Former NFL great Junior Seau, who played most of his career as a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 43.
“Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now. We ask everyone to stop what they’re doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family,” the team said in a statement.
According to ESPN, a 911 call came from Seau’s Oceanside, California home at 10 a.m. local time.
Seau, who played 20 seasons in the NFL, mostly for the Chargers, was named to the Pro Bowl 12 times and First Team All-Pro six times. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. His last season was in New England in 2009.
Seau was selected by the Chargers as the fifth overall pick in the 1990 draft from USC. He was a high school football star in Oceanside, a coastal city about 38 miles north of San Diego.
In 2010, Seau survived a 30-foot plunge in his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, California. Hours earlier, he had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his 25-year-old girlfriend at his home. He was not charged in the incident, and he denied that the plunge was a suicide attempt.