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The Violent Life And Sudden Death Of Junior Seau

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 24: Junior Seau #55 of the San Diego Chargers looks to the sidelines during an NFL football game against
SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 24: Junior Seau #55 of the San Diego Chargers looks to the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers played on December 24, 2001 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

When the legendary NFL linebacker retired for good in 2010, he seemed set for life: supremely wealthy, beloved across the league, a hero in his hometown of San Diego. Two years later, he was dead. On a lonely morning in a big empty house, Seau shot himself through the chest. It's no longer a secret how much damage pro football can do to the men who play it, but never before had we witnessed it destroy a genuine superstar—not until Junior Seau. in this GQ special report, Seau's friends and former teammates try to make sense of how a life so filled with triumph could go so wrong so fast.

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