USC pays tribute to Junior Seau with wristband, sideline honor (Pictures)

USC paid tribute to former program legend Junior Seau during their season-opening game on Saturday at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

Seau, who was an All-American linebacker for the school, committed suicide in May. To honor him, the school gave away wristbands like the one seen above to all 80,000 fans in attendance. The bands say “Trojan Pride 55,” which is a reference to Seau’s No. 55 jersey.

There was also a tribute for Seau written on the sidelines of the field that said “RIP 55.”

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Former teammate Gary Plummer thinks Junior Seau suffered over 1,500 concussions

Friends, family and former teammates are still reeling from the suicide of Junior Seau. While much is still unclear over Seau’s motives, the leading suspicion is that any depression he had may have been a result of head trauma from the physical sport he played professionally for two decades. We’ll have that answer eventually now that Seau’s family has agreed to have his brain examined.

Gary Plummer, who spent four seasons as Seau’s teammate on the Chargers until 1993, thinks Seau suffered numerous concussions in his career, and the number he estimates is staggering.

“In the 1990s, I did a concussion seminar,” Plummer explained to the Contra Costa Times on Thursday. “They said a Grade 3 concussion meant you were knocked out, and a Grade 1 meant you were seeing stars after a hit, which made me burst out in laughter. As a middle linebacker in the NFL, if you don’t have five of these (Grade 1 effects) each game, you were inactive the next game.

“Junior played for 20 years. That’s five concussions a game, easily. How many in his career then? That’s over 1,500 concussions. I know that’s startling, but I know it’s true. I had over 1,000 in my 15 years. I felt the effects of it. I felt depression going on throughout my divorce. Junior went through it with his divorce.”

Even if you don’t agree with the way Plummer arrived at that figure, his comments do shed light on the frequency of head injuries with football players and the careless attitude they had for them. It’s important to note that Seau not once in his career was listed on the injury report for a concussion. Still doesn’t mean he never had one.

Seau played during a time when players could get away with playing through and not reporting concussions. It’s naive to believe Seau wasn’t guilty of it, too, especially when his ex-wife has confirmed it.

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Photo credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Junior Seau’s mother Luisa Seau breaks down in painful video

In the aftermath of the news of Junior Seau‘s tragic death Wednesday, Seau’s mother Luisa Seau understandably couldn’t withhold her emotions as the she addressed the media outside of Junior’s home in Oceanside, Calif. Seau became hysterical as she thanked those who have shown their support for her son. The whole thing is incredibly hard to watch, especially when she screams, “I pray to God, please, take me. Take me. Leave my son. But it’s too late.” We don’t blame you if you can’t finish the video. We’re just passing it along.

As a noteworthy aside, Junior Seau becomes the eighth member of the 1994 AFC Champion Chargers squad to pass away before the age of 45. Seau joins linebacker David Griggs, running back Rodney Culver, linebacker Doug Miller, center Curtis Whitley, defensive end Chris Mims, defensive tackle Shawn Lee and linebacker Lew Bush, all who suffered unexpected deaths from an array of freak accidents and natural causes.

Junior Seau found dead in his home, reportedly committed suicide

Retired NFL linebacker Junior Seau was found dead in his home Wednesday morning, and the death is reportedly being called a suicide. According to the North County Times, a housekeeper found Seau with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police responded to Seau’s home after reports of a gunshot, where the San Diego County medical examiner’s office has yet to confirm whether or not the wound was self-inflicted.

Seau was 43 years old and leaves behind three children and an ex-wife. According to a TMZ report, the former Pro Bowler sent his ex-wife and three kids text messages on Tuesday saying, “Love you.” They reportedly all responded and did not suspect that anything was wrong. TMZ’s sources also say Seau’s family members did not notice any signs of depression in recent weeks.

Reports of Seau’s suicide come roughly a year-and-a-half after a bizarre incident during which he drove off a seaside cliff in the San Diego area. The accident occurred in October of 2011, and at the time Seau told investigators he had fallen asleep at the wheel before his car plunged roughly 100 feet below the roadside.

As we all await more details from a what is an incredibly shocking turn of events, one thing is for certain: Football has lost one of the most popular players in NFL history.

Photo credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Junior Seau Drove Off a Cliff After Domestic Violence Arrest

Talk about headlines you never expected to see, former Chargers, Patriots, Dolphins, and Trojans linebacker Junior Seau was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence early Monday morning according to TMZ. Thirty Mile Zone’s radius apparently extended down the coast to Carlsbad where they obtained photos of Seau’s sled going over the cliffs to the shore. This particular beach shot of Seau’s car off the cliff comes courtesy of Ryan Sattley from 10NEWS:

10News KGTV in San Diego says Seau was charged with felony spousal assault with injury. They’re also reporting that Seau drove his Cadillac Escalade off the cliff after he was released from custody. Miraculously, Junior escaped with only cuts and bruises and was taken to the hospital. Let’s just hope everything works out well for Seau and his live-in girlfriend, with whom he had the problem early in the morning.

UPDATE: Oceanside police has added more:

On October 18, 2010 at approximately 12:20 a.m. 41-year-old Junior Seau was arrested for the alleged assault of his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend. The victim reportedly sustained minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.

On October 17, 2010 at 10:13 p.m. Police were dispatched to the Seau residence on South Strand in Oceanside to investigate the report of a domestic violence assault. The 25-year-old victim reported that Junior Seau assaulted her during a verbal argument. Seau was not at the residence when police arrived. Seau called the victim while police were on scene and spoke to the officers; he agreed to return to the home. Shortly after midnight Seau drove back to the scene and he was arrested without incident as he approached the residence.