It has been three days since legendary linebacker Junior Seau tragically took his own life. On that day, this was my story summing up his impact as a member of the Patriots, but his influence was more far-reaching. And considering he’s donating his brain for research purposes, hopefully we all learn something that will help in the future.
Still, the memories and reaction to Seau’s fate are pouring in. In the last day, two notable figures weighed in on Seau’s death.
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Former Patriots LB Adalius Thomas: “He was important because he would have you ready to run through a wall with some of the things he would say. It was amazing and a gift from God to have the ability to get before a group of men and motivate and hype up even more than normal before an NFL game. I’d say I didn’t need anything to get me ready before a game, but ‘Buddy Buddy’ would get something out of you that you didn’t know was there. That’s how he was. He never stressed about anything, always had a smile and had fun. He was a great player, a better father and a better man. We all were blessed to have played with him.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: “I consider myself fortunate to have been around him and seen how he went about his day. As a football player and as a person he had such a tremendous spirit just the way he practiced and the way he conducted himself. He made some of the most amazing speeches to the team I’ve ever heard. I was really mesmerized by him. Often times the coach would speak to the team before practice or before a game and he would say, ‘Coach, do you mind if I say something?’ and he would stand up in the middle of the team meeting and give the most unbelievable talk that I ever heard in my life. I would sit there and I would be amazed by it. Then two days later the same thing would happen and he’d stand up and do the same thing and give the most unbelievable talk. And then he lived it. Like everyone else I was really saddened by the news because he made a big difference for a lot of people he came across in his life.”