Junior Seau: 1969-2012

The former USC linebacker, Junior Seau, died this morning at his Oceanside home.

Former USC linebacker, Junior Seau, one of the finest players in Trojan history, died this morning in his Oceanside home.

A starter at linebacker for the Trojans in 1988 and 1989, Seau was the fifth pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, and spent 20 years in the NFL with the Chargers, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden made the following statement:

"We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children. Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history. He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55."

He wore #55 while at USC, one of many stellar linebackers to wear the #55 jersey in the storied history of USC football.

USC Head Coach Lane Kiffin made the following statement:

"This is a very sad day. The USC football program and the entire Trojan Family extends our condolences to Junior's family. He was one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. Our team and fans were very fortunate to see him just a couple of weeks ago at our Spring Game at the Coliseum. He will be deeply missed."

Seau was 43.

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