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Raiders, NFL mourns the passing of Junior Seau

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Junior Seau #55 of the New England Patriots
Junior Seau #55 of the New England Patriots

It is a sad day in the NFL. Former 20 year veteran linebacker Junior Seau has passed away of an apparent suicide. I think I speak for everyone here at Silver and Black Pride when I say I this news is truly tragic and painful. Several NFL teams have released statements regarding Seau's passing.

Here is what the Raiders said in an official statement:

"We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Junior Seau. Junior's great passion, intensity and love for the game were evident every time he stepped on the football field. He was a formidable competitor who left an indelible mark on the game of football. We extend our most sincere condolences to his family and the Charger organization."

Seau was found with a gunshot to the chest and his death is being investigated as a suicide. He suffered from depression, most likely as a result of his years of taking hits to the head. This incident is much like that of Dave Duerson who committed suicide by a shot to the chest so his brain could be studied.

Junior was a Pro Bowler in 12 of his 13 seasons with the Chargers and a 6-time All Pro. Overall he spent 20 years in the league as a member of the Chargers, Dolphins, and Patriots. He is a member of the Chargers ring of honor and is expected to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame once eligible.

The All Pro linebacker was a long time rival as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He was widely respected across the league for his style of play and his philanthropic efforts. He was a beloved father of three children and a favorite teammate with anyone who played with him.

Junior Seau was just 43 years old.