When news broke that former NFL star Junior Seau had died of an apparent suicide, the outpouring of sadness among players and fans was immediate. Among the many poignant remembrances of the 12-time Pro Bowl selection and father of three children was a series of tweets from current New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Eric Olsen, who reminisced on Twitter about the impact that Seau had on him at a football camp many years ago.
Although Seau seemed to struggle in the final years of his life, the longtime member of the San Diego Chargers had provided an inspiration to many during his career, even winning the 1994 Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year Award. Through his work with the Junior Seau Foundation, the USC product helped youth in southern California.
"He was a local hero -- he certainly gave back to the community and to the youth through his Junior Seau Foundation," Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood told The North County Times. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."