The San Diego Chargers will host a public celebration of life in honor of the former linebacker and community icon at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at Qualcomm Stadium. Guest speakers will share stories and memories of the positive impact Seau made.
The Qualcomm parking lot is scheduled to open at 2 p.m. and gates at 4:30 p.m. Team officials expected a large crowd and urged attendees to arrive early and carpool or take the trolley.
Junior Seau died Wednesday May 2nd at the age of 43 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office and Oceanside police.
The 911 call was released three days after the former Chargers linebacker shot himself to death in his Oceanside home. The call was made by a woman who identified herself as Seau's girlfriend who returned to the home after going to the gym Wednesday morning, May 2nd.
Donations in Seau's honor can be made to the Junior Seau Foundation:
Junior Seau Foundation
5275 Market Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92114
Donations also can be made online at JuniorSeau.org
This video taken two weeks before his death.
Seau's suicide happened as more than 1,200 former professional football players sue the NFL, saying the league concealed a link between concussions and what one top expert calls "mental disease" in players.
For Seau family friend Joe Gallagher, it was a comment Seau made recently that almost went unnoticed. "Junior had wanted to donate his brain to science to the study of concussive injuries," said Gallagher. Seau's death follows that of former Pittsburgh Steeler Terry Long, former Atlanta Falcon Ray Easterling and former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson. Duerson also wanted to donate his brain to science. He left a suicide note talking about his desire to learn more about football-related head injuries. Like Seau, he shot himself in the chest.
"There's no question in my mind that is directly linked to brain injury," said Dr. Daniel Amen, a Newport Beach brain doctor who has studied NFL brain injuries and is convinced suicide and brain trauma are linked. His analysis supports a
"What we see is 80 percent of our players show high levels of improvement after just a couple of months," he said.But Duerson, Long and Easterling never got help. The medical examiner's report said Long's history of brain injury was "a significant factor" in his death. When Easterling shot himself, his wife described him as being badly damaged – both physically and mentally – from his playing career. Gallagher said he never saw those signs in his friend. "If you had told me this weekend when I saw him, I wouldn't have believed it," he said.
Hundreds of people have been coming by and leaving flowers and hand-written messages in front of Seau's home as the
Seau was drafted fifth overall in 1990 by the San Diego Chargers. He played college football at the