Junior Seau runs off the field following a win over the Tennessee Titans. (Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE)

Junior Seau Inspired Eric Olsen To Play Football

Junior Seau’s death comes as a shock to the NFL world today. He was such a fixture at the linebacker position for well over a decade, and his apparent suicide saddens everyone.

Former Broncos lineman Eric Olsen shared this very personal Seau story, and it’s probably one of the best you will read. It comes from Olsen’s Twitter page.

“When I was a [freshman] in HS, Junior Seau worked the Jay Fiedler Football camp and at the end of one of the days he challenged anyone to a 1 on 1. …

“Being one of the ‘big’ kids, I was volunteered by my buddies and went up in front of the whole camp to face this monster of a man. Shaking in my cleats, he gave me a wink before a coach gave the cadence. He let me pancake him. And he sold it too…

“I can’t even tell you how good I felt at that moment; it changed me forever. The whole camp cheered for me, a chubby kid that didn’t know if he even liked football. From then on I was addicted. All thanks 2 this 10 time all-pro that felt like making some snot-nosed kid’s day…

“Doesn’t seem like much but it meant a lot to me. Sorry for the essay just had to share. RIP Junior I’ll never forget what you did for me.” – Eric Olsen

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