Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at "Football Legends LIVE!" Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
LB Junior Seau
Over 20 seasons spanning from 1990 through 2009, Junior Seau was one of the biggest names in the National Football league, and his six PFW/PFWA First-Team All-Pro awards, four additional second-team nods, 12 Pro Bowl selections, 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and 1994 NFL Man of The Year Award earned him the third and final inside linebacker spot, alongside Dick Butkus and Ray Lewis, on Pro Football Weekly's “Team For The Ages.”
Seau edged out Jack Lambert by one vote from our experts panel and finished just a few votes ahead of Lambert and Brian Urlacher in our fan voting.
Sadly, Seau took his own life in May of 2012 at age 43 and was believed to be suffering from CTE at the time, according to testing done after his death.
Seau is also often recognized as the greatest San Diego Charger of all time.
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Hall of Famer John Elway had numerous AFC West showdowns with him and says of Seau, “He played the game the way it was meant to be played."
After his time in New England, legendary coach Bill Belichick praised Seau's “leadership and willingness to accept any role.”
Seau finished his Hall of Fame career with 1,856 total tackles, 56 ½ sacks, 12 fumbles forced, 18 fumbles recovered, 18 interceptions and 98 passes defensed.
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Though Seau had no reported history of concussions during his playing days, his ex-wife Gina says that he did suffer multiple concussions but, “He always bounced back and kept on playing. He's a warrior; that didn't stop him.”
Seau spent his first 13 seasons in San Diego, played three more with the Dolphins, and his last four seasons were spent in New England with the Patriots.
Many believe that in a career full of outstanding performances, Seau's greatest game was the 1994 AFC Championship game in which he recorded 16 tackles while playing with a pinched nerve in his neck. The Bolts' emotional leader spearheaded a 17-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, propelling San Diego to its first and only Super Bowl appearance.
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