Junior Seau, longtime NFL player, has died at the age of 43 due to an apparent suicide. Seau played for three teams and ended his 20-year career with the New England Patriots, who issued a statement on Wednesday remembering Seau's contributions to the team.
"We were shocked to hear of the initial reports regarding Junior Seau earlier today and are deeply saddened by the news of his death. We were fortunate to have had Junior join the Patriots in 2006 and are thankful for his many contributions to the team over the next four years. He had a legendary NFL career and his unrivaled passion for the game quickly made him a fan favorite here in New England. This is a sad day for the entire Patriots organization, our coaches and his many Patriots teammates. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his many friends who will mourn this loss."
Seau's playing time declined in each of his four seasons in New England but the Patriots often bring in guys like Seau for the positive impact they'll have on their younger players who are becoming acclimated to the NFL.
Seau spent 13 of his 20 NFL seasons with the Chargers, who released a statement on his death.