Junior Seau voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

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TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 22: Linebacker Junior Seau #55 of the San Diego Chargers gets set for play during the game against the Arizona Cardinals on September 22, 2002 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Chargers won 23-15. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The late San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau has been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Seau was among three finalists in their first year of eligibility, along with Orlando Pace, an offensive tackle who played for the St. Louis Rams from 1997-2008 and Chicago Bears in 2009, and Kurt Warner, a quarterback for the Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals from 1998-2009.

“Junior certainly is deserving of being a first-ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Chargers Chairman of the Board-President Dean Spanos.

Seau was selected by the Chargers with the fifth choice in the 1990 NFL draft and spent the first 13 of his 20-year professional career with the team.

Seau was selected for 12 consecutive Pro Bowls, matching the third-longest streak and longest by a Charger. He was named the Chargers’ MVP a team-record six times.

“From the day we drafted Junior, we knew he was special,” Spanos said. “He was such an energized, charismatic person. He attacked life the same way he attacked ball carriers. It’s that passion that turned him into the Hall of Fame player he is.”

Seau completed his NFL career by playing for the Miami Dolphins from 2003-05 and New England Patriots from 2006-09. He died at the age of 43 in May 2012 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Oceanside home.

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