I'll miss driving down the strand in Oceanside seeing him on his balcony playing his uekelele.
This one blows my mind. I have zero clue why I thought "no, not Seau, he wouldn't kill himself" but never the less he did. I don't know the man. All I knows he played football my entire adult life, was good at it, didn't want to stop playing( i thought because he loved it), had 3 kids, married, rich and stayed out of trouble. Regardless on why it happened, one thing will happen. The NFL will look a heck of a lot more into the brain damage it's work causes. Parents will do more research on this sport they are sending there kids into play. The guy might have a ton of reasons other than football to kill himself but for now, all eyes are on the harm this sport causes. God bless
As mentioned, the life expectancy of NFL players is damn short. And it's a tough call if you're NFL-quality talent, if football is what you do best, but not as a regular starter or if you're a reserve lineman. Lineman have short life expectancy not only because of the contact but the size issue. Being 6'5" and 300 lbs, you can only live so long.
I played football as a kid and through high school but I can't imagine adding 4 years of college and a 10-20 year professional career on top of that. Unless you're making a fuckload of money as one of the top players on the team, especially as a quarterback where you'll be hit in the head less often, it can be hard to justify an NFL career. You will suffer concussions, it's unavoidable. Same goes for boxing and MMA. I guess it's those that make it don't really give this subject must thought because they don't have many other promising options.
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To add to that, I never understood how pro hockey players don't wear face cages...it blows my mind. In high school, and I would imagine in college, but it's a guess because I don't know much about hockey, people wear cages on the helmets. If I were in the NHL I'd do the same thing. I've worn cages playing roller hockey as a kid and never thought it obstructed my vision.
I just don't understand how it's the norm to leave your face (including eyes) completely exposed to large men skating around at high speeds, checking you into boards at high speeds with a lot of momentum, swinging wooden sticks at high speeds, and relatively heavy pucks flying around at very high speeds. Seems suicidal to me.
The night before he died, he called up old friends to make peace. These friends later stated that Justin ranted about the "devil", "doctors who controlled people with anti-depressants" and "evil people in Pittsburgh". Justin's ex-wife and others maintain that he never sought medical help, however some friends stated that Justin consulted health professionals about what he perceived as his own bipolar disorder. This was a stressful time for Justin, he was still struggling still with his divorce, his ex-wife was engaged to remarry, his football career was over, he was struggling with sobriety, and he had just opened a new business. He had also purchased new family headstone a few months earlier.
Justin was supposed to arrive in Orchard Park, New York for a fund-raiser that weekend. He packed only the $2,600-plus in cash and some crucifixes. His cell phone was left at his home. He died in a car crash in Herkimer, New York, when he hit a tank truck while driving 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) against the flow of traffic to evade capture by the police. He was 36.
It was initially thought that Strzelczyk was under the influence of alcohol or drugs due to his irrational behavior, but this was disproved by toxicity tests. A post-mortem autopsy revealed that he had suffered from brain damage, possibly due to his years of playing football.
This incident helped start a debate about the seriousness of concussions at the National Football League Summit, in June 2007. There, Bennet Omalu, a Pittsburgh neuropathologist, linked the deaths Strzelczyk and three other retired NFL players to brain damage from football. Those cases involved former Philadelphia Eagles safety Andre Waters and former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive linemen; Mike Webster and Terry Long. Waters and Long committed suicide; Webster died of a heart attack, but suffered from severe mental problems in his later life. Omalu says each death followed a similar line: football concussions, lead to brain damage similar to dementia pugilistica (also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in boxers, leading to clinical depression. It was previously thought to only exist in boxers and steeplechase jockeys. In 2007, Justin's mother, Mary Strzelczyk, has gave Dr. Bennet Omalu, permission to examine Justin's brain.
Seeing his mother break down like this tugs at your heart.
Sorry, I can't feel sorry for a guy who had millions and fame who decides to kill himself.
Try living the lives most of us have to live.
There are thousands of NFL players that have concussions who don't kill themselves. It was a selfish act. He didn't care about the people he would hurt like his mother.
That might have an effect on his decision-making and rational thinking capabilities.
I don't remember Seau having many noted concussions like other players who don't commit suicide.
Family has agreed to allow Seau's brain to be examined.
LinkOn Thursday, the death of NFL legend Junior Seau was officially ruled a suicide by the San Diego County medical examiner. While those who knew and loved the man are left to comprehend this, it has now been reported that Seau's family will allow his brain to be examined for damage resulting from concussions and other head trauma the linebacker may have suffered through his 20-year NFL career. The 43-year-old Seau shot himself in the chest at his Oceanside, Ca. home on Wednesday.
The autopsy determining the cause of Seau's death was assisted by Dr. Bennett Omalu, the San Joaquin County chief medical examiner, and the man credited with identifying Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the neurological disorder caused by repeated head trauma. As the co-founder of the Brain Injury Research Institute, Omalu has been studying the impacts of concussions for years. The institute Omalu co-founded with Dr. Julian Bailes is one organization asking to study Seau's brain; another is the Sports Legacy Institute at Boston University, an organization that has received funding from the NFL.
1 - NFL linebackers/tackles/ends slam their head into other players multiple times in one game
2 - People with a history of concussions tend to display depression and various other negative factors more often than the normal population
Maybe they just committed suicide, and concussions don't have an effect on that. But that's like saying, "Hey, that dude had to file for bankruptcy, his wife left him for an old buddy, he didn't get visitation rights to his children, but I don't see why you all say that had anything to do with him comitting suicide."
Unbelievable. I'm sure it isn't the first time in your life that you have heard this, but you're really fucking stupid.
did Seau not have an envy-able life?
do concussions lead to suicide, was it out of his control?
did his suicide not hurt the lives of those close to him?
Saying his suicide was selfish was what was unbelievable. No fucking shit it hurt people around him, further proof Seau wasn't thinking straight.
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