Junior Seau, the 12-time Pro Bowler, who played for the Miami Dolphins for three seasons, has reportedly been found dead at the age of 43 in his California home. According to sources who spoke to gossip website TMZ, Seau may have committed suicide.
The site reports cops arrived at his home in Oceanside, California, near San Diego, this morning and found Seau dead from what's believed to have been a self-inflicted gunshot:
We're told Seau sent text messages to his ex-wife and 3 kids yesterday saying, "Love you." We're told they all responded and didn't suspect anything was wrong. We're told he last saw his kids 3 weeks ago.
Sources close to Seau tell us family members didn't notice any signs of depression in recent weeks.
Seau attended the University of South California and was drafted in the first round in 1990 by the San Diego Chargers. Seau played 13 seasons for the Chargers and was selected to the Pro Bowl after 12 of them.
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Seau was traded to the Dolphins in 2003 and made 15 starts for the team during that season. In 2004, a injury to his pectoral muscles meant that he only played eight games. In 2005, an Achilles tendon injury limited him to just five starts.
Seau "retired" before the 2006 season, but four days later he signed with the New England Patriots. He played with that team until 2009.