My Junior Seau Story

Junior Seau and Gina Deboer - 1993 - Photo by Peter Read Miller/SI

Everybody in San Diego has a Junior Seau story. That’s because this was his town and he gave back to everybody. Yesterday, a terrible day…talking to friends, checking facebook, twitter, etc… everybody has a story to tell. A good friend posted a picture on FB of him and his bride on their wedding day…with Junior. The man made an impact everywhere he went. Was he a perfect person? Of course not… nobody is. Sure, he got his pay checks from playing football… but he made a living out of bettering the lives of those around him.

Junior, along with his then wife, Gina… used to go to my church. I’d stop and talk to Junior in the halls as often as I could without seeming like a stalker. I was 20 years old and mesmerized by his presence. I would try to look him in the eye, but I found myself drawn to one of his squirming, smiling kids he’d always be holding in his arms, or just his arms period… they were massive. We would run a fundraiser at church during the holidays… we’d sell Christmas trees and then deliver them to the houses of whoever bought them, all the proceeds going to youth mission projects. Junior didn’t buy one tree from us…he bought several, and I remember the high school and jr. high kids fighting to be the one allowed to ride along when we delivered to Junior Seau’s house. He was larger than life and everybody just wanted to be close to him.

Junior’s death confirms a lesson that everybody learns at some point in their life… no matter how well you think you might know a person, you never know the battle within that they may be struggling with…

One struggles to find the good in a situation like this, so my hope and prayer is that this will raise awareness, not just for football players, but for everybody fighting internal demons, such as depression… Hopefully we as individuals will be more aware of those around us and their struggles… and if you’re struggling, hopefully this will motivate you to get some help, share with a friend. Prayers go out to Junior’s family…and the fans and community that loved him like family.

-bp

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3 Responses to My Junior Seau Story

  1. Fabiola Price Mullins says:

    I have a Junior story too. I went to high school with him (go Pirates!) and I remember as a freshman (he was a senior), he was larger than life. Popular, friendly, Captain of the football and basketball team, and even though he had a mullet (hey they were in style back then. haha!) he still had that beautiful smile. As a freshman, I had freshman core PE (which meant alot of running) first period every morning. I remember Junior, a senior that year, in my freshman core PE class, standing on our line up numbers for roll call and then running with the freshman. He was keeping in shape for football season. I just thought it was so cool to have him in our PE class. Silly story, but one of my favorite memories of him. RIP Junior, you touched alot of lives.

  2. kevin wiley says:

    Everday I look at a autographed jersey and ball, that was personalized to myself and my younger son Jack. Junior was such a class act, and a special human being. Im a father of three and have had a bad sitiuation one year ago put me into a deep depression. Im seeking help and trying to fight this evil disease. I wish i could have been in a support group with Junior to help him and others work together to overcome it. Im trying to beat this disease and move forward, my personality was just like Juniors. He will be deeply missed! God Bless to his family. From the Wiley Family.

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