USC to pay tribute to Seau at season opener
During Saturday’s season opener against the Hawaii Warriors, USC will honor deceased All-Pro linebacker and former Trojan Junior Seau by distributing upwards of 80,000 wristbands in remembrance of his life and football career.
The wristbands say “Trojan Pride 55,” a reference to Seau’s jersey number while a member of USC’s football team.
Seau passed away this year on May 2 at the age of 43. His death was later confirmed as a suicide. An autopsy performed in August did not reveal any football related injuries to the brain.
Seau played at USC for two seasons, amassing 19 sacks in his junior year alone while playing for a 9-2-1 Trojan squad that defeated Michigan to win the 1989 Rose Bowl. He was the fifth pick in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft, selected by the San Diego Chargers. He played for the Chargers for 12 years before moving to the Miami Dolphins and eventually the New England Patriots. In all, Seau’s NFL career spanned 20 seasons. He was a six-time All-Pro selection and played in 12 Pro Bowls. He was inducted into USC’s ring of honor in 2008 and is also a member of San Diego’s ring of honor.
In addition to the free wristbands expected to be passed out Saturday, a new website, www.trojanpride55.com, in honor of Seau’s contributions on and off the field was recently launched. The site allows fans to post tweets about Seau and also donate money for investigating sports-related brain injuries.