Former San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau touched a lot of people during his life and tenure in the National Football League. He was affectionately referred to as "Buddy" by many NFL players, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a player who didn't consider him a friend, despite his tenacious play on the football field.
Seau spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins after leaving the Chargers and spent some time playing alongside Dolphins great Zach Thomas. Thomas recently released a statement on Seau's death, calling him his "Hero" and "the greatest linebacker to ever play the game".
"I have never been around a man with more love and passion for the game of football than Junior Seau, and he lived life the same way. Junior was always fun to be around, always positive and made every person who knew him feel like he was their best friend. You never heard one negative word come out of his mouth. Junior just had this energy that followed him around wherever he went, almost like theme music. It was like he never had a bad day.
"As a young linebacker, Junior was my hero growing up and once I had the opportunity meet him I saw that he was everything I hoped he would be and more. Getting the chance to play along side of Junior Seau, the greatest linebacker to ever play the game, made my dreams come true. I am absolutely devastated to hear this news. Today I lost my hero, my friend, my buddy."