Earlier this morning ex-NFL player Junior Seau was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot by his girlfriend. He was found unconscious and paramedics were unable to revive him.
Seau was a First Round pick, #5 overall, by the San Diego Chargers in 1990, he went on to play 20 seasons for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He went to 12 Pro Bowls, was a 10 time All-Pro and went to the Super Bowl twice, losing both times while he was with the 1994 Chargers and the 2007 Patriots.
Sadly his death has brought back talk of the “San Diego Sports Curse”. Since the Chargers 1994 Super Bowl loss 8 players from that team have now died under the age of 45 years old including Lew Bush (Heart attack- 2011), Shawn Lee (Heart attack- 2011), Chris Mims (Enlarged heart- 2008), Curtis Whitley (Drug overdose- 2008), Doug Miller (Struck by lightning- 1998), Rodney Miller (Plane crash- 1996) and David Griggs (Car accident- 1995).
The loss seems more heartbreaking considering things have been going well for him since his problems in 2010. A number of people stated that they had talked to him recently and he seemed happy and joyful. I would expect to see Seau elected to the NFL Hall of Fame during his first season of eligibility in 2014.