R.I.P., Junior Seau

R.I.P., Junior. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The National Football League was rocked today by the news that long-time NFL linebacker Junior Seau had been found dead in his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Junior Seau, whose real name was Tiaina Baul Seau, Jr., was the fifth overall selection of the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers out of the University of Southern California. He played thirteen seasons for the Chargers, and was traded to the Miami Dolphins before the 2003 season. In 2006, he signed a one-day contract with the Chargers and retired, only to resurface four days later as a member of the New England Patriots. He spent three seasons with the Patriots before retiring for the second time after the 2009 season.

Seau was a six-time All-Pro (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000) and a 12-time Pro Bowler. After his football career had ended, he went on to numerous other projects, including a wildly popular restaurant in San Diego, a clothing line, and a television series, Sports Jobs with Junior Seau, on the Versus Network.

Be sure to follow SB Nation's San Diego Chargers site, Bolts from the Blue, for further developments on this story.

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