Linebacking great Junior Seau has been found dead in his Californian home, according to a TMZ report. Police claim it is from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
After a standout career as a tackling-machine at USC, Seau was taken in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft.
He went on to play a staggering 20 years in the league, 13 of those being with the San Diego Chargers, followed by three in Miami, and finally four with the New England Patriots.
During that time he amassed 1,524 tackles, 18 interceptions, and 56 sacks.
Seau first retired in 2006, after tearing his archilles tendon with the Dolphins the year before. San Diego signed him to a one-day contract so that he could forever retire a Charger.
Four days later, Seau signed with the New England Patriots, where he would play until retiring again in 2010.
Over the two decades he was in the NFL, Seau amassed 12 Pro Bowl selections, and 10 All-Pro (as voted by the Associated Press) listings.
He never notched a Superbowl victory, but he did play in two of them, first with the Chargers going down to the San Francisco 49ers in 1994, and then with the unbeaten 18-0 Patriots in 2007, which lost a thriller to the Giants.