Opponent Opinions: LB Junior Seau

Former Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau is at it again, coming out of retirement again this season to join the New England Patriots. He returns to South Florida this Sunday for another game against his former team, and he talked about the matchup as well as other topics in a conference call with South Florida media.

Here's what Seau had to say:

On how he would define his current role in the NFL: "My role is to be the best player I can be. To prepare myself every week to get ready for the sign by Bill Belichick to get in there and obviously play on Sunday."

On what the draw is that keeps him coming back to the NFL: "My draw is basically to have the opportunity to help a team win, and I know through the journeys of 19 to 20 years that if you win often, there's a bigger reward for everyone. Whatever that may be, I know one thing, that I have a better chance of getting something here in the National Football League that I did when I was on the surfboard."

On his television show: "It's premiering tonight and its ten shows. It's basically – my sports job is going into a sports venue and living the life of the people that allow pros to be pros. That means the guys who work behind the scenes. I've been a Sports Illustrated reporter, what I basically do, I go and live with them for three days, and I do their jobs. There's different jobs that I did, and that's with the IRL pit crew with Scott Dixon, I was a caddie for Natalie Gulbis for three days, and seeing what role the caddie plays for a golfer. I worked as a construction crew member for three days here at the Meadowlands new stadium, building the New York Giants and the Jets stadium. The rodeo clown, I don't know if you guys saw that, get run over by the bull, I was with them for three days, living the life of a rodeo clown and a bullfighter. So there's different jobs, venues that I go to and I live the lives of the people who work behind the scenes."

On if he said he was a sportswriter: "Yeah, I was a sports writer for Sports Illustrated and what I did was I got the assignment, and I was for one job partnered up with Andy [Staples], one of the sportswriters there, and we covered the game – Florida and Georgia. It was an interesting gig because the factor [that] I was on the other side, and I really respect what you guys do. To chase an athlete that really doesn't want to speak with you and when you finally get him, gives you three words and you have to write a story based on three words of information he gave you, that's pretty tough. Got to hand it to you."

On if he is more forthcoming with information after that experience: "If I ever disrespected any of you when I was with Miami, I'm sorry, because I know how hard it is, now I do. I got a little glimpse of it, and the funny thing is, I went into the press conference with the Florida Gators, and I sat there with the national media. We were sitting there, and [Urban] Meyer came in and obviously went to the podium, and everyone wanted their question. For me to get a question out, it was tough, so I just threw out a question, and Meyer, coach looked at the direction where that question was coming from, and he did a double take. He said ‘Seau, is that you?' I said ‘coach, it's a down market, the more you can do nowadays.'"

On who the best 40-year-old player in the NFL is: "Hands down, well, we'll see at the end of the rainbow, we're going to hold onto that, but I tell you, Brett Favre is doing a heck of a job. Is Brett 40 or is he 39? I'm just checking if Brett broke that 40 mark."

On what makes it difficult for athletes to retire: "It's not difficult. The fact is, if you still can play, you know that door is going to be closed. If you're able to play, stay in the game and play until you can't. The fact is you have to have some kind of drive. The drive for me is basically winning a championship. I know by staying on that surfboard, I won't be able to have that opportunity. By coming to the Pats, they called me when I was on the surfboard. Of course I'm going to answer the phone call, we have a chance here, that's all I can ask. Give us a chance. I know if we win often enough, we will be able to get into the post season and honestly try to do something that's great. That's the goal. To just come and play the game because you love it, at my age, it's not that. There has to be a purpose, the purpose is to win a championship."

On if, for example, the Chiefs had called him for an opportunity, he would have stayed retired: "Not any other team, it's not just the Kansas City Chiefs. You have to have a chance to win as an athlete. Me coming here, I know the system, I respect the coaches, I know the players in the locker room, I know the owner. Everything plays to my favor when it comes to the Pats. Why would I change that and go to another workplace and start over."

On how difficult it is to prepare for an opponent on a short week: "If you're young to the game, it's very hard, but we're not young. We've been through this in terms of being with the Pats. When we won, we had short term memory. We got to the next game as quick as we could. It's no different with losing. In this game, and even in life, you have to have a short term memory doing good as in bad. If you don't, you won't survive."

On what he remembers most about his time with the Dolphins: "I remember K.O. the trainer icing my wrong knee [laughter]. Tell K.O. and the boys I said ‘hello' to those guys, Ben Westby and those guys. I can't believe you guys still have Ben Westby as a trainer. He's got the heart of an 18-year-old."

On what he thinks of Favre's play at his age: "The one thing that you look at Brett, everybody knows about is his passion, you have to have passion. You just don't jump in the locker room, put on a helmet, and know that the physical part of the game is going to come at you, especially at our age. One thing that I'm going to always respect about Brett is that he respects the game of football. There's a lot to say about that. Loves the game, regardless, heart and soul. He has a great spirit that helps others around him, which is a key factor in his quest of going out there and winning a championship."

On whose career will end first between him and Favre: "Only time can tell, you never disrespect the game by trying to forecast it."

On who he thinks is the better team between the Colts and the Saints: "I can't say. Obviously, they're both great teams, and they're both undefeated. The better team at the end of the season is going to stand. That's yet to be certain."

On how he sees the Pats secondary holding up to the recent scrutiny: "Again, our locker room, we don't rehash the negatives. We don't, we go on to the next day. Today's Wednesday, we just want to be a better team today, and then when we get to Thursday, we'll be a better team Thursday. And we go all the way up to the time we have a game. Hopefully during that week we position ourselves to be able to win on Sunday. That's all we can do, try to position ourselves in the best position that we can be in when it comes to Sunday. That's the only thing we preach here."

On if he thinks the Patriots are flying under the radar this season: "We really don't mind. One thing that we know and what we preach, I think it would be, we don't want to be the best team in the league right now, that's not what we're aiming for. We want to be the best team Sunday, and then after that, we want to be the best team next Sunday. We're not here to win an award to be the best team in December, the first week of December, that's not what we're here for. We're here to win, and when we win everything, everybody will fall, trust me. All those labels and awards and things that are given throughout the year, they don't matter, that's not our purpose. Our purpose is to win. And when we win often, there's a bigger prize at the end."

On if this is the only team he would have returned to the NFL with: "I've always said that this would be the only team that I would come back to. Not because I feel that other teams aren't worthy, it's not that. In order for anyone to come into the league, you have to be able to give to the locker room, and in order for me to have a chance to give back to this locker room, it has to be a familiar area in a place that I know, and a place that I care for. And that's here with the Pats in Boston."

On who he sees out of the younger players on the team stepping into a leadership role: "I wouldn't do that to a player in the locker room. That's too much pressure. They understand that they're going to have to earn it."

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