Ten-time all-pro NFL linebacker Junior Seau was found in his Oceanside home by his live-in girlfriend, Mary Nolan, with a revolver by his side and a fatal gunshot wound to the chest on May 2.
Police ruled out Nolan as a suspect and the death has been ruled a suicide.
In late 2010 he survived a 100-foot fall off a cliff in his Escalade, saying he’d fallen asleep at the wheel.
Seeing as it was right after he’d been arrested for domestic violence (Nolan was his partner then too) many believed that incident to not have been an accident, even though Junior was adamantly against that theory.
The 43 year-old was a very established football player, finishing his career in 2009 with a total of 56 sacks, 18 interceptions and 1,524 tackles. He is the eighth player from the Charger’s 1994 Super Bowl to pass away.
There’s a very sound and frightening theory that many defenseman in the league are suffering irreversible and overlooked long-term damage.
Decades of hits have to have an undeniable impact on the brain. Deceased Bears safety Dave Duerson seemed to think so…
Harrowing texts to his family before he too shot himself in the chest were clear. He requested that his brain be donated to concussion research.
In a study at BU done on 75 deceased athletes including pro football and hockey players, 50 of them showed signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
The disease is associated with dementia, aggression, impaired judgment, and depression.