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Junior Seau : The Life and Death of a Football Icon
by Jim Trotter


Overview - A moving portrait of the life and legendary career of one of the NFL s most beloved players Tiaina Baul Junior Seau is widely considered one of the best linebackers ever to play the game.A ten-time All-Pro and twelve-time Pro Bowl selection, Seau was picked for the NFL s All-Decade Team in the 1990 s.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A moving portrait of the life and legendary career of one of the NFL s most beloved players Tiaina Baul Junior Seau is widely considered one of the best linebackers ever to play the game.A ten-time All-Pro and twelve-time Pro Bowl selection, Seau was picked for the NFL s All-Decade Team in the 1990 s. His incredible career spanned two decades, during which time he played for the Chargers, Dolphins, and Patriots.A charismatic leader and competitor known for playing through injuries and leaving it all on the field, Seau started inalmost 250 regular season games and electrified fans with his dynamic play.In 2012, at the age of forty-three, Seau committed suicide with a gunshot wound to the chest. News of his death sent shockwaves through the NFL. Later, studies concluded that Seau had been suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of brain damage. His tragic death opened the door to hundreds of inquiries about the trauma from NFL players and their families.Drawing on exclusive access to Seau s family and Seau s never-before-seen diaries and letters, veteran reporter Jim Trotter goes beyond the statistics to paint a moving portrait of a larger-than-life star whose towering achievements in the game came at a great cost."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544236172
  • ISBN-10: 0544236173
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 240


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-07-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Despite the significant concussion discussion that ensued following the suicide of Junior Seau, a 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, the first posthumous biography of the athlete notably lacks details on head injuries. The former linebacker committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 43; his family later sued the National Football League, alleging that the NFL concealed from players the dangers of football-related brain trauma. ESPN football writer Trotter, who covered Seau’s career and developed a professional and personal relationship with him, states that Seau, who played 268 NFL games over 20 seasons, was not once diagnosed with a concussion. Seau, born Tiaina Baul Seau Jr., grew up poor in San Diego County, Calif., and spent the majority of his NFL years with the hometown Chargers. He was universally considered one of the league’s nicest guys. But a series of poor post-retirement business decisions, excessive partying and addictions, and a self-perceived inability to love others set Seau on a path of destruction that ultimately led to his demise. Trotter interviewed many of Seau’s family members and friends, who here break their silence for the first time since his death. He also extensively quotes former NFL teammate Rodney Harrison, who blames a small group of enablers for not encouraging Seau to seek help when he needed it most. (Oct.)

 
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