Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/4/12
Ron Troxel had known him since 1983, when Junior Seau showed up as a freshman in Troxel's physical education class at Oceanside High School. There already was something freakish about Seau's desire to be a great football player. But his physical dimensions suggested something more modest. "A skinny kid," recalls the teacher. "Looked like a wide receiver." Still, the man Troxel recalls from their last encounter looked very much like the public conception of Junior Seau, which is to say, a Mr. America of Samoan descent. Junior had been surfing. He wore trunks, no wetsuit, and a big, broad grin as he came out of the water. This was the summer of 2010, not long after Junior Seau retired from football. "Hey," the teacher called out, "Why don't you get a real job?" Seau laughed. Troxel laughed. But looking back, he says, "I wish I had said something different." It occurs now, the day after Seau died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, that, contrary to an alr...
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