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Junior Seau Car Accident

While Jimmy McMillan and his antics have drawn a lot of press attention, one of the biggest recent stories involves how NFL great Junior Seau got into an auto accident after he drove his SUV off a cliff. He later told police officers investigating the accident that he had fallen asleep at the wheel. The incident happened just hours after he had been released by authorities following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. It was said that he was feeling extremely fatigued at the time of the accident, leading him to fall asleep while driving.

Junior Seau was arguably one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. He was drafted in 1990 out of the University of Southern California, the first of a string of high first round pick linebackers to emerge from USC as the school developed a reputation for producing fearsome, hard hitting defenders at the position. During the course of his career, he played with the San Diego Chargers, who drafted him, the Miami Dolphins, and the New England Patriots. He was a member of the Patriots team that went undefeated until its Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants. He made the Pro Bowl a remarkable twelve times during his accomplished career in the National Football League.

Pro Bowl Years

In his second year in the National Football League in 1992, Junior Seau was named to the Pro Bowl. This was his first of twelve consecutive selections as a player, a remarkable achievement. All of his Pro Bowl years were spent in San Diego with the Chargers, a team he helped take to the Super Bowl in 1994. After these twelve great seasons, Junior Seau was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional draft pick. His first season with Miami went very well, but the next year started a short string of seasons filled with injury. Finally he was released by Miami in 2006.

Retirement from Football

Upon his release from the Dolphins, Junior Seau signed a one day contract with the San Diego Chargers so that he could retire as a member of their squad. Interestingly enough, just a few days later he ended up signing a contract to play for the New England Patriots. Junior Seau signed a few more one year contracts with the team until he finally announced his retirement for good in early 2010. He is actually yet to formally retire from the National Football League, meaning that as of the fall of 2010 he was technically still a free agent. But Junior Seau had never renounced his decision not to play football professionally anymore.

Through his career as a linebacker in the NFL, Junior Seau was always known as a very fierce competitor and one of the toughest players to play the game. He had a will to win that made him a great player. At his peak he was usually the best player on the defensive side of the ball. This in itself is noteworthy because the San Diego teams from those days had many great players on both offense and defense - extremely successful, Junior has probably never had to worry about day to day things like discount auto insurance. But he was more than just a good linebacker.

Even as he got older and was past his prime, Junior Seau was still effective all through his 30s. That same competitive drive must have driven him to keep going. His career spanned 20 seasons, which is an amazing span of time especially at such a punishing position. He is a lock to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. But it remains to be seen what happens with him and the domestic violence charge. Junior Seau may be facing an uphill climb trying to deal with this legal charge.


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