This USC Tribute to Junior Seau Makes Me Cry

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Dammit. As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, Junior Seau has passed, a suspected suicide. He was only 43 years old. This video is so hard for me to watch. Just doesn’t look like a guy that would take his own life a couple of weeks after this video of him was taken. Via BFTB, here’s the story of a fan and that ukulele:

 A few years back, my father was selling a vintage ukulele. He got a call from a man who said that he was representing a professional athlete that was interested in buying it, but couldn’t say who. After haggling over the price for a while, the guy asked who my dad’s favorite football team was. My dad said “The San Diego Chargers,” and the man on the other end of the phone laughed. The phone changed hands and suddenly, Junior Seau was on the line with my dad. “Hey John, this is Junior Seau. Are we really going to keep splitting hairs over a few dollars like this?” My dad laughed, told Junior that he was a fan, and agreed to sell him the ukulele at the price that Seau was asking for. To this day, my dad feels like he got suckered by Junior Seau, but he at least laughs about it.

Breaks my heart…


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2 Responses to This USC Tribute to Junior Seau Makes Me Cry

  1. Dou says:

    Regardless of where you’re coming from, Junior was amazing to watch. This one hits closer to home for me, though, and not just because I’m from San Diego. Growing up as a burly, not so little Asian/Pacific Islander boy in the US, Junior was the first role model I had who actually bore a skin-tone semblance to me and wasn’t exoticized/orientalized. It’s superficial, I know, but at the time looking up to Junior helped me feel like I didn’t have to become 1) a sumo wrestler (a la Yokozuna), 2) a black belt (a la Mr. Miyagi) or 3) a geek (a la Data from the Goonies). Instead, I was able to become a combination of all three while feeling totally American at the same time. Thanks, Junior, you’ll be missed.

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