The San Diego Chargers held a public celebration of the life of Junior Seau on Friday, remembering the legendary linebacker who spent the majority of his career with the organization. The Chargers announced at the ceremony that they would retire the No. 55 jersey of Seau, who took his own life on May 2 at the age of 43. Former Chargers colleagues of Seau spoke at the ceremony. Among them was former Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts, who talked about what could be learned from Seau's tragic passing.
"There is no hiding that Junior's passing is a tragedy ... With all tragedies, there are lessons to be learned by all of us. The lesson here is if you need help, get help. All you have to do is swallow your pride and ask for it. Help is out there for all of us."
Estimates put the crowd for the event at Qualcomm Stadium at between 17,000 and 20,000 attendees. In addition to playing for the Chargers for 13 seasons, Seau grew up in San Diego and played his college football close to home at USC.
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