Chargers’ Junior Seau named to NFL 100 All-Time Team
To commemorate the NFL’s 100th season, NFL Network has decided to create an all-time team that is compiled of the 100 greatest players. With linebackers being the next position, Junior Seau was named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team.
"Had an energy and had a vigor for a game that was truly unique and special." – Bill Belichick
Junior Seau never took a day off. He joins the other greats on the #NFL100 All-Time Team 💪
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— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) November 30, 2019
Seau was drafted in 1990 by the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers out of USC. With the Chargers, Seau combined for 1,478 tackles, 47 sacks, 48 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles, and 15 interceptions.
There weren’t many linebackers who were as versatile as Seau and who played with the passion he did. After leaving the Chargers in 2002, the Hall-of-Fame linebacker spent a few seasons with the Miami Dolphins before joining Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
In his four seasons in New England, Seau tallied 179 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and three interceptions. Unfortunately, Seau wasn’t able to win a Super Bowl with the Patriots in his short time there.
Despite him being at the end of his career, Belichick was very complimentary of Seau. The legendary head coach said that Seau, “Had an energy and had a vigor for a game that was truly unique and special”.
Coming from a coach who’s coached and watched plenty of linebackers, that is quite the praise. Even at 38-years-old, Seau was able to contribute 74 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and three interceptions in 2007 for New England.
At this moment, Seau is third all-time in tackles with 1,846 tackles in his 20-year career. The only players ahead of him are London Fletcher and Ray Lewis.
Along with his career tackles, Seau also accumulated 12 Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro six times. There will never be another linebacker like Seau to ever step foot on a football field.