OCEANSIDE, Calif. – For Junior Seau’s family, the announcement of being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened wounds that haven’t quite healed.
“It’s definitely heavy on me as well as my parents,” his sister Annette Seau-So’oto said. “This was his last legacy to complete and for him not to be here it is very sad.”
The family of late San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau gathered at his grave site Saturday to celebrate his accomplishment.
“I know he’d say ‘it’s okay to cry, but at the same time celebrate life to the fullest because it’s not guaranteed,’” his sister said.
Seau was selected by the Chargers with the fifth choice in the 1990 NFL draft after playing at Oceanside High School and USC and spent the first 13 of his 20-season 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.
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.
Seau was among the maximum of five modern era players to be elected as part of this Hall of Fame class, along with running back Jerome Bettis, receiver Tim Brown, defensive end Charles Haley and guard Will Shields.
Seau’s three children traveled to Arizona to accept his honor during the Super Bowl XLIX.