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Encyclopedia > Junior Seau
Junior Seau
New England PatriotsNo. 55
Linebacker
Date of Birth: January 19, 1969 (1969-01-19) (age 38)
Place of Birth: San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
National Football League Debut
1990 for the San Diego Chargers
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
 Teams:
Stats at NFL.com

Junior Seau: [SAY-ow] (born Tiaina Seau, Jr. on January 19, 1969 in San Diego, California) is an American football linebacker. Seau is notable for his 12 career Pro Bowl selections and 16 seasons for the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins. Seau retired in 2006 for four days, then signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots to help their lack of linebackers at the start of the season. He officially re-signed with the team on May 21, 2007. City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... This article relates to sports. ... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... “San Diego” redirects here. ... The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 1992 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 2, 1992 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 1993 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 6, 1993 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 1994 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 6, 1994 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 1995 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 5, 1995 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 1996 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 4, 1996 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 1997 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 2, 1997 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... 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League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... “San Diego” redirects here. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article relates to sports. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... 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High school years

Seau attended Oceanside High School, where he was a letterman in football, basketball, and track & field. As a football player, Seau was a starter at linebacker and tight end. His senior year he was named the Avocado League Offensive Player of the Year in football and the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section Player of the Year in basketball. In track & field he was the Avocado League Champion in the shot put. Oceanside High School is one of three high schools of the Oceanside Unified School District, located in Oceanside, California. ... Shot put The shot put is an athletics (track and field) event involving putting (throwing in a pushing motion) a heavy metal ball (called the shot) as far as possible. ...


College career

Seau was an All-American at the University of Southern California and was the college teammate of quarterbacks Todd Marinovich and Rodney Peete and defensive back Mark Carrier, and was taken in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft by Bobby Beathard's Chargers as the 5th overall pick. An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... Todd Marvin Marinovich (born July 4, 1969 in San Leandro, California) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League. ... Rodney Peete (born March 16, 1966 in Mesa, Arizona) was an American Football quarterback from the University of Southern California. ... Mark Carrier (born April 28, 1968 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is a retired American football player. ... The 1990 NFL Draft // 1990 NFL Draft Category: ... Bobby Beathard was the former general manager of the Washington Redskins from 1978 to 1988 Category: ...


Professional career

Seau quickly became one of the most popular players on the team, receiving the nickname "Tasmanian Devil". His well-known "Lightning Bolt" dance (after the Chargers' logo) and fist-pumping after his defensive plays was disliked by opposing teams, but well-liked by fans. He played in 12 straight Pro Bowls with the Chargers, and missed only two games in his first seven years of play. In every season with the team, he was the leading tackler. In 1991, he created the Seau Foundation, which raises money for drug awareness, child abuse prevention, and college scholarships. Seau also owns a clothing line, Say-Ow, as well as Seau's The Restaurant in Mission Valley, San Diego. In 1994, Seau assisted his team to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXIX, most notably by logging 16 tackles in the AFC Championship Game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. // A nickname is a name of a person or thing other than its proper name. ... For other uses, see Tasmanian Devil (disambiguation). ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Mission Valley is a wide valley trending east/west in San Diego, California, created by the San Diego River, Mission Valley serves as a shopping and entertainment center for San Diego. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Date January 29, 1995 Stadium Joe Robbie Stadium City Miami, Florida MVP Steve Young, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 18½ National anthem Kathie Lee Gifford Coin toss Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke, and Gale Sayers Referee Jerry Markbreit Halftime show Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine Attendance... Steelers redirects here. ...


In April of 2003 he was acquired via trade by the Miami Dolphins, where he had another strong season. But a torn pectoral muscle in 2004 ended his season prematurely and in 2005 he hurt his ankle to end his season. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... Pectoralis major Location The clavicular head of the pectoralis major takes its origin from the anterior surface of the medial half of the clavicle. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On March 6, 2006, Seau was released from the Dolphins because of his injury troubles. His 16-year career includes 1,566 tackles, 1,239 solo, 327 assists, 52 sacks, 76 pass deflections, 15 interceptions, 210 interception return yards, 12 forced fumbles, 17 fumble recoveries, 66 return yards, and 1 touchdown, earning him 12 Pro Bowl invitations.


Seau announced his retirement on August 14th, 2006 after signing a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers at an emotional press conference. He called his retirement a "graduation", because he was not going to stop working. He contested that he was merely moving on to the next phase of his life. [1] However, he returned to football just four days later, signing with the Patriots for an undisclosed sum.[2] A joint press conference by U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House. ... Academic procession during the University of Canterbury graduation ceremony. ...


Seau sustained a broken forearm while tackling Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson for a loss on November 26, 2006. Benson's heel caught Seau's forearm as Seau was making the tackle. Seau was placed on the IR of the Patriots. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... Cedric Myron Benson (born December 28, 1982 in Midland, Texas) is an American football running back. ...


On May 21, 2007 "The Boston Globe" reported that Seau re-signed with the New England Patriots for the 2007 season.[2] In September 2007 that Seau was named one of the Patriots' seven captains.[3] is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL) is the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ...


Trivia

  • Seau's No. 55 is famous at his alma mater, USC. It has been worn by Seau, current Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, Chris Claiborne, Willie McGinest, and currently Keith Rivers. Also, no player on the San Diego Chargers has worn No. 55 since Seau's departure
  • Junior received the Volunteer Service Award from President Bush in 2005. The award was given in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
  • Seau is a relative of current University of Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama and is a relative of several other Samoan NFL Players.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville... Jack Del Rio, Jr. ... Christopher Ashone Claiborne (born July 26, 1978 in San Diego) was a first-team All American graduate of the University of Southern California. ... Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Keith Rivers (born May 5, 1986) is an american football linebacker. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Willie Tuitama is the star sophomore quarterback for the University of Arizona Wildcats. ...

Junior Seau Foundation

"To educate and empower young people through the support of child abuse prevention efforts, drug and alcohol awareness, recreational opportunities, anti-juvenile delinquency efforts and complimentary educational programs."

The Foundation gives out an annual award to the individual who exemplifies the mission statement of the Junior Seau Foundation.


2000–– Legend of the Year — Sid Brooks
2001–– Legend of the Year — Lance Alworth
2002–– Legend of the Year — Sid Gillman
2003–– Legend of the Year — Don Coryell
2004–– Legend of the Year — Marcus Allen
2005–– Legend of the Year — Deacon Jones
2005–– Legend of the Year — Bobby Ross


External links

Notes and references

  1. ^ http://www.patriots.com/team/index.cfm?ac=playerbio&bio=32166
  2. ^ "Seau signs with New England", AP, August 18, 2006. 

  Results from FactBites:
 
Junior Seau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (333 words)
Seau was an All-American at the University of Southern California and was the college teammate of Todd Marinovich and Rodney Peete, and was taken in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft by Bobby Beathard's Chargers.
Seau quickly became one of the most popular players on the team, receiving the nickname "Tasmanian Devil".
Seau's number '55' is famous at Seau's alma mater, University Of Southern California, it has been worn by Seau, Chris Claiborne, Willie McGinest, and currently Keith Rivers.
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