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Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau is widely considered one of the best linebackers ever to play the game. A 10-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl selection, Seau was picked for the NFL's All-Decade Team in the 1990s. His incredible career spanned two decades, during which time he played for the Chargers, Dolphins, and Patriots. In 2012, at the age of 43, Seau committed suicide with a gunshot wound to the chest. News of his death sent shockwaves through the NFL. Later, studies concluded that Seau had been suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a type of brain damage. His tragic death opened the door to hundreds of inquiries about the trauma from NFL players and their families. Drawing on exclusive access to Seau's family and Seau's never-before-seen diaries and letters, veteran reporter Jim Trotter goes beyond the statistics to paint a moving portrait of a larger-than-life star whose towering achievements in the game came at a great cost.

©2015 Jim Trotter (P)2015 Tantor

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"This is a powerful, thought-provoking account, handled with grace and sensitivity, of a superior football player's life and death." (Booklist)

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21 St Century Tragedy

I treat addictive illness for a living. It is an illness with a COMNUNICABLE REMEDY, AND its treatment must be INTENTIONAL.
I lost my brother to suicide after head trauma; the addiction PRECEDED his head trauma. He was a terrific athlete, and I miss him every day.

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A must read/listen for every football fan

Living in Oceanside now for 16yrs I never really in the life of JR. This book takes you on a journey of his life. The ups, the downs his family and the community he touched.

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Outstanding Book!!!

I love every chapter of this book. being a former professional football player this book and Junior's life hit me and i can understand what he went thru as i have been through it myself. all should listen or read this book that has a friend or lover that has played this game.