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San Diego Chargers Retire #55 In Honor Of Seau -

The San Chargers have officially retired number 55, the number worn by linebacker Junior Seau, who accomplished so much on the field and represented the team so well off the field. Shortly before the start of the Chargers’ home opener against Tennessee, the Chargers retired Junior Seau’s No. 55 jersey. Seau committed suicide in May at the age of 43. Sunday, there was no mention of how Seau died, it wasn’t important. It was a pure tribute to one of the greatest linebackers who ever played the game. Seau’s parents and children were on the field for the ceremony. Seau’s death never made sense and it still doesn’t. All his family, friends and the organization can do is deal with it and Sunday was a nice part of the healing process As team President Dean Spanos said so eloquently during the Celebration of Life for Junior he hosted for the community in May: “As you all know, no one has worn a Chargers jersey with the number 55 on it since Junior; and clearly, no one will ever replace him in this community or on the team. There is only one Junior, and only one number 55. They belong together forever.” The retirement of a player’s number is the most prestigious honor the team can bestow on one of its players. It’s everlasting. It’s forever. Games and seasons come and go, but number 55 will never appear on a Chargers jersey again, but the number will hang at all home games for Chargers fans and future generations to appreciate.

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