The San Diego Chargers community and the rest of the NFL are mourning the death of longtime Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, who died of a gunshot wound to the chest on Wednesday. Police are investigating the death as a suicide.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos talked to KUSI News in San Diego shortly after his death and commented on Seau staying true to his roots in San Diego.
"His roots are here. He's been a part of, even when he left and played back out east, his roots and his home were here. He never forgot about San Diego. He's been back here for a number of years now. He's well respected and loved in this community."
Spanos remembered the Chargers inducting Seau into the Chargers Hall of Fame last year and "you could hear the roar of the fans and the love and appreciate of this guy."
Spanos said Seau was the "heart and soul" of so many of those Chargers teams, including the team that went to the Super Bowl 17 years ago.
"He was the heart and soul of our team for so many years. Even after he left, his roots and his home were still here. Just people loved him and admired him. It's obviously shocking."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Seau family.
Please visit SB Nation's Chargers blog, Bolts From The Blue, where they're remembering Seau.