more unhappy Chargers fans on their hands.
That unhappiness stems from a large banner draped near the entrance to the Hall, in Canton, Ohio. It shows all eight members of the Class of 2015, including Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf. Seau, of course, is in there, too, but there’s something just a little bit … off about his appearance.
The HOF banner at Canton features one of the greatest Chargers of all time, Junior Seau, in a Patriots jersey. Ugh pic.twitter.com/63hLQYkQX7
— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) August 6, 2015
Oh dear. Sure, Seau did spend four seasons — or parts of them, anyway — in New England, but he was pretty much the face of San Diego’s NFL team for over a decade. It doesn’t look like Bettis is wearing a Rams jersey up there.
For the record, Seau was drafted by the Chargers fifth overall in 199o, then starred for that team until 2003, when he went to Miami for three seasons before finishing up with the Pats. All 12 of his Pro Bowl nods came in a Chargers uniform, as did 1,286 of his 1,522 career tackles (per Pro Football Reference).
To be fair, Seau is shown as a Charger elsewhere in Canton, for instance on the facade of the stadium, but the banner is in a highly visible spot.
Young Junior, across street from Pro Football Hall of Fame. … Banner near entrance has him in Patriots uniform. pic.twitter.com/eKNn6R9sKc
— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) August 6, 2015
Not surprisingly, this had some Chargers fans hurling bolts of anger on Twitter.
@UTKevinAcee You have got to be kidding me…Patriots jersey??? The HOF is crazy.
— Bob Marks (@bobmarks76) August 6, 2015
Junior Seau played 13 seasons for the Chargers. Retired a Charger. Hall banner has him wearing Patriots uni. Do not understand. Ridiculous.
— Nick Canepa (@sdutCanepa) August 6, 2015
Junior Seau's banner is of him with the Patriots? What? Ludicrous!
— PhDBeats (@PhDBeats) August 6, 2015
Hey @NFL you must be real stupid to use a photo of Junior Seau in a Patriots uniform on that hall of fame banner.
— Nicholas (@SwarleyShow) August 7, 2015
Some pointed out that this was akin to showing Joe Montana in his Chiefs jersey, or Brett Favre in Vikings gear. It’s just a shame that something having to do with the Super Bowl champion Patriots is causing a controversy these days.