Tiaina Baul Seau Jr. is a retired professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He held the quarterback position for the San Diego Chargers from 1990 until 2002, Miami Dolphins from 2003 to 2005, and the New England Patriots from 2006 to 2009. Seau is a twelve-time Pro Bowler, 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and 1994 NFL Man of the Year.
Born on January 19, 1969 in Oceanside, California, he lettered in track and field, basketball, and football at Oceanside High School. He went on to attend the University of Southern California where he was named to an All-American selection. In the 1990 NFL Draft, he was selected by the San Diego Chargers as the fifth overall pick.
During his rookie season, he started 15 out of the 16 games. He quickly became famous and was the face of the team due to his crazy antics. In 1991, he recorded 129 tackles and was named to his first Pro Bowl. In 1994, he helped his team appear on Super Bowl XXIX and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
He was traded to the Miami Dolphins on April 16, 2003. While he was still an exceptional player, his many injuries prevented him from playing. He transferred to the New England Patriots where he was instrumental to the team’s undefeated regular season. Seau announced his permanent retirement on January 13, 2010.
Seau died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the chest on May 2, 2012. His career player statistics are 1,849 tackles, 56.5 yards, 18 interceptions, and 11 fumbles. Junior Seau is a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
• 12-time Pro Bowl (1991–2002)• 8-time First-team All-Pro (1991–1996, 1998, 2000)• 2-time Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1999)• NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1992)• NFL Man of the Year (1994)• NFL 1990s All-Decade Team• Los Angeles Chargers No. 55 retired• Los Angeles Chargers Hall of Fame• Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (1989)• First-team All-Pac-10 (1989)