Found May 07, 2012 on thepigskinreport.com:
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Junior Seau’s friends and family took to the water Sunday to pay tribute to the former NFL linebacker, who was also an avid surfer and paddle boarder following his playing days for the San Diego Chargers. The 43-year-old Seau stunned the San Diego area and the NFL community when he reportedly committed suicide at his Oceanside beach house on Wednesday. During Sunday’s ceremony, those who paddled out chanted his name and the No. 55, Seau’s number at USC and for much of his NFL career. Ceremony’s like Sunday’s paddle out are common in the Southern California surfing community for lost surfers and watermen. The fact that this is how the Oceanside community decided to honor Seau, shows just how much he meant to them … on and off the field. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who played with Seau in San Diego and tweeted the linebacker “the greatest teammate a young guy could ask for,” was among those who paddled out for the ceremony. “Just got back from paddle out at Jr’s surf sp...
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