RIP Junior Seau #55

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The Sully’s Crew tips our caps to NFL legend and former New England Patiot Tiaina Baul Seau Jr.. The 43-year old was found dead in his home, the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A San Diego native, Seau was drafted fifth overall (behind Jeff George, Blair Thomas, the great Cortez Kennedy, and Keith McCants) in the ‘90 draft out of USC. After racking up a Hall of Fame resume over twelve seasons with the San Diego Charges, Seau was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2003, but was subsequently released in March 2006. Seau announced his ‘graduation’ / retirement from football, but days later was in a Patriot uniform. He went on to start ten of eleven games in the ‘06 season before breaking his arm in horrendous fashion. In thirty-eight games for New England, Seau totaled 161 tackles (100 solo), 4.5 sacks, three interceptions, and five passes defended.
We will always remember Seau for carrying the interception (pictured above) like a loaf of bread, and one big play in the AFC Championship game against the Chargers. We were pretty intoxicated and cold at the time so forgive us if our recollection is not 100% accurate. Tom Brady was having a tough day (three interceptions, including one in the end zone), but the PATS defense held the explosive Chargers offense to four field goals. At some point in the third quarter, the Chargers advanced another PATS turnover close to the goal line. On third and one from maybe the five yard line, Seau busted into the backfield and dropped Michael Turner for a two yard loss. So not only did San Diego not punch it in the end zone, the loss meant they had to go for the field goal on fourth down. It kept the Chargers behind 14-12 and the PATS iced the game with a Welker touchdown and a monster clock killing drive that used up almost the last ten minutes of game time. The PATS were 18-0 and Junior made the play of the game.

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