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Sydney Seau celebrates Junior Seau, the player and the father, during Hall of Fame ceremony

Junior Seau was presented into the Hall of Fame by his daughter Sydney.

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Sydney Seau presented Junior Seau into the Hall of Fame at the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, as part of the Class of 2015. She spoke in a video package produced by NFL Films and was then interviewed on stage.

"I think my father would be completely overwhelmed and honored to be inducted into a class with the most elite athletes and professionals," Sydney said.

"This isn't my speech to give, he spent 20 years in the league and he deserves this moment," she said.

She noted that Seau is the first Polynesian and Samoan to make it into the Hall of Fame, and called that an accomplishment in itself. "Although he's the first to make it into the Hall, I know for a fact he won't be the last."

Sydney was incredibly emotional on stage, her voice continually cracking, as she said that Seau would have thanked the fans, his teammates, the Chargers organization and everyone who supported him over the years.

"Dad, you gave us your time, your presence, your love, but most of all, you gave us your heart," she said.

She said that Seau was known for his talent and athleticism, and that's why he made it into the Hall of Fame on the surface, but that it was his passion and heart that made the most difference.

"I know at times it seemed like all the things you accomplished in life wasn't enough, but today you are more than just enough, you are everything," she said.

In the video presentation, Sydney said she brought Seau to show-and-tell in kindergarten, and that all her classmates wanted his autograph. She said she was confused why anybody would want the autograph of somebody she saw every day.

"That's when it clicked that he was more than just my dad," Sydney said.

There was controversy surrounding this enshrinement ceremony, after it was announced that Seau's family wouldn't be allowed to speak on his behalf. However, the Hall of Fame reversed course and decided that Seau's daughter should be allowed to speak in addition to the video package produced by NFL Films. Seau committed suicide in 2012 and later studies indicated that he suffered from CTE, a type of brain damage associated with multiple concussions or other head trauma.

At the time the ceremony got underway, the New York Times published what they're calling the speech that Sydney wasn't allowed to give at the Hall of Fame, where she touches on many of the things she said in the interview, but expanded on them.

Seau's credentials were never, ever in doubt for the Hall of Fame. He was named a first-team All-Pro eight times, from 1991-1996, then again in 1998 and 2000. He was a second-team All-Pro selection in 1997 and 1999. He was named to 12 straight Pro Bowls from 1991-2002.

He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992, and was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and 1998, awards that aren't always easy for linebackers to earn. His No. 55 jersey is retired by the Chargers, and he is also in the team's Hall of Fame. Seau is as big a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame as anybody else in this year's class.