April 16, 2003

By Michael Strickland

A New Line to Back

So Junior Seau is a Charger no more. The linebacker held his first press conference as a Miami Dolphin today, showing the same strong loyalty and professionalism for the Dolphins that made him such a valuable member of the Chargers team. The news was disheartening, to say the least. When Michelle and I broke up a few months ago, I knew she would eventually meet someone else, but it was still a shock to learn she already has a new boyfriend. Similarly, I knew Seau's time as a Charger was up when the organization announced he was "free to pursue a trade," but the news today that he had signed with the Dolphins still stung.

As I've said before, Seau was the heart and soul of the San Diego Chargers. He was a beacon of loyalty and passion that grows more rare in the NFL with every passing year. Though he played in 12 Pro Bowls, and could have pursued the big bucks of free agency long ago, he loved our town and our city with fierce dedication. I have long grumbled about the mercenary-like attitude of football superstars, chasing the paycheck instead of the pigskin, but seeing how a franchise rewards loyalty gives me pause. Close analysis would probably become a chicken-or-egg debate, but the reality is that Big Business is driving out the last vestiges of sportsmanship from the game.

I've already done my share of ranting about the money-lust corrupting the NFL, so I'll just leave it at that. Instead, I'll just offer my thanks to #55 for 13 years of pride. Seau led his team through some of the franchise's darkest days, and shared some of its finest moments. I wish him all the best as he spends the rest of his career in the humidity of southern Florida. Till we meet again in Qualcomm Stadium on Monday night, October 27, I hope all of the quarterbacks you meet SAY OW!


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